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There’s this, tweeted by Nils Pokel: Thoughts on museums and digital in 2016. Interested in particular in the suggestion that photography has changed from ‘memorialization to communication’. It’s at odds with this, noted in one of Courtney Johnston’s recent reading lists, Raiders of the Lost Web, which posits that the web – like print culture before it – evolved from a communication medium to knowledge, memorialistion, collective memory etc. The memory institutions are struggling to cope; we could panic, or accept that they’ll figure it our eventually.

On online encyclopedias

Have online publishers taken the ability to update online content too far? The fact that we can is interpreted as we should, but it’s an uneasy assumption. Many haven’t handled it well.

A lack of archiving and identifying change over time is the obvious problem, though it’s not obvious to users – and that’s central to the problem itself. But perhaps more problematic is the sustainability of trying to maintain a large corpus that presents an authoritative view when that view is subject to change.

What kind of product could be built that dispensed with the notion of updating content? What about bringing back the traditional cpublishing model of multiple editions of a book over time. Each edition still stands; early editions present what we thought then, newer editions are what we thought later. The progression in thinking is there for people to see, as is the current view.

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Random collection this week…

From the Guardian’s culture professionals group, 10 tips for developing and mastering digital products in the arts – simple, concise rules to remember.

And plenty of digital humanities links: Tim Hitchcock on small histories versus grand narratives in Sources, Empathy and Politics in History from Below.

Practical tools for data analysis, visualization, and working with social media data by Lev Manovich. (Not that I’ve looked at them all, but I might one day.)

Finally, prompted by this tweet and the following dicussion (namely the ‘L’ appearing in the Māori content)…


… I’m reading about New Zealand’s third space between Māori and Pākeha cultures in Paul Meredith’s paper Hybridity in the Third Space: Rethinking Bi-cultural Politics in Aotearoa/New Zealand (PDF, 32KB).

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Update: another take on the ten rules, this time in relation to project management: Ten  rules  for  humanities  scholars  new  to  project  management by Bethany Nowviskie (@nowviskie)

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Emily Bell posting on the shaping of news as platforms take distribution: The Rise of Mobile and Social News – and What it Means for Journalism.

Meanwhile in old journalism, the fate of copyright in the Fairfax archive: Peter Lloyd’s Fairfax archives row: Photographers cry foul over library at centre of alleged digitisation fraud.