JOUR6871: Dirty Data by Leslie Faye Smail

Today, in JOUR6871: Digital Curation, we covered the topic of Dirty Data.

Leslie Faye Smail covered the readings, which included:

Jennifer Gabrys. 2011. Digital Rubbish: A natural history of electronics. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2011. “Introduction” p. 1-19 and “Four: Museum of Failure: The Mutability of Electronic Memory” p. 101-125

Intro: Medianatures: The Materiality of Information Technology and Electronic Waste edited by Jussi Parikka

Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller. Greening the Media 2012. Chapter 2 “Words” and Chapter 3 “Screens”. Oxford University Press. (Norlin Library—Stacks HM1206 .M3759 2012)

Sabine LeBel. 2012. “Wasting the Future: The Technological Sublime, Communications Technologies, and E-waste” communication +1. Volume 1 Futures of Communication.

Gerry Shih. 2013. “Facebook says countries sought data on 38,000 users in first half of 2013” in the Globe and Mail

Kyle Chayka. 2012. “The Aesthetics of Data Storage”

James Glanz. 2012. “Power, Pollution and the Internet” New York Times  (September 22, 2012)

Mél Hogan. 2013. “The Archive’s Underbelly: Facebook’s Storage Centers” in Television New Media. Sage. 2013.



Dirty Data paper by Leslie Faye Smail DirtyDatafinalPPT by Leslie Faye Smail

JOUR6871: Ownership (Archives) by Richelle Cripe

Richelle Cripe ATLAS Institute, PhD Program

Richelle presented this talk in our Digital Curation course (CU Boulder, Spring 2014).


The Kayapo people of Brazil live among one of the largest protected expanses of tropical rain forest in the world. Most of them can’t read or write. They follow a subsistence way of life in villages linked by a channel of rivers and obscured trails. In 1988 they helped get indigenous rights written into the new Brazilian Constitution, and eventually they secured legal recognition of their territory. And, perhaps surprisingly, their population is rapidly growing. With the help of Terence Turner of Cornell University, an anthropologist and Kayapo expert, they have embraced new technologies. With the video camera, for example, they have recorded ceremonies and dances, and have even logged interactions with government officials. However, they are still concerned about outside influences and the imminent loss of their culture (Brown, 2014).

Pukatire, the chief of a village called Kendjam, laments about the situation, “I am worried about our young people who are imitating whites…None of the young people know how to make poison for arrows…The elders have to speak up and say to our young people, ‘…Let the white people have their culture, we have ours.’ If we start copying white people too much, they won’t be afraid of us, and they will come and take everything we have. But as long as we maintain our traditions, we will be different, and as long as we are different, they will be a little afraid of us” (Brown, 2014, p. 48).

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Kirstyn Leuner, guest speaker in Digital Curation JOUR6871

Guest lecture, 1-27-14, “Digital Curation” grad seminar (Mél Hogan, JOUR6871)

I (Kirstyn Leuner) tailored this guest lecture about the Stainforth Library of Women Writers project for Mél Hogan’s graduate course in digital curation (JOUR6871). You will find my slides below. Students came from a variety of departments and, in this course, will build their own archives in WordPress. One important point I wanted to make was to convey the way that the Stainforth project thinks about the archive in contrast to the way traditional humanist scholarship makes use of archives. I also emphasized a theory of the digital archive as creating versions of and access to textual artifacts.

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WordPress Assignment (Revised): The Collection

Identify your topic of research and make your collection the focus of this project. Tap into your “archive fever” and collect 20 research objects that speak to a specific and unified theme. This can come from ongoing projects, research interests or personal projects.

In your first blog post, clearly outline the topic of your research; i.e., what the common thread will be for the “objects” you collect. Objects can be images, social media feeds, photographs of material objects, links, videos, etc. There’s no limit to what your collection can consist of. Do try to collect at least 12 (perhaps in addition, perhaps not) Vine videos related to your collection in preparation for the Korsakow workshop.

For each of these objects, you will create an individual blog post and detail its relationship to your chosen research topic as well as to other objects in the collection.

Of course this means that you’ve successfully set up a WordPress site for the purposes of the collection project. Here you will also be able to write your reflections on the week’s readings, if and when pertinent to your project. You will also embed your Korsakow project into your site, in March, and write a few notes about your process, takeaways from the workshop, and the overall experience showcasing your collection in a non-linear way.

We will use social media and commenting in order to provide feedback to each other on the collections. There will be no formal in-class presentation on these projects.

All projects are due/will be assessed at the end of term only, but I recommend aiming to have the database installed by JAN 27, and your site up by mid FEB.