our Roles
Four Roles for Digital Scholars
and the Skills They Need


                                        Jeremy Boggs
...
About Jeremy

    ‣ Creative Lead at the Center for History and New Media

       ‣ I'm a web designer/web developer/infor...
History and New Media
at George Mason
History and New Media at Mason

    ‣ Two required new media courses

       ‣ Clio Wired 1 – Intellectual and theoretical...
Mason’s History PhD Program


   CHNM provides practical work opportunities for
   students interested in history and new ...
Four Roles
1   Project Manager
Project Manager


   Project managers provide the tools, information, and
   contexts with which others on a project team ...
Project Manager – Skills and Tools


Some Skills and Tools:
‣ Project management
  software and
  techniques.
‣ Wikis and ...
Project Manager – Why?


   Digital scholarship is best when it is collaborative. Project
   Managers strive for teamwork ...
2   Information
    Manager
Information Manager


   On individual and group level, information managers
   deal with the onslaught of information. Th...
Information Manager – Skills and Tools


‣ Search (More than
  Google).
‣ Using Zotero, CiteULike,
  Connotea, other
  bib...
Information Manager – Why?


   Abundance of available information makes managing
   it, critiquing it, using it effective...
3   Creative Director
Creative Director


   Creative directors...direct creativity and creation of
   products. They foster it, live it, breath...
Creative Director – Skills and Tools


‣ Basic graphic design
  knowledge; graphical
  composition
‣ HTML/CSS
‣ Basic prog...
Creative Director – Why?


   Creative Directors are critical users of tools and
   techniques; They want the best set of ...
4   Outreach
    Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator


   Outreach coordinators get the word out about a
   project, create networks and communities, and ...
Outreach Coordinator – Skills and Tools


‣ Twitter
‣ Weblogs
‣ RSS
‣ Facebook
‣ SlideShare
‣ Vimeo/YouTube
‣ Flickr/Image...
Outreach Coordinator – Why?


   Information moves quickly, more projects are
   produced. Need skills of an outreach coor...
Old Roles, but New Skills
Thanks!

    Contact me:
      ‣ Email: jeremy@clioweb.org

      ‣ Instant Messenger – jboggs22 (AIM)

      ‣ Skype – ch...
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Four Roles For Digital Scholars

  1. our Roles Four Roles for Digital Scholars and the Skills They Need Jeremy Boggs Creative Lead Center for History and New Media
  2. About Jeremy ‣ Creative Lead at the Center for History and New Media ‣ I'm a web designer/web developer/information architect/project manager. ‣ PhD student in the Department of History and Art History at Mason ‣ Currently teach Clio Wired 2 at George Mason, slated to teach History in the Digital Age at American University.
  3. History and New Media at George Mason
  4. History and New Media at Mason ‣ Two required new media courses ‣ Clio Wired 1 – Intellectual and theoretical issues ‣ Clio Wired 2 – Practical issues and skills ‣ Minor Field in History and New Media ‣ Two additional courses ‣ Independent readings ‣ Minor Field Statement
  5. Mason’s History PhD Program CHNM provides practical work opportunities for students interested in history and new media.
  6. Four Roles
  7. 1 Project Manager
  8. Project Manager Project managers provide the tools, information, and contexts with which others on a project team can do their job. Document goals, requirements and milestones.
  9. Project Manager – Skills and Tools Some Skills and Tools: ‣ Project management software and techniques. ‣ Wikis and collaborative writing tools. ‣ Organizing and running meetings. ‣ Conference call, video chat. ‣ Balance theoretical and practical. ‣ Manage people.
  10. Project Manager – Why? Digital scholarship is best when it is collaborative. Project Managers strive for teamwork and cooperation, organize people with seemingly disparate skill sets to collaborate toward a common goal.
  11. 2 Information Manager
  12. Information Manager On individual and group level, information managers deal with the onslaught of information. They collect, sort, search, and share information in various ways.
  13. Information Manager – Skills and Tools ‣ Search (More than Google). ‣ Using Zotero, CiteULike, Connotea, other bibliographic collecting and sharing services. ‣ RSS/Newsreader ‣ Metadata Standards ‣ Information Architecture ‣ Site Maps ‣ Page Wireframes ‣ Content Inventories
  14. Information Manager – Why? Abundance of available information makes managing it, critiquing it, using it effectively even more valuable. Need people who respect information, can help others find and use it.
  15. 3 Creative Director
  16. Creative Director Creative directors...direct creativity and creation of products. They foster it, live it, breathe it, expect it from their peers and coworkers.
  17. Creative Director – Skills and Tools ‣ Basic graphic design knowledge; graphical composition ‣ HTML/CSS ‣ Basic programming – PHP, JavaScript ‣ Databases ‣ Image and video editing ‣ Mapping ‣ APIs
  18. Creative Director – Why? Creative Directors are critical users of tools and techniques; They want the best set of tools for the job at hand.
  19. 4 Outreach Coordinator
  20. Outreach Coordinator Outreach coordinators get the word out about a project, create networks and communities, and always look for new things others are doing.
  21. Outreach Coordinator – Skills and Tools ‣ Twitter ‣ Weblogs ‣ RSS ‣ Facebook ‣ SlideShare ‣ Vimeo/YouTube ‣ Flickr/Image sharing
  22. Outreach Coordinator – Why? Information moves quickly, more projects are produced. Need skills of an outreach coordinator to track those changes, connect with users, ensure that your project is relevant outside your niche.
  23. Old Roles, but New Skills
  24. Thanks! Contact me: ‣ Email: jeremy@clioweb.org ‣ Instant Messenger – jboggs22 (AIM) ‣ Skype – chnm_jeremy_boggs ‣ ClioWeb – http://clioweb.org ‣ Twitter – http://twitter.com/clioweb ‣ Zotero – http://zotero.org/clioweb ‣ SlideShare – http://slideshare.com/clioweb

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