Academics Build Blog-to-eBook Publishing Tool in One Week

Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic, Aug 04, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What's interesting about #oneweek isn't the book publisher Wordpress plugin they built, it's the way they captured the web's imagination and drew people into the process. As the Atlantic reports, "Last week, twelve scholars came together at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University to participate in the inaugural One Week, One Tool program. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, their mandate was to build something useful: they called it a barn raising, and the structure they built is Anthologize is a Wordpress plugin that allows scholars, conference organizers, and bloggers to create eBooks out of websites." You can export in several formats, including PDF, ePUB, and TEI.

More from parezco y digo, sample reality, Found History, with a three-part 'lessons learned' series (part one, part two, part three), coverage of the live launch by Digital Campus, National Endowment for the Humanities (who funded the project) report by Brett Bobley , Teleogistic, Dan Cohen, the Chronicle, ReadWriteWeb, Sherman Dorn, Bigger Picture, Musematic, the development team's Google Group.

Brett Bobley writes, "What made this institute so compelling was the format. Rather than a more typical series of lectures, CHNM went with a "learn by doing" format. For Oneweek, the 12 participants traveled to Fairfax, Virginia for a very intense week learning how to plan, build, market, and deploy an actual, useful digital humanities software tool."
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