20.048 new on WWW: Human IT 8.3; CIT Infobits for May; Ubiquity 7.21

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 07:10:52 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 48.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "Helena Francke" <Helena.Francke_at_hb.se> (52)
         Subject: Human IT 8:3 - Dynamic maps

   [2] From: "Carolyn Kotlas" <kotlas_at_email.unc.edu> (170)
         Subject: CIT Infobits -- May 2006

   [3] From: ubiquity <ubiquity_at_HQ.ACM.ORG> (14)
         Subject: Ubiquity 7.21

         Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 07:02:19 +0100
         From: "Helena Francke" <Helena.Francke_at_hb.se>
         Subject: Human IT 8:3 - Dynamic maps

Dear humanists,

[sorry for any x-posting]

A new issue of Human IT (all in English this=20
time) is now available on the Web at http://www.hb.se/bhs/ith/3-8/

This issue's theme is Dynamic maps, and it is=20
guest edited by Patrik Svensson at HumLab, Ume=E5 University, Sweden.

Digital maps offer exciting new possibilities for=20
humanities and social sciences research. The=20
contributions in this issue provide several good=20
examples of how maps and visualisations can be=20
used both to support research and to provide=20
interesting results and end-products, useful to=20
people within as well as outside of the academic=20
world. The articles present new approaches to=20
interfaces to geographical and social=20
information, methods for linking spatial and=20
temporal data, and a presentation of an artistic=20
project involving political maps.


* Zachary Devereaux & Stan Ruecker, "Online Issue=20
Mapping of International News and Information=20
Design." [Refereed section] <http://www.hb.se/bhs/ith/3-8/zdsr.htm>

* William E. Cartwright, "Exploring Games and=20
Gameplay as a Means of Accessing and Using=20
Geographical Information." [Open section]=

* Martyn Jessop, "Dynamic Maps in Humanities=20
Computing." [Open section] <http://www.hb.se/bhs/ith/3-8/mj.htm>

* Jeannette L Zerneke, Michael K. Buckland & Kim=20
Carl, "Temporally Dynamic Maps: The Electronic=20
Cultural Atlas Initiative Experience." [Open=20
section] <http://www.hb.se/bhs/ith/3-8/jzmbkc.htm>

* Jan Svenungsson, "Controlled Production of=20
Virtual Geo-political Reality through Failure."=20
[People & Opinions] <http://www.hb.se/bhs/ith/3-8/js.htm>

Human IT is a multidisciplinary, scholarly=20
journal which publishes new research and=20
discussion on digital media as communicative,=20
aesthetic, and ludic instruments. It is published=20
by the University College of Bor=E5s.

Best regards,

Helena Francke
editor Human IT
Swedish School of Library and Information Science
University College of Bor=E5s / G=F6teborg University
SE-501 90 Bor=E5s, Sweden

phone +46 33 435 43 20 (Bor=E5s)
        +46 31 773 58 49 (G=F6teborg)
fax +46 33 435 40 05
e-mail helena.francke_at_hb.se

         Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 07:04:41 +0100
         From: "Carolyn Kotlas" <kotlas_at_email.unc.edu>
         Subject: CIT Infobits -- May 2006

CIT INFOBITS May 2006 No. 93 ISSN 1521-9275


INFOBITS is an electronic service of The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill ITS Teaching and Learning division. Each month ITS-TL's
Information Resources Consultant monitors and selects from a number of
information and instructional technology sources that come to her
attention and provides brief notes for electronic dissemination to

You can read this issue on the Web at


Is the Internet Weakening the Elites' Edge?
Designing the Future Physical University
Using Blogger to Get Started with E-Learning
Books vs. Blogs
The Role of Emotion in the Distance Education Experience
UNC-Chapel Hill Digital Publishing Program Wins Award
Recommended Reading



In a study of economics and finance faculty affiliated with the top 25
U.S. universities, E. Han Kim, Adair Morse, and Luigi Zingales looked
at the changes on scholarly research brought about by the Internet.
They sought answers to several questions: "How did these changes modify
the nature of the production of academic research? Did local
interaction become less important? If so, how does this decline affect
the value added of elite universities and hence their competitive
edge?" Their findings are published in the report "Are Elite
Universities Losing Their Competitive Edge?" (National Bureau of
Economic Research Working Paper No. 12245, May 2006). The complete
report is available online at http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12245.

Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a
"private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to
promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works." For more
information, contact: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., 1050
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398 USA; tel: 617-868-3900;
fax: 617-868-2742; email: info@nber.org; Web: http://www.nber.org/.



"In discussions about the future of the university, little has been
said about how these changes will affect its spatial layout, even
though a university's physical characteristics must complement and
strengthen its mission." In "Designing the University of the Future"
(PLANNING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, vol. 34, no. 2, 2005-2006, pp. 5-19)
Rifca Hashimshony and Jacov Haina discuss several factors, including
teaching and learning technology, that may define what the physical
facilities of the university of the future will look like. The paper is
online at

Planning for Higher Education is published by the Society for College
and University Planning, 339 E. Liberty, Suite 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
USA; tell: 734-998-7832; fax: 734-998-6532; email: info_at_scup.org; Web:

See also:

"The Impact of Facilities on Recruitment and Retention of Students"
by David Cain and Gary L. Reynolds
FACILITIES MANAGER, vol. 22, no. 2, March/April 2006

          According to a survey conducted by the Association of Higher
          Education Facilities Officers: "Nearly three out of 10 students
          spurned a college because it lacked a facility they thought was

"Facilities Can Play Key Role in Students' Enrollment Decisions, Study
by Audrey Williams June
(Online access requires a subscription to the Chronicle.)



In "Using Blogger to Get Teachers Started with E-Learning" (FORTNIGHTLY
MAILING, May 25, 2006), Keith Burnett discusses how "[s]imple class
blogs can be used to post summaries of key points, exercises, links to
Web pages of value, and to provide a sense of continuity and encourage
engagement with the material." He includes a link to an online blogging
tutorial and to examples of how some instructors are using blogs in
their classes. The article is online at

Fortnightly Mailing, focused on online learning, is published every two
weeks by Seb Schmoller, an e-learning consultant. Current and back
issues are available at http://www.schmoller.net/mailings/index.pl. For
more information, contact: Seb Schmoller 312 Albert Road, Sheffield, S8
9RD, UK; tel: 0114 2586899; fax: 0709 2208443; email:
seb@schmoller.net; Web: http://www.schmoller.net/.



"Why would I write a book and wait a year or more to see my writing in
print, when I can blog and get my words out there immediately?" In
"Books, Blogs & Style" (CITES & INSIGHTS, vol. 6, no. 7, May 2006),
Walt Crawford, both a book author and a blogger, considers the
different niches and purposes of the two communication media. The essay
is online at http://cites.boisestate.edu/civ6i7.pdf.

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large [ISSN 1534-0937], a free online
journal of libraries, policy, technology, and media, is self-published
monthly by Walt Crawford, a senior analyst at the Research Libraries
Group, Inc. Current and back issues are at available on the Web at
http://cites.boisestate.edu/. For more information contact: Walt
Crawford, The Research Libraries Group, Inc., 2029 Stierlin Ct., Suite
100, Mountain View, CA 94043-4684 USA; tel: 650-691-2227; Web:



"Presence, a sense of 'being there,' is critical to the success of
designing, teaching, and learning at a distance using both synchronous
and asynchronous (blended) technologies. Emotions, behavior, and
cognition are components of the way presence is perceived and
experienced and are essential for explaining the ways we consciously
and unconsciously perceive and experience distance education." Rosemary
Lehman, Distance Education Specialist Manager at the University of
Wisconsin-Extension, explores the idea that understanding the part
emotion plays in teaching and learning "can help instruct us in
effective teaching, instructional design, and learning via technology."
Her paper, "The Role of Emotion in Creating Instructor and Learner
Presence in the Distance Education Experience" (JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE
AFFECTIVE LEARNING, vol. 2, no. 2, 2006), is available online at

Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning (JCAL) [ISSN: 1549-6953] is a
peer-reviewed, open-access journal published twice a year by Oxford
College of Emory University. To access current and back issues go to
http://www.jcal.emory.edu/. For more information, contact: Journal of
Cognitive Affective Learning, c/o Prof. Ken Carter, Oxford College of
Emory University, 100 Hamill Street, Oxford, GA 30054 USA; tel:
770-784-8439; fax: 770-784-8408; email: kenneth.carter_at_emory.edu.



[Editor's note: although I try to keep a non-partisan position in my
role as Infobits editor, as an employee and alumna of UNC-Chapel Hill,
it gives me great pleasure to share with readers news of this award at
my institution.]

Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University
Library's "Documenting the American South" digital library collection
won Gettysburg College's 2006 Electronic Lincoln Prize for significant
contribution in new media to scholarship about Abraham Lincoln, the
American Civil War soldier, or a subject relating to the Civil War era.
"Documenting the American South" was launched in 1996 to make available
for study several fragile slave narratives. From that modest beginning,
the collection now includes thousands of primary research resources
related to southern history, literature, and culture: books, images,
diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, and recorded music and oral
histories. For more about the program and to access the collection link
to http://docsouth.unc.edu/.



"Recommended Reading" lists items that have been recommended to me or
that Infobits readers have found particularly interesting and/or
useful, including books, articles, and websites published by Infobits
subscribers. Send your recommendations to carolyn_kotlas_at_unc.edu for
possible inclusion in this column.

Infobits subscriber Tom Wason (tom_at_twason.com) has written a paper on
developing metadata and taxonomy systems. Wason used this method on a
US Air Force project, which he describes in the paper.

"Dr. Tom's Method of Multiples: A Concrete Taxonomy Development Method"

"An effective metadata system can be established with the participation
of multiple teams each with a different perspective, the subject matter
expert (SME) teams. Each SME team is comprised of multiple members. The
SME teams are given a carefully chosen concrete task that spans their
different perspectives. As they work on the task in facilitated joint
meetings, a taxonomy team records the comments of SME teams. The
taxonomy team is comprised of multiple, independently tasked recorders.
The intent is to define and capture metadata and taxonomy definitions
from each of several different vantage points. Each recorder provides
separate reports that are consolidated into a single report with
resulting recommendations for metadata and taxonomies. These
recommendations are then validated by an independent set of SME
participants. A case study using this method is presented. The results
are compliant with SCORM, IEEE-LOM and IMS-MD specifications."

         Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 07:05:24 +0100
         From: ubiquity <ubiquity_at_HQ.ACM.ORG>
         Subject: Ubiquity 7.21

This Week in Ubiquity:

Volume 7, Issue 21
May 30, 2006 - June 19, 2006


         JOHN STUCKEY of Jefferson & Lee University says: "There are
plenty of good reasons to incorporate information technology into
teaching and learning, but the fear of being left behind or left out or
rejected by demanding techno-proficient applicants is not among them."
Go to http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/views/v7i21_stuckey.html.

         AIGUO LI and BINGRONG HONG of Harbin Institute of Technology
describe a low-cost correction algorithm for transient data errors.
Go to http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/views/v7i21_lihong.html.

For this week's Ubiquity go to http://www.acm.org/ubiquity/.

Ubiquity Volume 7, Issue 21 (May 33, 2006 - June 19, 2006)
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