The Internet Archive’s Wayback machine is not just static. You can configure your browser to use it as a proxy. That way, material that you encounter around the web can be preserved for others across time.
For those technically inclined, you can watch a talk on the proxy’s implementation by its developers.
Get an introduction to programming while learning more about how to add computational methods to humanities and social science research. We’ll be using the theme of New Zealand’s early explorers to learn more about the exciting tools available to contemporary researchers.
The workshop is somewhat of a follow-up to an earlier workshop in Wellington. Dr James Smithies, the head of the University of Canterbury’s Digital Humanities programme has invited me to provide a similar day for people down south.
The day will be split into two main sections, which will include tutorial based content and interactive discussion:
Morning The web as data - an introduction to web scraping and other techniques to translate textual information to something useful to the computer as data. We will be building an interactive website from James Cook’s journal of his first voyage.
Afternoon APIs for learning - an introduction to some of the excellent tools that are available for research on New Zealand society and history. In particular, we’ll touch upon at least Digital NZ and DBpedia.
To break up the technical work through the day, we will spend time discussing the emergence of technology’s impact on humanities and social science.
You should be able to bring a laptop that you have administrative rights to. You will need to install some software called Oracle VirtualBox to make the most out of the day.
Assuming you have VirtualBox installed, download this image.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit my views on New Zealand’s constitutional reform. I am a New Zealand citizen living in Auckland and make this submission on my own behalf.
I strongly oppose proposals to add entrenched or surpreme law to New Zealand. New Zealand has been able to maintain a stable, secure and rights-based democracy without needing these measures. Other countries are suffering from decisions made in past centuries.
Case law is already highly effective. Our jurists are highly capable and have a proud history of resisting State abuses of power. The judiciary have been able to achieve this while being adaptable to changes in local and international environment.
Parliament should not bind future parliaments. We are unable to predict any future societal changes that may occur in future centuries. Therefore, we should not impose constraints on that society which will inhibit its ability to create law which is in its own benefit.
In particular, human rights legislation should remain ordinary law. With an increase in power, more attention will be drawn to towards the Courts during contentious issues. However, contentious issues are inherently political. The Supreme Court should not be the battleground for political confrontation.
Advocates of entrenchment of human rights legislation are seeking social welfare outcomes, such as the eradication of social poverty. The argument is that the judiciary will be empowered to coerce the executive to act through human rights legislation. However, even if adopted, this proposal is unlikely to lead to the improved outcomes desired. It is not through a lack of effort that child poverty is an issue in New Zealand. Coercing the executive would work if a department is being stubborn or resistant. In the past, the Police ignored domestic violence cases. Now, they treat them extremely seriously. This change was not driven through prior constitutional reform. We do not need a written constitution to achieve social outcomes.
Thank you for taking the time to consider these views.
Have you ever wanted to learn what these computer programmers get up to? Here is your chance to get a small glimpse into what is possible by working through a series of interesting projects that bring together two concepts: “websites as data” and “digital preservation”.
Here are some of the things that we’ll get up to:
Here is me talking a little bit about the day:
During the day, Tim works at the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure connecting researchers with technology. In his spare time, he likes to explore what is possible with text analysis and natural language processing. As a self-taught programmer who learned to code to assist communities to recover from disasters, he has a long-held view that programming can deliver tremendous social good.
The event is being hosted by the National Library. Thanks very much! They are good people.
Anyone interested, but particularly people interested in learning about technology and who are relatively self-directed.
The event is not catered. Please bring your own lunch or make use of one of the lovely Thorndon cafés.
There are two rules for attendees:
You will not need to install anything as we will be running everything through an Internet browser.
To register your interest, please email Tim via firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am talking to a few people to run more events. We’ve sparked some interest in Christchurch and Palmerston North. If you would like to participate there, or somewhere else, flick me an email or a tweet and we’ll have a chat.
I have been preparing the course materials as an an ebook entitled, “A New Route to Programming: Learn Programming Through Preserving Digital Heritage”.