- Introduction to Information has Value
- Understand that people collect and value objects (e.g. specimens and artifacts) for many different reasons, often unrelated to their importance as a primary source of information
- Understand the importance of metadata to the scholarly value of objects of inquiry
- Listen to "The Feather Heist" podcast episode in its entirety (@1 hour). Transcript is here, for reference.
- Review the following two brief moments from Acts 3 and 5 and consider, for discussion, the following questions:
- What is the significance of the tags as an essential element of a specimen, particularly one with historical value?
- How might this principle apply to other, more familiar forms of primary source information, such as a digital image, a quotation, or a dataset: what value do you think they might have to researchers if their "tags" of metadata and citation information were similarly cut off through present-day practices of cutting and pasting?
- What message is implied in their about "modern" search strategies?
- How might these insights inform your understanding of "hybrid" techniques of scholarly inquiry, using web-based resources, such as Google, and social media?
Special Event: "Talking Books"Come meet the sleuth Kirk W. Johnson whose story is narrated in the podcast above. He will be at Oxy in the flesh for a "Talking Books" reading and book signing event in the Academic Commons in early October (date and time TBA). Copies of his recent publication The Feather Thief will be available for purchase. If you get him to sign your copy, it will become more valuable!
"Talking Books": The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century (2018), by Kirk W. Johnson.