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Contemplating wikinomics and communities of practice

November 4, 2012

As I begin to write this post, I am inadvertently paying homage to the two facets which make up its title. Firstly, I am downloading a free album from Amanda Palmer – cue Wikinomics. Secondly, the writing and publishing of the post itself is part of a collaborative exercise for my MA DAH class – and so, communities of practice enters the stage from the left. I say “left” as a doffing of the cap to the communist accusations against collaboration as seen in “Wikinomics”, which state that Bill Gates “cites the movement to assemble a global “creative commons” that contains large bodies of scientific and cultural content as a potential threat to the ability to make profits in knowledge-based industries such as software. Many top executives are lining up along side Gates to harpoon what they see as newfangled “communists” in various guises.”. In this post, I will outline the benefits of collaboration between people in general as I believe that its advantages reflect the range of possibilties for the future of books, learning, mass collaboration and, at the risk of sounding melodramatic, life as we know it.

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Novice digital humanists…

November 4, 2012

I recently began a Masters in Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC in Cork, Ireland. I thought it might be a useful exercise to hold a series of Skype or Google+ Hangouts chats with other novice digital humanists, along the lines of Jack Dougherty’s post. This first informal chat would more than likely be on a one-to-one basis (with me or someone in my class) and an initial “hello”, as we are all of course new to the field. Future conversations could be of a group nature and involve those who are more advanced in the field of DH.

If you are new to DH, have access to Skype or Google+ Hangouts and would like to take part, please fill in the below form. I would love also to hear any suggestions (eg: class to class chat) you may have!

Feel free to contact me on Twitter @roisinanneob and include the hashtag #dhnovice

Digital Pedagogy – Thoughts on “A New Culture of Learning”

November 4, 2012

Having read “A New Culture of Learning – Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change”, it seems that the implementation of digital tools and a “new culture of learning” through “cultivation” is certainly a real possibility.

We are told the story of Sam, a young boy, who gains valuable knowledge and skills (through interaction with other users and the commenting system) when indulging the “Scratch” software. However, the time has come where operating in this sort of environment should no longer be an indulgement. With the emergence of free opportunities such as CoderDojo, children can mimic Sam’s experience. This week I learned about Boone Gorge’s multiple editing WordPress plugin Participad. This plugin allows users to collaboratively edit a WordPress website and is also connected with THATCamp, where people from areas such as digital humanities and technology can build together in a free-form environment. THATCamp instills a level of spontaneity in attendees and ushers them into a non-hierarchical structure. THATcamp is proof that collaboration can happen within set boundaries without having to be tightly controlled, thereby allowing flow, creativity, independence within collaboration and innovation to flourish.

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DH, DB and DV: Digital Humanities, Databases and Data Visualisation

October 30, 2012

Last week, I spent some more time watching a selection of data visualisation videos. While a particular mention of data visualisation has been stuck in my mind following a recent class analysis of Alan Liu’s “The State of Digital Humanities: a report and critique”, where “an interactive 3D overlay” took “the user’s attention away from the historical archive of…works”, these videos sparked a particular question in my head. What can be said about data visualisation as an advanced form of accesible information/presentation/aesthetics v simplicity and straight foward data? When I read Anna’s recent post, “The Humanities Identity Crisis and its Pharmakon”, which discusses DH and its image, as well as “the mid-life crisis of the Humanities which has driven the movement in Digital Humanities forward”, I again began to ponder this subject and eventually decided to write a “log book” record of my train of thought.

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Delightful Databases – Vol I

October 21, 2012

Click on a name to visit a database:

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Hyperspace: the untrodden frontier

October 14, 2012

I am not quite sure how to begin this baptismal post. However, I will start with a stream of consciousness method and hope that I can learn from it!

The above statement and resulting words below are a direct nod to Paula M. Krebs’ theory of ‘next time, fail better’.

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