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To Hell With Good Intentions: Linked Data and the Power to Name

Slides from a keynote presentation from the 2015 LITA Forum.

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To Hell With Good Intentions: Linked Data and the Power to Name

  1. 1. TO HELL WITH GOOD INTENTIONS LINKED DATA, COMMUNITY AND THE POWER TO NAME MX A. MATIENZO / @ANARCHIVIST LITA FORUM, 14 NOVEMBER 2015
  2. 2. PERSONAL GRAPH http://matienzo.org/#me foaf:name “Mx A. Matienzo” foaf:based_near http://dbpedia.org/resource/Brooklyn owl:sameAs http://sws.geonames.org/5110302/ rdf:type dbpedia-owl:Place foaf:depiction
  3. 3. CONTEXT
  4. 4. HOW AM I READ?
  5. 5. http://www.themaneater.com/special-sections/mu-fall-2015/
  6. 6. TO HELL WITH GOOD INTENTIONS. … YOU WILL NOT HELP ANYBODY BY YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS. Ivan Illich “A THEOLOGICAL STATEMENT”
  7. 7. http://tressiemc.com/2015/11/12/fascism/
  8. 8. NAMING: WHERE POWER IS KEPT
  9. 9. NAMING IS THE ACT OF BESTOWING A NAME, OF LABELLING, OF CREATING AN IDENTITY. IT IMPOSES A PATTERN ON THE WORLD THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO THE NAMER. Hope Olson, The Power to Name NAMING AS ACT
  10. 10. NAMING CONSTRUCTS REALITY
  11. 11. BUT SHARED NAMING HAS VALUE
  12. 12. LINKED DATA AS NAMING PRACTICE
  13. 13. NOT ALL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROMOTE THEIR URL VIA OTHER MEDIA. ONE OF THE MYTHS OF OUR DIGITAL DEMOCRACY IS THAT WHAT RISES TO THE TOP OF THE PILE IS WHAT IS MOST POPULAR. Safiya Umoja Noble,“Missed Connections: What Search Engines Say About Women” LINKED DATA AS SEO
  14. 14. LINKED DATA AS NAMING PRACTICE: DISTRIBUTING POWER?
  15. 15. TO HELL WITH LINKED DATA…?
  16. 16. SIMPLE TOOLS http://twinery.org/ http://discontents.com.au/small-stories-in-a-big-data-world/
  17. 17. THE COST OF CENTRALIZATION
  18. 18. http://archivingpoliceviolence.org/
  19. 19. http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/
  20. 20. https://cirn.wikispaces.com/
  21. 21. THANK YOU @anarchivst http://matienzo.org/

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