Scholars Who Blog

Earlier this year, Seb Paquet suggested that someone should aggregate the lists of scholars who blog found at the Blogalization wiki, at Crooked Timber, a list on his wiki, a list on delicious, and Jill Walker’s list. Well, it’s a bit late, but here it is: an aggregated list of over 400 scholarly blogs. I know there is a lot missing there, and I guess the next step is to cull from the blogrolls on these blogs to see whether more can be found. It sure would be nice if people would self-organize, though!

There is more I would like to do with this:
* Find people’s names if the blog isn’t anonymous.
* Remove the dead ones.
* Find RSS feeds for those that have them and aggregate the scholars who blog.

(More to come on this…)

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  1. Posted 4/20/2004 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    This is a really good idea but wouldn’t it be better in some kind of database format with lots of user-submitted meta data so I could search for all the UK-based media studies academics for example or everyone who cites Bourdieu as a significant theoretical interest?

  2. Posted 4/20/2004 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    I think you missed (which is a database, by the way) and I didn’t have time to add

    An OPML file and a Bloglines public aggregator of scholars with feeds could be quite useful.

    I believe what we need is an extensible self-organizing markup scheme à la BlogChalking/GeoURL.

  3. Alex
    Posted 4/20/2004 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of a database–particularly of the distributed sort Seb suggests. I don’t like the idea of more work :). But it might be a worthwhile thing to take a shot at.

    I actually had included the PhDWeblogs–just forgot to mention it in the post. It now includes the Rhetorica list as well.

    I started feeding these in to a Bloglines account, and I’m wondering if either an aggregator with 550 blogs or the related OPML file will really be useful to anyone…

  4. Posted 4/21/2004 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    PhDweblogs seems rather erratic – I often have difficulty connecting but it’s the right kind of idea. It could have more database fields though. I think the idea of providing metadata in your site’s own HTML is interesting but since most people don’t change their templates very often it might inhibit take-up if that was the only way to get your site properly included.

  5. Posted 4/21/2004 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    I really think that a database, like, is very useful, but we would be very interested in discussing a broader project, which could include a weblog with several participants.
    The database and the weblog could be based anywhere, preferably in a new domain we would all create from scratch. What do you say?

  6. Posted 4/21/2004 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I invite you to collect thoughts on this page on my wiki:

    I’ve already got a bit written there.

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