Monday, December 5, 2016

twitter archive on github thanks to @mhawksey

I am excited about this.  It is my first use of github, and yes, I did not have to do anything fancy but follow the directions, and it worked.  I now have an updating twitter archive on githib.

You can watch the video of instructions here.

I have been a fan of Tagsexplorer beta for a while (here is an example).

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A few thoughts about How the world changed social media by by Daniel Miller, Elisabetta Costa, Nell Haynes, Tom McDonald, Razvan Nicolescu, Jolynna Sinanan, Juliano Spyer, Shriram Venkatraman , and Xinyuan Wang

How the World Changed Social Media
How the World Changed Social Media by Daniel Miller,

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very interesting read. It is part of an eleven book series which describe comparative, qualitative, anthropological field work in nine sites around the world. It was done by different anthropologists, who worked together, and did their research at the same time (except for one researcher) so information was comparative. The researchers spent time together for planning and part way through their field work, but researched in different areas around the world.

This volume brings together a summary of the different sites which are described in their separate volumes. This is really interesting because it looks at poly media (people using multiple social medias) and brings in the idea of scalable sociability. It is really interesting for the big picture trends, and differences between the sites. While I may not read all the titles in the series, I am going to read some of other books. The titles are available as free PDFs so that those who participated in the research would be able to read the findings. This is important in reporting back to those who were part of the research. The books are also available as ebooks and in print.

I think this would be interesting reading for people interested in social media or ethnography as a research methodology.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Shetland wool week and local studies

On Instagram there was a lot of recent activity for #shetlandwoolweek. I found out about it last year and it looked amazing, and something to add to the "to visit" list. I am interested in it because of the knitting, but also because of the local studies.

The image below brings in a library partnership as a participant reports back on the Shetland wool week

I hope the local public library in Shetland is collecting some of these images as there are twists on the traditional, for example (inclusion of runes)
A photo posted by Cathy Scott - Stitchmastery (@stitchmastery) on
It is interesting because there is a focus on the sheep
A photo posted by Carrie Sundra (@alpenglowyarn) on
as well as the finished product. Heritage items were on display
as new pieces were being made...
I think this is very interesting from a local studies perspective, and would have great potential for oral history and other recording of current experience. There was even a readers' advisory element as well
A photo posted by kschneibolk (@kschneibolk) on

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sheep and local studies

There has been an interesting discussion on Instagram encouraging people in the UK to share photographs of rare sheep breeds...

This is from the UK, and many of these sheep are connected to local areas. This has led to some lovely photographs of sheep...
A photo posted by Team Wovember (@wovemberwool) on
As well as photographs of items made with the wool of rare sheep breeds
It made me hope that some UK public libraries are collecting this for their local studies collections.