Senior Program Specialist, Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL)
Chief Information Officer
This session will introduce MediaThread, an innovative analysis platform recently launched by Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. MediaThread, an open-source project, significantly advances multimedia annotation, editing, organization, and collaboration. Liberated from the constraints of any one collection or format, students are able to import images, audio, and video from a variety of sources into a course-based MediaThread site through the use of a simple bookmarklet. Items can then be tagged, annotated, clipped, and embedded into individual and group projects, as well as discussion threads. MediaThread’s lightweight bookmarking makes it compatible with a number of licensed databases such as ARTstor; collections in content management systems such as Drupal and Omeka; and resources openly available on the Web on sites such as YouTube, Flickr, OpenVault, and Wikimedia Commons. This session will highlight early uses of MediaThread at Columbia, with emphasis on its capacity to drive and extend use of academic digital resources.