Interesting tidbits from specific sessions:
- Sunday’s plenary was excellent in both scope and quality (if a bit polemical at times). Both Genevieve Bell (ethnographer working for Intel Research) and Andrew Keen gave this (highly international) crowd a lot to think about how the Internet needs to consider becoming less Anglo-centric.
- The e-research crossing the pond session was a little less informative than I hoped, though the panelists did reach some common ground on 1) the differences that public funding agencies (JISC, Councils) make in the UK and 2) the incredible difficulties in dealing with different data collection and curation practices between scientific disciplines.
- Monday’s poster session included adjacent papers (serendipity lives!) on aspects of FRBR by Allen Renear, Allyson Carlyle, and a consultant to NASA who was attempting to apply the FRBR entities to astronomical observation data. The discussion among us and other passers-by was quite lively, and lasted over two hours…
- Connie Yowell (director of education grants for MacArthur), in the second plenary, gave a polished overview of several research projects into young people’s use of digital media. Perhaps her most interesting points were the nuanced views on the CONVERGENCE of old and new media, rather than the most popular approaches to only focus on what is new (“school is one node on young people’s learning network”), and on how digital media offer young people support for both good and bad behaviors (suicide, anorexia). In other words, she sees Millennial behaviors as both new and old, and value-neutral.
- Later in the day, I went to the single session concerning info technologies in the arts and humanities, a SIG which has been moribund for the past couple of years. It was extremely interesting to me to see the difficulties these researchers were facing, many of the challenges dealing with the very nature of the humanities: how do we craft quantitative and thus machine-readable measures for works usually read in qualitative terms?
Big public thanks are due to all the CO-ASIST members who helped welcome the society to Columbus!