Having recently regained the full use of my hands, I am back to summer work. What work is that you ask? I have a bunch of things I want to complete before the Great International Reset Day (August 15):
- Email: Catching up with two weeks of unanswered email — sorry all.
- NGO hyperlinks:I’m working with Maria Garrido on a project analyzing the hyperlinks among global NGOs. We’re not starting out with the Zapatista-related sites this time, but with the totality of UN recognized NGOs, and trying to see how they might be connected (and perhaps how they should be connected).
- Web methods: Using the overview I presented (pdf) at ICA this year, I’ve been putting together a paper on automated methods and indicators on the Web. I want to have the crawler downloadable, as well as some supporting tools, before submitting. I also want to provide some measure of how valid, e.g., Altavista is for measuring hyperlink networks.
- Debugging: Generally cleaning up the code and dealing with some small bugs in the Informicant, a crawler I use in my research.
- Political coverage convergence: I have articles from several major newspapers over the last three presidential elections. I am comparing their content in an effort to determine whether there has been a convergence in the content of newspaper stories from various sources over the last decade.
- Refereeing: A manuscript for a communications journal.
- Building: A cabinet for the VCR/DVD/etc.
- Maintenance: Getting back on the diet/exercise thing — both of which are much easier when school isn’t in session.
- Class planning: For the two courses I am teaching in the fall.
That should keep me busy. I’ll post as I finish things.