Category: Insights


Authorship and Advocacy: The Native American Petitions Dataverse – Not Even Past

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In this insightful review, Alina Scott draws attention to the decolonizing work of The Native American Petitions Dataverse. Scott’s review brings out the ways in which this project is rethinking both the form and the content of digital archives, while also emphasizing the many new avenues for research, access, preservation, and activism that this amazing archive …

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Review of Learning Queer Identity in the Digital Age

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This post reviews Kay Siebler’s Learning Queer Identity in the Digital Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Of particular interest to scholars working at the intersections of digital cultures, queer theory, and critical pedagogy, Siebler’s compelling book opens new pathways of thinking through the contradictions of identity, capitalism, and patriarchy. It’s definitely reached the top of my …

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Toward the End of a Digital Project: Reflections on Starting Over

This issue is probably more common than I think. Over the past year I’ve been working on an ambitious digital project: to modify a digital annotation tool,, so that the user can highlight text in multiple colors, rather than just yellow. While that doesn’t sound very ambitious, the theoretical underpinnings of the project and …

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We are all complicit in harassment and abuse

To combat bad behaviour, researchers must collectively create ways to take responsibility, says Virginia Valian… The vast majority of scholars will never have crossed paths with Epstein, but many of us — myself included — are guilty of lapses, of instances when we failed to recognize or take steps to prevent abuse. It is past …

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The Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism

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This lucidly written essay shuttles between the emergence of the Gutenberg press and the rise of Facebook, compelling a reflection on the enduring and contradictory ways in which print and digital cultures are entwined. Particularly insightful is the observation that what we now refer to as “fake news” has been closely associated with both print …

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Easy Website Archiving

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The GC Library’s Stephen Klein discusses Rhizome’s Webrecorder, an open source solution for Web Archiving. This is tool should be of interest to all researchers looking to capture portions from the internet or to record their own web development project. Read more: Easy Website Archiving.

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At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

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With recent understandings about the circulation of disinformation especially as it relates to election campaigns, NY Times shared a report from Oxford University looking at the manner in which disinformation campaigns circulate. Despite increased efforts by internet platforms like Facebook to combat internet disinformation, the use of the techniques by governments around the world is …

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Analyzing preprints: The challenges of working with SHARE metadata

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As can be seen from a series of recent publications, there is great interest surrounding preprints—scholarly manuscripts that are published ahead of peer review. And while these studies show a rise in the number of documents posted on preprint servers, they fail to offer a clear picture on how the growing number of preprint servers are …

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