Spending some time post-vacation catching up reading Ali Alkhatib’s CHI 2021 paper, “To Live in Their Utopia: Why Algorithmic Systems Create Absurd Outcomes”. It’s interesting to read this paper as a conversation with broader ideas of utopia, as well as imaginaries, as well as work like Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s “The University and the Undercommons” (Social Text 22(2), 2004). (https://matienzo.org/2021/151/utopia/)
🔖 Kyra Yee, Uthaipon Tantipongpipat, Shubhanshu Mishra, "Image Cropping on Twitter: Fairness Metrics, their Limitations, and the Importance of Representation, Design, and Agency" –
The full paper related to Rumman Chowdhury’s blog post, “Sharing learnings about our image cropping algorithm”.
> Twitter uses machine learning to crop images, where crops are centered around the part predicted to be the most salient. In fall 2020, Twitter users raised concerns that the… https://matienzo.org/2021/139/twic/
Bill Atkinson's Polaroids documenting the design and development of the Apple Lisa user interface.
Years in the making, days in the drafting, I've finally done it: I dug into the full history of important features missing from iOS/Safari and made it (roughly) human-readable:
🔖 WebAnnotation in the Browser –
> Very generally: annotations are _content about content_.
And I thought we had challenges describing metadata as data about data… Anyway, this is interesting, especially from the standpoint of annotation discovery and moderation. (https://matienzo.org/2021/132/waib/)
🔖 Rally to Sell Shares of Rare Declaration of Independence | Art & Object –
> Rally … will offer 80,000 shares of a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence to the general public this month. … The copy is a Walsh 15 Broadside—printed in July 1776 in Exeter, New Hampshire … one of only 20 Walsh copies created and currently in private ownership.
Once again, I ask: How have the New Enclosures been worked? (https://matienzo.org/2021/124/rally/)
🔖 Digital Library Software Developer, Access and Discovery Team (3 positions) | Stanford Libraries –
We’re hiring for three software developer positions, at junior, mid-, and senior levels, to join our team at Stanford Libraries. Remote-friendly; great colleagues, and rewarding projects. Apply by May 28 for earliest consideration! (https://matienzo.org/2021/123/dlss-jobs/)
Really enjoying leaning into writing with Ulysses - it’s kind of a dream come true from the standpoint of working with Hugo. It’s nice on desktop/iPad, but wish the Working Copy integration on iOS were slightly smoother. (https://matienzo.org/2021/120/uwc/)
Because my Sourcery post was so controversial^W popular I had to adjust the Webmention configuration to show more replies. Nice problem to have, I guess? (https://matienzo.org/2021/120/wmbump/)
 "What would it take for historians to be able to share archival material?" https://blog.suppliedtitle.org/2012/08/29/what-would-it-take-for-historians-to-be-able-to-share-archival-material.html
 The difference between being a non-profit and not making a profit (while being supplied with venture capital) does seem important here. The fact is that there is already a contract researcher model for archives. The gig economy is less about creating new kinds of work than it is about setting the conditions under which people work.
I'll admit it: I'm no futurist. When I wrote a blog post almost a decade ago about potential ways for historians to share copies of archival materials with each other, I hadn't thought about third-party image hosting supplied via the gig economy labor model, as @anarchivist writes about here:
More than half our development and dev support teams plan to be 100% remote even after COVID restrictions have been lifted. The remaining will be remote 3-4 days a week.
MPOW has always been remote-friendly, but I think we've turned a corner on this. As a long time 100% remote worker, it's nice to see!
Recalcitrant archivist, information scientist, and ambient musician.
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