Thoughts for Wednesday

I am always interested in hearing about new digital projects and pedagogical practices as well as learning new tools. For Wednesday I would like to hear from anyone who has used free 3D modeling tools such as Google SketchUp as well as from those who have experience with semantic or meaning-based search tools. In the UK JISC’s Historic Books enables meaning-based searching across ECCO and EEBO, and I am interested in comparisons with this type of searching and traditional keyword searching (see my EMOB post).

Finally, I would be especially interested in discussing ways in which 18th-century scholars could use 18thConnect to enhance our knowledge of print and manuscript cultures. I wonder if it would be possible to do something along the lines of EEBO Interactions. Anna Battigelli is on EEBO Interactions’ editorial board, and her recent post on this interactive forum and the comments it generated explains a bit more.
Some of what I suggested there for EEBO Interactions workshops/projects could be easily adapted and applied to ECCO and 18thConnect:

Here are a few suggestions Although numbered, they are in no particular order:

1) The Material and the Virtual: Using EEBO Interactions to Teach Bibliography

3) EEBO Interactions as a Book Historian’s Tool*
*Workshop could also be titled “EEBO Interactions as a Tool for Bibliographers and Book Historians”
This workshop could illustrate how EI affords a space for recording, discussing, and correcting information related to the production, distribution, consumption of texts: details about authors, printers, booksellers, shop locations, dedications, distribution networks, illustrations, translators (and translations), pricing, and much more.

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I am an associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Upstate: teacher, scholar, volunteer, would-be hacker, indie enthusiast, nonprofit advocate, word herder, and ProfHacker. My teaching and research interests include Digital Humanities, Disability Studies, Accessibility, Universal Design, Writing Studies, Book History, Eighteenth-Century Studies. On Twitter I can be found as @GeorgeOnline and my Gmail address is george.h.williams.