My 10 Items

 

 

Items the First-

 http://stereogum.com/is an uber hip music site. They do concert reviews, music release reviews (vinyl, mp3, cd, etc), gossip about new albums, what band is breaking up/reuniting. For the lay person, or one who likes indie music but isn’t so much into the culture, this site is great for news about forthcoming stuff. They are among the first, or the first, to know when tour dates are being announced, albums are being scheduled for release, when bands hit the studio to record an album/ep/single.

http://www.fluxblog.org/is a blog run by an uber-hipster. It is a great place to download mp3 of forthcoming albums, rarities and one-off side projects. It is all legal. The author gets the rights to post the free links for a short time, like a couple days max. It’s like a free preview, you get a song from an upcoming album to give you a sweet taste or a song from the tour only ep to get you excited about their fall/winter/spring/summer tour. If one reads this blog, in conjunction with stereogum, you would most likely be indistinguishable from all the hipsters that are trying to be different, like all the other different people.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/ is a site that used to be cool but is now considered lame, by hipsters. The site is a great place for music reviews. Getting a 10 from pitchfork is like getting 5 mics from The Source Magazine, it is a hugely respected and hard thing to achieve. Though not all the albums given the award are all that good, a lot are perfect. Pitchfork is also good for news about tours, studio sessions and the same things as stereogum but, this site has grown safe. It has chosen its favourites and heaps praise on them while ignoring some other smaller bands/labels that are better than the bands upon which praise is heaped.

I am counting these as one because they are simmilar but really all of them really only work together. Only when you read all 3 do you get a fair and balanced idea of what is going on in the indie music world.

 

 

Item the Second-

  http://www.last.fm/ is hard to describe.  Here is my attempt, pretend there was a kid named last.fm.  Its mother was youtube.com and its father could have been myspace.com, facebook.com or friendster.com, it was a crazy time for youtube.com, and his mother/father, the 3rd party necessary for conception of teh netz babies, was the son of amazon.com and stereogum.com.     

  You can build a profile here and choose songs to play on your jukebox, the site will queue up some other songs it thinks you’ll like as well.  This site is very good at this.  You can learn about new music through this site, it recommends new stuff based on your preferences.  It also hosts user reviews of albums.  This is a great site, extremely usable, helpful and customizable.  A great way to hear new music and to connect with stuff you already love.  One does not need to have a profile or register in any way to take advantage of this site.  One may take advantage of this community’s knowledge without contributing, and there is a huge amount of accumulated knowledge on this site.

 

Item the Third-

  I promise this is the last music site.  http://www.liveplasma.com/ is a movie/music recommendation type site.  The difference here is the way one engages the information.  It is basically a tag cloud represented visually.  When one types in the name of a movie or band, a visual map of circles is displayed, some are larger than others, that center around the information one puts in.  It is not the best tool but, I really like the way the user engages the information on the site.  With some work, perhaps open source, done on the site, it could be a really incredible new way of interacting with the information.  I have thought about what it would take to use this format for my Tulsa vegetarian wiki and concluded that my knowledge of code is not sufficient to achieve this.  This is one of my favourite sites, not because of its information stores but for the way users engage that information.

 

 

Item the Fourth-

  This article, Projects vs Collections, (MacWorld; Jul 2007, Vol. 24 Issue 7, p62-63, 2p, 2 color) is short and a little techishbut, it brings up the question of how an item is stored.  It is not specifically about digital collections but, since a few of the things being thrown aroundin this class deal with digital images, I found it interesting to think about from a DC POV.  The basic gist of the article is that two programs treat pictures differently, one treats images as a project while the other treats them as a collection.    I’ve put some thought into this and decided I need to read more about this.  I like the implications of storage methods/technology influencing a digital collection’s status.

 

 

Item the Fifth-

  The Object Project site is pretty cool.  The Object Project, which was on display in Tulsa for awhile, is an art show where 15 artists are given 5 objects and the resultant work is the show.  You can view the original pieces and the 5 pieces that inspired the work through the site.  Aside from being a digital collection in its own right, it brings up lovely questions.  How should a digital collection represent the objects in it if there are physical counterparts.  Like the LivePlasma site shows, there are different ways to represent the same data.  The Object Project is great at showing what/how digital collections could be if given to the right people.  Like the items given the artists, information exists in the world, it is up to the artists/DC to choose how to represent that.

 

 

Items the Sixth-

  The Visible Human Project is quite interesting.  A prisoner donated his body upon his execution to a laboratory.  The lab froze, then sliced his body, horizontally, into very thin slices then scanned those slices into the computer.  The result was that med students, doctors and the like could view, in 3 dimensions, the human body, piece by piece or micropiece by micropiece.  There are other things that this has enabled science to do but, I’ll stick with those.  This article, The Body & the Digital Archive, (Health: an Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine vol. 1, no. 2 1997) explores what the Visible Human Project has meant to digital archives sociopolitically.  The article is a little dated but the questions are still valid.  For some digital collections, destruction of the object is necessary to get the item digitized.  This is true for all things scanned by an electron microscope as well as the Visible Human.  While the digitization of archival materials is often lauded for its preservation of source materials, people can access them w/out physically accessing them, there are some destructive methods of conversion.  How far are we, American Society, willing to go to put things into digital form.  Is it ethical to have done this, the Visible Human Project?  Is it moral?  Do the answers matter?  (Plus she references Foucault in the 2nd paragraph.)

 

 

Item the Seventh-

     Maria Cristina Ferreira de Oliveira, Haim Levkowitz, “From Visual Data Exploration to Visual Data Mining: A Survey,” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 378-394, July-September, 2003.

  This article is pretty good.  It is techy and parts are hard to get through but, I like this.  It gives you an idea of what is going on in the visual side of a digital collection or rather, how one can use different visual styles, elements, representation systems, etc.  One also gets an idea, if one did not previously, of the different cognitive and learning styles and which systems are better suited to each.  This idea leads me to think about one’s digital collection.  If one has a set of data, or information, what is to stop a page designer from laying different skins over the top?  Why is there not more of a user selected interaction structure on the web in general and in DC’s in specific?  Why does Google or Amazon have one structure with which to interact with there information?  It seems that it would be a good business move to have several different ways to interact with the site/information.

 

 

Item the Eighth-

     Paulovich, Fernando V, Luis G Nonato, Rosane Minghim, and Haim Levkowitz. 2008. “Least square projection: a fast high-precision multidimensional projection technique and its application to document mapping.” IEEE Transactions On Visualization And Computer Graphics 14, no. 3: 564-575. MEDLINE, EBSCOhost (accessed October 28, 2008).

  This article relates to Item the Seventh.  I found it when I did a search for the authors’ other articles.  This article is about new technologies in visual representations.  I think that this could be applied in the future to websites/DC’s a host of visual mediums.  But as a 3rd dimension is added to our visual interaction with websites/movies/etc. this has the potential to revolutionize the design/structure and way we interact with not just the data but with the computer itself.  Mice would need to be redesigned for the z-axis, you could scroll through pages like we do now up-down, left-right but also fore and aft.  In my feeble mind I conceive of this new z-axial opportunity to be a relational direction.  Perhaps fore/aft is related material or perhaps a tag chaser.  As you move forward you see the citations the current article lists, aft would show the articles that cited the current article.  I’m sure there are much better uses for the z-axis but, I thought I’d throw my musings around.

 

 

Item the Ninth-

  What is one to do regarding slang?  There is a huge amount of slang around and it changes so swiftly.  There is a sort of universal slang, “you dig?,” “like,” “uh-huh” are a few examples.  Then there is the subculture specific terms, “dubs,” “IYKWIM,” “WYSIWYG,” “1337,” etc., etc.  Also phrases like “the sh!t” or the “5h!+,” curse word slang.  The Urban Dictionaryis a great place to find out what people (peeps, le gente) are actually saying.  There are all kinds of slang words and phrases on this site.  Some of them are gross, offensive, crass, obscene, and all kinds of other pejoratives (check out Smiley Face or Dirty Sanchez for some examples of the crudest).  The other stuff is there as well, just not as much fun to read. 

  This site is user driven.  Users input terms and supply the definitions.  Users can then rate the definition for accuracy and/or precision.  I like the philosophical ideas one can find in this, of definition, meaning, being a constantly updated and/or changing thing, as ruled on by the majority.  Plus the irreverence, i love that anything is open for defining here.

 

 

Item the Tenth-

  This is sort of a meta-digital collection.  It is on the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions) website and is a digital collection of digital collections and DC related articles, conferences and the like.  This site is by no means exhaustive, it has only two DCs.  I like the idea of a search page for DCs or a digital collection of digital collections.  The meta-collection maybe another way of promoting IRs to a greater number of people.  If there was a one stop shop for IRs, users could get exposed to all kinds of IRs that they would otherwise not know existed or where/how to find.  The meta-collection would be a good way to expose specialty or narrower focused IRs to users.  Perhaps there is already some service like this, if there is, I haven’t found it.  The closest thing I’ve found is the library catalog’s article search feature.

2 responses

19 10 2008
DocMartens

Well, come on: given the blogroll, I can hardly wait to see your 10 Items!

27 10 2008
DocMartens

Re your last sentence in Item the Sixth: you might be interested to know that there is an online Foucault archive at: http://www.michel-foucault-archives.org/

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