Archive | November, 2012


Digital Materiality and . . . an Earthquake

This is more personal anecdote than a scholarly discussion, but it relates to the materiality of digital media and was an event that escaped most Western media outlets. Six years ago, in April, there was a large earthquake off the Southern coast of Taiwan that severed almost all of the data cables linking East Asia […]

Finding “Digital Materiality” Resources for Beginners

Erin’s post “Digital Materiality and the LoC” about her experience talking with local librarians and her find on the Library of Congress’s site “Why Digital Preservation is Important for Everyone” became my springboard. I went in search of a resource about “digital materiality” that helps individuals (and very small groups) learn the nuances of archiving. […]

Digital Materiality and the LoC

As I routed around Google for resources on digital materiality, I stumbled upon a video that spoke to something I’d been thinking about while reading Kirschenbaum: digital archiving and its relationship to digital materiality. I’ve been having conversations with the reference staff at my local library lately as I start to work on my final […]

Not ready for prime time–initial thoughts on digital materiality

As I explored different web-based conversations on digital materiality, I was pleasantly surprised to come across the Materiality for Participation Workshop sponsored by the Noridc organization NordiCHI, a “forum for human-computer interaction research” according to the organizations Website (NordiCHI 2012).   I came across the workshop and call for papers at the Universal Usability and […]

DSpace and It’s Role in Digital Materiality

Before I start talking about DSpace, let me just say that it was a challenge to find a web-based resource related to digital materiality. I had to use my Yahoo! search engine, read the definition of digital materiality on Wikipedia, and then had to consult for assistance. But after a half-hour of searching around, I […]

Creepy Treehouse? Useful Tool? Both And . . .?

The Chronicle of Higher Eduction offers a short article on archiving students’ reading habits: “Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life—classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too.” And how might data mining differ from a shared annotation class experience–one in which an entire class can annotate and discuss a text […]

The Mechanics of Visualization in Today’s World

Last week, before Superstorm Sandy struck the east coast I started to read the first six pages of Lev Manovich’s What Is Visualization? After losing power and getting it back two days later, I went back on my laptop to finish reading the essay and then went about reading Manovich’s second essay Media Visualization: Visual Techniques […]

Electoral Maps: Red, Blue, and Gray

Without the havens of work and school, I spent too much of last week prowling political websites and going gray over the election. Considering how much time I spent starting at the American geography in red and blue, it should prove little surprise that Monmonier’s chapter on Maps and Political Propaganda sparked my interest. Early […]

Visualize this

OK, now I’m really excited.  Visualization really speaks to me. I have always been a bit flustered or dismayed by using searches, search terms, etc.  The assumption is that one knows what one is looking for.  And generally we do.  But browsing, or exploration, however, as Manovich points out, are much more appropriate terms to […]

Some Interesting Maps…

Here are some I found… Infinite Jest: William Faulkner’s novels (map by Faulkner): Map of Krypton: Neuromancer maps: <> <>   I’d be interested to see if anybody else could share some links to interesting maps.

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