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University of Michigan School of Information


Research seminar in information

SI 710 - Preservation and the Long Now - Andrea Thomer
This course will focus on issues of (digital) preservation, curation and data sharing on the scale of generations, and in the light of a) rapidly evolving digital media and preservation platforms, and b) a rapidly changing planet driven by anthropogenic change. The "long now" in the title is intended as a nod to "The Long Now Foundation" and some of the associated work around that; we will use this geologically-informed temporal framework to revisit work from library and information science, archival science, museum studies and data curation. Discussion topics might include supporting the preservation of digital collections that must last longer than the media they are stored on; preservation modes and materials other than paper and computers (e.g. seed banks, DNA digital data storage); the creation and curation of proactive or prospective (rather than historical) cultural archives; and how archival thinking might inform environmental and ecological conservation (and vice versa). This course would be of interest to students in information science, STS, museum studies and potentially even conservation biology and natural resource management.

SI 710 - Computational Sociolinguistics - David Jurgens
Language is one of the main instruments by which people construct their identity and manage their social network. With the rise of social media and the increasing interest in studying social phenomena through large-scale text analysis, there has been a surge of interest in analyzing and modeling the social dimension of language using computational approaches. This seminar introduces the field of computational sociolinguistics, which aims to study the interaction between language and identity at scale using computational techniques.