Digital Tools for Research and Teaching in Anthropology Lisa Spiro Digital Media Center October 2009 Image source: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/digital-anthropology/ How We Access & Share Information Is Changing 133
million blogs 210 billion emails sent per day in 2008 (70% spam) 9 billion web pages indexed by Google 3 million articles in English on Wikipedia 70 million videos on YouTube (March 2008) 200 million Facebook users
10 million books digitized by Google Amount of Digital Information: 2008 IDC study http://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2333232442/ What are the implications of networked information for research?
What is the significance of digital culture? How can we harness digital technologies to be more innovative,
collaborative, productive, etc? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ philliecasablanca/2494647968/ Discover Other Useful Tools via the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki http://digitalresearchtools.pbwiki.com/
Outline of Presentation Capturing Information Organizing Information Analyzing & Visualizing Information Sharing Knowledge Tools for Capturing & Presenting
Information The Digital Media Center (http:// dmc.rice.edu/) provides free access to a number of tools, including camcorders scanners audio recorders
transcription pedal digital cameras plotter DMC Services for Instructors http://library.rice.edu/services/dmc/servi
ces/services-for-faculty-and-instructors Managing Research with Zotero http://www.zotero.o rg/
a free, easy-touse Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work in the web browser itself. The DMC is holding
a free Zotero workshop November 4 from 10-12. Register at http://library.rice.ed u/services/dmc/servi Collaborating Using Zotero http://www.zotero.org/groups/digital_history
Seeing the Field at Glance Using NetVibes: Michael Weschs Mediated Cultures http://www.netvibes.com/wesch#Digital_Ethnography What Is Text Analysis? Text
analysis: using the computer to study patterns in texts Examples of text analysis operations: Concordances Keyword in context Word use frequency Sentiment analysis (what is the mood of this passage?) Detecting plagiarism or intertextuality
Example: Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud http://chir.ag/projects/preztags/ Tools for Text Analysis: Voyeur Obama vs. Bushs (2nd) inaugural addresses
http://voyeur.hermeneuti.ca/ What Is Data Visualization? Data into pictures An external representation that makes it easy to see certain patterns in data. (Palo Alto Research Center) historical weather maps illustrating
dynamic changes (Ed Ayers at Educause 2006) Social cold and warm fronts Interplay of different forces Simultaneity: different things happening at different places at the same time Social networks Many Eyes Chart: Survival on the Titanic
http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/view/SWUK0IsOtha6R4k19 Spatial Visualization: The Emancipation Project http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/emancipation/index.html Network Graphs: Stanford Spatial History Lab
http://www.stanford.edu/group/spatialhistory/cgi-bin/site/viz.php?id=12 &project_id=997 What Is Digital Storytelling? Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling.
Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.--Leslie Rule, Center for Digital Storytelling
Can also refer to interactive stories games, hypertext, personal blogging, etc. The significance of digital stories We learn & remember through stories (see research by Roger Schank, for example). Digital stories relate ideas and experiences
in a compelling, often deeply affecting way Digital stories appeal to multiple senses vision, hearing, kinesthetic Digital storytelling advances 21st century literacy, which includes visual, technological, & information literacy Knowledge communities are built around stories
Example Digital Story: Reasons Why We Tube (Seiji Ikeda) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmnZaSIulZU Digital Storytelling in the Anthropology Classroom Some anthropology programs (Berkeley, Vassar,
Alberta, etc) offer classes on digital storytelling students have talked about the importance of being creative and applied in their course work, in the learning that has taken place in working with others outside of the University and of the transformation of disparate and sometimes abstract elements of anthropological ideas into knowledge that they feel is theirs. (Christopher Fletcher, Alberta)
Share Your Research via Digital Repositories http://scholarship.rice.edu/ http://opencontext.org/ How Can Fondren & the DMC Support Anthropology? More
tools? (e.g. qualitative data analysis, statistical packages, mega social sciences workstation, etc.) More services? (e.g. digitization, consulting on digital tools, archiving papers & data) What else?
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