[HIST] History of Applied Science and Technology [lead: Danielle Mead Skjelver, University of Maryland, University of North Dakota]

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    Title: Into the Unknown: Technology, Science, and Their Impact on Society (working title)

    Subject: History of Applied Science and Technology

    Target audience: 100-level History of Applied Science and Technology textbook for students at colleges and universities around the world.

    Single author or Multiple authors: Multiple.

    Rebus project manager(s): Liz Mays

    License: CC BY

    Help needed:

    • Chapter and/or subsection authors
    • Copyeditors/Proofreaders
    • Chapter reviewers
    • Formatting helpers
    • Image sourcers
    • Accessibility checkers
    • Marketing/promoting adoptions in classrooms


    Book description:
    This textbook is designed to to meet the needs of History of Applied Science and Technology courses at colleges and universities around the world. Chapters will be organized around the theme of the transformative impact of technological and epistemological changes on worldview and human behavior as they relate to everyday life and global choices.

    The book will contain fourteen to twenty modular chapters that provide instructors with content structured around a narrative focused on human transformation across time and geographic space – from fire through the present. This number will be ideally suited for courses of eight or fifteen week durations, but chapters will be fully editable so that instructors can tailor the textbook to the needs of their own classrooms.

    A working table of contents has been developed (see Precis below.) Currently, we are specifically seeking chapter authors for volume one, that covers the Ancient World (before 500 BCE) to the Medieval Period (500 to 1400 CE).

    Authors will have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of lengths: whole chapters; sections of chapters; or brief segments about the length of an encyclopedia article. We believe that students best learn history by doing history, and our method reflects this commitment. We ask authors to emphasize critical thinking, transparency, primary sources, and argument. (For more, see Author Guide, attached.)


    Recognition for contributions:
    Contributing authors will have an author credit & individual author page featuring a bio and links to any other works that the author wishes to promote. Anyone contributing editing, proofreading or any other support will also be listed as a contributor to the project.

    A stipend of $200 will be split among subsection authors of full chapters completed by December 2017. Authors of full chapters will receive the full $200.

    Editing team:
    Danielle Mead Skjelver, UMUC, UND
    David C. Arnold, Ph.D., UMUC
    Hans Peter Broedel, Ph.D., UND
    Bonnie Kim, Ph.D., UMUC

    Other project team members:
    Mark Smith, Ph.D., UMUC
    Sheryl Broedel, UND
    Linda Ruggles, Ph.D., UMUC

    0_1485876030041_Author Guide Updated.pdf
    0_1483539352954_Call for Authors Open Access Textbook.pdf
    0_1485875980843_Précis OA Hist of Sci and Tech Updated.pdf

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    Help us make this #opentextbook: “History of Applied Science and Technology” Find out how to contribute here: http://bit.ly/HistAppSciTech

    How to participate:
    Right now, we are looking for chapter authors for the first six chapters of the book and copy editors for the first round of chapter drafts. The first volume of chapters covers the Ancient World (before 500 BCE) to the Medieval Period (500 to 1400 CE).

    See the spreadsheet below for the specific chapters and subsections up for grabs:
    History of Applied Science & Technology Chapter Assignments

    In particular. we are looking to get the first four unclaimed subsections of Chapter One covered. The unclaimed subsections, listed below, are roughly 1,000 words apiece.

    • Mayans & Olmecs
    • Egypt, northeast Africa, and Sub-Saharan Mettallurgy, Medicine & Mathematics
    • The Indus River Valley civilisation and Vedic Age of India
    • A New World: Transforming Egyptian and Babylonian Science

    If you would like to contribute to or copy edit a chapter or subsection, please reply to this post below with the chapter/subsection name you’re interested in and a brief bio (100-250 words).

    If you are interested in a chapter or subsection that appears later in the book, or if you’d like to contribute something that is not listed in the TOC, we’d still love to hear from you! Reply to this post and we’ll be in touch.

    Current Project Team:
    @lizmays, @zoe, @danielle (lead editor) … and you?

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    Heh autoresponder from one person I reach out to finished with:

    If your message is a request to contribute to (yet another) Handbook, Companion, Dictionary, or Encyclopedia, please take this automatic reply as a polite refusal.


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  • @hugh Interesting! I had no idea so many requests for such publications went out. Perhaps large organizations like ABC-CLIO might send mass mails to former contributors.

  • Hi there! I’m an undergraduate Linguistics and Professional Communications student at the University of Victoria! I would be really eager to help copy edit or proofread for this project, even as an assistant to a more experienced copy editor. I just finished working on the journal Victorian Review last semester (the issue I worked on happened to be about Alfred Russel Wallace, actually) and am still resisting the urge to copy edit everything I see…

    I’d be especially happy to take a look at chapters 1 - 4 since I happen to be in the middle of some informal research projects that incorporate pre-1500 MENA, South Asian and sub-Saharan African history, but proofreading is its own reward, so please feel free to let me know if I can be helpful when any copy is delivered!

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    Welcome @megdcu , very happy to have you aboard!

    I think we need to make some tshirts with the following:

    “Proofreading is its own reward.”

  • @hugh I would certainly wear one! :)

  • @megdcu Thank you for your interest, and I have added your name to the list of copy editors! I don’t suppose you might be interested in doing any writing on South Asian or sub-Saharan African sections?

  • @danielle While I wouldn’t want to mislead you into thinking that I have scholarly expertise in those topics, I would be pleased to help out with writing if an expert doesn’t pop up in time to move forward! I would be researching from scratch to write those sections as much as any other person with a slightly-more-than-passing acquaintance with those subjects would (I’m most familiar with southern Nigerian topics, where I’ve been digging myself down a rabbit hole for half a year, but still don’t feel like I’ve done more than scratch the surface), but I most likely have more time to do that research than a graduate/doctoral student or an instructor and will be starting in on it at some point one way or another…so if the opportunity arises, I would be happy to make any contributions you think would be appropriate!

  • @megdcu I misread your mail above to say that you were an undergraduate professor. My apologies. Let’s talk by email. We could certainly use proofreading! I’m at danielle.skjelver (at) faculty.umuc.edu Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • @danielle Oh, no problem! I thought something like that might be the case…you can imagine me picking the words of my last reply very carefully! I’ll get in touch by email to perhaps assist with proofreading when the time arises.

  • @megdcu Haha! Yes, I can. I do apologize. Thanks for your offer, and I look forward to hearing from you!

  • This looks like a fantastic project! I’m really eager to be involved in any way I can and see things unfold.

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    @shawn.morton welcome aboard! really looking forward to this project unfolding.

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    I reached out to a number of potential contributors. Not all of them had time to commit, but I followed up asking if they would be interested in keeping abreast with the project. Have had a couple of “yeses” to that question, so one thing that each Project (including this one) might consider doing is developing a mailing list, to send out updates.

    We’ll talk about that internally at Rebus & have some ideas about how to operationalize … but: @danielle-skjelver thinking about this, it would mean that, say, M-J Bishop could be on a mailing list about the book without having to sign up to the forum (for instance), as well as some interested academics who aren’t participating in the project, but might still want to be cheerleaders.

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