2021 05 01 tweets

Over the course of the last **ahem** years, I’ve accumulated a metric crap-ton of notes — notes on reading, notes toward writing, notes from meetings, notes that are something like journal entries. +

Sat May 01 14:45:04 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

The good news is that all of these notes are in Markdown files, and are all in my current note-taking application of choice, http://Obsidian.md. +

Sat May 01 14:45:14 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

The bad news is that these notes are in hierarchically organized folders, unlinked, and far from atomic. I have, for instance, one .md file for each text I’ve read over those years, mostly containing a lot of key excerpts but also sometimes my thoughts on them. +

Sat May 01 14:45:53 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

So the notes are organized by source rather than by my purpose in taking them, making it hard for me to use them as I build a new project, and making it even harder to go explore them later. +

Sat May 01 14:45:58 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

I’ve been trying to read up on notetaking strategies and personal knowledge management and whatnot, in order to think about how to convert this mess to something less tree-like and into somethign more network-like. +

Sat May 01 14:46:04 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

But I’m finding all of those descriptions either too vague or too advanced — for the most part they assume that you know what you’re doing. Or, rather, that you understand what they’re doing. +

Sat May 01 14:46:18 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

What I need is personal knowledge management for beginners. Or, rather, a guide to setting up PKM aimed at folks who’ve been taking gargantuan unlinked notes for decades. +

Sat May 01 14:46:26 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

I am open to suggestions and pointers. And am paging @electricarchaeo in particular.

Sat May 01 14:46:40 +0000 2021

Replying to @billhd and @electricarchaeo

:nods in sad recognition:

Sat May 01 15:07:54 +0000 2021

Replying to @RSilbergleid

Will do!

Sat May 01 15:16:12 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

This is all super useful to think through — thanks!

Sat May 01 17:44:42 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo and @DaveMazella

Mmmm this is good to know. I need to finish reading the book I’m in right now \(and wrap up the notetaking in the mode I’ve been using\) and then dive into this to see how it might help.

Sat May 01 17:45:47 +0000 2021

Replying to @scott_bot

Oh, man. 12 hurts.

Sun May 02 13:29:07 +0000 2021

RT @achdotorg: If you plan to present at #ACH2021 \(7/22\-23\), register by June 1 here: https://ach2021.ach.org/2021/04/05/registration-for-ach-2021-is-now-open/

Mon May 03 15:38:37 +0000 2021

RT @Liberating_Arts: .@jeff_bilbro talks with @kfitz about generous thinking, leading generously, and what generous institutions might look…

Mon May 03 22:49:33 +0000 2021

Replying to @s2ceball


Fri May 07 13:29:37 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

Oooh interesting! Thanks!

Fri May 07 19:45:00 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

That’s super cool.

Fri May 07 19:45:34 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

I’ve had zero real linking practices up to now, so am trying to build a structure from something like scratch. It’ll be interesting to watch this develop.

Fri May 07 20:27:58 +0000 2021

So happy and grateful to have gotten to be part of this amazing project! https://twitter.com/vkuhn/status/1390722371661615106

Fri May 07 23:18:56 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

Oh wow. This demands a blog post — I want to see how it works!

Wed May 12 00:24:05 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

I’ve been flattening out my folder structure and creating some index pages as a start. And am trying to be very conscious of linking as I take new notes. But it would be great to have a way other than straight search to mine my 300+ enormo reading notes.

Wed May 12 00:25:55 +0000 2021

Replying to @scott_bot and @electricarchaeo

I have definitely written the same blog post, which I think counts.

Wed May 12 00:26:39 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

Excellent! I’ve been enjoying the Zotero for iPad to Obsidian via Zotfile flow.

Wed May 12 00:32:10 +0000 2021

Join us for this amazing event! Registration is available at https://members.ach.org/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=10 https://twitter.com/achdotorg/status/1392458787483648009

Wed May 12 12:49:39 +0000 2021

I really, really need to stop checking email after 5pm. There’s nothing quite like the 6pm jolt to the old blood pressure to really enliven an evening.

Thu May 13 00:15:09 +0000 2021

Replying to @BatsInLavender

Just don’t is SUPER hard to get through my skull. I’ve got 25 years of checking on autopilot to overcome.

Thu May 13 00:21:45 +0000 2021

This is AMAZING. Signing up NOW. https://twitter.com/nancybaym/status/1392797346556174337

Thu May 13 11:33:12 +0000 2021

There’s a great distance — but at times an unfortunately deep connection — between the merely wackadoodle and the outright dangerous. Here’s where we are today: https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-professor-of-paranoia +

Thu May 13 18:49:57 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

And here’s where we were 17 years ago. https://kfitz.info/the-scariest-plenary-ever/

Thu May 13 18:51:00 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

I find the whole thing painfully sad, not least that there’s enough to be skeptical about in actual documented contemporary life that it’s possible to slide right off into this highly damaging mode of paranoid disbelief.

Thu May 13 18:54:02 +0000 2021

Replying to @robinsloan and @alexismadrigal

I’ve always thought of it as a “nope.”

Sat May 15 22:03:29 +0000 2021

Replying to @CJ_Daugherty

Not a documentary, but have you seen Good Night and Good Luck? The fascinating Murrow plus the amazing David Strathairn…

Sun May 16 12:49:18 +0000 2021

For those of you watching the Clarivate/ProQuest news with horror \(as am I\), a few questions: Say you had an open access scholarly network and repository system.

cc @humcommons


Mon May 17 15:53:17 +0000 2021

Replying to @humcommons

And say while that network has a particular disciplinary focus, you’re on the cusp of adding new disciplinary hubs, and of partnering with higher ed institutions to create campus-based nodes.



Mon May 17 15:53:35 +0000 2021

Replying to @humcommons

And say that you have a good example of an institution that has already used your repository as a point of deposit for theses and dissertations.



Mon May 17 15:53:45 +0000 2021

Replying to @humcommons

How would you go about expanding your functionality and your visibility in order to to make the case to institutions that an investment in your network could provide an academy-owned alternative to the corporate capture of campus resources?

All ideas MOST happily received.


Mon May 17 15:53:55 +0000 2021

Replying to @DaveMazella

💯 Zotero’s model is brilliant: the service is free, and they charge users for extra storage. We’re working very hard on not charging individual users at all, but instead taking on institutional and organizational partners — and their data will always belong to them.

Mon May 17 17:08:25 +0000 2021

Replying to @DaveMazella and @paging_Athena

Thank you for the connection!

Mon May 17 17:14:00 +0000 2021

Replying to @jean_bauer, @humcommons and @SPARC_NA

Ooh, excellent. Do DM!

Mon May 17 17:59:26 +0000 2021

Replying to @jean_bauer, @humcommons and @SPARC_NA

Sorry about that — I didn’t know I wasn’t following you! Have rectified. :)

Mon May 17 18:06:13 +0000 2021

Replying to @RoxanneShirazi and @humcommons

Thanks for this pointer! It’s super helpful.

Mon May 17 18:07:17 +0000 2021

THIS. This this this. https://twitter.com/JMarkOckerbloom/status/1394399633510699014

Mon May 17 21:30:46 +0000 2021

Replying to @cohenss

Here I was about to give you an “eww,” only to find out that mine is the utterly irredeemable “\(You’re\) Having My Baby.” 😳

Mon May 17 21:32:49 +0000 2021

Replying to @james3neal and @susanmpls

Exactly. Institutions are far more prone to sustain platforms brought to them by vendors than platforms in which they are partners, whether they’re fully aware of it or not.

Mon May 17 22:06:23 +0000 2021

Replying to @KDNyhan and @humcommons

Say more about transparency re search histories? The first two points seem unproblematic, but that one raises privacy concerns for me.

Mon May 17 22:08:12 +0000 2021

Replying to @DLaurence401 and @cohenss

I dunno, David, Paul Anka might out-do Perry Como on the pure cringe factor.

Mon May 17 23:21:59 +0000 2021

Replying to @KDNyhan and @humcommons

Got it. That’s helpful — thank you!

Mon May 17 23:35:51 +0000 2021

Replying to @DLaurence401 and @cohenss

No — but I do think there’s something to be said about the horror of pop music in the 1970s.

Mon May 17 23:36:46 +0000 2021

RT @CALMSU: #MSUCAL Director of Digital Humanities @kfitz and Assistant Dean for Academic and Research Technology @schopie1 talk with #Doma…

Tue May 18 15:43:47 +0000 2021

RT @charleswatkinso: On a day when all the conversation has been about the consolidation of commercial infrastructure, it's so great (and s…

Tue May 18 15:45:02 +0000 2021

RT @BigTenAcademic: BTAA has entered into a three-year collective action agreement with the Directory of Open Access Books and OAPEN Librar…

Tue May 18 15:45:21 +0000 2021

RT @jeroenson: Programme @NECS_Network 2021 conference is available!

On Thursday we \(the pubcom\) will organize a workshop. Excited, since…

Tue May 18 22:17:26 +0000 2021

Replying to @nancybaym

Not literally, but Richard Powers’s Gain is a brilliant fictional history of the two hundred plus year history of an American multinational.

Tue May 18 22:28:03 +0000 2021

Replying to @jsalem75, @msupress and @msulibraries

Excellent news!

Tue May 18 23:19:15 +0000 2021

Replying to @mkirschenbaum and @electricarchaeo

It’s apparently time to resurface my old music theatre ambitions…

Wed May 19 18:48:59 +0000 2021

RT @MikkiBrock: I should also add that kindness isn't just about individual generosity; it also entails a push to improve the system for ot…

Wed May 19 22:04:01 +0000 2021

Boards keep complaining about activist faculty. We need to stand up against activist boards. https://twitter.com/shannimcg/status/1395075715251507204

Thu May 20 00:08:37 +0000 2021

RT @hjoseph: The incentive structure in the US higher ed system desperately needs reform...

Thu May 20 00:16:46 +0000 2021

Replying to @wynkenhimself and @ZacharyLesser

This is an interesting set of questions. This is speculation rather than historical knowledge, but I could imagine that \(as for most nonprofit orgs\) the boards of private institutions have deep fundraising roots, and the boards of public ones have deep accountability roots. +

Thu May 20 00:32:00 +0000 2021

Replying to @wynkenhimself and @ZacharyLesser

The problem for the publics in particular that what “accountability” meant in the Progressive Era, as many of the institutions were being established, is SUPER not what it have been manipulated into meaning today.

Thu May 20 00:33:54 +0000 2021

Replying to @wynkenhimself and @ZacharyLesser

Sigh. *has

Thu May 20 00:34:35 +0000 2021

Replying to @wynkenhimself and @ZacharyLesser

And as the publics have gotten increasingly privatized, their boards have come to function more like the boards of cultural institutions — except with a few areas in which they have WAY more power than any nonprofit board.

Thu May 20 00:36:30 +0000 2021

Replying to @wynkenhimself and @ZacharyLesser

All of which is to say that I realllly want to dig back into higher Ed history now.

Thu May 20 00:39:54 +0000 2021

Replying to @wynkenhimself and @ZacharyLesser

Always happy to think out loud!

Thu May 20 00:57:45 +0000 2021

I’ve had my work described as “seminal” and it totally skeeved me. \(Also, no\.\) I’ve also had it described as “sui generis” and if you’ve got to go with Latin metaphors of propagation, it’s far, far better. https://twitter.com/gmbritton/status/1395452673151799296

Thu May 20 19:10:28 +0000 2021

Goofy maple tree helicopter seed season has begun. Which means we’ve got equally bonkers chipmunk hijinx on the back patio outside the window where my desk sits. Which means I am set for entertainment. Early summer is the best.

Thu May 20 21:08:50 +0000 2021

Replying to @sharonmleon

I suspect the same phenomenon that will make a cat sit on the single piece of paper on your floor, or the single space on the floor not covered by paper.

Thu May 20 23:53:20 +0000 2021

No. https://twitter.com/samoore_/status/1395732979956264969

Fri May 21 14:24:18 +0000 2021

Replying to @kwazana

I am very sorry that I am not there to call bullshit on this “requirement.” I tried very hard to carve out a different path in the hopes that others could do the same, but… leaving no doubt didn’t help. :(

Fri May 21 18:01:36 +0000 2021

I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me this spring to have gotten to follow this project at @kulibraries and @IDRH_KU. <3 https://twitter.com/sferna109/status/1395822105556574216

Fri May 21 19:29:18 +0000 2021

Seriously. It is sad that we‘ve let this come to this pass. As I said yesterday, we have to stand up against activist boards and define the lane they need to stay in. https://twitter.com/MHarrisPerry/status/1395851191133814785

Fri May 21 21:21:45 +0000 2021

Here’s the most important thing I learned about nonprofit governance during my last gig: the board has ONE employee over whom they have authority: the CEO or ED. If they disapprove of how the org’s personnel is being managed, they can fire their employee. That’s it.

Fri May 21 21:29:23 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

Or it should be it. But higher ed has gradually given its boards way more intrusive oversight — often in the name of public accountability — than those boards should have. It’s time to take it back.

Fri May 21 21:30:42 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

Which means organizing. And solidarity. Neither of which comes naturally to the ostensible meritocracies that are our institutions. But it’s time. Boards should have the responsibility of ensuring that our institutions fulfill their public mission.

Fri May 21 21:32:50 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

Beyond that, they need to stay in their lane.

Fri May 21 21:33:19 +0000 2021

Replying to @kawulf and @JHUPress

I am enormously honored that you’d take my draft on your Actual Vacation!!!

Fri May 21 22:27:14 +0000 2021

RT @humcommons: A new Commons Highlights is up! The Composers of Color Resource Project is a group devoted to crowdsourcing learning materi…

Mon May 24 17:25:25 +0000 2021

If we are in conversation in the days ahead and it seems like I’m elsewhere, please know that it’s because this video is on repeat in my head. https://twitter.com/manjusrii/status/1396253211334365184

Mon May 24 21:13:50 +0000 2021

RT @achdotorg: Consider applying or nominating someone:
is looking for new leadership to work with the Executive Board (Chair-Ele…

Wed May 26 20:31:08 +0000 2021

A question for folks out there who manage repositories: Say a user deposits a dissertation, and then a couple of years later comes back and tell you that a publisher they’re working with on a book proposal has asked that the deposit be removed. How would you respond?

Thu May 27 15:57:44 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

And would it be out of bounds to take down the deposit but leave a tombstone saying “This deposit has been removed at the request of PUBLISHER, who has seriously backward policies regarding open access”?

Thu May 27 15:58:52 +0000 2021

Replying to @jambina

I’m 100% with you on all of this. I really really do NOT like the idea of removals. Especially not for bad reasons.

Thu May 27 16:08:50 +0000 2021

Replying to @familyunequal

Thank you!

Thu May 27 16:26:15 +0000 2021

Replying to @electricarchaeo

You’re completely right: deposit includes agreeing to our terms, which includes a grant of license, which pre-exists any publisher interest. I want to be as supportive as I can of any scholar caught in a position like this, but there are limits.

Thu May 27 16:31:46 +0000 2021

Replying to @FrueheNeuzeit


Thu May 27 16:31:55 +0000 2021

Replying to @sshreeves

Interesting — thanks!

Thu May 27 16:32:15 +0000 2021

Replying to @sshreeves


Thu May 27 16:36:01 +0000 2021

Replying to @cgbrooke

Collin! This is all a lot. Sending you all my best thoughts for the path ahead of you.

Thu May 27 23:25:58 +0000 2021

Replying to @cgbrooke

Indeed! 🤞🏻

Thu May 27 23:40:27 +0000 2021

RT @gmbritton: @kfitz Dissertations are not books. Publishers really know that and everyone else should too. Having the diss available does…

Fri May 28 11:25:06 +0000 2021

RT @cplong: Nice shout out to ⁦@kfitz⁩ and practices of open peer review: “Joining the 'great conversation' – The fundamental role of annot…

Fri May 28 11:59:12 +0000 2021

RT @CCooijmans: For anyone seeking to shift away from these types of shenanigans, I can highly recommend @humcommons, which is non-profit,…

Sat May 29 11:44:12 +0000 2021

Today is this, but with Italian sausage instead of chicken, and spinach in addition to mushrooms.


Sun May 30 20:41:15 +0000 2021

Replying to @kfitz

Also a pound of pasta, not a half a pound, because what are you kidding me.

Sun May 30 20:54:25 +0000 2021

Such a great — if sad — story, which says so much about what we run the risk of losing as we professionalize. <3 https://twitter.com/jvinopal/status/1399461572787965959

Mon May 31 20:42:23 +0000 2021

RT @jvinopal: This is not meant to mock scholarly reading or interpretation. For the most part I loved my years in that program and engaged…

Mon May 31 20:43:18 +0000 2021