On the way to creating my Digital History class I've thought about what kinds of critical inquiry makes the most sense in history course. While Digital History is a work in progress, I've decided mapping is one the most effective tools for students to embark upon. I've made this judgement through a bit of experimentation using open source information like the Negro Year Book available in Google Books. Google Map Engine Lite provides a pretty flexible tool. As you can see from this old test map, playing around with specific layers to provide information can create unique maps.
Tim Fielder, creator of Matty's Rocket has a new series over at Bleeding Cool. Tim has made the leap to self-publishing in a big way and he is chronicling that journey. It is a smart move to seize the creative control and sell your artistic creations. Yet, it is a business and cultivating multiple markets is part of the process that someone like Tim must do. He is always in the mix at symposia like Black and Brown Futures. This allows him to make his work known to academics interested black speculative fiction and it means that the libraries at our institutions are sure to be asked to buy a copy of his book. I'm grateful he documented the Black Panther panel at Black and Brown Futures. I have my own highlight reel out there, but this man is a professional.
This is a great documentary from the Florida Historical Society exploring digital history projects across the state.