A bonus entry. A post I wrote last September and never published. -Aaron Among all the recurrent questions surrounding the mainstream emergence of the “digital humanities,” most divisive seems to be the question do you need to know how to code? Sure, there’s disagreement. And although my post will hardly be the final word on the topic, I […]

On Omeka 2.0

September 12, 2012 | Leave a Comment

If you’ve been working on a site using Omeka, you’ve hopefully caught wind of the new version that’s arriving rather quickly [October to be exact]. In my work with the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, I’ve built two massive websites on the Omeka platform. The first, and most obvious: HERB was launched a […]

First, let us have a digression to set the stage: In my spare time [as a hobby] I write and record music. And I’ve been hemming and hawing about what my new setup should be like. Currently I use a laptop which although acceptable, has latency issues. My M-audio firewire interface is over a decade […]

This won’t be a particularly long post, but it’s something that I’ve been working on a little bit that has excited me. There’s a lot of great javascript tools for designing sleek visualizations on the web right now (and to do with no more than just code!). Raphaël and D3 are among those which have gained a […]

First, a little bit of an introduction. The easy part of any technical project is figuring out “how to do it.”  Sometimes students in the New Media Lab come to me to figure out the “how,” and I am always glad to help. But my job isn’t simply to present the “how,” but to complicate* […]

Searching through a popular music blog such as Stereogum or Pitchfork, one could be easily mistaken in their attempts to understand a new generation of band names. Neologisms abound, name changes are frequent and even common names are frequently misspelled in outrageous ways. So what’s up with this? Is this more of that infamous “Me […]

I’ve never been much of a fan of comic books, but I’ve nevertheless found the quote “with great power comes great responsibility” to be an apt quote for many circumstances that arise while in the web profession*. Today, I’m addressing designers of all types. The UX/UI/IDX and Front End types of the world. I’m imploring […]

Web Technology moves at a very fast speed. (obviously) But the hardest part of being a web developer is the question of “when can I use this awesome new technology?” If you haven’t seen the site CanIUse.com, its a great resource for approximating what portion of the web is using a browser that supports said […]

I don’t believe I’ve made it a secret: I believe strongly in the mission of free and open-source software. I see them as great tools for democratizing technical spaces. Once the burden of cost is removed, the only burden that remains in learning software is the time required to learn it. Thankfully the difference in […]

On Omeka

January 3, 2012 | 4 Comments

I’ve been a big supporter of Omeka.I love the archive and information science oriented hierarchy. I love the considerations taken for small archival institutions. Really, I mean all of this sincerely. There’s a lot of great hooks for creating your own plugins and extending to your own themes. But with experience and seasoning comes a […]

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  • A little about me

    My name is Aaron Knoll (as per the title and URL) and I work in the New Media Lab as an advisor of sorts. I assist students working on digital media projects by being available to discuss technology, options, best practices and modern approaches to digital scholarship, as well as the applications and alternatives that are available. I use my 10+ years of experience, having worked in nearly ever IT role that has ever been dreamed up, to offer expertise, advice, and support for the directions they choose to take in their projects.

    I have fulfilled this role in the New Media Lab for over three years and look forward to continue supporting students as they ambitiously look towards the future with their digital work.

  • Disclaimer

    The views expressed here are my own and they do not represent an official stance of the New Media Lab or any of my colleagues affiliated with the New Media Lab.

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