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thesis now live in full and open to all to read ;) #go_gn – Chrissi Nerantzi
Over the last 4.5 years I have been working on an exciting phenomenographic study through which I explored the collaborative open learning experience of learners participating in open cross-institutional academic development courses. This study brought new insights relating among others to the power of cross-boundary professional communities and the opportunities these bring for academics and other professionals who teach or support learning in higher education when learning collaboratively in the open.

My thesis has in the last few days been made available in full through the Edinburgh Napier University repository.
thesis  resnetsem 
yesterday by cogdog
Welcome to the GC Digital Research Institute
Hosted by the GC Digital Fellows and part of the GC Digital Initiatives, the GC Digital Research Institute (GC DRI) is a week-long intensive training course where participants learn core digital research skills while connecting with peers in an interdisciplinary environment.

Building on the success of prior Digital Research Institutes in January 2016, June 2016, and January 2017, GC DRI combines training in areas such as the command line, git, Python, and databases with more specialized short workshops and professional development sessions. Participants will come together to share their own research goals, collaborate on a shared project, and present what they have learned in a casual but challenging setting.

Free of charge to participants and open to all members of the Graduate Center community, the GC DRI is developed in partnership with Software Carpentry, the New York Public Library, Mozilla Science Lab, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.
research  resnetsem 
3 days ago by cogdog
Reading is Useless – Beck Tench – Medium
In my second year of PhD coursework, I am beginning to prepare for the general exam — a massive reading and writing effort that will help me discover the conversations, methods, and theories that matter to those I most want to write with, to, and for. I will spend hours, weeks, months reading, digesting, and synthesizing. I will then demonstrate my understanding through writing and an oral defense. I do not want that experience to feel like some unrelenting ultra-marathon. I want it to feel alive and loving, nourishing and compelling. I want to feel hungry and then full and then hungry again.

To build the skills to do that, I spent the last quarter — about ten weeks time — experimenting with contemplative reading. I do not mean I spent the quarter reading texts that were contemplative in nature. While I read a few poems and contemplative texts to experience contemplatively reading contemplative writing, most of my readings were of the typical academic style. By contemplative reading, I mean that I made space for the experience of reading itself. I acknowledged what happened in my heart and body, not just my brain. I explored ways of reading that honored presence, slowness, creativity, and embodiment. I also, at times, tried to read for reading’s sake, rather than to finish or know (that was the hardest of all!).

This post is a reflection on that experience. It is meant to be an offering to anyone who experiences reading as burdensome or joyless. It is not meant to suggest what contemplative reading might be for you or to be an authority on which ways of reading are or are not contemplative. It is also not meant to devalue any way of reading, useful or otherwise.
reading  research  resnetsem 
16 days ago by cogdog
The Librarians Saving The Internet
You may think that anything uploaded onto the internet is there forever—but the constant churn is a challenge to the archivists trying to backup the web.
digital  internet  archive  library  resnetsem  netnarr  ds206 
21 days ago by cogdog
Get writing: routine, re-mix, rebel & read!   – The Supervision Whisperers
In Helen Sword’s latest book^, she destroys the myth that there is ONLY one way to write – that writing regularly, for 1-2 hrs every day, is the best or only way to write well as an academic. Instead, in facing the reality of busy life as a busy academic and thesis students, she argues we can create more time to write if we try four strategies… that I have labelled the ‘4 Rs’: Routine, Remix, Rebel, Read. 
resnetsem 
6 weeks ago by cogdog
Never Gonna GIF You Up: Analyzing the Cultural Significance of the Animated GIFSocial Media + Society - Kate M. Miltner, Tim Highfield, 2017
The animated Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a digital file format with a long history within internet cultures and digital content. Emblematic of the early Web, the GIF fell from favor in the late 1990s before experiencing a resurgence that has seen the format become ubiquitous within digital communication. While the GIF has certain technical affordances that make it highly versatile, this is not the sole reason for its ubiquity. Instead, GIFs have become a key communication tool in contemporary digital cultures thanks to a combination of their features, constraints, and affordances. GIFs are polysemic, largely because they are isolated snippets of larger texts. This, combined with their endless, looping repetition, allows them to relay multiple levels of meaning in a single GIF. This symbolic complexity makes them an ideal tool for enhancing two core aspects of digital communication: the performance of affect and the demonstration of cultural knowledge. The combined impact of these capabilities imbues the GIF with resistant potential, but it has also made it ripe for commodification. In this article, we outline and articulate the GIF’s features and affordances, investigate their implications, and discuss their broader significance for digital culture and communication.
gifs  resnetsem  animatedgif 
7 weeks ago by cogdog
Mozilla Safety Tips
KEEPING YOU & YOUR DIGITAL LOVED ONES SECURE
privacy  resnetsem 
8 weeks ago by cogdog
Critical Algorithm Studies: a Reading List | Social Media Collective
This list is an attempt to collect and categorize a growing critical literature on algorithms as social concerns. The work included spans sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies, geography, communication, media studies, and legal studies, among others. Our interest in assembling this list was to catalog the emergence of “algorithms” as objects of interest for disciplines beyond mathematics, computer science, and software engineering.
research  resnetsem  social  activism 
9 weeks ago by cogdog
Why we post
Why We Post is a global anthropological research project on the uses and consequences of social media.
research  socialmedia  resnetsem 
9 weeks ago by cogdog
Openness and Education: A beginner's guide
A packed reference guide to different aspects within the broad umbrella of open education
open  openness  opened  opencontent  resnetsem 
10 weeks ago by cogdog
Me, My Selfie And I: Self-Expression In The Digital Age - Intelligence Squared (podcast)
We are living in the age of selfie mania. Everyone from the Pope to Obama has appeared in one. In the past, only a handful of people were able to propagate their own images, whether it was artists like Rembrandt or Van Gogh painting self-portraits, society beauties commissioning fashionable artists to create a flattering likeness of themselves to be admired by a select few. But now, the smartphone has democratised visual self-expression. The instant transferability of photos to social media and imaging apps at our disposal allow us all to constantly ‘curate’ our look and present ourselves as we want the world to see us, recording ourselves day by day.

But what effect is this cultural addiction having on us? Do we look out at our exciting world as observers full of curiosity, or do we simply wonder how we look in it, and what filter would work best? Has the selfie reduced life to a popularity contest governed by likes, Instagram followers and Facebook friends? How do we deal with the increasing social pressure to constantly post images of an impossibly perfect self?
identity  digital  digitalstudies  resnetsem  selfie 
10 weeks ago by cogdog
Metafinder Search
University Libraries offers a one-stop searchbox for Open and Affordable Educational Resources
opened  oer  resnetsem 
11 weeks ago by cogdog
Documenting the Now
DocNow is a tool and a community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content. DocNow responds to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content. DocNow has a strong commitment to prioritizing ethical practices when working with social media content, especially in terms of collection and long-term preservation. This commitment extends to Twitter's notion of honoring user intent and the rights of content creators.
archive  socialmedia  netnarr  resnetsem 
12 weeks ago by cogdog
Linked Cnvas
an easy-to-use tool designed for the cultural heritage community as well as schools and colleges to build interactive educational resources. LINKED CANVAS helps people to explore artworks and artefacts visually, conceptually and contextually.
art  resnetsem  networkedlearning 
12 weeks ago by cogdog
story-boarding the thesis structure | patter
It usual for people to start writing their thesis text in the middle – that is with the actual NEW stuff that’s been done. Some people might not, and that’s fine, but beginning with middle work is a very common pattern. The reason for starting in the middle is that once you know what you have to say, then you can construct the argument for rest of the thesis.

So after the middle work you go back to the beginning to sort out how the whole text will be structured, knowing where its all going. Getting the middle in shape allows you to answer the question – What do I have to say in my thesis and to whom? What is my ‘material’? What is the best way to organise and present it?

Now this sounds as if middle work ought to be really simple. However it’s not. The big challenge after the field work is often not in the analysis per se, but rather it’s in breaking the analysis up into two or three or four chapters that ‘work’. To do this successfully, have to find two, three or four meta-categories – these become chapters – that you can then use to gather together the material that constitutes your results.
storyboard  resnetsem  writing 
12 weeks ago by cogdog
Birds On Twitter
IR, an independent weekly magazine from Latvia, needed to reinforce its social network presence and highlight the importance of its main principle – everyone has the right to be heard.

So we ended one of the greatest internet injustices of all time and gave Twitter back to the original twitterers, the birds.  

Here is how
twitter  socialmedia  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
visualizing memes : culturegraphy - culture - memes - visualization
Culturegraphy investigates cultural information exchange over time also known as 'memes'. These networks can provide new insights into the rich interconnections of cultural development.


Treating cultural works as nodes and influences as directed edges, the visualization of these cultural networks can provide new insights into the rich interconnections of cultural development. The graphics represent complex relationships of movie references by combining macro views summarizing 100 years of movie influences with micro views providing a close-up look at the embedding of individual movies. The macro view shows the rise of the self-referential character of postmodern cinema, while the micro level illustrates differences between individual movies, when they were referenced and by whom. The visualizations provide views that are closer to the real complexity of the relationships than aggregated views or rankings could do.
culture  data  film  movies  Visualization  research  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Tropy
Bring order to your research — use the power of Tropy to organize and describe your research photos so you can quickly find your sources whenever you need them, whether that’s days or years later.

When you return from the archives with hundreds or thousands of research photos, making sense of them can feel like trying to escape a labyrinth. Tropy brings order to this chaos by providing a common-sense way to organize and describe your research. Use Tropy to transform impenetrable folders of nameless photos into an adaptable organization system where it’s easy to find any photo.

Tropy is flexible enough to work the way that you do. Photos can be grouped into individual research documents or objects; documents can be grouped into collections or tagged. You can take notes to describe or transcribe your photos. Full-text search covers all of these levels to help you find what you need. Export to resources like Omeka and Flickr allows you to share and collaborate with others.
images  photos  research  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Browse Photo-Essays — Cultural Anthropology
Writing with Light is an initiative to bolster the place of the photo-essay—and, by extension, formal experimentation—within international anthropological scholarship. As a collaboration between two journals published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Cultural Anthropology and Visual Anthropology Review, Writing with Light is led by a curatorial collective that aims to address urgent and important concerns about the sustained prominence of multimodal scholarship. Anthropological projects based in video, installation, performance, etc. take as a given that multimodality changes what anthropologists can and should see as productive knowledge. Such projects compel anthropologists to begin rethinking our intellectual endeavors through an engagement with various media, addressing the particular affordances and insights that each new form of scholarship offers. How, for example, does photography produce different types of knowledge than text and/or film? What criteria might we need to interrogate and evaluate each of these forms of multimodal scholarship? As part of a broader set of questions about the relationship between forms of scholarly work and knowledge production, we explore the ongoing relevance of the photo-essay.

The Writing with Light collective focuses on the photo-essay in the belief that multimodal (or visual) forms are not a singular paradigm and that a consideration of a singular research form might help us to rethink a broader array of anthropological questions. How does the photo-essay configure our engagement through its unique form of mediation and composition? We believe that the photo-essay provides a critical opportunity for reevaluating the word–image relationship. Conventionally known for its narrative qualities, the photo-essay is especially useful in reconsidering the relationship between words and images in photographic storytelling, as well as efforts to generate innovative anthropological knowledge with the capacity to go beyond storytelling. For example, we are especially interested in the photo-essay’s potential to generate insights focused on issues of mediation and representation, as well as methodological questions with the potential to shift how anthropologists conceive of the discipline itself.
research  essay  photography  thruthelens  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated! | Internet Archive Blogs
The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a copyright scholar at Tulane University calls this “Library Public Domain.”  She and her students helped bring the first scanned books of this era available online in a collection named for the author of the bill making this necessary: The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection. Thousands more books will be added in the near future as we automate. We hope this will encourage libraries that have been reticent to scan beyond 1923 to start mass scanning their books and other works, at least up to 1942.
copyright  publicdomain  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Story Curves
A nonlinear narrative is a storytelling device that portrays events of a story out of chronological order, e.g., in reverse order or going back and forth between past and future events. Story curves visualize the nonlinear narrative of a movie by showing the order in which events are told in the movie and comparing them to their actual chronological order, resulting in possibly meandering visual patterns in the curve. We also developed Story Explorer, an interactive tool that visualizes a story curve together with complementary information such as characters and settings. Story Explorer further provides a script curation interface that allows users to specify the chronological order of events in movies. We used Story Explorer to analyze 10 popular nonlinear movies and describe the spectrum of narrative patterns that we discovered, including some novel patterns not previously described in the literature.
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narrative  ds106  Storytelling  netnarr  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention
facebook  privacy  attention  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Digital Zombies
Our working definition of Digital Zombie:

Digital Zombie -- A person who only uses Wikipedia, Google, or other Internet sites, tools, and search engines to complete academic research projects. Digital Zombies wander aimlessly through online worlds and virtual space, they do not visit libraries and archives in person, and their faces can often only be seen in the reflection of their glowing screens. Digital Zombies use online sources indiscriminately, without concern for their reliability or origin, and they follow hyperlinks blindly.
Through the Digital Zombies project, you'll complete missions that will help save you from this dystopian fate. You will discover how to search online for relevant and authoritative historical resources and information, and also how to cite these sources for future reference. You'll explore research methods on the Internet, and also in the analog world of printed books, maps, and people. You’ll examine the relationship between these analog and digital approaches, and how to use a variety of tools and methods to write compelling and persuasive essays on historical topics.
netnarr  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Inform
Inform is a design system for interactive fiction based on natural language. It is a radical reinvention of the way interactive fiction is designed, guided by contemporary work in semantics and by the practical experience of some of the world's best-known writers of IF.
games  interactive  writing  netnarr  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
steampunkrochester - Welcome to Steampunk Rochester 2015
This class blends historical and speculative fiction with the unpredictable and spontaneous narratives of role-playing games. In the first weeks of the course we will learn about the history of Rochester in the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change, both positive and negative. We will also read about the genre of "steampunk," a form of Victorian-era futurism that imagines steam power, rather than electricity or gasoline, as the technology that drives society and its technological innovations.

Along with students enrolled in Honors 151 Imag(in)ing Rochester, the class will use a wiki and online map to build a sprawling alternate version of Rochester in the 1920s packed with historical and fictional people, places, and things. In the final portion of the course, students will explore the city through the eyes of their own unique characters and write short fiction based on the characters' experiences.
netnarr  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Poetry and the Revolution of Being: Jane Hirshfield on How Great Art Transforms Us – Brain Pickings
Few cups hold life more sturdily and splendidly than poetry. Understanding the wellspring of magic that grants the poetic form its power can only be done, must only be done, by plumbing the deepest groundwater from which all great art springs and tracing the rivulets that slake the most eternal thirsts of the human spirit.

That is what Jane Hirshfield, who composes poems of contemplative beauty and unquiet wakefulness and who has limned the inner work of creativity with uncommon insight, accomplishes in Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (public library). She frames the guiding spirit of her inquiry:

How do poems — how does art — work? Under that question, inevitably, is another: How do we?
poetry  art  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
Open Library of Humanities
The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries.
academia  digitalhumanities  openaccess  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
How I Make Explorable Explanations
You want to share a powerful idea – an idea that could really enrich the lives of whoever you gift it to! But communication is hard. So how do you share an idea, in such a way that makes sure the message is received?

In this post, I'm going to share how I make explorable explanations: interactive things that help you learn by playing! Although my creative process involves a lot of backtracking and wrong turns and general flailing about, I have found a nice "pattern" for teaching things. There are no plug-and-chug formulas, but hopefully this post can help you help others learn something new – whether that's through reading, through watching, or through playing.
interactive  teaching  learning  writing  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
F for Fake (1973) - How to Structure a Video Essay on Vimeo
If you want to make video essays, there’s no better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for Fake. There are a million lessons to take away from it, but today, let’s see what it has to teach us about structure.
cinema  film  Storytelling  narrative  resnetsem 
october 2017 by cogdog
My 150 Writing Mentors and Me - The Atlantic
What interviewing an author a week for several years has taught me about finishing my novel...

Five years later, I’ve spoken with more than 150 authors for “By Heart” (and compiled Light the Dark, a collection based on the series). The conversations have frequently—by total chance, but with spooky accuracy—highlighted my own creative ups and downs. I’ve also learned that these solitary, patient creatures, whose books can take the better part of a decade to complete, tend to have something in common.


More than knockout sentences, more than their grasp of human character, more than anything that might broadly be termed “craft,” novelists are masters of one skill primarily. Their genius lies in an ability to suspend their skepticism over the long haul, to persist in the belief that—no matter how hard things get—the work is meaningful, and worthwhile, and will one day pan out.
writing  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Museum 2.0: Platform Power: Scaling Impact
"Building platforms is not the same as building programs. It flexes new muscles, requires different skill sets. But to me, the benefit is clear. In a platform model, our community takes us further than we could ever go on our own."
community  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10
This book takes a single line of code—the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title—and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text—in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources—that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.
book  software  art  netart  netnarr  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Zotero
Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you're searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.
archive  research  software  tools  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Taking Your Notebook for a Walk: An A to K of Places to Write | Aerogramme Writers' Studio
I like taking notes. I believe in the importance of notebooks. If you don’t trust me, listen to Joan Didion. A notebook is like a dream diary but for when you’re out of bed. It doesn’t need a plan or a story or a novel that’s being worked on; just an openness to what’s out there, and a quiet faith that whatever gets written will find a place in the greater project that is your work. Below are a few more places to write, with suggestions of what to do there. Many of the suggested exercises would work in other places, too.

“The habit of note taking is obviously compulsive . . . Our culture’s need to pigeonhole everything is defeated in these notebooks. Spontaneity rules here. The writer incorporates chances and makes do with the unforeseen.”
Charles Simic
writing  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Seven reasons why blogging can make you a better academic writer | Times Higher Education (THE)
Discussions about scholarly blogging most often centre on the need for we academics to write in ways that attract new audiences. If we write blogs, we are told, we can communicate our research more effectively. Blogs enhance impact; they are a medium for public engagement. The advocacy goes on… Blogs (and other social media) can point readers to our (real) academic publications, particularly if they are held on open repositories. Blogging, it seems, is a kind of essential add-on to the usual academic writing and academic publication that we do.

Of course, some people do argue – and I’m in this camp – that blogging is in and of itself academic writing and academic publication. It’s not an add-on. It’s now part and parcel of the academic writing landscape. As such, it is of no less value than any other form of writing. Even though audit regimes do not count blogs – yet – this does not lessen their value. And therefore those of us who engage in bloggery need to stop justifying it as a necessary accompaniment to the Real Work of Serious Academic Writing. Blogs are their own worthwhile thing.
blog  research  writing  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
7 Smart Ways To Use Evernote For Research As A PhD - Next Scientist
If you could choose only one software tool for your PhD, what would that be?

In my case I have it very clear: Evernote.

What would you prefer: to use 10 different software tools or only one?

Evernote is the Swiss-knife of software and a great tool to organise your PhD. I have used Evernote for research since day 1 in my PhD.

OK, I have to admit that I have a crush on Evernote, so I might not be very objective. This is not the first time I recommend Evernote for research as a PhD student.

But hey! I am not alone in this. In Academia, lots of scientists use Evernote for research. Some people use it to improve academic productivity. Others to keep track of everything in a single notebook. It just makes life in academia easier.
research  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Digital Humanities Now
Digital Humanities Now aggregates and selects material from our list of subscribed feeds, drawing from hundreds of venues where high-quality digital humanities scholarship is likely to appear, including the personal websites of scholars, institutional sites, blogs, and other feeds. We also seek to discover new material by monitoring Twitter and other social media for stories discussed by the community, and by continuously scanning the broader web through generalized and specialized search engines. Scholarship—in whatever form—that drives the field of digital humanities field forward is highlighted in the Editors’ Choice column. In addition to these Editors' Choice pieces, Digital Humanities Now also aggregates news items of interest to the field, such as jobs, calls for papers, conference and funding announcements, reports, and recently-released resources.
digitalhumanities  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Photography as a Social Practice – An archive of research and conversations around socially engaged photography
This website was founded by Eliza Gregory, Mark Strandquist and Gemma-Rose Turnbull (who is acting as the current editor). It serves as an archive of research and conversations around photography as a social practice. We tag projects, articles, books and other media that relate to the conversations and issues that surround this kind of work. We conduct interviews with practitioners, and we write about our own experiences navigating contemporary photography with an eye to ethics, representation, power dynamics and social justice.
photography  research  social  thruthelens  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Labs - Library of Congress - | Labs | Library of Congress
A place to encourage innovation with Library of Congress digital collections.
library  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Genres of Writing | Duke Thompson Writing Program
We use the term genres to describe categories of written texts that have recognizable patterns, syntax, techniques, and/or conventions. This list represents genres students can expect to encounter during their time at Duke. The list is not intended to be inclusive of all genres but rather representative of the most common ones. Click on each genre for detailed information (definition, questions to ask, actions to take, and helpful links).
writing  academic  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life | The New Yorker
“How to Write a Thesis,” by Umberto Eco, first appeared on Italian bookshelves in 1977. For Eco, the playful philosopher and novelist best known for his work on semiotics, there was a practical reason for writing it. Up until 1999, a thesis of original research was required of every student pursuing the Italian equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Collecting his thoughts on the thesis process would save him the trouble of reciting the same advice to students each year. Since its publication, “How to Write a Thesis” has gone through twenty-three editions in Italy and has been translated into at least seventeen languages. Its first English edition is only now available, in a translation by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina.
research  writing  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
How to Write a Thesis | The MIT Press
By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis—from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English.

Eco’s approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid “thesis neurosis” and he answers the important question “Must You Read Books?” He reminds students “You are not Proust” and “Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft.” Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco’s index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.

How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.
book  education  research  writing  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Write Online: Academic Writing Guide
Write Online was designed by writing experts from three universities who work with students on a daily basis. Our guides introduce you to the particularities of these genres, provide practical strategies for you to try in your own writing, and use model texts to help you better understand the organization, format, and language used in each of these types of writing.
writing  research  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
In Defense of Boredom - On The Media - WNYC
To Brooke, boredom is “a deeply disgusting feeling.” To fill her idle time, she plays Words With Friends religiously. Yet, according to Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's Note to Self, we should actually strive to feel and endure boredom rather than squash it with the endless stimulation of our smartphones.

This counter-intuitive thesis is the subject of her new book, "Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self." In this extended interview, Manoush and Brooke discuss the neuroscience behind daydreaming and why the culture of the internet maybe be holding many of us back.
mindfulness  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Electronic Literature – DIG 220 (Fall 2017) Davidson College, Mark Sample
Love letters written by a computer. A poem thirteen billion stanzas long. A love story between printed pages and a computer screen, played out in the space between the two. An ocean buoy tweeting mash-ups of Moby Dick. Welcome to the weird world of electronic literature—digitally born poetic, narrative, and aesthetic works read on computers, tablets, and phones. Experimental, evocative, and sometimes simply puzzling, electronic literature challenges our assumptions about reading, writing, authorship, and meaning. Yet e-lit, as it is often called, has also profoundly influenced mainstream culture. Literature, film, comics, apps, and video games have all learned lessons from electronic literature. This course will trace the rise of electronic literature and explore both historical and contemporary works of e-lit. Along the way we’ll explore the expressive power of new media—the way digital media enables and shapes different modes of creative and cultural expression.
elit  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Perspectives in Digital Culture - Wikibooks, open books for an open world
It is put together through the combined talents and efforts of a cohort of students taking the FMSU9A4 module during the Spring of 2015 at the University of Stirling in Scotland. The aim is, firstly, for students to record the content of their learning and their contributions to this book will reflect their studies on one of the featured themes. However, secondly and most importantly, the hope is that students will learn the values associated with working at different levels as individual researchers, as research teams, and as research communities. That is to say: producing knowledge; collaboration and sharing; and peer-reviewing the work of others for the good of the community. Students will thus gain hands-on experience of a wiki environment, within the auspices of one of Wikimedia's large projects (i.e. Wikibooks) and make something that adds to currents in the academic field of digital media.
digitalstudies  digital  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Digital Commons
Digital Commons is the only comprehensive showcase that lets institutions publish, manage, and increase recognition for everything produced on campus—and the only institutional repository and publishing platform that integrates with a full faculty research and impact suite.
education  publishing  scholarship  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Storyline JS
Storyline is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build an annotated, interactive line chart. To make Storyline as flexible as possible, we've just included the chart, axis labels, and cards. Headlines, context, more specifics on the data sources and credits--we expect you'll include what you want outside of Storyline
data  teaching  timeline  cooltech  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Reflections on leaving the Lab – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium
What originated as an artistic instinct to express loss and longing became a journey where I tried to study and piece together the principles of synthetic biology. I also asked deeper, more philosophical questions: What constitutes natural or unnatural? How could we engineer other organisms or ourselves for the better? Who gets to make those choices? And, whose version of “better” are we championing when “better” is often plastic and subjective?
research  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging? | New Republic
In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Spare, which harvests a representative sample of her blog posts, feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.
blogging  writing  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Learning From the Feynman Technique – Taking Note – Medium
You’re not alone. The Feynman technique for teaching and communication is a mental model (a breakdown of his personal thought process) to convey information using concise thoughts and simple language. This technique is derived from Feynman’s studying methods when he was a student at Princeton.

At Princeton, Feynman started to record and connect the things he did know with those he did not. In the end, Feynman had a comprehensive notebook of subjects that had been disassembled, translated, and recorded.

In James Gleick’s biography of Feynman, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, he recalled his subject’s technique. “He opened a fresh notebook. On the title page he wrote: NOTEBOOK OF THINGS I DON’T KNOW ABOUT. For the first but not last time he reorganized his knowledge. He worked for weeks at disassembling each branch of physics, oiling the parts, and putting them back together, looking all the while for the raw edges and inconsistencies. He tried to find the essential kernels of each subject,” Gleick wrote.

Feynman’s technique is also useful for those who find writing a challenge. Feynman had an interesting relationship with writing. Instead of committing his knowledge to paper like many other scientific figures, he chose to use speech as the foundation for many of his published works. He dictated most of his books and memoirs, and his scientific papers were transcribed from his lectures.
learning  research  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Was Charlottesville a Turning Point for the 'Alt-Right'? - The Atlantic
A longtime observer of its online haunts argues that the hodgepodge of people united by antagonism to PC culture were irrevocably divided by the deadly violence at last month’s rally.

A passage in Kill All the Normies argues that “the alt-right has more in common with the 1960s left slogan that it is forbidden to forbid than it does with anything most people recognize as part of any traditionalist right.”

That was the story until Charlottesville: The alt-right community had ideological racists in the same Internet subculture as young people alienated by the worst excesses of speech policing on Tumblr, or drawn to the aesthetics of 4chan, or taking a juvenile delight in breaking any taboos around them, much as young people in the 1960s did. Ensconced in that toxic milieu, they moved closer to its ideological racists, acting for reasons even they themselves didn’t fully understand or face.

In other words, Charlottesville was clarifying for the less extreme element on the alt-right. “The vast majority of the people who seem to be making up the bulk of this online are not willing to go that far,” Nagle wrote, “not even close. And so it’s made it all very real. All the different groups around the hard core of the alt-right kind of peeled off. They’ve all denounced the alt right, they don’t want to be associated with them.”
netnarr  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
The Secret GIPHY Slack Commands – GIPHY – Medium
Some of our finest products at GIPHY have come out of hours of internal testing, tweaking, and joking around. If a GIF that we serve up makes you laugh, it’s almost certainly made us laugh, too. Our Slack /GIPHY commands are a perfect example of that.
So, we wanted to share just a few of the secret commands we get a kick out of. Think of them as our version of the In-n-Out secret menu. And there’s more to come!
slack  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
“Students as Creators” and the Theology of the Attention Economy | Hapgood
Attention (and knowledge of how to get that attention) is still important, of course. But attention for what? For what purpose? I’ve moved from the question of “How do we express ourselves on the internet?” to “How do we be better people on the internet?”  Or maybe most importantly, “How do we use the internet to become better people?” Sometimes that involves creating, of course. But if we wish to do more than reinforce the rhetoric of the attention economy, we have to stop seeing that as some sort of peak activity. These skills aren’t a pyramid you climb, and creation is not a destination. Graduating a few more students who understand that will likely make the world a better place for everyone.
ideas  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Terrible Writing Advice - YouTube
Welcome to my channel where I give awful writing advice and lots of sarcasm. Mostly these videos are just an excuse for me to complain about tropes I don't like and cliches I keep seeing in certain genres. Needless to say, please do NOT follow any of my advice.
resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Los Angeles Review of Books Digital Editions – The Digital Revolution: Debating the Promise and Perils of the Internet and Algorithmic Lives in the Last Years of the Obama Administration - Los Angeles Review of Books
PLENTY OF RAPTUROUS CLAIMS have been made about the internet as an agent of democratization and innovation. Many more claims have been made about its Pandora-like perils, and how these herald our individual and collective downfalls, whether by taking away our jobs, exposing our darkest selves, or turning us into mindless automata disappearing into “click-bait rabbit holes.” The internet has allegedly enabled a new kind of populism, as well as political gridlock and the infelicities of the 2016 US presidential election. Clearly, it is the stuff of paradox — and possibly, as historians like Yuval Harari and others suggest, of Faustian bargains.

The LARB Science and Technology section has been capturing scholarly and popular views on the digital revolution in a series of essays and reviews that insist on historical perspective — on the longue durée. They were all written in the last years of the Obama administration, before the Trump one; they were first published on the LARB website and are now collected in this volume. They express what experts in their respective fields got right — and what they may have gotten wrong. They examine the stakes. In some cases, our contributors dismantle their colleagues’ arguments, especially when those arguments express a certain knee-jerk zeitgeist (e.g., the digital age is deskilling us or making us stupid). Internet philosopher David Weinberger of Harvard University, for instance, takes on the argument that the net is turning us into passive knowers. On the contrary, he counters, the net is transforming knowledge in ways that reveal the flaws inherent in past ways of knowing. “Networked-knowing” is, in his view, a positive phenomenon — it replaces the manufactured or “curated cohesion” of past knowledge regimes. As for the claim that the net reinforces echo chambers (and false news), he plays the contrarian again, countering that those chambers are now, thanks to the net, shot through with holes that anyone, including a teenager trapped in an otherwise airless cult, can follow just by clicking her finger.
internet  history  resnetsem  ebook 
september 2017 by cogdog
John Lanchester reviews ‘The Attention Merchants’ by Tim Wu, ‘Chaos Monkeys’ by Antonio García Martínez and ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ by Jonathan Taplin · LRB 17 August 2017
That’s the crucial thing about Facebook, the main thing which isn’t understood about its motivation: it does things because it can. Zuckerberg knows how to do something, and other people don’t, so he does it. Motivation of that type doesn’t work in the Hollywood version of life, so Aaron Sorkin had to give Zuck a motive to do with social aspiration and rejection. But that’s wrong, completely wrong. He isn’t motivated by that kind of garden-variety psychology. He does this because he can, and justifications about ‘connection’ and ‘community’ are ex post facto rationalisations. The drive is simpler and more basic. That’s why the impulse to growth has been so fundamental to the company, which is in many respects more like a virus than it is like a business. Grow and multiply and monetise. Why? There is no why. Because.

Automation and artificial intelligence are going to have a big impact in all kinds of worlds. These technologies are new and real and they are coming soon. Facebook is deeply interested in these trends. We don’t know where this is going, we don’t know what the social costs and consequences will be, we don’t know what will be the next area of life to be hollowed out, the next business model to be destroyed, the next company to go the way of Polaroid or the next business to go the way of journalism or the next set of tools and techniques to become available to the people who used Facebook to manipulate the elections of 2016. We just don’t know what’s next, but we know it’s likely to be consequential, and that a big part will be played by the world’s biggest social network. On the evidence of Facebook’s actions so far, it’s impossible to face this prospect without unease.
advertising  facebook  resnetsem 
september 2017 by cogdog
Open Research | Simple Book Production
Open Research is an open textbook based on the award winning course of the same name. The course ran two facilitated iterations during 2014 and 2015 on Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU). Open Research was co-authored and delivered by the OER Hub team, leaders in open education research and open research practices.
open  openaccess  resnetsem 
august 2017 by cogdog
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP)
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP) is a collaborative research project funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) JRP for Creativity and Innovation. ELMCIP involves seven European academic research partners and one non-academic partner who are investigating how creative communities of practitioners form within a transnational and transcultural context in a globalized and distributed communication environment. Focusing on the electronic literature community in Europe as a model of networked creativity and innovation in practice, ELMCIP is intended both to study the formation and interactions of that community and to further electronic literature research and practice in Europe.
literature  creativity  resnetsem 
august 2017 by cogdog
The Thesis Whisperer | Just like the horse whisperer – but with more pages
The Thesis Whisperer is a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis and is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University
education  resnetsem 
august 2017 by cogdog
Student Writing in the Digital Age | JSTOR Daily
“Kids these days” laments are nothing new, but the substance of the lament changes. Lately, it has become fashionable to worry that “kids these days” will be unable to write complex, lengthy essays. After all, the logic goes, social media and text messaging reward short, abbreviated expression. Student writing will be similarly staccato, rushed, or even—horror of horrors—filled with LOL abbreviations and emojis.

In fact, the opposite seems to be the case. Students in first-year composition classes are, on average, writing longer essays (from an average of 162 words in 1917, to 422 words in 1986, to 1,038 words in 2006), using more complex rhetorical techniques, and making no more errors than those committed by freshman in 1917. That’s according to a longitudinal study of student writing by Andrea A. Lunsford and Karen J. Lunsford, “Mistakes Are a Fact of Life: A National Comparative Study.”

In 2006, two rhetoric and composition professors, Lunsford and Lunsford, decided, in reaction to government studies worrying that students’ literacy levels were declining, to crunch the numbers and determine if students were making more errors in the digital age.
writing  education  resnetsem 
august 2017 by cogdog
Developing A Thesis |
An effective thesis cannot be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." A thesis is not a topic; nor is it a fact; nor is it an opinion. "Reasons for the fall of communism" is a topic. "Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe" is a fact known by educated people. "The fall of communism is the best thing that ever happened in Europe" is an opinion. (Superlatives like "the best" almost always lead to trouble. It's impossible to weigh every "thing" that ever happened in Europe. And what about the fall of Hitler? Couldn't that be "the best thing"?)

A good thesis has two parts. It should tell what you plan to argue, and it should "telegraph" how you plan to argue—that is, what particular support for your claim is going where in your essay.
resnetsem  research 
august 2017 by cogdog
Flipgrid - Video for student engagement and formative assessment
Flipgrid is a video discussion community for your classroom that supercharges your students’ voices. You add the topics, your students respond with short videos, and everyone engages!
video  collaboration  discussion  resnetsem 
august 2017 by cogdog
Citationsy · Create citations, reference lists, and bibliographies
Citationsy is a no-nonsense reference collection and bibliography creation tool
for people who value simplicity, privacy, and speed.

There are no ads, there’s no tracking, and I don’t sell or give your data to anyone.
I built the citation management software I wanted to exist in the world.
research  tools  resnetsem 
august 2017 by cogdog
On Writing: Anne Lamott – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
One of the things that most frequently causes writers to feel stuck or frustrated is trying to write and edit at the same time. These are two very different cognitive activities, and examining your last three sentences for flaws is a sure way to block the creative impulse that might lead to the next sentence.
writing  resnetsem 
august 2017 by cogdog
Are.na
Are.na is a platform for organizing your internet.

Are.na is a simple tool for connecting what you find and building knowledge. It’s a space where you can save anything, structure your thinking however you want, and discover new things together.
bookmarking  curation  resnetsem 
july 2017 by cogdog
"An investigation into local government's ideal role in enhancing commu" by Susan Anne Savage
In many parts of the world, local government is grappling with a transition - from managing the development and maintenance of local infrastructure, delivery of essential services and economic governance - to responding to the cultural and social needs expressed by their community. Residents want the opportunity to discuss inspirational needs including living in a place that offers cultural engagement that is ‘liveable’ and is attractive/interactive offering public art and cultural amenity. So, while development and support of the creative industries has not featured highly in the work of local government in the past, it may now become desirable, to work together with creative industries to enable local government to deliver what the community want.
In response to local government's addressing this need, this research seeks to answer the question: What is local government’s ideal role in enhancing community liveability via creative industries and how might its contributions be identified and made visible to both justify and maximise them?
It was proposed that this research phenomena may be best understood through the lens of Social Capital Theory as it is assumed that it is “the social networks, trust and connections within communities that ultimately help to improve social, physical and economic conditions as well as the lives and life chances of those where it exists” Westwood (2011:691). At the ‘grassroots’ level of government it is understood that community relationships and social capital are critical to the success of local government engagement, decision making and service delivery. As such, the focus of the research from its question through to its data collection was on understanding the interconnections between the key stakeholders, the activities they undertake and the emergent outcomes for community.
resnetsem 
july 2017 by cogdog
Serial and how to tell a long story well. – Creative Business Leadership
Serial’s story is intricate, complicated and spans many years. It involves dozens of people and a dizzying array of data: dates, names, titles, legal jargon and procedural ephemera. How does Serial construct a any narrative out of this birds’ nest of input, let alone one which has kept listeners engaged, episode after episode?

Part of the answer is structure. Telling a long and complicated story involves a set of decisions about what to tell first, next and last. In Serial’s long and winding case, the choice of what topics to cover in each episode is crucial. Early episodes concentrate on introducing the people involved and telling their stories, setting up the case’s unanswered questions. The middle episodes follow the narrator’s attempts at investigating the story, in a roughly chronological fashion. The final episodes provide us with expert opinions and nuances on information previously offered, leading us to a conclusion. The structure is not hidden from the listener. Instead it’s regularly referred to, most memorably at the start of the final episode when the man convicted of the murder, Adnan Syed, tells Koenig, “I’m worried you don’t have an ending.”
Storytelling  resnetsem 
july 2017 by cogdog
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
The web gives us many such strategies and tactics and tools, which, properly used, can get students closer to the truth of a statement or image within seconds. For some reason we have decided not to teach students these specific techniques. As many people have noted, the web is both the largest propaganda machine ever created and the most amazing fact-checking tool ever invented. But if we haven’t taught our students those capabilities is it any surprise that propaganda is winning?

This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.
dipp  Web  literacy  ebook  resnetsem  netnarr 
february 2017 by cogdog
Missing Maps
"Putting the World's Vulnerable People on the Map"

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
maps  crowdsourcing  resnetsem  netnarr 
december 2014 by cogdog

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