[Humanist] 26.233 of the collecting of books

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Aug 17 08:40:53 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 233.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:28:59 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: of the collecting of books

The following arrived while I was away and will likely be of interest to 
many here. Comments and reviews welcome.

Bode, Katherine. Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field. 
London: Anthem Press, 2012.

Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary 
Technogenesis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Thaller, Manfred, ed. Controversies around the Digital Humanities. 
Special issue of Historical Social Research / Historische 
Sozialforschung 37.3 (2012).

In addition I've come across and begun to read:

Humphreys, Paul. Extending Ourselves: Computational Science, Empiricism, 
and Scientific Method. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004,

which will be of interest to anyone investigating how computing is 
changing scientific research, and

Mayer-Schönberger, Viktor. Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the 
Digital Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009,

relevant to the problem of accumulating artificial memory-archives.

Of course there is no end to what might be listed (which endlessness is 
cause for simultaneous joy and dismay), but the very fact of someone 
here thinking to mention a book is itself a recommendation worth noting. 
In the same way I find myself justifying a growing digital collection of 
articles, chapters and books on my hard disc. My selecting them ranges 
from the well considered to the nearly thoughtless, but the result (now 
in the gigabytes) fuzzily delimits a range of persistent interests that 
more often than not is where I begin new explorations or turn to for 
recollection of old ones.

Has anyone studied this aspect of digital memory archives?



Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
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