The Visible Past / Open Context Loosely Coupled Model for Digital Humanities Ubiquitous Collaboration and Publishing: Collaborating Across Print, Mobile, and Online Media

By Sorin Adam Matei, Eric Kansa and Nicholas Rauh.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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The paper presents a platform for supporting academic collaboration and publishing created by flexibly linking Visible Past, a web collaboration and digital-print publishing with Open Context, a geo-historical data archiving and publishing service. The platform aims to make humanities data collection, management and publishing flexible, collaborative, durable, citable, findable, and portable across methods of publication, especially hard copy/paper vs. digital/onscreen/online domains. Geo-spatially referenced papers and books produced on Visible Past are enhanced with data pulled from Open Context and published “on demand.” All printed materials are connected to the web via 2D codes, a type of hyperlink that can be printed on paper and which can be read by camera mobile phones. We present the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey integration in the Visible Past / Open Context environment as an example of the advantages scholars can obtain from this new method of scholarly collaboration and publishing. In addition to presenting the component technologies, the paper explores some of the challenges and opportunities scholars face when creating humanistic narratives around dynamic streams of geo-historical data.

Keywords: Digital Humanities, Maps, Archaeology, Google, On Demand Publishing, Scholarly Collaboration, Mashup, Wordpress, RSS, JSON, Visible Past, Open Context, Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey, Maps, Publishing, Information Managemet, Humanities, Scholarship, GIS, Collaboration, Wiki, Online, 2d Codes, Mashup, WordPress, RESTful, RSS, JSON, Visible Past, Open Context

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.33-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.002MB).

Dr. Sorin Adam Matei

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Dr. Matei was educated at Bucharest University (BA in History and Philosophy), Tufts University (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA in International Relations), and University of Southern California (Annenberg School for Communication, PhD in Communication). His greatest passion is to create new ways of connecting real and virtual spaces. He has published papers and developed software that aim to make this into a reality. Among the tools he has created are: * Visible Effort: http://veffort.us * Thought Ark: http://thoughtark.com * Alterpode: http://alterpode.net * Visible Past: http://visiblepast.net * Ubimark: http://ubimark.com/in * I Thik: http://matei.org/ithink.

Eric Kansa

Researcher, School of Information, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Eric is a researcher affiliated with the School of information at UC Berkleye and the cofounder and former Executive Director of Alexandria Archive Institute. He development of Open Context, an online system for publishing primary research data collected in the field sciences. This follows a position on the faculty of Harvard University, where he served as Lecturer and Undergraduate Tutor for the Department of Anthropology. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. Eric was awarded a doctorate in Anthropology at Harvard University in 2001. Eric is currently Convener of the Society for American Archaeology’s Digital Data Interest Group.

Dr. Nicholas Rauh

Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Nicholas K. Rauh (Ph.D. in Ancient History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1986), has teaching and research interests in Greek and Roman History, and Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean archaeology. He is the director of the Rough Cilicia Regional Survey Project, and is the author of The Sacred Bonds of Commerce. Religion, Economy, and Trade Society at Hellenistic Roman Delos, 166-87 BC. (J. C. Gieben, 1993). He has also published papers on Roman economic, social, and cultural history.