Social Book Project

I came across this today: the Social Book Project by the Institute for the Future of the Book.  It looks intriguing for those interested in a CommentPress-like “social reading” annotation platform without the hassle of self-hosting. It looks very easy to set up!  It won’t work, however, for .pdfs (since we were discussing this issue in reference to Jack’s project): the platform requires the uploading of a plain vanilla text in the epub format.


You can get a feel for using CommentPress here.  It’s a site I imported from, so it looks terrible and doesn’t really make sense.  But I’ve created a fresh post with a poem to “mark up.”  If there’s time and interest, we can work on this together today.

Bit of “homework” for Guided Exploration participants for FITT

For our next session, I would like you to scour the web for examples of tools, platforms, or completed projects that are relevant to your project in some way.  There are lots of avenues to explore in the links page on this site, but I’m sure you can find others as well.  If possible, find at least one example (e.g., my Yoknapedia project) of a previously implemented project that might serve as a model and one tool (e.g., MITs Annotation Studio) that might be a useful means to X or Y pedagogical end you have in mind for next year.

Then, write a short post that reflects on the pros/cons of the example or the tool and how you might use or adapt what you’ve found for your own project.  In the session, you can present to us what you’ve found (very informally!) and we’ll discuss the range of our collective findings.

CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative talk tonight (Thurs)

Not sure who’s still checking this, but if you’re available at 6:30 tonight, come see Miriam Posner talk about digital pedagogy at the GC!  Here’s the 411 (there’s a signup with tickets):

Miriam Posner – “A presentation on digital pedagogy.”


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Zotero hack: using portable apps

Stephanie, helpfully raised some issues re: using Zotero in the classroom last week.  How do we use it when students are often using Hunter’s machines which a) don’t have the program installed and b) don’t allow one to install new programs/plugins?  Stephanie told me that the library is working on solving a) by having Zotero installed on as many machines as is practical, but there’s another workaround that’s alluded to on the invaluable ProfHacker blog on the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s site.  You can help students install special portable versions of Firefox with the Zotero plugin on a simple $5 USB thumbdrive.  I’ve not tried it, so I don’t know what issues might come up.  But I will…