#resaw_eu After 3 days talking and listening about Web Archives, not yet tired of the topic !
— Valérie Schafer (@valerie_schafer) June 10, 2015
2015 marks 10 years since the publication of “What Is Web 2.0?”, Tim O’Reilly’s influential declaration of Web 2.0’s practical and conceptual underpinnings. In the intervening years, the popularity of Web 2.0 as a descriptive term has waxed and waned. At the same time, however, the platforms, principles, and ideologies that ushered in the Web 2.0 Era have only grown in their relevance: concerns over labor and social production have persisted in, for example, critical discussions of personal data ownership or the “sharing economy;” questions of exploitation and dominance are increasingly pressing in the face of the power and reach exhibited by companies like Google, Facebook, or Twitter; as knowledge platforms like Wikipedia have flourished, so have concerns over diminished critical-thinking skills and the monopolization of knowledge; and, finally, critical attention to the (often tenuous) relationship between democracy and participatory platforms remains vital to understanding the power of social media tools for facilitating social and political protest at the same time as it enables new opportunities for surveillance and political repression. In addition, while social networking sites and tools have provided unparalleled opportunities to connect, communicate, and share, they’ve also given rise to problems of identity management, cyberbullying, revenge porn, and (sometimes cruel) practices of trolling.
Under various guises, Web 2.0 has retained an ability to expand social, political, and economic opportunity while at the same time fostering resistance and controversy in its reach and ideological commitments.
In 2008, First Monday published a special issue on “Critical Perspectives on Web 2.0” bringing together a diverse group of scholars to “expose, explore and explain the ideological meanings and the social, political, and ethical implications of Web 2.0”. These contributions addressed issues of labor, privacy, exploitation, and broader conceptual and practical implications of participatory platforms and social production online.
In light of Web 2.0’s continued relevance and impact, we are pleased to edit a new special issue of First Monday – A Decade of Web 2.0: Reflections, Critical Perspectives, and Beyond – that aims to update and extend previous critical assessments of online social and participatory platforms and practices.
On s’interrogera sur le nouveau statut des archives numérisées en examinant plus particulièrement des documents ayant connu une mutation médiatique à travers leur numérisation. Il sera ainsi possible de comparer les usages qui en sont faits, sous leur forme initiale d’objets matériels et sous leur nouvelle forme dématérialisée.
Le point de vue des usagers sera envisagé dans leur diversité (grand public, spécialistes de toutes disciplines, artistes, pédagogues, collectionneurs, etc.) et étudié sous des angles disciplinaires multiples et croisés.
Dans LE DOSSIER : LE TOURNANT NUMÉRIQUE…, ET APRÈS ? de Socio 4 (2015)
Valérie Schafer et Benjamin Thierry, « L’ogre et la toile. Le rendez-vous de l’histoire et des archives du web »
En dialogue avec les principaux fondements de l’épistémologie historique, cet article examine les enjeux, les attentes et les pratiques que suscite l’irruption des archives du web dans le champ de l’histoire du temps présent. Entre nouveauté des matériaux, héritage disciplinaire et continuité des méthodes, il s’agit de comprendre les redéfinitions à venir du rôle de l’historien.
Le dossier est disponible à http://socio.revues.org
Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2015
The Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS) welcomes submissions for our annual one-day scholarly workshop to be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is immediately after the end of the regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the History of Technology.
Questions about the SIGCIS 2015 workshop should be addressed to Andrew Russell (Stevens Institute of Technology), who is serving as chair of the workshop organizing committee (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Workshop Theme: Infrastructures
Across academic, artistic, and popular domains, curiosity and concern over the information and computing infrastructures that sustain economic, cultural, and social interaction has never been more salient. In contrast to the hype generated by the gadgetry of innovation prophets and venture capitalists, an emphasis on infrastructure highlights networks of labor and focuses on the human, material, and ecological cost and scale of information and computing technologies.
– the maintenance of legacy hardware and software
– the training and treatment of labor and workforces
– the lived realities of computers and IT
– digital archives and their sustainability
– cyberinfrastructures for bureaucratic and scientific collaboration
– materiality of computing, media, and information technologies
– specific infrastructural technologies such as cables, fiber-optics, switching, and wireless
political and economic aspects of infrastructure maintenance and development
– tensions between local or national legal regimes and global information infrastructures