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Digital Fluencies 01: Databases

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join us for lunch on Wednesday, April 4th, from 12 pm-1:30 pm in the CTLR Lounge for the first meeting in our Digital Fluencies series. Sign up below to receive link to PDFs of readings and so we know how much lunch to order.

Digital Fluencies 01: Databases

Databases undergird almost every digital project, platform, interface, and tool; but not all databases are alike. How might we better understand what databases are—and what they can be—as core components of digital liberal arts scholarship? How can becoming more fluent in database design improve the digital liberal arts? We’ll gather to explore the topic. Faculty, students, and staff at all levels are welcome to attend participate regardless of digital skills.

READINGS (pdfs provided through sign up below):

N. Katherine Hayles, “Databases,” in How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), 37-40

Lev Manovich, “Database as Symbolic Form,” Convergence 5, 80 (1999), 80-99

Christiane Paul, “The Database As System and Cultural Form: Anatomies of Cultural Narratives,” in Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow, ed. Viktorija Vesna Bulajic (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007), 95-109

ADDITIONAL READINGS:

Sarah Whitwell, “Resistance, Racialized Violence, and Database Design,” Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, McMaster University, 26 February 2018

Matthew E. Davis, “The Database as a Methodological Tool,” Digital Medievalist, 10 August 2017

Matthew Lincoln, “Best Practices for Using Google Sheets in Your Data Project,” Matthew Lincoln, PhD Art History and Digital Research Blog, 26 March 2018

Hadley Wickham, “Tidy Data,” The Journal of Statistical Software 59 (2014)

CASE STUDY:

Ryan Clement, Data Services Librarian, will lead us through a comparison of two different database structures, how they have been used and why they were chosen as a way to consider how we might use databases more critically in digital liberal arts projects.

NOTES ON MEETING: 

Michael J. Kramer, “It’s All Related: Thinking About Flat File & Relational Databases@ Digital Fluencies 01”

What Is the Digital Fluencies Series?

The Digital Fluencies Series investigates what it means to develop more critical facility and engagement with digital technologies. Meetings usually combine 1-3 readings (a link to materials will be provided when necessary) and a case study for hands-on exploration. Faculty, students, and staff at all levels are welcome to attend participate regardless of digital skills. Upcoming topics include: Bots, Data, Platforms, Archives, Gender in Code, Digital Racism, Open Access, Podcasting, Remix, Publishing and Peer Review, Animation, Glitching and Deformance Tactics, Memes, Web Design, the Template, Data Visualization, GIS and Spatial Data/Thinking, and User Experience. Feel free as well to suggest a topic as well. Co-sponsored by DLA, CTLR, Davis Library, and DLINQ. Organized by Leanne Galletly, User Experience & Digital Scholarship Librarian, and Michael J. Kramer, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Digital History/Humanities and Associate Director of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative.

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Digital Fluencies 01: Databases

Date: April 4, 2018

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Date:
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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DLA, CTLR, Library, & DLINQ

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CTLR Lounge
Middlebury, 05753 + Google Map