Beyond Seven Review No. 61

Posted on Wed 13 January 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

  • Professuren für Digital Humanities
    List of Digital Humanities Professors in Germany. (Each would typically have PhD students.) No better illustration of how different the fate of digital humanities/computational humanities is in Europe (vs. North America).

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

  • IDEA – nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions
    Cartoons of merge sort, etc.
  • HaTS: Large-scale In-product Measurement of User Attitudes & Experiences with Happiness Tracking Surveys – Google Research
    Helpful list of best practices in survey design. "With the rise of Web-based applications, it is both important and feasible for human-computer interaction practitioners to measure a product’s user experience. While quantifying user attitudes at a small scale has been heavily studied, in this industry case study, we detail best Happiness Tracking Surveys (HaTS) for collecting attitudinal data at a large scale directly in the product and over time. This method was developed at Google to track attitudes and open-ended feedback over time, and to characterize products’ user bases. This case study of HaTS goes beyond the design of the questionnaire to also suggest best practices for appropriate sampling, invitation techniques, and its data analysis. HaTS has been deployed successfully across dozens of Google’s products to measure progress towards product goals and to inform product decisions; its sensitivity to product changes has been demonstrated widely. We are confident that teams in other organizations will be able to embrace HaTS as well, and, if necessary, adapt it for their unique needs."

Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺

  • Computer People for Peace.
    "Recently The Outline published a piece on Computer People for Peace, a 1960s-1970s activist group originating in New York but with numerous chapters nationally. Some folks from the Tech Workers’ Coalition were looking for someone near one of the libraries which hold copies of the CPP’s newsletter Interrupt to scan them, and as the Tamiment at NYU is one of those libraries, I spent last Friday afternoon there."

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Articles from blogs I follow around the net

The Wool Road of Northern Eurasia

We all know about the Silk Road (which is actually a recent term), and some of us also know about the Bronze Road, the Iron Road, the Horse and Chariot Road, the Fur Road, the Glass Road, the Spice Road, and the Tea Road.  Now we really have to take serio…

via Language Log April 12, 2021
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One of the goals of a new World Wide Web: the Decentralized Web was to help people make money by publishing on the web. There are approaches to this such as Coil, but the vision in the paper has not … Continue reading →

via Brewster Kahle's Blog November 16, 2020
Books to Read While the Algae Grow in Your Fur, March 2021

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via Three-Toed Sloth January 1, 0001

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