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Wikigrid – a platform for research in the Digital Humanites

- June 27, 2012 in Bibliographic, data-driven, multinational, research, visualisation

A Semantic Media Wiki serving the digital humanities (and everyone interested) as a collective repository of primary information
  • designed to collect metadata from research institutions, archives, libraries
  • inviting researchers to modify, augment and create information and to use the grid as a collective card box for preliminary and sketchy information (as long as items can be linked to primary sources)
  • inviting users to set links between items and to analyze the connections
  • offering visualizations such as
  • the distribution of search results on maps
  • the configuration of networks
  • timeline statistics
  • quantifying diagrams
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Thank the Tyrants

- April 4, 2012 in economics, local, multinational, tyrants

The idea is an online platform that is in part a backlash to existing NGOs which concentrate on symbolic actions rather than actions that would have real impact on tyrannies by undermining their income and support. Tyrants cannot operate without the support of those who profit from the tyranny. These are public institutions and private corporations operating at a global level. Although global, they still have to function at a local level. The portal would clearly outline links of support between: • tyrannical regimes • multinationals • global & local institutions • local governments & businesses So that users can take appropriate actions in their local community to affect change. Support for tyrannies can come in many forms. The most direct is doing business and having relations with tyrannical regimes - thereby giving them legitimacy - to more sinister as bribing officials for illegal permits or over-riding the rights of their citizens. By entering local information (such as their postcode, government riding, etc.), users can see how elements in their own community can benefit these regimes through the direct or indirect profit of the supporting multinational organisations.
Users can then choose to act on this information by sending a letter to the leaders of these local organizations or government officials to thank them for their support on behalf of the tyrant in question. For each letter that is printed off, the user is added to a petition and when a critical number has been reached, various media outlets are informed of the embarrassing and critical “thank-you” letters on behalf of the tyrant, raising even more awareness. In addition, the portal will have full Web 2.0 functionality to allow for collaboration, forums, event organization and information exchange among it users so that traditional campaigns (demonstrations, boycotts, etc.) can be staged in addition to the “Thank-you" campaign. The single biggest hurdle in implementing this concept has been tying all the various information sources necessary to expose these support links. The links between tyrannies and multinational organisations would be globally consistent. How their products/services manifest themselves in a local community would need to be populated with local content. Thank the Tyrants Concept Video