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Why Do We Digitize? The Case for Slow Digitization
"But this advocacy for digitization has discouraged the development of critical and reflective discussions on the way in which digitization is undertaken. There is a risk that digitization programs, by focusing on making “treasures” more widely available, will reinforce existing cultural stereotypes and canonicities."

“slow digitization,” in which rapid access is less important than the use of technological and other tools to gradually excavate the complex layers that make up each manuscript.

"despite the enormous investment in the digitization of manuscripts and other cultural materials since the 1990s, the amount of research into the impact of digitization on scholarship is limited"

"Paradoxically, there is a risk that an emphasis on digitizing cultural treasures will undermine the claim that digitization opens up and democratizes access to cultural heritage. If digital libraries merely reiterate and reinforce long-standing cultural narratives and stereotypes, rather than enabling the exploration of forgotten and neglected collections, then they can become agents of cultural exclusion. As Nancy Proctor has commented, “Just adding ‘access points’ to the museum through new technologies and media—creating what has been called ‘the multi-platform museum’—is unlikely to change the fundamental structures of the museum-audience discourse, and in fact may simply be reinforcing existing systems and hegemonic systems of power.”31"

" The reason for this odd treatment of Cotton MS Vitellius A XV in the British Library’s digitized manuscripts gallery is due to the current preoccupation of librarians with maximizing digital coverage in the name of access. Libraries want to (as one librarian put it to me) “ensure a consistent user experience” by making images available in a standard form through a common viewer, even if this makes a nonsense of the manuscript. The pressure on libraries by their political paymasters to enhance access and compete with Google encourages them to try and put manuscripts through a digital sausage machine. Moreover, librarians are anxious to demonstrate that they are ready for a digital age and that they have come to terms with digitization by being able to report substantial sections of their collections as “digitized.” This is a futile hope, since there will always be new requests for higher-resolution images, images of particular details, images under special lighting conditions, and so on. Digitization is not a one-off process but a technical continuum."
archives  digitization  slow 
21 days ago
Archives Unleashed Project
Archives Unleashed aims to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past. Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are developing web archive search and data analysis tools to enable scholars, librarians and archivists to access, share, and investigate recent history since the early days of the World Wide Web.
web  archives  data  tools  resources 
27 days ago
ReSounding the Archives
ReSounding the Archives literally “re-sounds” the archives, bringing World War I sheet music back to life through recordings and live performances. Each piece of sheet music featured on this website includes various entry points for educators, students, and researchers to engage with these sources in new ways: listen to live and studio recordings of each song; view the digitized sheet music; read student essays contextualizing the pieces; or read the transcribed lyrics.
projects  pedagogy  sound 
27 days ago
Borderlands Archives Cartography
Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC) was founded in February 2017 by borderland natives Maira E. Álvarez and Sylvia A. Fernández. BAC is a project that consists of a digital map which displays a U.S.-Mexico border newspapers cartography that records geographic locations of nineteenth and mid-twentieth century periodicals. It is a personal initiative and it does not have any form of funding or financial support.
maps  borders  projects 
4 weeks ago
xpmethod
Experimental Methods in the Humanities
experimental  tools  organizations 
4 weeks ago
Indigenous Archives Collective
Connecting people working with Indigenous knowledge sources in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums
indigenous  libraries  archives  museums  organizations 
4 weeks ago
Documenting the Now
Documenting the Now develops tools and builds community practices that support the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content.
archives  social  activism  community  organizations  tools  resources 
4 weeks ago
Center for Solutions to Online Violence
helping people safely navigate digital experiences and understand the impacts of and responses to online violence
feminist  ethics  organizations 
4 weeks ago
BigDIVA
BigDIVA (Big Data Infrastructure Visualization Application) is a dynamic environment for browsing, searching, and interacting with the ARC (Advanced Research Consortium) catalog.This interface allows users to view all their search results at once rather than paging through endless lists of returns and hoping the search engine has put the most relevant items towards the top.
visualization  networks  projects  data  database  tools 
4 weeks ago
View-Through
View-Through is a community-based initiative in the Miami area to adjust the language used around incarceration on online search platforms. Our project utilizes synchronized, strategic internet searching to alter search predictions (the type-ahead suggestions that appear on sites such as Google). These predictions are generated by algorithms and are based in large part on search volume within a geographic region.
language  prisons  projects  community  activism  algorithms 
4 weeks ago
Torn Apart / Separados
Volume 2 of Torn Apart is a deep and radically new look at the territory and infrastructure of ICE’s financial regime in the USA. This data & visualization intervention peels back layers of culpability behind the humanitarian crisis of 2018.
data  visualization  projects  community  activism  prison 
4 weeks ago
DiscoverText
With dozens of powerful text mining, data science, human coding, and machine-learning features, DiscoverText provides cloud-based software tools to quickly evaluate large amounts of free text, survey, public comment, and other data.
tools  text 
9 weeks ago
Tactical Technology Collective
Tactical Tech is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation working at the intersection of technology, human rights and civil liberties. We provide trainings, conduct research and create cultural interventions that contribute to the wider socio-political debate around digital security, privacy and the ethics of data.
data  ethics  surveillance  privacy  organizations  activism 
9 weeks ago
Security in a Box
The Tactics Guides in this toolkit cover basic principles, including advice on how to use social media and mobile phones more safely. The Tool Guides offer step-by-step instructions to help you install, configure and use some essential digital security software and services.

The Community Toolkits focus on specific groups of people — sometimes in specific regions — who face significant digital security threats. They include tailored advice on tools and tactics that are relevant to the needs of these particular groups.
privacy  ethics  data  social  surveillance  tools  resources  activism 
9 weeks ago
Our Data Our Selves
Our Data Our Selves looks at the use of personal data within informal and formal political processes. The overall project explores how in a digital society, personal data becomes an asset that can be used by different stakeholders to exert control and influence over citizens and civil society. In three interlinked sub-projects, we investigate and address the mechanics, the actors and the strategies behind the mass collection and use of personal data worldwide and the political and social impact it has on our societies.
privacy  data  social  ethics  surveillance  tools  resources  activism 
9 weeks ago
XYZ
XYZ is a space for practical tools to navigate digital security and privacy from a gender perspective, learn from each other's activism, inspire one another and co-create.
privacy  data  social  ethics  surveillance  tools  resources  activism  gender 
9 weeks ago
Data Detox Kit
Welcome to your 8-day data detox! In just half an hour or less per day, you'll be well on your way to a healthier and more in-control digital self. What are you waiting for?
privacy  data  social  ethics  surveillance  tools  resources  activism  literacy 
9 weeks ago
The Glass Room
A pop up exhibition on Data and Privacy.
privacy  data  social  ethics  surveillance  tools  resources  activism  literacy  pedagogy  art 
9 weeks ago
ZoteroBib
ZoteroBib helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.
tools 
june 2018
Open Broadcaster Software | Home
Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.
tools 
june 2018
Beyond the Borders of the Page: Mapping The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao /
"By the time a contemporary student reaches university, she has undoubtedly been told about the importance of diversity; she may even be sick of the hearing versions of the same platitudes. I’d argue that the humanities are uniquely suited to succeed at overcoming this danger. Combining diversity education and technological literacy in many lower-level classes could offer ways to help students feel more connected, both in geographical and mediated terms. I do not claim to have produced a heightened sense of literary appreciation in all of my students, but I am confident that seeing these characters and places in this new way helped them develop a more cosmopolitan ethical outlook, putting them on the path toward what Viet Thanh Nguyen calls a “citizen of the imagination” (286)."
digital  pedagogy  mapping  maps  literature 
june 2018
What Does It Mean to Look at This?
"But there’s always some kind of disjuncture, a disjuncture that arises from photography’s tendency to show only so much but to often mean much more: A photograph connotes more than it denotes. As the scholar Tina Campt has written, photographs don’t speak, but they are not mute. They are quiet, and solicit a kind of listening."

"But what does the photograph, by itself, tell us? Not much. Unless it is supported with extraphotographic evidence, it will be mired in platitudes about human brutality or the universality of grief, truths for which no photographic argument is required. At the most basic level, that extra evidence begins with the photographer’s name and a caption: “Susan Meiselas. Neighbors watch as dead bodies are burned in the streets of Estelí, 1979.” The caption establishes a place and time, as well as a plain description of an event. But if we stop there, we have only decorated the image with a bit of knowledge."

“I had photographs, they have a revolution.” —Susan Meiselas
photography 
may 2018
Art and Architectural History and the Performative, Mindful Practice of the Digital Humanities /
"Photography and digitization—the two main image-reproduction technologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—do not duplicate their subjects uncritically, however. They do not simply convey an object from one mode to another; they are transformative technologies."

"We have absorbed, taken for granted, and in many ways “un-seen,” the full disciplinary scaffold that we have built on top of the original introduction of film-based, photographic slides in the classroom—from the performative nature of its basic mode of argumentation to the socio-technical impacts of the massive, professional image information management systems that constituted the slide libraries.[22] The field has also chosen not to dwell, up to a point, on the ways that digital imaging has transformed technologically and socially the very act of image representation yet again."

"Representation is a form of interpretation and remediation, from the framing chosen, to the color balance used, to the precise technology selected. It is not a neutral act; it is materially transformative."

"The integration of digital images into our disciplinary workflow dissolved the need for this communal room, and sent art and architectural historians back to their individual desks, pinning them in relative isolation to their screens and keyboards."

"Digital images have more to offer the field than their often jaw-dropping visual appearance. In the digital studies community, studying only the screen-facing aspects of a digital object risks a pitfall known as “screen essentialism.”[26] That is, it is not enough to assume that what is most important about a digital object is what it looks like when displayed, because digital objects always include an armature of numerically-encoded information and behaviors that enact what becomes visible. Other affordances of digital imaging and its socio-technical infrastructure can provide ways to interrogate the role of remediation in the study of material culture and the built environment. By extension, this work may have much to offer to the study of any digitized object, transformed into numbers as they all are by the encoding process."

"Undergraduates come to learn the slipperiness of historical materials as they come to grips with the specific requirements of Itinera’s data model."
digital  art  images  archives  RDB 
march 2018
How To Teach Digital Citizenship Through Blogging
1) Netiquette
2) Digital Footprints
3) Content Curation And Creativity
4) Methods Of Communication
5) Copyright and Creative Commons
6) Health And Wellness
7) Passwords
8) Digital Access
digital  literacy  citizenship  ethics 
february 2018
Indigitization Toolkit
The purpose of the toolkit is to provide a reference document as well as a series of templates for BC First Nations communities interested in undertaking digitization projects. The Indigitization toolkit also fits into a broader goal to provide support to First Nations communities in the management of their information.
indigenous  culture  preservation  digitization  resources 
january 2018
Social Feed Manager
Social Feed Manager is open source software that harvests social media data and web resources from Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Sina Weibo. It empowers researchers, faculty, students, and archivists to define and create collections of social media data.
tools 
january 2018
ZettelGeist
ZettelGeist is a plaintext note-taking system, inspired by the ZettelKasten Method.
tools 
january 2018
Transcribing Faith
Scalar / Omeka / Scripto
DH  projects 
december 2017
Performance Studies by Lara Mimosa Montes
 I self-/ modulate so much I don’t / hear when the bitter comes out: you do / give me back to myself
poetry 
december 2017
Kialo
Kialo is an easy to use, yet powerful tool to engage in thoughtful discussion, understand different points of view, and help with collaborative decision-making.
tools  pedagogy  social  digital 
november 2017
Latin American Ephemera Digital Archive
The Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera is a steadily growing repository containing a previously unavailable subset of Princeton’s Latin American Ephemera Collection as well as newly acquired materials being digitized and added on an ongoing basis.
projects  archives  collections  digital 
november 2017
Pandoc
If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Pandoc can convert documents in (several dialects of) Markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, MediaWiki markup, TWiki markup, TikiWiki markup, Creole 1.0, Vimwiki markup, OPML, Emacs Org-Mode, Emacs Muse, txt2tags, Microsoft Word docx, LibreOffice ODT, EPUB, or Haddock markup
tools  text  publishing  digital 
october 2017
The Decolonial Atlas
The Decolonial Atlas is a growing collection of maps which, in some way, help us to challenge our relationships with the land, people, and state. It’s based on the premise that cartography is not as objective as we’re made to believe. The orientation of a map, its projection, the presence of political borders, which features are included or excluded, and the language used to label a map are all subject to the map-maker’s bias – whether deliberate or not. Because decolonization is a process of unlearning and rediscovering, we’re especially committed to indigenous language revitalization through toponymy – the use of place names.
maps  mapping  decolonial  critical  indigenous  digital 
october 2017
Survivance
Survivance is a social impact game that asks us to explore our presence and create works of art as a pathway to healing.
games  critical  digital 
october 2017
Mapping Inequality
Mapping Inequality updates the study of New Deal America, the federal government, housing, and inequality for the twenty-first century. It offers unprecedented online access to the national collection of "security maps" and area descriptions produced between 1935 and 1940 by one of the New Deal's most important agencies, the Home Owners' Loan Corporation or HOLC (pronounced "holk").
projects  race  critical  visualization  mapping  maps  digital 
october 2017
WTFcsv
Data arrives at your doorstep in the form of a spreadsheet but how do you find a story in rows and columns? WTFcsv provides the first step by characterizing each column's data type and contents so that you can ask more questions.
tools  data  visualization  digital 
october 2017
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