Data, encoding, storage, memory, recall. Sometimes, things don’t go as well as you think they might, like last week when a volume I’d scanned went up onto the Archive with a bunch of unanticipated misalignments. (Unanticipated misalignments, isn’t that a life story right there.)
A poor workman blames the tools, yes, but for our friends in Bookbindery Land, my dilemma was the result of a book too tightly bound.
Archive.org is known for its nondestructive method using it’s homegrown Scribe and foldout table systems. This Slideshare presentation by Martin Kalfatovic of the Smithsonian gives an idea of the Archive’s and other systems it uses for its image capture needs, in the same way the Rosenberg Library is utilizing them for this project. That means no cutting up books, no removal of bindings, no X-acto knives taken to pages. It also means an editorial policy of what-you-submit-is-what-goes-up on the internet, warts and all.
Where I come from, if someone is running around half crazy, we say they ain’t bound up too tight. Well, this 1982-1983 volume truly was, resulting in poor image quality. We I.T. people call this “data loss”. This edition of Online Finds is about the kind of loss that can make you crazy and look all misencoded. Sometimes, you cannot win for losing.
First, an online find for a friend:
Tag Archives: Joan of Arc
At Medievalists.net. They run a lively community on their Facebook page. I think I’ve even stumped them for the past several “Stump the Librarian” Sundays, with my repeated requests for materials on Churches in Medieval Antioch. They’ve been sports and taken up several other my questions of interest, though. Love them.
Tag Archives: Joan of Arc
Data Loss, Mobile Malware among Top Threats of Mobile Computing, Cloud Security Alliance
Another kind of data loss, but by consumers and the enterprise (as well as campus IT.) Happens every day. Be kind to your local IT Department: keep those BYOD Droids, iPhones, and Galaxies close.
Data Loss From Missing Mobile Devices Ranks As Top Mobile Device Threat
CFP: Trauma and Social Transformation, Univ. of TX, Austin
Catastrophes– whether war, genocide, mass rape, enforced disappearances, or environmental disasters –inevitably leave their mark on the social fabric. Civic trauma is an unavoidable, and yet little-explored, element and consequence of such tragedies. For the Institute’s 2013-14 theme, we seek proposals that analyze trauma as a transformative historical experience for individuals, families, communities, and nations.
Trauma and Social Transformation, Institute for Historical Studies, UT Austin
See also: Online Finds, No. 4, Descilo’s “Understanding and Treating Traumatic Bonds”
See also: Should We Be Triggered? NeuroGovernance in the Future/(Tense), Kim Cunningham, SocialText Periscope, 1 Apr 12
Rage is the Subtext
Rage Is the Subtext charts the internal shifts of Holocaust survivors who tell their stories of suffering, loss, and endurance. Susan Derwin locates the healing effect of literary testimony in its capacity to represent the reactions of survivors to traumatic experience, while concealing other more unsettling responses from view. Beneath the explicit concerns of works by Primo Levi, Saul Friedländer, Binjamin Wilkomirski, Imre Kertész and Liliana Cavani, Derwin uncovers unspoken reserves of rage, which then become legible as formal properties of the text.
Prof. Derwin was also my undergrad mentor.
Readings in Holocaust Literature and Film [Hardcover]
Encoding (memory), Wikipedia
Memory has the ability to transform into any encode, store and recall information. Memories give someone the capability to learn and adapt from previous experiences as well as build relationships. Encoding allows the perceived item of use or interest to be converted into a construct that can be stored within the brain and recalled later from short term or long term memory. Working memory stores information for immediate use or manipulation which is aided through hooking onto previously archived items already present in the long-term memory of an individual.