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History and New Media Adventure

RULA_mapsThis semester several of us in the Ryerson Library (librarians, developers, co-ordinator of our Digital Media Experience Lab) are contributing to a course, HIS500 being taught to upper-year students at Ryerson by Art Blake.  Many of these students are history majors, but there are also students who come from other disciplines across campus.  Library staff will be assisting with this course by drawing on our previous experiences with various digital media tools and, in particular, with a tool called RULA Maps. RULA Maps  was developed by the Library in conjunction with the Ryerson Department of Architectural Science for use one of its courses.   The plan is to build upon the RULA Maps app for a class project tentatively called Feeling Ryerson, Feeling Toronto.  The app was initially designed with buildings as the focal points, but with this project we hope to incorporate emotions and narratives into the app.

SlackAs part of this class we are also exploring using Slack for communication.  Slack is a team collaboration tool that allows for communication between individuals and groups and is available for use on desktop, laptop and via downloadable apps for iOs and Android.  Use of this app for communication was slow to start, but now that we have started working on the class project, Slack is getting much more use.  Several groups have been set up in Slack to facilitate communication within and between the various teams.

Also of interest in this course is the use of an Open Access textbook, Writing History in the Digital Age that is distributed under a distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States license.  Students are commenting on the readings from this text in the blogs that they have set up for this class.  These blogs are aggregated on the History and New Media Fall 2015 blog.



Embedding Getty Images

Getty Images announced yesterday that they would be making a large number of their images available for use free of charge as long as they are posted with Getty’s new embed feature.  Using this feature allows you to embed non-watermarked pictures in your web pages and blog posts and provides attribution details and a link back to more information about the image on Getty’s website.

An image that you can embed will have a little getty_embed icon that appears when you hover over the image.  If you click the icon you will get html coding that can be copied and added to your blog post or web page.

For more information, check out Getty’s FAQ on embedding images.  By embedding these images you are agreeing to Getty Images terms of use.

Content Curation Visualization

As a librarian one of my responsibilities is to curate content for our library users, but I must admit that I hadn’t given much thought to content curation until the convergence of a study leave and this MOOC brought it to the forefront of my mind. Over the years I have experimented with various tools to manage the flow of information and I am constantly trying new ones.  I thought it might be useful to visualize the content curation process, so sketched out a somewhat simplified version of the flow.


I noticed a couple of things from this exercise. There are some tools that are designed specifically for one facet of curation and others that transcend most of the  process.  Twitter is a source of information, has filtering capabilities and can be used for sharing that information; however it is not a good tool for storing content (apart from your own tweets).  Facebook also covers the whole flow which may account for its popularity.

My next steps are to focus on streamlining the curation process and to spend more time sharing.

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