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DH Infrastructure Symposium - HumTech - UCLA
"We enthusiastically invite you to join us at UCLA on November 15, 2018 for the third annual Digital Humanities Infrastructure Symposium. Our focus this year is on some real-world built and building platforms and methods to support DH researchers. We welcome anyone interested in learning from what has been done in practical, infrastructure-building terms — especially technologists, library staff, and those involved or getting started in building DH capacity."
conference  digital-humanities  infrastructure 
december 2018 by tsuomela
The Maintainers: A Conference
"Many groups and individuals today celebrate “innovation.” The notion is influential not only in engineering and business, but also in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. For example, “innovation” has become a staple of analysis in popular histories – such as Walter Isaacson’s recent book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.  This conference takes a different approach, one whose conceptual starting point was a playful proposal for a counter-volume to Isaacson’s that could be titled The Maintainers: How a Group of Bureaucrats, Standards Engineers, and Introverts Made Technologies That Kind of Work Most of the Time. Conference participants come from a variety of fields, including academic historians and social scientists, as well as artists, activists, and engineers.  All share an interest in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world."
conference  infrastructure  technology  standards  sts 
april 2016 by tsuomela
SHARE
"SHARE is building a free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle."
research  scholarly-communication  infrastructure  altmetrics  open-science 
march 2016 by tsuomela
CHORUS
"CHORUS leverages existing infrastructure to enable sustainable, cost-effective, and transparent public access to content reporting on funded research. By integrating services and open APIs, CHORUS optimizes funder identification, content discovery and long-term accessibility, compliance monitoring, and dashboard reporting."
scholarly-communication  publishing  funding  infrastructure 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Object Lessons
"Object Lessons is an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things, from St. Louis to deficiencies, psychologists to rocks. ↻ Series Editors: Ian Bogost and Christopher Schaberg"
books  publisher  objects  object-oriented-ontology  philosophy  metaphysics  infrastructure  series 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Cyberscience 2.0: Research in the Age of Digital Social Networks, Nentwich, König
"At the start of the twenty-first century, the Internet was already perceived to have fundamentally changed the landscape for research. With its opportunities for digital networking, novel publication schemes, and new communication formats, the web was a game-changer for how research was done as well as what came after—the dissemination and discussion of results. Addressing the seismic shifts of the past ten years, Cyberscience 2.0 examines the consequences of the arrival of social media and the increasing dominance of big Internet players, such as Google, for science and research, particularly in the realms of organization and communication."
book  publisher  cyberscience  science  e-science  infrastructure  internet 
january 2015 by tsuomela
iRODS (integrated Rule-Oriented Data System)
"The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is an open-source data management software in use at research organizations and government agencies worldwide. iRODS is a production-level distribution aimed at deployment in mission critical environments. It functions independently of storage resources and abstracts data control away from storage devices and device location allowing users to take control of their data. As data volumes grow and data services become more complex, iRODS is increasingly important in data management. The development infrastructure supports exhaustive testing on supported platforms; plug-in support for microservices, storage resources, drivers, and databases; and extensive documentation, training and support services."
infrastructure  data-curation  data  management  cloud-computing  sharing  repository 
december 2014 by tsuomela
DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities
"The digital humanities are at a critical moment in the transition from a specialty area to a full-fledged community with a common set of methods, sources of evidence, and infrastructure — all of which are necessary for achieving academic recognition. As budgets are slashed and marginal programs are eliminated in the current economic crisis, only the most articulate and productive will survive. Digital collections are proliferating, but most remain difficult to use, and digital scholarship remains a backwater in most humanities departments with respect to hiring, promotion, and teaching practices. Only the scholars themselves are in a position to move the field forward. Experiences of the sciences in their initiatives for cyberinfrastructure and eScience offer valuable lessons. Information- and data-intensive, distributed, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary research is now the norm in the sciences, while remaining experimental in the humanities. Discussed here are six factors for comparison, selected for their implications for the future of digital scholarship in the humanities: publication practices, data, research methods, collaboration, incentives, and learning. Drawing upon lessons gleaned from these comparisons, humanities scholars are "called to action" with five questions to address as a community: What are data? What are the infrastructure requirements? Where are the social studies of digital humanities? What is the humanities laboratory of the 21st century? What is the value proposition for digital humanities in an era of declining budgets?"
article  digital-humanities  information-science  science  infrastructure 
november 2014 by tsuomela
Scholars Portal
"Scholars Portal is a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. Founded in 2002, Scholars Portal provides a shared technology infrastructure and shared collections for all 21 university libraries in the province."
research  data  data-curation  country(Canada)  infrastructure 
august 2014 by tsuomela
NetLab | A research infrastructure project for the study of internet materials
"NetLab is a research infrastructure project for the study of internet materials within the national Danish Digital Humanities Lab (DigHumLab) and affiliated to Center for Internet Studies Aarhus University"
research  infrastructure  academic-lab 
july 2014 by tsuomela
RESAW | A Research infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web materials
"Since the mid-1990s the web has become an integrated part of society, culture, business, and politics, and national web archives have been established to preserve this part of the cultural heritage. But for the scholar who wants to study the web across borders the national web archives become an obstacle since they delimit the borderless information flow on the web by national barriers. Thus, a trans-national research infrastructure has to be established with a view to: a) developing a more efficient and attractive European Research Area, b) ensuring the free researcher access to the cultural heritage in national web archives, c) increasing the potential for fostering innovative partnerships with the software development industry."
research  infrastructure  web-archive  digital-humanities 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Knowledge Infrastructures: Intellectual Frameworks and Research Challenges
"Welcome to Knowledge Infrastructures! This Website is intended to function as the official research and discussion companion to the Knowledge Infrastructures: Intellectual frameworks and research challenges report and workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and The Sloan Foundation. "
infrastructure  knowledge  sts  research  report 
april 2014 by tsuomela
This is Not a Boundary Object: Reflections on the Origin of a Concept
"There are three components to boundary objects as outlined in the original 1989 article. Interpretive flexibility, the structure of informatic and work process needs and arrangements, and, finally, the dynamic between ill-structured and more tailored uses of the objects. Much of the use of the concept has concentrated on the aspect of interpretive flexibility and has often mistaken or conflated this flexibility with the process of tacking back-and-forth between the ill-structured and well-structured aspects of the arrangements. Boundary objects are not useful at just any level of scale or without full consideration of the entire model. The article discusses these aspects of the architecture of boundary objects and includes a discussion of one of the ways that boundary objects appeared as a concept in earlier work done by Star. It concludes with methodological considerations about how to study the system of boundary objects and infrastructure."
sts  boundary-objects  infrastructure  analysis 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Locus Online Perspectives » David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or,Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools
"It can be hard to notice things you take for granted — assumptions that are never questioned, because everyone shares them. One of these nearly ubiquitous themes is a tendency for most authors and/or film-makers to disdain the intelligence and wisdom of society as a whole, portraying a majority of their fellow citizens as sheep or fools."
fiction  perception  groups  societies  authority  trust  literature  cliche  intelligence  groupthink  bureaucracy  infrastructure 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads | Easily Distracted
I hereby volunteer: the next pundit who talks about how MOOCs are going to save higher education some big bucks needs to meet me for drinks at the establishment of his or her choosing, I’ll foot the bill, and in return I just ask for the chance to politely and rationally CHEW THEIR FUCKING EARS OFF. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://blogs.swarthmore.edu/burke/2012/07/20/listen-up-you-primitive-screwheads/
mooc  education  digital  future  reform  money  cost  infrastructure 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Electric Forecast Calls for Increasing Blackouts -
Two scary things stand out about America’s failure to shore up its grid over the last 15 years. The first is that the grid’s frailties are getting worse as our weather is getting weirder. The second is that the U.S.’s inability to sort out the right mix of public and private investment and get on with the process of building the grid we need reflects that we no longer quite believe in the common good. It’s not just a power failure, it’s also an optimism failure.
electric-grid  electricity  energy  infrastructure  america  decline  declension-narrative  environment  climate-change  global-warming 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Half-formed thoughts about Twitter, social silos, web APIs, and mashups « blog.lmorchard.com
"What’s left behind are things that aren’t owned by a single entity. RSS, rssCloud, Atom, AtomPub, PubSubHubbub, JSON Activity Streams, Salmon, WebFinger, OStatus, etc and so forth. We could talk to each other with these things, and make beautiful mashups.

But, a lot of us have been distracted by shiny corporate APIs, building value for others and sometimes making a little for ourselves. Why bother writing a web spider chasing microformatted relationships to build a social graph, when we could make a single HTTP GET and have a JSON-formatted friends list tossed back – and thus, get on with the real thing we wanted to do with that list?"
internet  network  development  trend  culture  corporate  business  apps  api  infrastructure  standards  ownership 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Read This: Powering the Dream - Boing Boing
"Energy isn't just what it is. Energy is what we have decided we want it to be. Sometimes, that fact leads us to make good decisions. Sometimes, it leads us into horrible mistakes. More often, we get a little of both at the same time. But we can't plan out the future of energy without taking a good, hard look how our beliefs and cultural ideas have created its past. We have to come to terms with the fact that our decisions about energy aren't guided by pure economics or pure science, and never have been. If we ignore that, then we're doomed to keep making sloppy choices, or become frozen in a standoff of ideologies disguised as fact—and neither is something we can afford to do right now.

Human society—American society—is reflected in the infrastructures it builds, Madrigal writes. Powering the Dream is a book that makes that fact abundantly clear. "
book  review  energy  technology  ideology  ideas  infrastructure 
july 2012 by tsuomela
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