My original intent for participating in THATCamp Florida was to gain experience and make connections within the digital humanities community. In regards to the topics I hope will be discussed, Omeka is my primary interest. In what ways can we creatively use Omeka to digitally archive and present information to the public? What future do we see for Omeka and other similar software?
My interest is not solely within the Omeka software; rather, it is in digital tools that can help academics reach a broader public audience, by presenting information in a more interactive way. I would love to have a session where we can discuss different tools available to digital humanists that can help inform and engage the public.
An emerging and related interest of mine is connected to a new initiative by Apple Inc. called iBooks 2, and more importantly, iBooks Author. Apple has taken the lead in pushing digital textbooks. Alongside the announcement of digital textbooks Apple released a free publishing software called iBooks Author, which allows anyone to create and publish digital books onto Apple’s iBooks store. If enough attendees are interested I would like to discuss the impact of emerging digital textbook market and what that means for the public and academia.