During the spring and this summer, I worked on and off, in my free time, on a side project about French researchers and their publications. This is an ongoing work, it will probably move slowly and last for some time, but I think it’s interesting to start documenting the first results. Anyone with a passing knowledge of the French Higher Ed landscape will know this is a daunting task: polite decision makers talk of a fragmented system; less polite people confess it’s a terrible mess, a jumble of overlapping structures and competing loyalties, with Universities, University groups, Ecoles, the CNRS, labs big and small with multiple parent organisations.
TL;DR un pas dans la bonne direction attention à la définition des attributs minimums nécessaires particulièrement adapté à la situation en France on pourrait déjà plus utiliser Shibboleth Nathalie Clot attire mon attention sur un débat en cours autour d’un effort pour créer une norme NISO pour la gestion de l’accès aux ressources électroniques. La recommendation est RA21: Resource Access for the 21st Century, et le billet sur lequel pointe Nathalie est What Will You Do When They Come for Your Proxy Server?
With the caveat that my last.fm account was disconnected in April and I didn’t realize it before the beginning of May, I have a few stats about the music I listened to in 2018: 3,645 tracks, some multiple times: 6,245 listens. that amounted to 15 days and 4 hours of music 690 different artists, of which 66% were artists I hadn’t listened to before 971 different albums (84% new) My top albums were:
Two years ago I started learning the Go Programming language. I’m not a professional dev and so couldn’t devote as much time to it as I would have liked, but I did continue to learn and got better at it. One of the issues I outlined in the post linked above from 2 years ago as I was beginning, was that I didn’t find a Go web framework I liked, but https://gobuffalo.
This isn’t much of an article, the information here is quite readily available elsewhere, but I’m just documenting how I set up a Raspeberry Pi 3 with a removable hard drive to work as a DIY NAS at home. Just so I can come back to it if I have to do it again. Note: was fun and all, and it does work, but not very smoothly, and it’s a bit of a pain.
The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) has opened APIs for a number of services, including their Gallica digital library, which contains 4.3 millions of documents: digitized books, maps, photos, musical scores, etc. from the collections of the BnF and partner libraries. I thought it’d be a nice little project to do a small set of client functions for those APIs: I’d practice Go, and familiarize myself with the APIs. So I started doing that.
Following an experiment with the Google Cloud Speech API, and another with the Azure Vision API, I continue my experiments in Machine Learning for archival materials with Machine Box. I read Machine Box founder’s Mat Ryer’s post about How (he) built an image proxy server to anonymise images in twenty minutes and based my expriment on his. He uses an image, detects a face in it, removes it and passes the modified image on.
Following an experiment with the Google Cloud Speech API, where I tried to extract information from sound files - transcripts of speech, keywords, etc. - I thought I’d try another Machine Learning API, with the same overarching goal but a different project. The overarching goal is still to use the Machine Learning APIs provided by such internet giants as Google or Microsoft and try to somewhat automate the treatment of archival and library material.
This past year, we’ve heard a lot about the progress of Machine Learning algorithms and that got me thinking. Libraries and archives have a lot of sound files around, which can’t be easily used: for the most part, if you want to know what’s in them you either have to listen to them, or hope that an archivist did and provided the necessary metadata, which is quite time consuming, and there’s a lot of backlog around…
As is quite normal, people being worried about what comes next, talk about Brexit tends to look at what comes next. When people talk about the past, it’s usually about either the campaign, or Cameron’s Premiership. But I’m really interested in the long term thinking around Brexit. In 1994 I was studying History at the University of Bristol, and doing a Master’s paper on the U.K. applications to the European Economic Community of the 1960s, and specifically how that process was presented to the public and framed in the media.
In the early 1990s, when I was a student, I visited an art exhibition with photographs by Sugimoto Hiroshi. It was from a series called Seascapes. The photographs were all in black and white. They had been taken around the world with a view camera, but all showed the same thing: the sea and the sky, with the line of the horizon cutting the picture in two halves. Sometimes it was almost night, sometimes the horizon disappeared in fog, sometimes it was as thin and clear-cut as a pencil line on a white paper.
This is a short post to document how I deployed my Hugo static website to Google Firebase hosting. I do not cover Hugo itself: see their Quickstart guide. You need to install Node.js first, as it is required by the Firebase CLI, which is then installed from the terminal using: npm install -g firebase-tools You can now connect your local machine to your Firebase account: firebase login will open a browser window and ask you, using your Google credentials, to authorize Firebase.
Qu’est-ce qu’un supermarché? Un endroit où le client doit faire le travail d’aller chercher les produits qui l’intéressent en rayon, sans avoir le choix des quantités, en échange d’une baisse des prix et d’une variété de stock importante. Par opposition à la situation avant les supermarchés, où le client fait appel à du personnel qui va chercher en magasin un produit, et lui en sert la quantité souhaitée. Confer Au Bonheur des Dames, et aussi les courses de ma grand-mère, qui passait au boucher, puis au crémier, au boulanger, etc.
TL;DR: It’s a great language, a good choice to learn programming in general; there’s great documentation available, and it’s detailed. But in part because the Go community doesn’t view frameworks favorably, it can be hard to move from grasping the details to working on a fully fledged project. I’m not a programmer, i.e. I have not had any kind of formal training in Computer Science; nor do I work as a developer.
I’m old fashioned. I listen to albums rather than tracks. I discovered a lot of new music — new to me, in 2015: thank you internet. In fact: thank you Curated YouTube. Amoeba records’ What’s in My Bag video series is a great way to find new music, as are The Needle Drop, KEXP or NPR Music. The amount of great music, old and new, available on YouTube these days is just unbelievable…
In 2015 I spent many, many hours reading on the web. On Medium, The Atlantic, the NYRB, the LARB, The Nation, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The NYTimes, etc. But it was also the first year in a very long time, maybe ten years, that I went back to reading a fair number of full-length books, and specifically contemporary novels. I didn’t take notes on any of these books, and I’m not sure I remember them all very well, but I thought I’d do a quick roundup anyway.
Caveat lector : il ne s’agit pas d’une histoire, puisque je n’ai fait aucun effort de recherche ou de documentation, ce sont simplement mes souvenirs de la période et du sujet. Les années 1990. Je suis entré dans les bibliothèques en 1995, pour faire mon service national d’objecteur de conscience à la BPI, au Centre Pompidou. Je suis reparti à l’université fin 1996, mais je suis revenu dans les bibliothèques, comme bibliothécaire cette fois, fin 1998, à la bibliothèque de la Sorbonne.