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Dave Golding

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By September 1, 2015


You may have noticed the Internet has changed under your nose. Web standards have matured enough that designers have more flexibility in typeface choices, layouts, and interactive elements. The prime medium for delivering web content has pivoted from the static and simple browser window to the mobile app. To take advantage of these developments, we’re launching a new design. Readers, rejoice—the day of an on-the-go, crisply formatted, mobile-friendly Juvenile Instructor has arrived.

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Open Source History and Mormon Primary Sources

By February 20, 2012


David Golding is a PhD student in the History of Christianity at Claremont Graduate University, is a co-editor (with Loyd Ericson) of the Claremont Journal of Mormon Studies, and assisted in creating the new MHA website. He also wrote the leading book on the web programming framework, CakePHPHe has been kind enough to share a little bit about an exciting new primary source project.

See his previous posts here and here.

We all have become hybrids in this day and age, haven’t we? In another life—and it still manages to remain with me no matter what I might do to shake it off—I worked in software development and desktop publishing. I can’t help but return to systems theory and technology as I build my own research agenda as a historian. For years now, I’ve anticipated historians taking advantage of what software engineers work with every day: open source data and logic. And yet nothing quite like open source technology has taken root in the archival and historical professions. It’s time for us to consider the benefits of pushing our research into a collective and open system, a system already possible (and free of charge) thanks to advances in social media, software versioning, and cloud computing.

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