Welcome to The Softalk Apple Project

We are creating the most amazing digital archive of the legendary Softalk magazine! And we're not going to stop at simply scanning and producing e-readable digital versions of each of its 48-monthly issues. No, we're developing innovative methods to do Digital Humanities Open Data, Open Culture research and publishing. Look around to learn more about our project... and imagine how you might get involved.

Softalk Apple Project 2014 - Researcher of the Year Awards

As part of our commitment to support research collaborations, we are very happy to announce The Softalk Apple Project 2014 Researcher of the Year Award recipients; Chris Torrance, Laine Nooney, and Kevin Driscoll. The recipients of this inaugural year of our Researcher award are especially noteworthy as they have been trailblazers in our effort to establish The Softalk Apple Project as a vital, grassroots (unaffiliated and so-far unfunded) Citizen Science/History project.

Digging In to the Roger Wagner Archive

For all of you Assembly Lines fans out there, STAP's multi-award winning Chris Torrence recently posted this excellent YouTube video showcasing the new book, Assembly Lines: The Complete Book, the first in his series of Assembly Lines videos. To date he has posted three videos. The first of his videos is reposted here. It provides an overview of the table of contents with general information about the book itself and where you can get it.

Softalk Apple Project 2014 - Volunteer of the Year Awards

As we wrap up the first full year of The Softalk Apple Project (STAP), Timlynn and I are pleased to report our progress. While nearly everything done during the first year of activity has contributed in its own small way to moving our projects toward sustainability, two areas are especially noteworthy; our Volunteer activity and our Research "Honeypot" initiative. Here we are happy to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of our volunteers.

Assembly Lines: The Complete Book

Assembly Lines: The Complete Book cover

I am very excited to announce that Assembly Lines: The Complete Book is now available as a hardcover from Lulu press. Roger Wagner’s Assembly Lines articles originally appeared in Softalk magazine from October 1980 to June 1983. The first fifteen articles were reprinted in 1982 in Assembly Lines: The Book. Now, for the first time, all thirty-three articles are available in one complete volume.

Our Softalk Magazine Preservation Talk at #MCN2014

We invite you to view the "Lively Talkin' Slide" Edition of our recent presentation about The Softalk Apple Project and our related FactMiners project at #MCN2014, the premiere museum informatics conference. We again thank the Museum Computer Network Association and PICTION for sponsoring our Emerging Professional scholarship that enabled Jim Salmons and Timlynn Babitsky to attend the conference to learn, network with Kindred Spirits, and make our presentation to the museum informatics community. The opportunity for growth of both our projects was phemonenal and will be a source of enthusiasm for our continued evolution of these grassroots Citizen Science/History projects.

Advisor Laine Nooney WOWs Them at IndieCade

We are rightly proud of STAP Advisor, Laine Nooney. Laine, currently with the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University took the stage at IndieCade and totally wowed her audience with the incredible "social theater" surrounding one of the early On-Line Systems games, Softporn Adventure.

Exec: Sir-Tech - Wizzing to the Top

Ever wonder why that little bucking bronco symbol is on the back of your Wizardry manual, encircled with the words “Frederic Remington Country?”

Frederic Remington was a loner who dedicated his life to depicting the solitary existence of the cowboy and the vanishing lifestyle of the American Indian; he painted the wild mustangs of the prairies and the lonely, majestic beauty of the Great Plains and the Rockies. His works embody the spirit of the western wilderness. By the time he finished his travels around the American frontier, it had become a part of him; the life was in his blood. He chose Ogdensburg, New York, as his permanent place of residence.

Softalk Apple Project and FactMiners Are Ashoka/LEGO #Play2Learn Semi-Finalists!

We are very excited to announce that both The Softalk Apple Project and FactMiners have been selected as semi-finalist Pacesetter projects in the Ashoka #Play2Learn challenge. Selection as a Pacesetter comes after a thorough screening process in which 636 entries were considered. We are incredibly pleased to be moving on to the next phase of this Challenge.

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