I am speaking tomorrow at Lille to a group of Digita Humanists:
« Les données de la recherche dans les humanités numériques »
Journée du 21 avril 2015 : « Maîtriser les technologies pour valoriser les données »
Lieu : MESHS (salle 2), 2 rue des Canonniers, 59000 Lille
I always wait to meet the audience before deciding what to say precisely but here are some themes:
- Most research and scholarship is badly published, not reaching the people who need it and not creating a dialogue or community of practice. This is a moral crime and leads to impoverishment of the human spirit and the health of the citizens of the world.
- The paradox of this century is that we have the potential for a new Digital Enlightenment, but in the Universities we are collaborating with those who, for their own personal gain, wish to restrict the distribution of knowledge. The large publishing corporations, taking support from media corporations are building an infrastructure which they monitor and control.
- We have the technical means to break out of this. In our contentmine.org we can scrape the whole of the literature published every day; create a semantic index for searching and extract facts in far greater number than humans can ever do.
- We are held back by the lack of vision, and our solution lies not in science, but in humanities. We lack a communal goal, communal values.
How can we harness the vision of Diderot and the Enlightenment and the radicalism of Mai 1968? How can we create the true culture of the digital century?