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Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage

Our world is changing. It is complex, hyperconnected, and increasingly driven by insights derived from big data.1 And the rate of change shows no sign of slowing. Nor does the volume of data show any sign of shrinking. But, the economic and social value of big data does not come just from its quantity. It also comes from its quality – the ways in which individual bits of data can be interconnected to reveal new insights with the potential to transform business and society. Fully tapping that potential holds much promise, and much risk. By themselves, technology and data are neutral. It is their use that can both generate great value and create significant harm, sometimes simultaneously. This requires a rethink of traditional approaches to data governance, particularly a shift from focusing away from trying to control the data itself to focusing on the uses of data. It is up to the individuals and institutions of various societies to govern and decide how to unlock the value – both economic and social – and ensure suitable protections.

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Mason A. Porter: Cascades and Social influence on networks

I discuss "simple" dynamical systems on networks and examine how network structure affects dynamics of processes running on top of networks. I'll give an introduction to the idea of social ("complex") contagions, and I'll present a model for multi-stage complex contagions in which fanatics produce greater influence than mere followers.  I'll also briefly discuss the use of ideas from topics like persistent homology to examine wavefront propagation versus the appearance of new contagion clusters, and I'll present a model (without network structure) for the adoption of applications on Facebook. The last family of models illustrates how very different time-dependent dynamics can produce quantitatively similar long-time behavior, which poses both very serious challenges and exciting opportunities for the modeling of complex systems.

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How Yahoo Research Labs Studies Culture as a Formal Computational Concept | #SNA #DH

How Yahoo Research Labs Studies Culture as a Formal Computational Concept | #SNA #DH | blackfindings |
The ultimate goal: a truly computational understanding of human society, say Yahoo’s computational anthropologists.

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luiy's curator insight, August 19, 2014 5:35 PM

Today, Luca Maria Aiello at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a couple of pals, change that. They tease apart the nature of the links that form on social networks and say these atoms fall into three different categories. They also show how to extract this information automatically and then characterize the relationships according to the combination of atoms that exist between individuals. Their ultimate goal: to turn anthropology into a full-blooded subdiscipline of computer science.


Aiello and co used two data sets from a pair of large social networks. The first consists of over 1 million messages sent between 500,000 pairs of users of the aNobii social network, which people use to talk about books they have read. The second is a set of 100,000 anonymized user pairs who commented on each other’s photos on Flickr, sending around 2 million messages in total.


The team analyzes these messages based on the type of information they convey, which they divide into three groups. The first type of information is related to social status; messages displaying appreciation or announcing the creation of the social tie such as a follow or like. For example, a user might say a photograph is “an excellent shot” or say they’ve followed somebody or acknowledged attention they’ve got by thanking them for visiting a site.

Francisco Restivo's curator insight, August 20, 2014 6:51 AM

Alex Pentland would call this Social Physics.

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities | blackfindings |
The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense.

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Josie Gibson's curator insight, September 14, 2014 7:11 PM

Timely focus on the critical role of thinking systemically as a leader...

Jason Leong's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:15 AM

"Despite the inherent logic of systems thinking, governments, corporations, foundations, universities, and non-profit organizations still work mostly by breaking issues and problems into their separate parts and dealing with each in isolation. Separate agencies, departments, and organizations specialize in energy, land, food, air, water, wildlife, economy, finance, building regulations, urban policy, technology, health, and transportation−as if each were unrelated to the others. So, one agency pushes hard to grow the economy while another is charged to clean up the resulting mess and so forth, which is to say that the right hand and left hand seldom knows−or cares−what the other is doing. The results are often counter-productive, overly expensive, risky, sometimes disastrous, and most always ironic."

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:57 AM

Very comprehensive and interesting.... and not only about the cities... Good...

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El mundo según Manuel Castells

Radiotelevisión Española (, a través del programa Pienso, luego existo, ha dedicado su más reciente emisión (16 de junio) a la figura de Manuel Caste...

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miguel a. rodriguez's curator insight, June 21, 2014 8:33 AM


Lia Goren's curator insight, June 22, 2014 3:19 PM

Entre otras perlitas de la entrevista, disfruté esta:

"Cuando algo me importa y no lo entiendo, me hago profesor de esto para aprenderlo." - Manuel Castells

Lia Goren's curator insight, June 22, 2014 3:20 PM

Entre otras perlitas de la entrevista, disfruté esta: "Cuando algo me importa y no lo entiendo, me hago profesor de esto para aprenderlo." - Manuel Castells

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This Bluetooth Ring Is Like a Magic Wand on Your Finger

This Bluetooth Ring Is Like a Magic Wand on Your Finger | blackfindings |
This Bluetooth device, which connects to your mobile devices and your smart home, might be the most powerful ring we've ever seen.
Fabio Machado's insight:

such ringness
much futuristic 

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Drone Journalism Lab

Drone Journalism Lab | blackfindings |
Links, thoughts and research into using drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism at...

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luiy's curator insight, February 28, 2014 9:49 AM
About the Lab 

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln established the Drone Journalism Lab in November 2011 as part of a broad digital journalism and innovation strategy. Journalism is evolving rapidly, and journalism education must evolve with it, teaching new tools and storytelling strategies while remaining true to the core principles and ethics of journalism. The lab was started by Professor Matt Waite as a way to explore how drones could be used for reporting.


In the lab, students and faculty will build drone platforms, use them in the field and research the ethical, legal and regulatory issues involved in using pilotless aircraft to do journalism.

Catherine Pascal's curator insight, March 16, 2014 9:08 AM

  Signaux faibles et réalités avec conséquences .... A suivre de près .... !

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Making data visualisations: a survival guide I #dataviz #dataJournalism

Data-Journalism Section or Website: Thomson Reuters for "Connected China" Reuters Connected Chaina uses not only a formidable amount of statistics but also s...

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Google's #Glass Castle: The Rise and Fear of a #Transhuman Future I #cyborgs #cyberculture

Google's #Glass Castle: The Rise and Fear of a #Transhuman Future I #cyborgs #cyberculture | blackfindings |
What happens when humans become more than human? Or when computers surpass humanity to become the dominant 'species' on earth in new cyborg hybrid?

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luiy's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:17 AM

Most scholars believe that the movement of transhumanism was unofficially started in 1923 with J.B.S. Haldane’s essay “Prometheus: Science and the Future”. In this essay, Haldane introduced a notable idea; that current political and economic states made it likely that science will develop on its own. This would allow recent developments in biology to impact political choices. These scientific developments would include topics like Eugenics—something fraught with peril—and ectogenesis (the creation of life within an artificial environment). Haldane’s thoughts would pervade much of science for the next 100 years, creating a sense that mankind was in a perfect environment politically and economically to create the tools that would allow one to overcome their bodily weaknesses and become like Nietzsche’s Supermen.


The official founder of transhumanism—and the individual who coined the term—is considered to be biologist Julian Huxley, brother to famous author and activist Aldous Huxley. In a 1957 essay, Huxley presented a new idea:


“Up till now human life has generally been, as Hobbes described it, ‘nasty, brutish and short’; the great majority of human beings (if they have not already died young) have been afflicted with misery… we can justifiably hold the belief that these lands of possibility exist, and that the present limitations and miserable frustrations of our existence could be in large measure surmounted… The human species can, if it wishes, transcend itself —- not just sporadically, an individual here in one way, an individual there in another way, but in its entirety, as humanity.”

This belief that humanity has the potential to “transcend” its current state seemed revolutionary.


This idea of transcendence would pervade early science fiction as early as the ‘50s and ‘60s. The best example of this thought was Arthur C. Clarke’s book 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). In this novel, the hero finds a technological obelisk on an alien world that provided an opportunity to overcome physical barriers and become a being of pure energy, transcending human evolution. However, Clarke’s understanding of this cultural evolution is not the only one.


Another key idea is that artificial intelligence’s mental capabilities will eventually go through a “Singularity”, where the data capability exceeds that of a mortal man. This Singularity is a concept invented by computer scientist Vernor Vinge who predicted the sudden rise of transistors and intelligence in computer brains. From this, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggested that humanity would eventually mix its subconscious with an AI, becoming “one with the machine”. There are multiple variations on these stories, but all of them offer the same result, the ability to gain immortality through technology and overcome human suffering.

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Theories of Learning

Theories of Learning | blackfindings |

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 10, 2014 2:13 PM

We treat social constructivism as if it is new. Dewey and Montessori wrote about it over a century ago although they did not call it constructivism. The idea of using digital technologies and social media add a new twist to old ideas and it is important to inquire into what that means.

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 11, 2014 1:03 PM

nicely succinct infographic on learning theories

Tom Short's curator insight, February 12, 2014 7:58 PM

Nice overview of various learning theories; positioned against some new thinking about Networked learning theory.

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Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online | NY Times

Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online | NY Times | blackfindings |
The rising popularity of the image in social media has further transformed the way we share our lives with one another.



“This is a watershed time where we are moving away from photography as a way of recording and storing a past moment,” said Robin Kelsey, a professor of photography at Harvard, and we are “turning photography into a communication medium.”


Not surprisingly, the largest social networking companies are spending billions of dollars to be the place where consumers latch onto these visual nods. They know the stakes. While it might seem that Yahoo’s Flickr, Facebook, which also owns Instagram, and Twitter are fighting to become the ultimate online photo album or video vault, these companies are really fighting to provide the service for the newest way to communicate. If they miss that shift, they risk irrelevancy....



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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 1, 2013 9:31 PM

Another quote that nicely sets the table for this must-read article:

"So isn’t this all bad for society? Another blow for the English language where children won’t even bother to communicate in LOL-speak anymore?

“We’re tiptoeing into a potentially very deep and interesting new way of communicating,” said Mitchell Stephens, author of “The Rise of the Image, the Fall of the Word,” and a journalism professor at New York University. “And as with anything, when you tiptoe in, you start in the shallow waters.”


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Being a content curator is all about displaying information. We don't create the content, we display it. We share it - and people read it. But, first you have to display it. There are several skills involved in displaying content.
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Making Open Government Data Sustainable

Making Open Government Data Sustainable | blackfindings |

Earlier this week, David Eaves kicked off a fascinating conversation with a post on TechPresident. Titled "Optimism, Fear and the Knight News Challenge," it raises important questions about how open government work is supported and sustained. In particular, David focused on Democracy Map, one of two KNC finalist projects from friend-of-Sunlight Phil Ashlock. Democracy Map aims to improve U.S. citizens' ability to determine who represents them at all levels of government. David argues that a subsidy from Knight to DM could threaten the business of companies like Cicero that are trying to solve the problem through a commercial offering. Once the Knight money dries up, will Democracy Map still be around? Or will it only last long enough to kill off Cicero?

Sunlight's Eric Mill responded with a comment, prompting a fascinating response from Cicero's Robert Cheetham. And yesterday Phil weighed in with a lengthy and compelling post that's well worth a read.

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Juan Luis Jimeno's curator insight, April 16, 2013 5:23 AM

Haciendo sostenible el Open Government Data. Interesante artículo de Tom Lee (sunlight foundation)

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OpenGov Voices: The Open Data Ecosystem Thrives in Philadelphia

OpenGov Voices: The Open Data Ecosystem Thrives in Philadelphia | blackfindings |

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the guest blogger and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of the Sunlight Foundation or any employee thereof. Sunlight Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information within the guest blog.

Pam Selle is a News Apps Developer and Community Evangelist forAxisPhilly, a nonprofit investigative news organization that prioritizes work in the public interest. She is a resident of Philadelphia, speaks at national and regional technical events, and blogs at Follow her at @pamasaur.

Philadelphia is known as a leader in the open government movement – the city lays claim to the second Chief Data Officer in the country (Sunlight OpenGov Champion Mark Headd), is a two-time Code for America host city, is home to an active Code for America Brigade and has social good hackathons at least every month, sometimes every week. There’s a strong interest in creating applications to inform and empower citizens with apps such as, PhillySNAP and Baldwin using public data for their respective purposes.

 In February, the city released the AVI calculator, an online app that helps residents determine real estate taxes under a new policy that went into effect. The city also made the data powering the calculator available as an API. This allowed AxisPhilly, an independent, nonprofit news organization, use the AVI calculator API and transform it from just informational to a discussion tool.

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luiy's curator insight, April 7, 2013 3:44 PM

The website, which lists open source projects in Philadelphia, lists these two projects side by side. So how did a city government and a news organization end up next to each other on this list of open source projects? What’s the story behind Philadelphia making a web app and releasing the data to enable tools like AxisPhilly’s? For one, both projects are open source and allow for  code-sharing. You can access the code for both theCity of Philadelphia’s AVI project and AxisPhilly’s map project template on GitHub. AxisPhilly’s project also leverages the property parcels open data set.


AxisPhilly and organizations like it seek to encourage and leverage open data to spur discussion and inform citizens. Rather than focus on the rapid 24/7 news cycle, AxisPhilly digs deeper into urban infrastructure -- exploring data to understand deep causes for issues that impact life in Philadelphia. Because of strong relationships with the city and other public organizations, AxisPhilly is also able to encourage the development of open data sets largely through its stewardship of the region’s open data repository, Open Data Philly.


As the City of Philadelphia embraces the open data philosophy by sharing information through the calculator, our map is making it easier for individuals to know how much their houses are worth. Instead of looking at one point value, AxisPhilly’s map aggregates city data so that a reader can explore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and their property tax changes.

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'Smart Cities' Should Mean 'Sharing Cities' | Time

'Smart Cities' Should Mean 'Sharing Cities' | Time | blackfindings |

When mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid. These days every city claims to be a “smart” city, or is becoming one, with heavy investments in modern information and computing technology to attract businesses and make the city competitive.

But when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation essential to successful cities. After researching leading cities around the world, we’ve concluded that truly smart cities will be those that deploy modern technology in building a new urban commons to support communal sharing.

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A Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments | #datascience #complexity #SNA

A Look Inside Those 1.1 Million Open-Internet Comments | #datascience #complexity #SNA | blackfindings |
These cluster maps give us a two-dimensional look at the complex arguments Americans posted on the topic of net neutrality. One theme in the comments had to do with the American dream.

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luiy's curator insight, August 19, 2014 5:32 PM

How To Read This Cluster Map


- Similar nodes typically cluster together and clusters are grouped by color

- Each node represents a news story; a node sized by degree represents number of connections (i.e., similarity) to other nodes

- Connections represent similar language used across nodes

- A node bridging two clusters can indicate a story that synthesizes multiple topics

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“La investigación a partir de historias: Manual para periodistas de investigación”

“La investigación a partir de historias: Manual para periodistas de investigación” | blackfindings |

El periodismo de investigación consiste en la tarea de revelar cuestiones encubiertas de manera deliberada, por alguien en una posición de poder, o de manera accidental, detrás de una masa caótica de datos y circunstancias – y en el posterior análisis y exposición pública de todos los datos relevantes. Así, el periodismo de investigación contribuye de manera fundamental a la libertad de expresión y de información,  elementos centrales del mandato de la UNESCO. Los medios de comunicación pueden cumplir un rol de perro guardián que es
indispensable para la democracia, y por esta razón la UNESCO apoya plenamente las iniciativas dirigidas a fortalecer el periodismo de investigación en todo el mundo. Considero que esta publicación representa una importante contribución para la promoción del periodismo de investigación y espero que se transforme en un valioso recurso para periodistas y profesionales de la comunicación, así como para quienes se dedican a la formación de periodistas.

Via UNIVERSIDAD DE LIMA / Biblioteca, Elisa Hergueta
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Cyber-democracy: my global political program! by @plevy | @eDemocracy

Cyber-democracy: my global political program! by @plevy | @eDemocracy | blackfindings |
Visit the post for more.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 21, 2014 9:26 AM

It is good to see that more and more articles are calling attention to all these concerns.

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Time varying networks and the weakness of strong ties | #patterns #rumor #SNA

Time varying networks and the weakness of strong ties | #patterns #rumor #SNA | blackfindings |

In most social and information systems the activity of agents generates rapidly evolving time-varying networks. The temporal variation in networks' connectivity patterns and the ongoing dynamic processes are usually coupled in ways that still challenge our mathematical or computational modelling. Here we analyse a mobile call dataset and find a simple statistical law that characterize the temporal evolution of users' egocentric networks. We encode this observation in a reinforcement process defining a time-varying network model that exhibits the emergence of strong and weak ties. We study the effect of time-varying and heterogeneous interactions on the classic rumour spreading model in both synthetic, and real-world networks. We observe that strong ties severely inhibit information diffusion by confining the spreading process among agents with recurrent communication patterns. This provides the counterintuitive evidence that strong ties may have a negative role in the spreading of information across networks.

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Content Strategy of disruptors: how Open Garden's leverages content curation to build momentum

Changing the world not only takes a great idea but also takes building momentum around it.


The team at Open Garden, a San Francisco based startup - who could be to mobile data what Skype was to telephone calls - understood from the beginning how important it was to build a community around its disruptive idea.

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:09 PM

For more and more startups and companies, this means publishing great engaging content to build their community - a strategy where content curation greatly helps as Open Garden Co-Founder & CEO Micha Benoliel explains in this video.

Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:14 PM

With the convergence of Search and Social Media, building a community really means building a community of interests around what your company is all about.

For Open Garden's founders, this is about showing how hot the space they have pioneered is. They explain how and why they're doing it in that video.

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2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling

2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling | blackfindings |
A collection of interactive stories, charts and maps by The New York Times in 2013.

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Yolande Villemaire's curator insight, January 2, 2014 6:48 PM

Powerful strories, wonderfully animated.I especially like "The Invisible Child" but the 1st story is technically amazing.

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An object of journalism: the hyperlink

An object of journalism: the hyperlink | blackfindings |

An object of journalism?

First things first: why do I even claim it is an “object”? A link is not exactly a thing that can be touched… However, a link has a material existence in the digital realm, with a beginning and an end — it is clearly defined by chunks of code, the <a> and </a> HTML tags that border it. We can define what’s a link, what’s not a link and, even, what’s almost a link: the six news sites I have extensively studied for my dissertation all contain what I call « plain text links », that is a URL effectively written in the text of the news story, but which is not a link. The idea of indicating another place on the web is there, it’s a reference to another web page or site, but it’s unclickable.

The 3D hand cursor that appears over a hyperlink. Image by StockMonkeys on Flickr CC BY

The material boundaries that define the object itself suddenly become blurry, and that’s exactly where it becomes interesting. Why did the journalists produce almost-links or anti-links? Same goes for the apparently very simple distinction between internal and external links: internal links lead to pages in the same site, the same domain, defined by its URL, whereas external links point to other sites. Alright, but what about links that lead to other sites belonging to the same owner? News site A is the online counterpart of a tabloid, and sometimes links to articles published by news site B, the online counterpart of the quality paper — all are owned by the same company, and due to convergence efforts, news sites A and B are produced in the same newsroom. Formally, that’s still an external link. The material boundaries again become interesting when they are challenged.

A link also has an unambiguous existence for the actors involved in online news making. Ask a journalist, a blogger or an editor: they know what a link is. They can recognize one, they know when they produce one. This may seem a very mundane quality, but many things that we claim to study academically don’t have such an obvious existence. Try to ask journalists about their Bourdieuan habitus… Of course, this is not to say that the Bourdieuan habitus is an invalid concept. There might even be a portion of habitus involved in the ways journalists deal with links. It’s simply a question of vantage point: studying objects—things that exist—is a bottom-up approach that allows to iteratively discover concepts, theories and issues. It’s an empirically-driven, inductive perspective: instead of saying “Hey! The issue of sourcing is an important concept in news, let’s see how journalists use links to show their sources”, the logic sound more like this: “So there’s this thing that seems quite unique to online news, it’s called a hyperlink: let’s see why journalists use it… They use it to show their sources, but also for many other reasons!”.

Approaching the study of the hyperlink methodologically

A link

Studying a single object of journalism has a great advantage: because it is so focused, it allows the use of mixed methods. It’s a very pragmatic argument, verging on stubbornness: I’m studying the link, and just that. Sure, other online news features are fascinating, but I don’t want to know anything about the latest multimedia fad or the craze of users’ comments. This is why I can cope with doing a big data content analysis, a historical discourse analysis, and some ethnographically-inspired newsroom observations — and graduate in due time (hopefully). All these methods are extremely time-consuming: being highly selective about what I was actually going to look at was a matter of survival.

And it produced interesting results. Let’s consider, for example, the ancient debate of how outdated CMS weigh onbad or non-existent linking practices. I’ve conducted ethnographically-inspired work in two newsrooms. CMS-wise, one of the newsroom was a classic case of print-centric tools forced upon web people: journalists in charge of online news had to use the same tools as print folks. Visually, it meant that they had to write their stories in an interface that looks like a printed page, with columns and stuff. No HTML allowed, of course. Hence, no links — or more particularly, no inline links: side-column links are another story. If they wanted to add inline links in their stories, they had to circumvent the automatic workflow and log in into another system. Everything was incredibly ugly and counter-intuitive. It involved many clicks and did not exactly fit well with the pressure to publish fast. When asked about their linking practices, journalists in that newsroom complained that there were many technical barriers. They claimed that they did not produce a lot of links, because of the print-centric tools they had to use.

In the other newsroom I’ve visited, journalists worked with a spanking new CMS, a blog-like interface where everything could be dragged and dropped effortlessly. The possibility to add inline links was smoothly integrated and it could be done at any stage of the process. Journalists claimed they added links “whenever it is necessary”.

Guess which site produced more inline links? The first one, with the print-centric CMS and many alleged “technical barriers” to linking. This surprising result was only visible when looking at aggregated data over a long period of time, it wasn’t obvious when looking at a handful of articles because both sites produced rather few inline links (around 10% of articles contained at least one inline link in the second site, whereas the proportion was a bit more than 20% for the first newsroom). This is exactly why it was important to complement newsroom observation with a large-scale content analysis. Or to complement the content analysis with newsroom observation, if you prefer. Looking at a specific object allowed me to do just that: multiply the vantage points while keeping my research feasible with the time and resources I had. Nothing new, really, just good old triangulation with a pragmatic twist.

All in all, the “object” is a very useful lens. It allows a research stance focused on what’s material, but does not limit it to the study of artifacts. Discourses, representations and meaning all play an important role in my research — as much as large-scale content analysis and ethnographic inquiries. Focusing on the “object” is the only way I know of keeping it all together.

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Content Curation Tools: The Organized Supermap of Over 400 Services

Content Curation Tools: The Organized Supermap of Over 400 Services | blackfindings |

Via Robin Good
Alex Grech's curator insight, August 9, 2013 11:35 AM

My current absorption with Pearltrees started with an exploration of Robin Good's incredible structure.  To be studied, admired and shared.

Loli Olmos's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:35 PM

¡Excelente! ¡Menudo trabajo!

John Thomas's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:50 AM

Content Curation Tools: The Organized Supermap of Over 400 Services

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Online disinhibition and the psychology of trolling (Wired UK) | #trollstudies #digitalprofiles

Online disinhibition and the psychology of trolling (Wired UK) | #trollstudies #digitalprofiles | blackfindings |
Are people genuinely more aggressive, rude and unpleasant online, and if so, why? And what can we do to counter that, and make the internet a more tolerant place?

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luiy's curator insight, June 5, 2013 11:42 AM

Psychologist John Suller wrote a paper on this in 2004, entitled "The Online Disinhibition Effect", where he explored six factors that could combine to change people's behaviour online. These are dissociative anonymity ("my actions can't be attributed to my person"); invisibility ("nobody can tell what I look like, or judge my tone"); asynchronicity ("my actions do not occur in real-time"); solipsistic Introjection ("I can't see these people, I have to guess at who they are and their intent"); dissociative imagination ("this is not the real world, these are not real people"); and minimising authority ("there are no authority figures here, I can act freely"). The combination of any number of these leads to people behaving in ways they wouldn't when away from the screen, often positively -- being more open, or honest -- but sometimes negatively, abusing their fellow internet users in ways they wouldn't dream of offline. 

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#cliodynamics : Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past

#cliodynamics : Mathematicians Predict the Future With Data From the Past | blackfindings |
In Issac Asimov's classic science fiction saga Foundation, mathematics professor Hari Seldon predicts the future using what he calls psychohistory.

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luiy's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:30 AM

Turchin — a professor at the University of Connecticut — is the driving force behind a field called “cliodynamics,” where scientists and mathematicians analyze history in the hopes of finding patterns they can then use to predict the future. It’s named after Clio, the Greek muse of history.


These academics have the same goals as other historians — “We start with questions that historians have asked for all of history,” Turchin says. “For example: Why do civilizations collapse?” — but they seek to answer these questions quite differently. They use math rather than mere language, and according to Turchin, the prognosis isn’t that far removed from the empire-crushing predictions laid down by Hari Seldon in the Foundation saga. Unless something changes, he says, we’re due for a wave of widespread violence in about 2020, including riots and terrorism.

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"Culture & Technology" - The European Summer School in Digital Humanities

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Frederik Truyen's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:50 AM

DH@Leipzig 22/7 - 2/8 2013

Shih-Chieh Ilya Li's curator insight, November 9, 2013 6:53 AM

文化與科技正是我過去兩年在 Culturemondo 策劃的主題。