Day Three (Turning into a Test Match)

Grumpy post. The mediocrity of some thinking is just, well, either shameful, depressing, or lazy. Perhaps all three. A great question from the floor using Winnicott to those who talked about virtual worlds and avatars and if we blur real and this other thing are there ethical questions. The answer is obviously yes (does anyone […]

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Middle Data

It is a methodological field, not an algorithmic process (for those that recognise it, this is from Barthes’ “From Work to Text” as a nod to the importance of grand theory to my own work) which means that it lies between the sorts of new practices that emerge when we apply novel digital techniques to things that can be treated as data using what I’d like to think of as more traditional propositions.

…Finally the more recent decline might reflect the move to a completely digital mode where, to begin with, it was trivial to record a lot (and we all did) but then storage of non–tape media (we could call it non physical but that isn’t really accurate) on hard drives was informal and may have been stored willy nilly then erased, lost, forgotten, deleted and otherwise and indirectly treated as emphemeral.

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Archaries and Libchives

Fascinating presentation by David Pearson, Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries for the City of London Corporation about how marginalia shifts something that is more or less anonymous (my words) into an artefact of value. (Reminds me of an old project by computer scientist and ethnographer Cathy Marshall where she made a prototype annotation program for a laptop, her method involved buying heavily annotated second hand editions of text books at university book stores, and interviewing their purchasers, to model existing annotation practices.

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What is Social Video?

Another possible essay coming out of the Circus Oz archive project that I’m nutting and fidgeting over: The major impediments to the creation and use of video online have, until recently, been understood to be technical, involving the high computational demands of video and its bandwidth requirements. … In this context Web 2.0 and social media systems and services have been built that have tended to place these services ‘outside’ of and around whole videos without troubling how we or what we think video as a practice, form or object might be as a genuinely digitally defined social media thing.

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Archive Relations

This also means we can think of these relations as objects in their own right, and so pose the question and problem of what an archive of relations would be, and what is a relation, when considered as an archival object. Finally, this also means we can speculate about a new, virtual archive, which treats the relations that happen between its objects as the subject and object of its archival and curatorial practices and regime, and what, if anything, the implications of this are.

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Open Humanities Alliance

They have a journal incubator where if you want to turn an existing journal (that you or your organisation owns), or create a new one, that is open then they help you set it up and so on. … These days it is no longer just a question of having a pile of stuff that people might look at, but having an API that lets other services use these things, and, increasingly, let people make new stuff with this stuff.

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Publishers Spam

So unless you’ve been under the academic equivalent of a rock lately (aka admin, attending innovation workshops, or just well, teaching) you might have missed that we are finally getting up in arms over the fucked up nature of academic publishing. … In the meantime Sage sent me this invitation: Dear Adrian Miles, If you are interested in reviewing journal manuscripts, we would like to invite your participation in SAGE Open, an innovative peer reviewed open access journal from SAGE.

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Sophie an Ebook Sort of Thing

Initially designed and developed under the auspices of the Institute for the Future of the Book, Sophie is currently being significantly revised and improved, thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation in the fall of 2008. … Version 1 as available reminds me of the Voyager Expanded Book Toolkit, which I think I’ve still got in a box somewhere, though of course now open source, network enabled and so on.

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Day of Digital Humanities

I’ve always toyed with a possible ‘day in the life’ project where you use digital tools to let a community document itself for a day. … So it is with pleasure that I read an email from Geoffrey Rockwell describing the third annual day of the digital humanities .

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International Handbook (2)

The bit I struggle with, but this Handbook might actually be different is: academics write the content (generally for free) academics have to review the work to ensure it is of a sufficient standard (generally for free) academics then have to purchase the work to actually use it Now, when we didn’t have electronic networks and books were expensive to make (capital costs of access to printing machines and technologies, proofing required manual changes to things, and so on) publishers were essential intermediaries. … We also know that we could host this material (all peer reviewed and so on, so the same quality of material) in something as simple as HTML or pdf on a web site and let anyone use it.

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