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Digital Texts 2.0: Towards Social Networking of Texts

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Digital Texts 2.0: Towards Social Networking of Texts

  1. 1. Digital Texts 2.0 Towards Social Networking of Texts Presented at CaSTA 2008: New Directions in Text Analysis October 18th, 2008 Dr. Stéfan Sinclair Shawn Day Johnny Rodgers McMaster University Simon Fraser University McMaster University sgs@mcmaster.ca shawn@shawnday.com johnny@creativecreature.ca
  2. 2. Overview Our goal is to experiment with new ways of finding, managing, and using digital texts, with a particular emphasis on social networking practices and modern web technologies. Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org or find us on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/digitaltexts Feedback? johnny@creativecreature.ca sgs@mcmaster.ca Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  3. 3. Social Networking photos videos bookmarks people texts ? Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  4. 4. Evolution of Digital Texts Digital Text 1.0 Digital Text 2.0 embedded associations through hypertextual links social tagging objects associated independent objects with people focus on focus on uses content (encoding) analytic procedures “mashability” Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  5. 5. Evolution of Digital Texts Digital Text 1.0 Digital Text 2.0 embedded associations through hypertextual links social tagging objects associated independent objects with people focus on focus on uses content (encoding) analytic procedures “mashability” Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  6. 6. Digital Texts 2.0 What if you could... build a text collection collaboratively? annotate and tag texts? recommend texts or see what others are reading? use web services to import text metadata? tap into students’ enthusiasm for Facebook? Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  7. 7. Demo
  8. 8. Challenges only modest use (130 users, 20 active) little promotion, beta, difficult to get buy-in need for Facebook account privacy (USA), mainstream vs. academic uses defining “digital text” full text or referent, metadata, content, uses, usage not yet integrated with text analysis tools citation generation, data mining, TAPoR Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  9. 9. Successes feature-rich application in short time open source tools, iterative development, agility participation of beta-testers online since day one, active participation of users useful knowledge for next phase (TAPoR 2.0) preliminary data design model for social networking learn from experiences paid for my year in New Zealand! Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  10. 10. Summary Our goal is to experiment with new ways of finding, managing, and using digital texts, with a particular emphasis on social networking practices and modern web technologies. Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org or find us on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/digitaltexts Feedback? johnny@creativecreature.ca sgs@mcmaster.ca Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair
  11. 11. Thanks! Digital Texts 2.0 Team Stéfan Sinclair, Johnny Rodgers, Shawn Day, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker, Susan Brown, Peter Organisciak, Amanda Etches-Johnson, Krista Godfrey SSHRC RDI (primary funding) TAPoR (computing infrastructure) CaSTA (conference support) SFU SIAT (conference support) Digital Texts 2.0 http://dtext2.org Johnny Rodgers & Dr. Stéfan Sinclair

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