Call for Good Ideas

by Alan on October 10, 2010

AnthroHacker is looking for good ideas for post topics.  We’re also interested in any suggestions on what you would like to see in our site design and services. Finally, we’d like to hear from you if you think you should be the next great contributor on AnthroHacker.

To get things started, a couple of us put together the following list of planned posts for the near future, check them out and then let us know your ideas!

AnthroHacker Future Topic Ideas:

  • A three part series on Mobile Power Options in the Field
  • A cheap and simple way to immediately connect with your community through technology
  • How to Get Mobile Internet Access Anywhere (almost) and Why That’s a Good Thing for Anthropologists
  • A systematic comparison of full-time faculty profiles available online from top anthropology versus top sociology programs.
  • How should we make use of online classroom projects after the semester ends? The case of course Wikis.

Site Design Ideas:

  • A twitter group feed from the personal accounts of AnthroHacker contributors and/or a twitter feed available to all contributors and/or a common hashtag


David Meek March 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm


My name is David Meek and I'm a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at University of Georgia. I came across your site today through a Facebook link (from Asher Rosinger). I was very interested in looking through your postings, and thinking about possibilities for collaboration. I currently manage two different blogs that might be of interest to you and other readers: the first: looks at the intersection of space, nature and culture through the lens of geospatial technologies. The second: is a blog my wife (also an anthropologist) and I just started to explore the larger intersections between family and academia.

Although I have a bunch of potential ideas for collaboration, I'll just put one out there for now: screencasts. They're a great teaching tool, and if you check out the placing culture blog you'll see some I've been doing. One possibility is I could do a series of screencasts on getting started with geospatial methods, looking into GPS, participatory mapping, ArcGIS etc. It was something I'd been thinking about doing for the placing culture blog for a while now.

Anyways, drop me a line if you want to discuss this or other ideas,



Rachel Shah November 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

Hi there, this blog is exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for, and I have loads of ideas for blog posts, but first, I wondered, how does this blog work? Is there some way a discussion could be attached to it so that even if there wasn't a blog post on the topic, people could post a question that others could respond to? That would be extremely valuable I think.

Post ideas I have are:

* back up – how to do it, back up technology, online backup solutions

* power source – I second the idea you posted above

* stills camera/video camera – what do you need, what works, pros and cons of different types of equipment

* audio recording equipment – do you really need something that records in wav. format. And other such tips

* fieldnotes software – what did you use/what did others use/how did it work/how didn't it work?!

* protecting your equipment for humidity

Anyway, I'd be interested to hear from you with how you see this blog developing. I haven't done fieldwork yet so probably not a great contributor but I'd love to see more info like this available for researchers.



Alan.Schultz January 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thanks for the comment Rachel! I'm glad you like the site and I hope you'll keep us in mind as you get closer to going to the field (and maybe write a post or two!). Until then, your suggestions sound great and we'll add them to the growing list. I especially like the idea of having a regular question and response. More soon…

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