Digital Methods Winterschool 2012: APIs as Interfaces to the Cloud

From 25-27 January 2012 we held our fourth annual Winter School with the theme “Interfaces for the Cloud: Curating the Data.” The first day consisted of paper presentations and responses/feedback. The second day we collaboratively kicked off a workshop on API critique where I started with an introduction to APIs and API critiques, followed by… Read more Digital Methods Winterschool 2012: APIs as Interfaces to the Cloud

Video Bobcatsss 2012: The Like Economy and the Politics of Data in the Social Web

On the 23rd of January I had the honor to give a keynote lecture at the Bobcatsss 2012 conference. I talked about ‘The Like Economy and the Politics of Data in the Social Web’ based on a co-authored paper with Carolin Gerlitz titled ‘Hit, Link, Like and Share. Organizing the social and the fabric of the web… Read more Video Bobcatsss 2012: The Like Economy and the Politics of Data in the Social Web

Number of “vampire” movies from 1916-2011

I’m a big fan of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and other vampire related shows and movies so I did a small exercise: Get all movies categorized with “Vampire” from IMDB and sort by release date: http://www.imdb.com/keyword/vampire/?title_type=feature&sort=release_date Copy paste all 758 titles to a spreadsheet Import spreadsheet in Google Refine Search for all dates and note down… Read more Number of “vampire” movies from 1916-2011

Social buttons are breaking search

In my previous post I wondered if social sharing services are breaking the web with data-rich hyperlinks and today I would like to pose that social sharing services are breaking search. Let’s assume the following scenario: You search for Facebook “proprietary protocol” in Google Web (the “regular” Google) and are presented with the following results: While we… Read more Social buttons are breaking search

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