DSMS 700. Seminar in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies

Fall semester 2010
Prof. Allen Tullos and Dr. Carole Meyers
Allen's office: Callaway S407
Thursdays 1-4
Woodruff Library 214

This seminar offers an interdisciplinary introduction to digital technologies and their increasing presence in research and publication in the humanities and social sciences. The course will survey the digital humanities, internet history, network society, the production of knowledge in cyberspace, scholarly use of new media, intellectual property, and digital archives. Students will also develop digital skills appropriate to their areas of interest. No technical expertise is needed to take the seminar.

DSMS 700 is the core seminar for the new graduate Certificate in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies.

Contact Prof. Tullos for information about the certificate program: allenet@aol.com or 404-377-1170.

In addition to presentations by Emory faculty and staff, as well as web-based readings, the seminar has the following required texts, available at Emory's Barnes and Noble bookstore:

Manuel Castells, Communication Power
Katie Hafner, Where Wizards Stay Up Late
S. Craig Watkins, The Young and the Digital
Tim Berners-Lee, Weaving the Web
Lawrence Lessig, Remix

The required texts listed below are available electronically for free.

Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis. Blown to Bits : Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion
Jonathan Zittrain. The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence

Weekly assignments: write a page (no more than two) about the assigned readings to aid in class discussion. Post your writing to the LL conference prior to the start of each seminar meeting. In addition, each week one student will present a website or digital project of scholarly interest (approx. fifteen minutes).

Semester digital project. To be discussed with the instructors.

September 2. Introduction to seminar

Guest: Wayne Morse, director, Emory's Center for Interactive Teaching -- ECIT.

A calendar of upcoming ECIT tech instruction sessions.

September 9. Origins of the Internet and Web

RFC 2468, Vint Cerf's tribute to Jon Postel

Sen. Ted Stevens "Series of Tubes"

Read: Hafner, Where Wizards Stay Up Late

Read: Berners-Lee, Weaving the Web

Discussion on potential digital projects by seminar participants

Website Presentation: Andy Ditzler

In the news: Google Unveils Tool to Speed Up Searches

September 16. Digital humanities

Read: Susan Hockey, "The History of Humanities Computing"

Michael Greenbalgh, "Art History"

Patrik Svensson, "The Landscape of Digital Humanities"

Christine L. Borgman, "The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities"

Matt Kirschenbaum, "Hello Worlds"

Guests: Miriam Posner and Stewart Varner, Emory Libraries DiSC Project

Miriam here: Stewart and I visited some exemplary digital humanities centers, which we'll tell you about. Check out their websites: University of Nebraska's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, the University of Virginia's Scholars' Lab, and George Mason's Center for History and New Media. If you'd like, you can get a preview of our discussion by reading the reports Stewart and I prepared about our visits (PDF warning!): George Mason, U VA, University of Nebraska.
Thanks for having us! A few follow-up links: DiSC's information page, Bethany Nowviskie's graceful degradation survey (PDF), and our Prezi presentation, which contains many more links. Be sure to drop us a line if you have any questions or just want to talk.

Presenters: Scott Libson, Mael Vizcarra

September 23. Ownership of digital objects, copyright. Intro to open access.

Read Lessig, Remix.

View TedTalk by Margaret Gould Stewart, "How YouTube thinks about copyright."

Guest: Lisa Macklin, Director, Emory Intellectual Property Rights Office. Lisa suggests we read Battle of the Opens; a post by Dorothea Salo in the blog “The Book of Trogool” on March 15, 2010

Presenter: Hemangini Gupta

September 30. Regulation of cyberspace. Web 2.0

Read Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis Blown to Bits Chapter 6 and browse in Lessig's Code 2.

Read Tim O'Reilly, "What is Web 2.0"

Guest: Michael Page, GIS specialist, Emory Libraries Electronic Data Center
Read about Geographic (or Geospatial) Information Systems (GIS).
Examples of Michael's work: Dayvault Quarry fossil location map ; maps that reconstruct the Ten Broeck Race Course in Unearthing the Weeping TIme

Google sightseeing views of Katrina's damage

Residents of one of Africa's largest slums put their homes on the map

Website Presentation: Steven Swarbrick

October 7. Development on the Internet -- Closed v Open Systems

Read Zittrain, The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It

Guest: Rick Luce, Director of Emory Libraries
Read: Luce, "A New Value Equation Challenge: The Emergence of eResearch and Roles for Research Libraries"
from No Brief Candle:Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century (CLIR Reports, Aug 2008)

Recommended: Marlo Welshons, ed. 2006. Our Cultural Commonwealth: The Report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. New York, N.Y.: American Council of Learned Societies.

Presenter: Louis Fagnan

October 14. Social Network fieldtrip.
Meet at Midtown Art Cinema by 1:15 for viewing of The Social Network.

Readings (to be discussed on Oct 21).

(No writing assignment for today)

October 21. Discuss social networking and The Social Network.
Write your commentary on some combination of the movie and the reading assignments.

Jose Antonio Vargas, "The Face of Facebook" (New Yorker)
Joe Nocera, "Capturing the Facebook Obsession" (NYT)
David Denby, "Influencing People: David Fincher and 'The Social Network.' (New Yorker)
Watch Mom's on Facebook (SNL)
Stuart Elliott, "Marketers Trade Tales About Getting to Know Facebook and Twitter." (NYT)
Read danah boyd's blog
Frank Rich, "Facebook Politicians Are Not Your Friends." (NYT)
Malcolm Gladwell, "Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted." (New Yorker)
Lawrence Lessig, "Sorkin vs. Zuckerberg." (New Republic)
Read current issue of Educause Review on Attention, Engagement, & the Next Generation

Guest: Erika Farr, director, Emory Libraries born-digital initiatives.
Links from Erika: Tapor
Digital Humanities Summer Institute
Ed Finn

Presenters: Colin Reynolds, Alan Pike

October 28. Communication Power, 1

Read Castells to p. 193

Presenters: Jesse Karlsberg, Mark Smith

November 4. Communication Power, 2

Read remaining Castells.

Website Presentation: Michael V. Nguyen

Guest: Paul Petersen, Director of IT Infrastructure

November 11. Future of Academic Publishing

Read Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Open Access discussion at Emory

Guest: Michael Elliott, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty, Emory College

Presenters: Nicole Janes, Joey Orr

November 18. Social networks, video games

Read: S. Craig Watkins, The Young and the Digital.

Guest: Steve Bransford, Education Analyst for Video, Emory University

December 2 Class presentations