The Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project has digitized and published 13.5 million pages of US newspapers from 1789 to 1963. Many people use their interface to search and browse images of the pages, but did you know that you can download the text from those pages in just a few steps using their API? This Tool Time session will show you how you can turn your Chronicling America search results into a folder full of text files in just a few minutes. Led by Brandon Locke.
Stop by for a short workshop that will introduce you to a simple tool that you can get started using during the workshop. This Tool Time’s focus is on TAGS: The Twitter Archiving google Sheet. Using Google Sheets and a Twitter account, you can start archiving lists of users, hashtags, and search terms. This tool can help facilitate faculty research as well as undergraduate class projects. Led by Kristen Mapes.
RENEE MUSSAI / OCTOBER 25 / 107 S KEDZIE / 6PM
London-based curator, writer, and art historian, Renée Mussai is Curator and head of Archive at Autograph ABP, an arts charity that works internationally in photography and film, addressing themes of cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.
Biosemiotics, as developed by Jesper Hoffmeyer, Wendy Wheeler, Terence Deacon and others, has made a convincing case that all lifeforms participate in the exchange, interpretation, and circulation of meanings, even for organisms that do not have brains or central nervous systems. However, Hoffmeyer, Wheeler and Deacon all insist that computers do not participate in the circulation and interpretation of meanings through sign exchanges, an increasingly problematic position given the complexity of contemporary networked and programmed machines. This talk will critically examine the reasons given by biosemioticians for excluding machines and make the contrary argument that computers do indeed generate, interpret, and circulate meanings. The implications of this claim for ethical theories will also be explored.
LOCUS is a forum for students, faculty and researchers to present works in progress, share ideas, and build relationships. Each LOCUS is built around a broad yet distinct theme, method, or topic. It is offered by MSU Libraries, the College of Arts and Letters, and LEADR, and it is intended to help foster a vibrant, collaborative, and active research community interested in digital humanities and social sciences.