Episode 07 – History Appliances

30 May, 20076 comments

Bill Turkel joins us on the podcast to discuss his fascinating work on “history appliances,” or the possibility of making history more real by creating physical environments and interfaces that truly immerse us in the past. In the news roundup we ponder whether the opening of Facebook to outside developers means possibly better integration with academic services or merely the end of its pretty interface, applaud Google’s new “universal search” for returning video and other media in addition to text, express skepticism that Google has crushed the market for online term papers, and wonder if a university might soon suffer the same fate as Estonia, which saw its computer networks swamped by “hactivists”–or the Russian government.

Sites mentioned on the podcast:
Digital History Hacks
Dave Lester’s Blog
Place-based Computing

Running time: 45:26

Download the .mp3.

Categorized under Facebook, Google, programming, search

6 comments to “Episode 07 – History Appliances”

  1. Jeff McClurken : 8th June, 2007

    Another great podcast. Terrific session with Bill Turkel, a real visionary of digital history. Thanks for all the useful links and keep up the good discussion. I always come away inspired to try at least one new thing (in research, teaching, or in personal computing use) from each podcast.

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  4. Babette Hogan : 18th June, 2007

    Nice update on the UI podcast download. Great to not leave the page. Congrats. And of course, thanks for the continued great content, giving a virtual masters.

  5. Megan Sheehy : 7th September, 2007

    A fabulous podcast which has eased my mind on current thinking in the digital humanities. I particularly liked the idea of moving towards experiencing the past in more physical ways. When I was visiting a museum recently a friend commented that “If I wanted to use the internet I would have just looked it up at home”. I thought it was very revealing about how technology is being used in museums, and public history more generally. I think the appropriate use of technology, getting away from the high-tech gimmicks, will really help to use new technology to enhance the historical conversation. Your ideas of making it a more physical experience are right on the mark. Looking forward to listening to more.

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