All posts by Lee Skallerup Bessette

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New Open Publishing Platform “Janeway”

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Seriously, if the name alone of this new platform doesn’t make you want to at least check it out, we can’t be friends.

From our friends at Birkbeck’s Centre for Technology and Publishing, who brought us the Open Library of Humanities, comes Janeway, a new platform for publishing open-access journals. It’s an open-source platform, and its goal is to be easy-to-use and sustainable, as well as flexible.

According to Andy Byers, Lead Developer on the projects, “my experience with some of the existi…

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Zotero 5.0 Now Available

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I’m sort of surprised no one here at ProfHacker has yet written about the launch of Zotero 5.0, seeing as how it’s a favorite automated citation/bibliography/collection organizer platform of the group.

So I will.

I think it’s still worth writing about, even though it launched more than ten years ago by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media because when I talk about it, people still haven’t heard of it and what it can do for you research and workflow. I’m pretty guilty myself o…

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Google Suite Alternative: sandstorm.io

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I love Google Docs. I’m composing this blog post in a google doc. And I love Slack (I wrote about it here first!). But, given the economics of google and questions of privacy, as well as Slack’s new Terms of Service, more and more institutions are turning to alternatives.

Enter sandstorm.io. It is a “self-hostable productivity suite.” It is proving particularly popular at Canadian institutions because of laws that prevent student data from being housed on servers outside the country.

Many of th…

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Tell a Story with your Data with StorylineJS

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Knight Lab has done it again. Creators of the popular tool TimelineJS and StoryMap have just introduced StorylineJS, which allows you to essentially annotate a data set.

As described in the announcement from Knight Lab,

StorylineJS makes it easy to tell the story behind a dataset, without the need for programming or data visualization expertise. Just upload your data to Google Sheets, add two columns, and fill in the story on the rows you want to highlight. Set a few configuration options and …

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Open Faculty Patchbook

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I really love how new forms of open-access publishing online is inspiring faculty to create new forms of publications for pedagogy scholarship. Just because I happen to know a lot of people (including Maha) doesn’t negate the fact that I love the Open Faculty Patchbook: A Community Quilt of Pedagogy.

From the description:

Fleming College faculty and our peers around the world are building a community patchwork of ‘chapters’ into a quasi-textbook about pedagogy for teaching & learning in colleg…

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More-Inclusive Meetings

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We’ve written a lot here at ProfHacker about making meetings and conferences better. Recently, I came across this list from University of Michigan Department of Human Resources, 10 Tips for Inclusive Meetings. The list is great for both meetings and conferences, and includes issues of accessibility and inclusion.

While it lists ensuring inclusive bathrooms, as well as requesting special accessibility needs well in advance in multiple formats, it doesn’t mention anything about preferred pronou…

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Participating in the Digital Polarization Initiative is now ‘Ridiculously Easy’

When I was at the Domains 2017 conference earlier this summer, Jon Udell issued a challenge – what are you doing to help the fight again digital polarization, “fake news,” and general media illiteracy? He has been working hard with Mike Caulfield on the Digital Polarization Initiative (which I’ve already written about), and they’ve come up with a new way to make it easier for teachers to incorporate the project into their classes.

(By the way, my part is using the platforms that I have access t…

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Changes to Photo Site Unsplash

Unsplash, a popular website for free-to-use high-quality “stock” photographs, has recently changed their licensing for using their photos, going from CC0 to something more bespoke.

Much confusion ensued, and is continuing to ensue.

Full disclosure, I love(d) using their photographs for the other blog I run and write for.

But…

I had been, earlier in that same week, Tweeting about browsing the Unplash website, using certain search terms to see what kinds of results I got.

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Weekend Reading – Doing it Wrong Edition

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It’s that time of the (academic) year for many of us: we are neck-deep in grading, in stressed-out student, in wondering if we’ll even have a job in the fall and how are going to make ends meet over the summer. Typically, this would be the time to share self-care pieces, but instead I’m sharing a few provocative readings that have prompted me to ask the question, maybe we’re doing this wrong.

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Supermute Twitter

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I’ve been talking a lot about Twitter lately here on ProfHacker, but it’s still one of my favorite places to be online. However, sometimes, I don’t want to see certain things in my timeline. Certainly you can use the Mute function on Twitter, but why use a subtle, flexible, and complex tool when you can use a blunt instrument?

Enter Supermute:

Supermute is a blunt tool. You can define any phrase you’d like to mute for up to 7 days. During that time period, if anyone in your timeline (including …