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

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


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-

dear parents who justify using DNA genome sequencing services:

if you sequence your genome, you're also sequencing half of your kids' genomes.

if both parents sequence their genomes, then 100% of your kids genomes are also sequenced. why? because the data companies can create composite genomes which have a high likelihood of matching your kids.

so your kids will get to deal with the consequences of your indiscretion through higher health insurance costs and possible denials of care on genetic grounds.

in other words, you're contributing to making the world a worse place by having your genome sequenced by these for-profit companies.

beyond that the ancestry features don't even work: my mother is registered Choctaw with 1/4 blood quantum and yet the results said 97% white, 2% native american, 1% black.

this is because genetic testing for DNA markers and associating them racially is not real science, it's genetic homeopathy. anyone can carry any genes at any time.

anyway point is don't sell out your kids by using these for-profit services. they sell your data and the consequences are devastating.

My collaborators & I have been working on a little project. It's at the point where we can show it to the world, on the understanding that yes there are errors and rough bits here and there, but with time these will iron out.

So, welcome to the Open Digital Archaeology Textbook Environment! electricarchaeology.ca/2018/12


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