[Humanist] 22.487 www.academia.edu?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Jan 28 09:33:46 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 487.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:29:34 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: www.academia.edu?

The service recently announced on Humanist, http://www.academia.edu/,
has struck one member of this group as rather odd. He does not want to
have his remarks attributed, so I report them here and add some of my
own. He has found people assigned to universities that have no record of 
them. Indeed, the service seems cheerily to allow anyone to give 
themselves or anyone else whatever job in whatever department (never was 
an academic appointment easier to obtain), to delete others who have 
signed up (or easier to lose), even to create new universities (for the 
ambitious). See, for example, Bogus State or the Western Academy of 
Anomalous Results. Has anyone here had experience of www.academia.edu? 

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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