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Sep 3

Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female

Choice quote (emphasis mine):

Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.

Just let that sink in: “researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields”.
Nov 2

… digital humanities itself functions as an organizing principle that frames how race, gender, sexuality, and ability are embodied […] focusing on the impetus on ‘making’ and ‘coding’ for humanities folks, while the comp sci / engineering / STEM folks are not required to think about, learn, or even consider how their designs create structural inequalities in (computer) code.

- TressieMC’s article Digital Humanities: Egalitarian or Just A New Elite? presents a DH2013 panel with an important focus.
Topic above: announced insights by panelist Jarah Moesch.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

- Robert R. Coveyou

Les réseaux sociaux socialiseraient les internautes - 17.06.2011
Copyright Radio Télévision Suisse - Forum

Fréquenter les réseaux sociaux sur internet, par exemple Facebook, n’est pas un frein, mais plutôt un encouragement au développement de relations dans la vie réelle. C’est une étude qui vient d’être publiée par le Pew Research Center qui l’affirme et qui conteste ainsi une idée largement répandue. L’interview d’Anna Jobin, sociologue et fine observatrice des réseaux sociaux.

(Source: rsr.ch)

Social networking sites and our lives

Questions have been raised about the social impact of widespread use of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Do these technologies isolate people and truncate their relationships? Or are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project decided to examine social networking sites in a survey that explored people’s overall social networks and how use of these technologies is related to trust, tolerance, social support, and community and political engagement. The findings presented here paint a rich and complex picture of the role that digital technology plays in people’s social worlds. Wherever possible, we seek to disentangle whether people’s varying social behaviors and attitudes are related to the different ways they use social networking sites, or to other relevant demographic characteristics, such as age, gender and social class. The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from October 20 to November 28, 2010, among a sample of 2,255 adults, age 18 and older. Interviews were conducted in English, via landline and cell phone. For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. For results based on internet users (n=1,787), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.