Website Review: ORBIS ORBIS, the Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, is a digital humanities project designed in collaboration by classicist Walter Scheidel and information technology specialist Elijah Meeks at Stanford University. It’s an interactive historical simulator for the Roman Empire in 200 CE – plug in any two given cities in the Roman Empire, and it will […]

Destruction by Public Domain

I should start off by saying that I am not particularly in favour of widespread open access. Information sharing on the internet in and of itself is a great thing and it is, in all probability, promotes greater spread of information and knowledge. However, I simply do not see it being a viable alternative to the […]

Can Open Access really exist?

In his review, Dan Cohen asks, “How does one take concrete steps toward a system in which open access is the normal mode of publishing?” Cohen recognizes and can understand the point of view of Gary Hall in his book, Digitize This Book!.   To address this question, it is important to see what’s stopping […]

Website Review: Edwardian Promenade While looking for a more interesting history website to present amidst the bland and dull historical archives I usually use, I came across this wonderful site called the Edwardian Promenade. Created in 2007 and continuing on today, the Edwardian Promenade started off as a WordPress blog that grew large enough to stand on its […]

Revisiting the possibilities of the internet

As we have discussed in previous weeks, the internet provides a variety of opportunities to reshape the way we think, learn, and communicate, and is unique in that it has higher rates of barrier-free access than other types of media. On the other hand, we have repeatedly tried to replicate current social, economic, and academic […]

Striving for Open Access

Upon reading Daniel Cohen’s book review about Gary Hall’s Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now I will attempt to come up with an answer to the questions that he poses at the end of the article. The question that Cohen poses are, how can we move […]

Stallman’s Great (and Free) Discovery

While I am not an earnest advocate and supporter for free culture, after reading The GNU Manifesto and The Free Software Definition by Richard Stallman, I developed a deeper appreciation for knowledge sharing. Through my readings, I came to realize that perhaps Stallman’s attempts in making free software were the result of discovering a fundamental […]

Free as in “Free Beer”? Idealism, Pragmatism and Copyright

The crux of this week’s readings is not just about copyrights and plagiarism – it’s about intellectual property. Copyright is the defence of intellectual property from unfair use, whether gaining profit or manipulating that piece of property for a different purpose than the creator intended. In the realm of software development however, programmers are fighting […]

The importance of Oral History

First of all, I am sorry for somewhat of a late entry, I’ve had some internet difficulties at home at could only upload this from campus. The readings for today all touched upon oral history. During my academic life I’ve only had a chance to deal with the popular sort of oral history as is […]