Haven't posted here in a while, but thought some of you might find my new little oa volume of interest. thedigitalpress.org/failing-gl

Wrote a script that will let you download any PDF from the academia dot edu hellsite without logging in. Go hog wild! gist.github.com/ryanfb/cbb91ec

New blog post (finally!) - I wrote about looting artefacts in the world of Harry Potter because honestly, I've been worried about it for years and the entire Wizarding World economy might be derived from stolen treasure so...? animalarchaeology.com/2019/08/

WHAT PEOPLE THINK ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ARE: wow.... we're creating... new life........

WHAT ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ACTUALLY ARE: techbros worshiping the almighty algorithm, not caring to look at what bad patterns the machines are picking up (racism, sexism, etc) and how to avert them, and overreliance on neural networks meaning that said algorithms are treated as magical black boxes where nobody wants to (or can, really) point out exactly how the equation works (and why it may be faulty)

I'm looking for tooling (#Bash #Python #OpenRefine etc.) that processes Excel-formatted exports from Web of Science or similar into #DSpace-compatible CSVs.

Processing steps include: Renaming & subsetting columns, renaming to match #DublinCore fields, harmonising author names, retrieving missing info via #DOI-APIs etc.

Would be a neat programming lessons, but I'm looking for tried-and-tested code for production.

Please boost! 1k thanks for any hints 🙂 #Code4Lib #DataScience #LibraryCarpentry

I am reading James Ryan's dissertation (_Curating Simulated Storyworlds_) and it is really well written and witty and deeply researched and rewarding to read—e.g., there's a footnote on p. 29 on generative "indexical storytelling" and "archaeogaming" (!) that has enough ideas and references to pretty much set you on a full and rich career path in innovative game design, even though the dissertation isn't "about" any of those things

I’ve put a copy of my article on using @TroveAustralia for digital research/play, written for the @HTANSW journal, up on my blog. #dhhacks timsherratt.org/blog/trove-con

From the Wikimedia #GLAM list: "Library and #Archives Canada and #Wikimedia #Canada have just signed an overarching agreement to work together in making Canada’s documentary #heritage more accessible to Canadians and people around the world. This agreement sets the framework for future projects and the organization of events such as edit-a-thons and scan-a-thons. As well, both institutions have agreed to share their expertise and collaborate on research."


1. Advertising shits in your head, it is a form of visual and psychological pollution.

2. Removing/Replacing/Defacing advertising is not vandalism, it is an act of tidying up that is both legally and morally defensible.

3. The Visual Realm is a Public Realm, it is part of the commons, it belongs to everyone, so nobody should be able to own it.

4. Outdoor Advertising can and should be banned, Sao Paulo did it in 2006, Grenoble followed suit in 2015.

2019 has been pretty busy so far! I just compiled a list of tools, updates, and examples from the last few months for my @Patreon supporters. patreon.com/posts/2019-so-far-

Can’t wait to read Cut/Copy/Paste, the forthcoming book by @whitneytrettien@twitter.com on 17th-century collage/assemblage boutique book makers, especially after reading a draft chapter. manifold.umn.edu/projects/cut-

QField 1.0 is here! A #QGIS mobile companion, QField uses QGIS to set up maps and forms so it automatically supports a wide variety of data formats.

#GIS #Android #Fieldwork #OSGeo


Our latest episode of ArchaeoAnimals is up! We talk about horses, why they’re so terrifying, and interview two researchers, Runar Leifsson and Albina Hulda Palsdottir, on their recent research on Icelandic Horses. ‬

Download directly from our website or from wherever you download your podcasts.


because i had watched a thing about how the egyptians actually did build the pyramids (through having a standard unit of length, and a 3-4-5 triangle to get the corners. and wheelbarrows)
netflix is now recommending me a fucking ancient aliens ""theory"" series
AND a fucking flat earth series
this is . how these algorithms slowly push ppl to the right wing
they can't tell what kind of tone anything like this has. they can just tell "hey, this is about the pyramids and history too". it's fucked up

imagining a world in which spelling bees aren't competitions about memorization and rules but gatherings where people work together to craft new spellings from scratch for words that haven't been spelled yet (or don't even exist yet), invent alternate and better/weirder spellings than those that words already have, think of new systems for spelling that don't even involve letters or characters or writing at all

Is anyone interested in joining and taking over the github.com/archaeology organisation? Currently empty, there's some interest on birdsite to keep it alive. I just want to pass it to someone who will use it


A project that started as a Digital Humanities project, transfered with the Principal Investigator to various institutions, and has now been copyrighted and monetized under the PI's for profit company. A good example of why understanding Free Culture as a social movement is relevant to Digital Humanities.


“If our goal is for students to read and understand the language, shouldn’t all assessments of student learning evaluate that goal?”


video: Latin “watch, see”, cf. εἴδομαι
game: from Proto-Germanic *gamaną (“amusement, pleasure, game", literally "participation, communion, people together”), cf. γάμος “wedding”

Kids, the original “videogame” was watching a wedding

I was interviewed re the open digital archaeology podcast. Aside from saying "imposter" like a ferengi... podcastinit.com/odate-digital-

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