SSIRG Speaker Series: T. Mills Kelly, October 20

SOIS SSIRG welcomes T. MIlls Kelly, a Professor in the Department of History and Art History of George Mason University, to campus for two events.

Informal Discussion, "Lying about the Past: A Discussion of Information Literacy with T. Mills Kelly" 
Monday, October 20, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 in NWQ B 3511.

SSIRG Speaker Series: Anabel Quan-Haase on Oct 2 & 3

SSIRG is joined by Anabel Quan-Haase, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Department of Sociology, the University of Western Ontario for two events. Her visit is supported by funds SOIS has made available for joint events with the UWM Digital Humanities Lab and is cosponsored between SSIRG and the DH Lab.

SSIRG Speaker Series: Alistair Black

Information History: A Subject in Search of an Identity
Dr. Alistair Black

Professor, ISchool at Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 pm
UWM Union 181
2200 E Kenwood Blvd • Milwaukee, WI 53211

In response to the arrival of what some see as a new age, a digital age, historians have begun to study its roots, antecedents, and pre-computer heritage. The past is replete with the introduction, demise, and transformation of systems of information (not to be confused with the narrower computer-mediated world of information systems). The history of systems of information, which for digestibility we can be label "information history," is deficient in neither scale nor scope. Systems of information have played a critical role in major developments in human organization and thinking, including: the transition to, and subsequent evolution of, capitalism; the growth of the modern, nation-state; the rise of modernity, science, and the public sphere; and the origins and spread of imperialism. Given the momentous importance of systems of information in history, it is curious that the engineering and shaping of information history “as a subject” has mostly occurred in the modestly-sized domain of education for information professionalism. Yet information historians exist in a wide range of disciplines, even if they are not conscious of such an identity. This fractured identity is detectable in attempting to categorize some of my own “information history” research, an example of which will be provided in the form of the history of the staff newsletter and magazine in corporations and other organizations in the first half of the twentieth century. Such a topic could arguably find a home in a number of disciplines, something that prompts consideration of the future of history in i-Schools.

SSIRG Speaker Series: Howard White

Visualizations and Bibliometrics
Dr. Howard D. White

Professor Emeritus, College of Information Science, Drexel University

Thursday, May 1, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Greene Hall
3347 Downer Ave • Milwaukee, WI 53211

As someone who has been part of the bibliometric mapping movement for more than three decades, I have developed definite opinions on what makes for good maps. Visualizations of citation data, for instance, can show a great deal about the history and structure of the literature in a given field. They can also be what the leading theorist on informative visualization, Edward R. Tufte, calls "chartjunk." In this talk I will present examples of good and bad maps, taken from the actual publications of information scientists or created by me from available software. This leads naturally to a discussion of the design principles that should guide bibliometric mappers. It leads as well to some ultimate questions: What is the point of bibliometric mapping in the first place? How does it differ from other forms of scientific visualization? Who are its intended audiences?

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