Dear Lab Scholars, Thanks so much to the HASTAC Scholars who arranged a wonderful tool workshop this week. For those of you who did not come, you missed something invaluable produced by five really dedicated and knowledgeable Lab peers. I'm blown away by the talent in the group and also the modesty and willingness to help. To me, THIS is what a Lab is about, the interactive working together to make something better. Thank you five for doing this.
David and I were each there and we each learned new tricks. The great thing about a face-to-face working "lab" session is that you find out that your whole project has been hamstrung by one stupid toggle or one weirdly categorized drop down ... face to face, you can explain the problem, someone can point, you click, the box drop downs, and suddenly there's "revision history" or, in my case, Google Sites.
I had used Google Sites once before without beginning to realize its potential. Thank you HASTAC and Lab Scholars! What a revelation, and how easy. Now, I'm thinking I will now offer it as an option to all my graduate students next semester in the course I'm teaching, where each student will be building an online presence. For those who already have one, we'll give feedback and critique on how to improve their site. For those just starting out, Google Sites seems like a great place to start.
Except (another wonderful feature of the workshop) for IP issues. Bobo raised those and is looking into how much Google "owns" your IP if you use the site. Again, these are the kinds of issues that come out of a true Lab session, not talking heads but interacting minds.
That's a long way of saying Thank you HASTAC/Lab Scholars for organizing an invaluable learning lab.
I was not able to attend the Scalar or AuthorLab collaborative and multimedia authoring sessions. I have not seen any blogs about those yet (did I miss one?) but I know several Lab Scholars were there. Can someone write out a few words or, if you tweeted, point me and everyone else to the hashtag or storified version?
I've been seeing amazing blogs by some Lab Scholars. They show up in our digest but just thank you for those. I'm learning a lot and anyone will. We all know and have different insights to share.
My biggest this morning comes from Amanda Gould who tweeted about DiRT: Amazing wiki with links and very clear categories of all the things you might need a tool for and then all those tools, all in one convenient place. Here's the link: https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/w/page/17801672/FrontPage And I've pasted in a sample below. Invaluable. I'll use this one forever.
So, again, thanks to all! Keep it coming.
Digital Research Tools (DiRT)
This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you're looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool's features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers.
If you are unfamiliar with some of the jargon, please see our Glossary page.