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?

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.

Only in Belorus!

Special Guest: Aleksei Krivolap
Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 PM, Curtin Hall 866 (8th floor of Curtin Hall, there will be people to help you find the room)

Come join Russian club for a special once in a lifetime event! We will be viewing A Belorussian Dream a special sneak peek into Belorussian life. We will also be having a special guest speaker Aleksei Krivolap. This will be a great opportunity to speak with him and others and gain fascinating insight into a very unique country. This movie will pique the interest of anyone who has a stake in international affairs, Slavic language and culture, film, and the like. This is an event you will not want to miss! See you all there!

The Social Studies of Information Social 2013

Let's Get It On!

WHEN: Friday, December 6, 2013, 12:00-2:00PM, Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, RM 250 (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.)

WHAT: Enjoy seasonal cheer and good food while finding your next research partner(s). The first part of the meeting will be given over to informal mingling and enjoying salads, pasta dishes, and deserts catered by Buca di Beppo.

Film Screening: My Perestroika

With a talk by director Robin Hessman

December 9, 2013

7:00 pm UWM Union Theatre
2200 E Kenwood Blvd

My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times—from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.

Speaker Series: Paul Edwards

"Code, Community, and Trust in Climate Science"
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm in Curtin 175
With the Center for 21st Century Studies and the Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) program

Open Discussion with Paul Edwards
"Institutionalizing Science and Technology Studies within Interdisciplinary Environments"
Friday, November 8, 9:00-11:00 am, Digital Humanities Lab, Golda Meir Library, 2 East

SSI Funded Student Receives Conference Award

Kari Smith, a doctoral student in Urban Studies at UW-Milwaukee and a recipient of a SSIRG student travel award, attended the Joint Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)/Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Congress in Dublin this July. Her paper, "The Information Imperative: Exploring Information's Role in Urban and Community Resilience," received recognition for outstanding conference paper from the AESOP Young Academics Network.

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