Alison Langmead's blog

Tom Bech, Frayed Rope and Wooden Dock,CC-BY-2.0.

 

The Ends of Expertise

In the text of a recent a talk that Bethany Nowviskie gave for the Digital Library Federation, she offers a powerful argument for the importance of the contemporary critical thinking about the notion of "expertise." She uses the phrase, "the ends of expertise," in two punnish senses, that is, "the point of expertise" as well as "the demise of expertise."

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  • Agency
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
 

Is Your Cloud Truly Open?

How long has the question asked above been thinkable? Is it even yet thinkable? Check out the entire image up there. Why don't we just substitute "server" for cloud? Because if we do that, the fact that IBM is talking about robust server-terminal architectures suddenly becomes one of #areyouSTILLtalkingaboutthat rather than something more existential like, how can clouds be closed??

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Decomposing Bodies
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
 

Getting Started with "Digital:" A View from Three Others

I am asked many questions on a weekly basis about what it takes to start using digital methods in the humanities. I enjoy answering the questions, but often feel frustrated by my inability to convey precisely what is needed.

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  • Identity
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
 

A Selection of Visualization Resources, as Curated by Alison in September 2014

From time to time I am asked to speak about the process of visualization, especially in the context of humanities research. Each time I set about doing this, I look over my list of resources on this topic and curate a list of them. The list does not change dramatically over time, but it does vary. Below is the list of projects, resources and tools that I presented in September 2014 here at Pitt:

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
 

Data Modelling "Class"

This is the suite of Lynda.com and YouTube videos that I have been suggesting for a few terms to the humanists around who want to learn more about modelling data in a relational database form. The links for lynda.com are set to allow Pitt folks to login--if you're coming to this without a lynda.com login, then sorry...there's still lots of YouTube stuff here!

FIRST SESSION: Data Modeling Basics

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Undergraduate Work
  • Graduate Work
  • Faculty Work
 

Brown Bag Talk on Visualization

I will be giving a brown back talk on visualization as a tool in the humanities tomorrow, September 5th at noon. All are invited!

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  • Visual Knowledge
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
 

The Rite of Spring

...with cups. For the beginning of term.

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periodic table of visualization methods

Image Credit: Colby Stuart, "periodic table of visualization methods," https://flic.kr/p/xbFB1.

 

PhD Seminar in the Digital Humanities, Fall 2014

I will be teaching a PhD seminar this fall in the digital humanities at the iSchool here at Pitt. The draft syllabus is done for those who might be interested in seeing what is going on...check out the PDF attached at the bottom of the post.

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  • Agency
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
Old Media, New Media Image

Old Media and New Media. Image Credit: Flickr user mermaid, london street art: what are these?.

 

New Media Preservation Strategies

Cornell University Library has started a project. funded by the NEH, to investigate how best to preserve born-digital art objects. Their preliminary findings (survey-based) have just been published as "Interactive Digital Media Art Survey: Key Findings and Observations." The eventual goal is to publish generalizable best practices in this area.

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  • Agency
  • Visual Knowledge
  • Faculty Work
  • VMW
WPA Image of Pittsburgh

Rothstein, Arthur. "One of the many bridges spanning the Allegheny River. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," July 1938. http://photogrammar.yale.edu/records/index.php?record=fsa2000007968/PP

 

All the WPA Photographs You Could Desire

For any of you interested in time-and-space-based visualizations of photography in America, Yale has put out their Photogrammar project for the whole run of WPA photos. As they themselves put it, "Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI)."

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  • Visual Knowledge
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