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History 2.0 presented at ignite boston 9 on march 29, 2012


The Ignite series of talks from O'Reilly cover a wide range of topics. This was the lead-off presentation on March 29, 2012, at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. It picks up on a theme (and …

The Ignite series of talks from O'Reilly cover a wide range of topics. This was the lead-off presentation on March 29, 2012, at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. It picks up on a theme (and borrows the same History 2.0 title) that I presented at BarCamp Boston 5 at MIT on April 17, 2010.

The video of this talk is available on YouTube:

The required format for an Ignite talk is 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. As such, the text on the slides is kept to a minimum. This can make it difficult to get the main points without hearing the talk that went along with the slides. To reduce the potential for misunderstanding, please read the notes that go with each slide.

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  • 1. History 2.0Make History − Save History March 29, 2012 at MIT Media Lab in Cambridge
  • 2. Ignite Boston 9Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (ET) in Cambridge, MAIgnite Boston 9 will be at the MIT Media Lab from 7pm to 9:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Pizza will be served!Update: We are totally sold out! If you cannot go, please relinquish your ticket so others may use it. Due to spacerestraints, you must be on the list to attend.Lee Wright History 2.0: Make History -- Save HistoryIrene Ros Worlds Colliding - The Future of Interactive JournalismConor Sherman Are there such things as ethical computersDoug Sweetser Quaternions, THE Numbers of the UniverseJosh G. Fialkoff How to Build a Great Website in Under 1 HourAlex Pentland Natural LawJa Nae Duane How to Create a RevolutionGinelle Lang Cultivating Innovation Through Flexible SpacesAndrew Odewahn Confessions of a DIY HaircutterSeth Hunter Trends in Augmented RealityCharles Berg Miles Davis - Agile Management GeniusMarya Zilberberg The most important & most overlooked idea to make healthcare cheaper & saferMike Kivikoski Taking the PlungeGeoff Cohen Past, Present, and Future of Software PatentsAlexander Reben Boxie, The Story Gathering RobotJohn Brubaker The Big Mo - Gaining & Maintaining MomentumThe formatIn talks that are exactly five minutes long, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. See examples of great Ignite talks here: locationThe event will be at the MIT Media Lab, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. The Lab is accessible by the MBTA Red Line;there is on-street parking.The social networksFollow us on Twitter for updates: using the hashtag #gigbos9 for Ignite Boston 9.What is Ignite?Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal andprofessional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. See more at
  • 3. Why is it so easy to find this “history?”Lee Wright at Ignite 9 in Boston on March 29, 2012: “History 2.0: Make History -- Save History”
  • 4. http://www.watertowntreaty.orgBut not this, our nation’s first treaty?Mutual defense treaty between local tribes and “the Governors of the said State ofMassachusetts Bay and on behalf of said States, and the other United States ofAmerica.” Signed on July 19, 1776
  • 5. Learning about history helps usunderstand the presentand shape the future.
  • 6. We bought an old house and discovered . . .
  • 7. . . . a much more interesting past.
  • 8. Who owns “history?” From the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society. L to R: Paul Reveres deposition, draft, circa 1775; Paul Reveres deposition, fair copy, circa 1775; Letter from Paul Revere to Jeremy Belknap, circa 1798
  • 9. Ownership = Physical possession = ControlPreservation + Interpretation + Curation
  • 10. Preservation Curation Interpretation
  • 11. Archives and library science and finding physical items. Systems and standards for organizing
  • 12. The Web and computer sciencePlatforms for sharing, creating, empowering.
  • 13. An approach built on public involvement. from the Minnesota Historical Society
  • 14. Sharing images you own in context.
  • 15. Fulfilling their mission.Digitize first and provide access to all.Use a Creative Commons license.Allow others to add value.
  • 16. “ . . . very user friendly . . . we love it . . .”
  • 17. A “state-of-the-art” online experience.;id=60B9AAB0-21BA-4840-AE12- 823303395220;type=101
  • 18. Should historic items becopyrighted?
  • 19. Speed the evolution.Create better tools and platforms.Adapt existing tools and platforms.
  • 20. Be the revolution.Digitize first and provide access to all.Use a Creative Commons license.Ask institutions to do the same.
  • 21. Lee