As We May Think

Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems. He has built a civilization so complex that he needs to mechanize his records more fully if he is to push his experiment to its logical conclusion and not merely become bogged down part way there by overtaxing his limited memory. His excursions may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand, with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important. The applications of science have built man a well-supplied house, and are teaching him to live healthily therein. They have enabled him to throw masses of people against one another with cruel weapons. They may yet allow him truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience. He may perish in conflict before he learns to wield that record for his true good. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome.

As We May Think, Vannevar Bush, 1945 via The Atlantic

“This is very d…

“This is very different from the traditional “hoard and polish” technique, in which scholarly humanities research is an individual effort, published only in late stages, but it is very much in keeping with the emerging cooperative spirit of digital scholarship, Nowviskie said. Digital humanities projects at U.Va. cover a large swath of work, ranging from online archives of 19th-century scholarship to interactive maps of historical Jamaican architecture.”

Trechinho extraído da página da University of Virgina Today sobre um interessantíssimo projeto piloto em Digital Humanities. Um grupo de alunos do projeto “Praxis Program” está trabalhando para desenvolver um software de análise de textos Web-based que possibilitará a análise cruzada de reações e categorizações de textos Web a fora.  O programa em que os estudantes bolsistas responsáveis pelo Praxis estão envolvidos deve, segundo as boas línguas repensar a educação superior na Era Digital.

Fiquei curiosa. Let’s stay tuned!

“Consegue che l…

“Consegue che l’attività quotidiana – alta o bassa, eccezionale od ordinaria – lascia tracce di tipo informatico, che saranno i documenti e le fonti della storia futura del nostro presente. Come la storiografia di una cultura alfabetica à diversa da quella di una cultura orale, così la storiografia di una cultura digitale sarà – ed è già – diversa da quella di una alfabetica.” RAGAZZINI, Dario (2004)

Introduzione alla “Storiografia Digitale”