Cybernetic Assemblages: Suturing Dismembered Collections of Books with Hypertext, James P. Ascher

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  • Thank you all for coming, and especially thank you to Joseph and John for putting together such interesting presentations. I hope you are enjoying the cold weather.
    My talk is about applying the techniques of e-literature to criticize descriptive practices
  • But what is the library? Or more generally, the book horde. Lose assemblage, or a body with interacting parts? Libraries as Agents of Culture imply some sort of body-like cohesion. I propose that hypertextuality distinguishes a collection, characteristics of a body, and a pile. Let’s engage in a thought experiment as a close reading of a ideal pre-digital library
  • Imagine you are in a library and engaged in one of Svenonius’s searching actions, prior to computerization. You would be faced with three bays
  • Thinking about your subject would begin immediately. Cohesive subject broken into parts, privileging certain cultural structures
  • Interacting with these objects, alphabetic, implies collocation; shocked teaching research methods to explain that if the author wrote one book, perhaps another?
  • Head to the stacks; similar topics nearby, in our imagination nothing is offsite, so aside from materials checked out this represents the complete selection of materials selected
  • Pieces interact in a spatial hypertext
  • Three basic functions, filtering/separating/dismembering, expanding, linking
  • Filtering, expanding, hypertextuality here is only sorting by Relevance, Title, or Date
  • Options to expand the search, but not trace linkages; Offsite storage removes items from browsability, electronic and other literature not on the shelf
  • Model, How do these processes of finding differ?
  • Began with Dervin’s awareness of the gap, and dived into a deeply hypertextual environment, albiet a spatial hypertext.
  • Began with Dervin’s awareness of the gap, and dived into a deeply hypertextual environment, albiet a spatial hypertext.
  • Began with Dervin’s awareness of the gap, and dived into a deeply hypertextual environment, albiet a spatial hypertext.
  • Began with Dervin’s awareness of the gap, and dived into a deeply hypertextual environment, albiet a spatial hypertext.
  • Began with Dervin’s awareness of the gap, and dived into a deeply hypertextual environment, albiet a spatial hypertext.
  • critical error look at media; scripton and texton, scripton here is proprietary, but the texton is the property of the library
  • 130 0 tells us this is a type of a large class of book, namely the Bible, Old Testament, in Greek, the Septuagint, printed in 1653. Criticise the cannonization of the bible, how it is represented here, but not my concern. Why is this different than descriptive information?
  • Another example, 510 fields and 501
  • Expanded search, and links!
  • Expanded search, and links! Not enabled by the scriptons. We have something like footnotes which require the user to follow then. Experience with the standards in other words an Ergodic Hypertext. But these all point outwards.
  • Read another line: 040, 050, 900s
  • ISB SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIV, BRIDWELL LIBR, OCLCG oclc quality control, dcrmb explains the recent cataloging standard, COD is the Univ. of Colorado
    Hypertext in another sense, of the hypotext moving forward. How do we express the newness?
  • Series browser, national archives of Australia; *explain linkages*
  • revisualizing data captured with Zotero, but doesn’t link back; bi-directional link connects back; Similie project
  • Winner of 2009 Exhibition Awards
  • Winner of 2009 Exhibition Awards; bi-directional links; PURLs and linkages
  • J. Nathan Matias, clever product using Tinderbox from Eastgate systems
  • Cybernetic Assemblages: Suturing Dismembered Collections of Books with Hypertext, James P. Ascher

    1. 1. Cybernetic Assemblages- Suturing Dismembered Collections of Books with Hypertext Suturing Dismembered Collections of Books with Hypertext
    2. 2. • A collection, as distinguished from a book- horde, is a body with functions • This collection/body can be apprehended through literary close reading • Hypertext continues to provide the major force in embodiment
    3. 3. TitleAuthorSubject
    4. 4. Collocation of author, subject, and title Collocation of classification
    5. 5. Collocation of author, subject, and title Collocation of classification Selection of books
    6. 6. Collocation of author, subject, and title Collocation of classification Selection of books
    7. 7. Collocation of author, subject, and title Collocation of classification Selection of books
    8. 8. Collocation of author, subject, and title Collocation of classification Selection of books
    9. 9. LEADER 00000cam a2200613 a 4500 001 32587433 003 OCoLC 005 20090512050734.0 008 950602s1653 enk 000 0 grc c 035 (OCoLC)32587433 040 ISB|edcrmb|cISB|dOCLCG|dCOD 041 1 grc|hheb|alat 042 pcc 049 CODA 050 4 BS741|b.B53 1653 130 0 Bible.|pO.T.|lGreek.|sSeptuagint.|f1653 245 14 H Palaia Diath k kata tous Hebdom konta =|bVetusē ē ē ē Testamentum Graecum ex versione Septuaginta interpretum : juxta exemplar Vaticanum Romae editum, accuratissime & ad amussim recusum 246 30 Vetus Testamentum Graecum ex versione Septuaginta interpretum 260 Londini :|bExcudebat Rogerus Daniel, prostat autem venale apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye, sub signo Campanae in Coemeterio D. Pauli,|cMDCLIII [1653] 300 [8], 1279, [1] p. ;|c21 cm (4to) 500 Edited by John Biddle, see Darlow & Moule 500 Following the title page is the dedication, signed R.D. [Roger Daniel?] 500 Two states of this quarto edition are known to exist. Device on t.p. varies. In state A, the device is a tree with motto "pressa emergo." State B has a bell device with the letters M and A interlaced, see Darlow & Moule; Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge bks 500 The same setting as the 8vo. edition, imposed for 4to in 8's, except the columns are not separated by rules, see ESTC 500 Various states of the first section include [2] p., [4] p., and [8] p 500 Signatures: pi A-4L⁴ ⁸ 500 Often with: In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX. interpretum scholia. Londini : Excudebat Rogerus Daniel ... apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye ..., 1653. See Darlow & Moule; Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge Bks
    10. 10. 130 0 Bible.|pO.T.|lGreek.|sSeptuagint.|f1653
    11. 11. LC Control Number: no2009073448 HEADING:Bible. O.T. Greek. Septuagint. 1653 00000554nz a2200145n 450 0017887528 00520090513071155 008090512n| acannaabn |a ana c 010__ |a no2009073448 035__ |a (OCoLC)oca08106934 040__ |a CoU |b eng |c CoU 130_0 |a Bible. |p O.T. |l Greek. |s Septuagint. |f 1653 430_0 |a Palaia Diatheke kata tous Hebdomekontā ̄ ̄ 430_0 |a Vetus Testamentum Graecum ex versione Septuaginta interpretum 670__ |a He Palaia Diatheke kata tous Hebdomekonta = Vetus Testamentum̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ Graecum ex versione Septuaginta interpretum, 1653.
    12. 12. ESTC 500 Various states of the first section include [2] p., [4] p., and [8] p 500 Signatures: pi A-4L⁴ ⁸ 500 Often with: In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX. interpretum scholia. Londini : Excudebat Rogerus Daniel ... apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye ..., 1653. See Darlow & Moule; Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge Bks 501 With: In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX. interpretum scholia. Londini : Excudebat Rogerus Daniel ... apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye ..., 1653 510 4 Wing (2nd ed.)|cB2718A 510 4 ESTC|cR12599 510 4 Darlow & Moule|c4692 (4to ed.) 510 4 Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge bks.|c265 546 Text in Greek translated from Hebrew with preliminary matter in Latin 561 Special Collections copy has bookplate of Louis Brewer Hall, ownership stamp from Durham University Thomas Masterman Winterbottom collection, and release stamp 590 Special Collections copy [8] pp. of prelim., tree device on t.p 590 Special Collections copy, contemporary vellum 655 7 Vellum bindings|y17th century.|2rbbin 655 7 Bookplates|zUnited States|y20th century.|2rbprov 655 7 Release stamps.|2rbprov 655 7 Library copies|zEngland|zDurham.|2rbprov 700 1 Biddle, John,|d1615-1662.|4edt 700 1 Daniel, Roger.|4prt 700 1 Martyn, John,|dfl. 1649-1680,|ebookseller 700 1 Allestry, James,|dd. 1670,|ebookseller 700 1 Winterbottom, Thomas Masterman,|d1766-1859.|4fmo 700 1 Hall, Louis Brewer.|4fmo 710 2 Durham University Library.|4fmo 752 England|dLondon 907 .b54435043|b05-20-09|c05-12-09 944 MARS 946 jpsa 948 rmwl 948 Former call number: UNCAT 96-10-6
    13. 13. 500 Often with: In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX. interpretum scholia. Londini : Excudebat Rogerus Daniel ... apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye ..., 1653. See Darlow & Moule; Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge Bks 501 With: In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX. interpretum scholia. Londini : Excudebat Rogerus Daniel ... apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye ..., 1653 510 4 Wing (2nd ed.)|cB2718A 510 4 ESTC|cR12599 510 4 Darlow & Moule|c4692 (4to ed.) 510 4 Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge bks.|c265
    14. 14. 500 Often with: In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX. interpretum scholia. Londini : Excudebat Rogerus Daniel ... apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye ..., 1653. See Darlow & Moule; Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge Bks 501 With: In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX. interpretum scholia. Londini : Excudebat Rogerus Daniel ... apud Joannem Martin & Jacobum Allestrye ..., 1653 510 4 Wing (2nd ed.)|cB2718A 510 4 ESTC|cR12599 510 4 Darlow & Moule|c4692 (4to ed.) 510 4 Bowes, R. Catalogue of Cambridge bks.|c265

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