I'm editing a series of open textbooks for Philosophy courses, and am learning a lot along the way. Here is a blog post about some things I've learned about accessibility and publishing open textbooks on the Pressbooks platform: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2020/01/11/accessibility-open-textbooks/ #OER #OpenTextbooks #a11y
Beautiful essay on concentration, metacognition, etc. through chess play from grandmaster Jonathan Rowson at Aeon Magazine. "Developing concentration... entails developing the capacity to hold the emotional tension of mental complexity..." https://aeon.co/essays/playing-chess-is-an-essential-life-lesson-in-concentration Also true of other abstract strategy games, like Adomoc :-)
For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”
We need more media platforms like that.
US / Iran / World Politics
Trump's order to kill Iranian General seems like the set-up for a situation to put the US into a state of emergency. Trump could take control of awesome power, becoming dictator, suspend rights, etc. Read about SoE powers in this prescient 2018 article: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/what-president-could-do-if-he-declares-state-emergency
"Here's what happens when you report plagiarism to a journal editor [for an Elsevier journal]"
Counteracting misuse of the WWW and related information, The #WebFoundation has launched the Contract for the Web (https://contractfortheweb.org). Tim Berners Lee explains the motivation in this op-ed https://webfoundation.org/2019/12/i-invented-the-world-wide-web-heres-how-we-can-fix-it/ -- great initiative to encourage improvement.
Paranoia-inducing reporting on how you are being tracked
Did you know or suspect that you were being tracked? If you haven't thought about it, THEY have. And you are tracked. Read NY Times investigative reporting on phone geo location tracking. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/19/opinion/location-tracking-cell-phone.html
A number of folks asked for the slides & materials from the wikidata workshop I did with our cataloging department.
It outlines how I designed the exercise & includes zip file with slides/speaker notes, a worksheet, and two documentation pdfs I created.
Today is Wendy Carlos's 80th birthday!
She is a pioneer of electronic music, best known for composing the score of TRON (1982) and for her ground-breaking album, "Switched-On Bach" (1968.) In 1978, she came out publicly as a transgender woman, one of the few public figures to do so at the time.
If you enjoy electronic music today, you can thank Wendy Carlos!
Check out this BBC interview from '89:
Hello! You may have heard about #Retribute, a project we're developping whith the Funkwhale collective and as part of our mission.
It's a set of lightweight standards and an app built from the ground-up to help you support creators on fedi and elsewhere, according to your activity and your budget.
Yesterday, we've launched our official website at https://retribute.me/! Our next milestone is to finish the first drafts for the specifications.
If you want to help with that, or simply want to know more about the project, we have weekly meeting at https://riot.im/app/#/room/#retribute:matrix.org and you can of course ask us any question you may have here!
For International #OpenAccessWeek Project Muse has put up a curated bibliography of #OpenAccess books and journals relevant to the theme of equity in #OA https://about.muse.jhu.edu/muse/open-access-week-2019/
Next week the Concordia University Library has a great line-up of events for #OpenAccessWeek. I'm offering a session on Using and Sharing #OpenAccess Content with #CreativeCommons Licenses. Most of our events are open to everyone (in Montreal): https://library.concordia.ca/research/open-access/open-access-week.php spread the word and join us!
This seems to me, to be essentially an argument from Nick Cave to embrace uncertainty and engage in continuous critical thinking. He's woven a brief, difficult, and eloquent path through some contemporary social/political issues to consider https://www.theredhandfiles.com/why-do-you-write/
Lisa Lamont's digitization work in www.detaineeallies.org project really stands out among the wonderful talks at #DLFforum 2019 #t2e. Letters from imprisoned migrants will prove important for things that we haven't even imagined. Complexity of the ethical issues to grapple with is immense. Repercussions? Identification via unique travel routes? What does repetition among routes tell us? Letters made public are good or will there be repercussions in the migrants' home? For-profit prisons? Ahh!
Heading to Florida in a couple days to present at the 2019 #DLFforum (Digital Library Federation). I attended for the first time last year and was impressed by how well organized it was and the great variety of interesting topics. One of my colleagues and I have a brief talk based on our digital scholarship needs gathering work at Concordia.
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