Shouting into the Void?

Carleton has an annual ‘academic retreat’, which is happening this weekend. I’m not sure what, precisely, occurs there, but I’ve been asked to talk about things digital/history/archaeological. In the wake of the recent SAA #blogarch session, and in advance of the upcoming special issue in Internet Archaeology on blogging archaeology, I thought I’d talk about one aspect of what I found when I set out to map the shape of ‘roman archaeology’ on the web.  It’s an update to what I did in 2011, for the #blogarch session at that year’s SAAs (you can read what I thought then here.) … Continue reading Shouting into the Void?

Archeology versus Archaeology versus #Blogarch

I’m working on a paper that maps the archaeological blogosphere. I thought this morning it might be good to take a quick detour into the Twitterverse. Behold! ‘archaeology’ on twitter Here we have every twitter username, connected by referring to each other in a tweet. There’s a seriously strong spine of tweeting, but it doesn’t make for a unified graph. The folks keeping this clump all together, measured by betweeness centrality: pompeiiapp arqueologiabcn herculaneumapp romanheritage openaccessarch cmount1 groovyhistorian lornarichardson top replied-to hotrodngold raymondsnoddy colesprouse 1014retold janell_elise yorksarch holleyalex bonesbehaviours uclu illustreets Top URLS: Photographer … Continue reading Archeology versus Archaeology versus #Blogarch

A Tale of Two Conferences: CAA UK and SAA 2011, as experienced on Twitter

Two conferences at the same time, opposite sides of the world (give or take), and you can’t get to either? There’s an app for that, and it’s called Twitter. Nicolas Laracuente has been curating tweets relating to the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting in Sacramento via Storify – you can see his reporting on the conference here. Inspired by Nicolas’ work, Jessica Ogden performed the same service at the Computer Applications in Archaeology UK edition conference, here. Some of the things going on in the UK in terms of digital archaeology are very exciting indeed. What with my own … Continue reading A Tale of Two Conferences: CAA UK and SAA 2011, as experienced on Twitter

Signal Versus Noise: Why Academic Blogging Matters: A Structural Argument. SAA 2011

Signal versus Noise: Why Academic Blogging Matters. Shawn Graham, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada. [presentation with voice-over here; 15 mb] (Comic from the New York Times article is by David G. Klein) “Omnia disce; postea videbis nihil esse superfluum” said Hugh of St Victor in the 12th century. ‘Learn everything; later it will all be useful somehow’. The irony of course is that I would in all probability have never come across this epigram (not being a medievalist) if it hadn’t been for the magic of the internet and my faculty’s Dean’s blog. Hugh goes on to say, ‘coartata scientia iucunda … Continue reading Signal Versus Noise: Why Academic Blogging Matters: A Structural Argument. SAA 2011

The Archaeological Blogosphere

The archaeological blogosphere [zoomable pdf of image] is strangely beautiful. I generated this by scraping over 8000 pages from a Google Search of ‘Blogging Archaeology’. MiddleSavagery sits right there in the middle of the Green Zone. For more on this, and what it means, see my discussion tomorrow at the Society for American Archaeology’s general meeting. If you’d like to play with the files and data I scraped send me a note.  You’ll need Gephi. To do your own crawling, you might try this. Diameter: 8 Average Path Length: 3 Filter the network so that only nodes with > 30 … Continue reading The Archaeological Blogosphere

Blogging Archaeology: Remembering that we’ve been here before when we ask ‘Where to next?’

For the last of Blogging Archaeology (on Twitter under #blogarch), Colleen asks: For our last question, I would like to ask you to consider the act of publication for this blog carnival. How could we best capture the interplay, the multimedia experience of blogging as a more formalized publication? What would be the best outcome for this collection of insights from archaeological bloggers? The relationship between blogging and other academic forms of discourse is certainly in the aether right now. One need only look at ‘Hacking the Academy‘ or Ian Bogost’s thoughts on ‘Beyond Blogs‘ to see that we archaeo-bloggers … Continue reading Blogging Archaeology: Remembering that we’ve been here before when we ask ‘Where to next?’

Day of Digital Humanities

The Day of Digital Humanities is upon us. I will be chronicling my day over here. Here’s what my first post looks like…   It takes roughly an hour or so to get here in the morning. I have to navigate across one of the oldest bridges on the Ottawa River, and it’s always jam-packed. On the plus side, it takes me through some of the oldest industrial heritage in the region. Ottawa was one of the first cities in Canada (perhaps North America?) to become electrified, courtesy of the power of the Chaudiere Falls, which is where the bridge crosses.  Next … Continue reading Day of Digital Humanities

Visualizing Archaeology Blogging, or, Is Anybody Listening?

This image represents all of the contributions in response to Colleen’s first question for the Blogging Archaeology Carnival. It was created in Gephi using the HTTP Graph plugin. With Gephi open and running, you set your browser to pass its information through Gephi, which then represents all of the resulting data in terms of its network relationships. So, I began by pointing my browser to Colleen’s post. Data began to fill the Gephi window. Then, I clicked on each link in turn, which would pour more data into Gephi. I returned to Colleen’s post, and then clicked on the next … Continue reading Visualizing Archaeology Blogging, or, Is Anybody Listening?

Blogging Archaeology at the SAA – What do you blog?

Colleen asks, Beyond the general problems that come with performing as a public intellectual, what risks do archaeologists take when they make themselves available to the public via blogging? What (if any) are the unexpected consequences of blogging? How do you choose what to share? When I started this blog, back in my dark days in the academic wilderness (ca 2007), this question was easy to answer. I blogged whatever caught my fancy, as long as it fit with my general theme (see the masthead). I tried to read widely, outside my comfort zone, with the idea that I could … Continue reading Blogging Archaeology at the SAA – What do you blog?

Blogging Archaeology at the SAA – Why Blog?

Colleen asks, The emergence of the short form, or blog entry, is becoming a popular way to transmit a wide range of archaeological knowledge. What is the place of this conversation within academic, professional, and public discourse? Simply put, what can the short form do for archaeology? Blogging exhausts me. Blogging, as an art form, has that immediate feedback drug, the Statistics Page. Did I connect with anyone when I wrote x? Who has linked to post y? It’s a form of academic grinding; thus, I am exhausted. But I need another hit. Almost a year ago, I wrote a … Continue reading Blogging Archaeology at the SAA – Why Blog?