Day 1 Liveblog (Friday, Oct 19)

Bagel run on Sunday! Exact change only. Talk to Sarah Severson!

“We were Otaku before it was cool” (Aaron Straup Cope)

Questions for Aaron:

What is the design museum trying to accomplish and enable by putting the collection online?

Is it time for Wikipedia to stop deleting pages if the cost of storing pages is not an issue? Should they stop editing?

Social Feed Manager (Daniel Chudnov)

Discovering the hard to find: new media in traditional journals (Heather Cunningham)

Locked in the cloud: What lies beyond the peak of inflated expectations? (John Durno & Corey Davis)

Questions (and comments) for John and Corey:

Are you talking about archiving the function of the system or the data?

Productivity is an important consideration in terms of staff time, but it must be calculated.

Did UVic talk about the systems costs?

Adventures in Linked Data: Building a Connected Research Environment

Lisa Goddard, Memorial University  


CWRC Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory

Funded by the Canadian Government

Like most digital humanities project, CWRC is very collaborative


“We need to stop talking about the issue of single-author monograph as the benchmark for excellence.” (DH Manifesto 2004)


Big Data, Answers, and Civil Rights

Alistair Croll, Lean Analytics

NUMBER ONE POINT: Big data is about abundance

4 big concerns of big data:

Questions: have you thought about putting programmers with bookworms? (referring to chart about creative vs. brainy)

How do you keep yourself open to seeing this?

Q: [missed it] How did we not see big stupid coming our way?

A: “Truthiness”

Q: Civil Rights and Big Data: Bitch Magazine published a column from an urban university in a women’s studies dept. Asks students to search for themselves in Google. Students are shocked. Prof: Google needs to fix this Google says that they provide the links people search. What are your thoughts?

A: Debate between curator and the data carrier (e.g. AT&T and phone system). Google does provide what is searched for and offers safe search, etc.

        Jonathan Haidt: humans need to learn the difference b/w “must’ and “can”

Bibliobox: A Library in a Box

David Fiander, Western University


Q: Do you have problems optimizing memory? I had crashes over and over when doing this

A: Everything was small. So I used a small web server, python, SQLite. It’s about core technologies

username: DJfiander


Question Answering, Serendipity, and the Research Process of Scholars in the Humanities

Kim Martin, Victoria L. Rubin and Anabel Quan-Haase, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

Bohemian Bookshelf: doesn’t work with text


Q: Regarding serendipity, there are 2 different avenues for that, what is more fruitful? randomness or relationships/

randomness is not connected beforehand. Usually there is a relationship first. Go in search of something and then something

Q: Degrees of separation? What if we could bring things that are 2 or more degrees of separation?

A: are they related or random? hovers somewhere between?

Q: How do you prevent serendipity from becoming Clippy (the MS paperclip...)

A: [live blogger lost internet connection and unfortunately forgot the answer]

Q: Serendipity and Openness?

A: The way we search now illustrates the problems of serendipity and tracking. Searching the web, via Google, often leads us to these serendipitous moments of information retrieval