[Air-L] Database reading list

Vivienne Waller vwaller at swin.edu.au
Wed May 25 17:01:02 PDT 2016

Hi Amanda,
The following just-published article talks about how data is collected, organized, and manipulated - in the context of providing answers to queries

 Waller, V (2016) “Making knowledge machine-processable: some implications of general semantic search” Behaviour & Information Technology. 
 Available  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/REF8AEH679Ubc79aFrZE/full

best regards

-----Original Message-----
From: Amanda Licastro [mailto:amanda.licastro at gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, 26 May 2016 5:52 AM
To: Cory Salveson
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Subject: Re: [Air-L] Database reading list

Cory, Tarleton, and Paul,

These are really fantastic. Thanks for your help. The more the merrier.


Amanda Licastro, PhD
Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Stevenson University in Maryland http://digitocentrism.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 2:23 PM, Cory Salveson <corysalveson at gmail.com>

> *Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow *(Ed. by 
> Victoria Vesna, University of Minnesota Press, 2007:
> http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/database-aesthetics;
> http://victoriavesna.com/dataesthetics) "examines the database as 
> cultural and aesthetic form, explaining how artists have participated 
> in network culture by creating data art." In particular, I think 
> Vesna's chapter, "Seeing the World in a Grain of Sand: The Database 
> Aesthetics of Everything," discusses an art project involving the 
> storage, manipulation, presentation, etc. of medical data in a public art project.
> *Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and
> Humanities* (Eric T. Meyer and Ralph Schroeder, MIT Press, 2015:
> https://mitpress.mit.edu/index.php?q=books/knowledge-machines) 
> explores "e-research" and how data (including big data) practices and 
> techniques are shaping/being shaped by scientific research generally.
> The chapters, "The Lockean view and databases" from *Information
> Management: An Informing Approach *(Fons Wijnhoven, Routledge, 2010:
> https://www.routledge.com/Information-Management-An-Informing-Approach
> /Wijnhoven/p/book/9780415552158) and "Foucault and Data Bases" from 
> *The Mode of Information:
> Poststructuralism and Social Contexts* (Mark Poster, Wiley, 1991:
> http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0745603270.html) 
> might contribute to a discussion of the epistemological orientation, 
> or assumptions and biases, of databases. E.g., even in a world of big 
> data, you can only put so much of certain delineated facts/symbolic 
> representations into the "universe of discourse" that databases represent.
> *The Imperial Archive: Knowledge and the Fantasy of Empire* (Thomas 
> Richards, Verso Books, 1993) "analyzes the ways in which the Victorian 
> organization of knowledge was enlisted into the service of the British 
> Empire, as fields like biology, geography and geology began to 
> function almost as extensions of British intelligence."
> Finally, something brief about "database" as a legal definition, for 
> example in terms of the EU Database Directive vs. U.S.'s looser 
> protections of databases under copyright law, might be beneficial in 
> conjunction with these.
> Good luck! I'd be interested to see the list when you're done.
> Cory Salveson
> http://corysalveson.com
> On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 9:14 AM, Tarleton L. Gillespie 
> <tlg28 at cornell.edu>
> wrote:
>> This list focuses specifically on the metaphors used to describe data 
>> and databases, but it may have references relevant to your needs too.
>> https://socialmediacollective.org/reading-lists/metaphors-of-data-a-r
>> eading-list/
>> Tarleton
>> On 5/25/16, 9:53 AM, "Air-L on behalf of Amanda Licastro" < 
>> air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org on behalf of 
>> amanda.licastro at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >Hello Air Followers,
>> >
>> >I am looking to compile a list of readings on the database. I am 
>> >specifically looking for information about how data is collected, 
>> >organized, and manipulated in the humanities and social sciences, 
>> >and
>> even
>> >more specifically in terms of our teaching/assessment materials. 
>> >Take,
>> for
>> >example:
>> >
>> >Drucker, Johanna. “Database Narratives in Book and Online.” *Journal 
>> >of Electronic Publishing* 18.1 (2015): n. pag. Web.
>> >http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jep/3336451.0018.113?view=text;rgn=main
>> >
>> >Price, Kenneth M. “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic 
>> >Research
>> >Collection: What’s in a Name?” *Digital Humanities Quarterly* 3.3 (2009):
>> >n. pag. Print.
>> >http://digitalhumanities.org:8081/dhq/vol/3/3/000053/000053.html
>> >
>> >I will create a public Zotero group of these materials and invite 
>> >anyone
>> on
>> >the list who is interested once I collect your suggestions.
>> >
>> >Thank you in advance,
>> >Amanda
>> >
>> >Amanda Licastro, PhD
>> >Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Stevenson University in 
>> >Maryland http://digitocentrism.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
>> >@amandalicastro
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