INLS777-001 Fall 2022

Perspectives on information, technology and people

20 September 2022  1230-1345

② watch presenter in Sakai calendar

Think about this discussion in terms of things you know. Does the speaker make total sense?

Categorize is a related term of classification.
As a verb, categorize is to assign a category; to divide into classes.
As a noun, classification is the act of forming into a class or classes; a distribution into groups, as classes, orders, families, etc, according to some common relations or attributes.

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③ read presenter in Sakai calendar

There's more than one way to think about this.


Read chapter 3, The geography of knowledge,
pages 46-63 in
Weinberger, D. (2007).
Everything is miscellaneous: The power of the new digital disorder.
New York: Times Books.

The book's (now inactive) blog doesn't say this, but:

charts how as business, politics, science, and media move online, the rules of the physical world - in which everything has a placeā€”are upended. In the digital world, everything has its places, with transformative effects:
  1. Information is now a social asset and should be made public, for anyone to link, organize, and make more valuable.
  2. There's no such thing as "too much" information. More information gives people the hooks to find what they need.
  3. Messiness is a digital virtue, leading to new ideas, efficiency, and social knowledge.
  4. Authorities are less important than buddies. Rather than relying on businesses or reviews for product information, customers trust people like themselves.

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④ ponder presenter in Sakai calendar

Weinberger to Gluschko.

Compare Weinberger's discussion of collaborative filtering on pages 60-63 with Glushko's treatment of social classification.

Glushko.Foundations for Organizing

Read pages 237-275, Classification: Assigning Resources to Categories. by Robert J. Glushko, Jess Hemerly, Vivien Petras, Michael Manoochehri, and Longhao Wang, in Robert J. Glushko's The Discipline of Organizing, MIT Press, 2013.

Pay particular attention the section on p. 237, 7.1.2 Classification vs. Tagging. Think about how this text considers social classification and folksonomies with how the next reading considers them.

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⑤ listen presenter in Sakai calendar

Senegal Fast Food

Amadou and Mariam, and their place in, plus Manu Chao and his place in, with some comments about them from their Wikipedia entries

Amadou & Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) (born in Bamako 24 October 1954) and Mariam Doumbia (vocals) (born in Bamako 15 April 1958). The pair, known as "the blind couple from Mali" met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music.
Manu Chao (born José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on June 21, 1961), is a French singer of Spanish origin (Basque and Galician). He sings in French, Spanish, English, Galician, Arabic and Portuguese and occasionally in other languages.

Amadou & Mariam - Senegal Fast Food by Tchefari

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⑥ an unanswered question

Finally, at least one time per session, you all are offered the opportunity to put me on the spot.

What is the "one big question" that the readings posed, but did not answer?

If I can't come up with an answer immediately, I will research it and have it for you at the subsequent session.

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