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This message was written to various SLIS faculty to try and get some input on how to proceed in the program. Seemed worth saving. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 18:08:36 -0500 (EST) From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Undisclosed recipients: ; Subject: Farming for fall class advice Hello, I'm writing to various folks for some off the cuff advice about course selections at SLIS for this coming fall semester. If you have the time to look over this message and offer some advice I'd be very grateful. If I am able to take L509 in the fall and am able to waive L546 or L577 I will have completed the degree requirements for the MIS, but will still need plenty of credits. Some of you know me relatively well so I hope you will just tell me, "hey, I think you should take such and such" and we can talk about it. Others may not. There's a great deal of context on my current interests linked into the independent study I'm doing this summer session. It is described in the links found from these: http://www.burningchrome.com/~cdent/index.cgi?word=90 http://www.burningchrome.com/~cdent/index.cgi?word=107 http://ella.slis.indiana.edu/~klabarre/unrev_firstpage.html They describe a lengthy project I'm doing with Kathryn La Barre to create a conceptual access structure to an email archive housed at Doug Engelbart's Bootstrap Alliance <www.bootstrap.org>. The project integrates many themes that have captured my interest: - Novel tools for access to information and knowledge - Applications of technology tools to augment instead of automate human processes and processing (in the Engelbart sense) - Augmentation in general - The friction between categories and classification and the implications that has for how we think about cognition, communication, organization, representation and what can be done with technology - The multi-layered semantics of content (polysemy and friends) - Programming as a formal but dynamic response to needs (programming as dialog instead of tool) - Knowledge as an evolutionary, dynamic, dialectic process (see http://www.burningchrome.com/~cdent/sliswarp/ ) - The philosophical underpinnings of experience, learning, and sharing (little to no experience in this area) - The importance of historical context to understanding The paper I did for Andy last fall discusses some of it: http://www.burningchrome.com/~cdent/slis/l542/useTools.htm Some other slis work is at: http://www.burningchrome.com/~cdent/slis/ I've unfortunately become rather convinced that my interests don't really fit here, but I've also convinced myself to try to ride things out because while I don't think my interests necessarily fit into the apparent definition of Information Science held at SLIS I do think they fit into _my_ definition of Information Science and, I'll go ahead and say it, what I think Information Science at SLIS ought to be about. I also think, based on conversations I've had with many of you that there is a great deal I can learn from you but opportunities are lacking. I've already taken 9 credits outside SLIS (from Computer Science, to enhance my programming vocabulary) and after the end of this summer I will have taken 6 credits of independent study. My options seem to be quite limited. Any suggestions on how to proceed, things I may have missed, rules that can be bent, or anything, would be most welcome. I began this message intending it to be much shorter than it is but then I realized that although it may not show up here in email until the end, I'm issuing something of a challenge. I'm doing things with the stuff I am learning at SLIS and I want to do more and continue. I need to find more from the organization in order for that to happen. I have opportunities elsewhere that I could pursue. Those opportunities continue to grow as I do more work and more of it gets noticed by people outside SLIS. Before I run off to do those things I'd like to get more from SLIS. I know it's in there somewhere. Thanks.
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