Getting Online

Caleb McDaniel
Rice Digital Humanities Course
September 5, 2013

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Should I have an online presence?

Wrong question. You already do.

Google is the first port of call.

Recent ITHAKA Report

What kind of presence should I have?

... if [someone] takes the time to Google you, you want them to find something that piques their interest in your work even more. You don’t want them to find embarrassing Facebook photos---true---but I would argue that you also don’t want them to find nothing.

Ryan Cordell

What kinds of presence have I had?

I also tweet, pin, tumble, git, and LibraryThing.

An online presence can aid in ...

  • Service
  • Teaching
  • Research




Lessons Learned

  • There is no such thing as a "virtual" world.
  • Get thee to an HTML tutorial.
  • Consider registering a domain of your own.
  • Educate yourself about copyright and FERPA.

For me, at least, blogging has been a practice (like the best therapy) that is sometimes uncomfortable, but that slowly increases my range of intellectual motion and keeps me from being paralyzed by doubts. I don't claim to be unusually fearless by blogging; rather, what I'm trying to acquire is the usual quota of fearlessness (such as it is) required by contemporary academic life.

Me, in 2005

"The largest hidden cost is the invisibility of what you publish. When you publish somewhere that is behind gates, or in paper only, you are resigning all of that hard work to invisibility in the age of the open web. You may reach a few peers in your field, but you miss out on the broader dissemination of your work, including to potential other fans."

Dan Cohen

Where Do I Start?

Consider ...

  1. Posting work in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.
  2. Starting a blog about your research on Rice Blogs, or creating a webpage
  3. Contributing comments to a blog in your field.
  4. Adopting a Creative Commons license for online work.


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