Louisiana Folklore Miscellany Now Online

All of us owe a huge debt of gratitude to [Maida Owens][mo] and the [Louisiana Folklife Program][lfp]. She has single-handedly persevered in getting almost all the contents, at least the tables of such if not the content itself, of the entire run of the [_Louisiana Folklore Miscellany_ online][lfm]. Later issues, like the two issues I edited on *Cultural Catholicism* and *In the Wake of the Storms* also have the articles available. (The contents are in chronological order with the oldest first, so those issues are toward the bottom of the page.)

[mo]: http://www.louisianafolklife.org/main_contact_link.html
[lfp]: http://www.louisianafolklife.org/main_program_intro.html
[lfm]: http://www.louisianafolklife.org/LT/Articles_Essays/LFMIndex.html

Digital Humanities and Publishing Reading List

I have a bunch of these links stored up, and I need to begin organizing them. They will get moved to a page one day. For now, I’m collecting them in a post. All of these are summative documents in some fashion:

* From the UK, there is the [Communicating knowledge: how and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings report](http://www.rin.ac.uk/communicating-knowledge), which explores “how researchers publish and why, including the motivations that lead them to publish in different formats and the increase in collaboration and co-authorship. It also explores how researchers decide what to cite and the influence of research assessment on their behaviours and attitudes.”

Four Tenets for a National Data Policy

Andy Kessler in op-ed on the 19 August 2009 _Wall Street Journal_ assumes that AT&T killed the Google Voice app for the iPhone. Apple disagrees, but his essential point that Google Voice is feature-rich while current telephony is feature poor remains. His argument: *AT&T is dying and it’s slowing us down as it goes*. I’m not one for such grand rhetoric, but what I think is crucial is his argument that we need to do away with regulation of telephony and television, with the national communications policy altogether and focus on a National Data Policy with the following assumptions:

> * **End phone exclusivity**. Any device should work on any network. Data flows freely.
* **Transition away from “owning” airwaves**. As we’ve seen with license-free bandwidth via Wi-Fi networking, we can share the airwaves without interfering with each other. Let new carriers emerge based on quality of service rather than spectrum owned. Cellphone coverage from huge cell towers will naturally migrate seamlessly into offices and even homes via Wi-Fi networking. No more dropped calls in the bathroom.
* **End municipal exclusivity deals for cable companies**. TV channels are like voice pipes, part of an era that is about to pass. A little competition for cable will help the transition to paying for shows instead of overpaying for little-watched networks. Competition brings de facto network neutrality and open access (if you don’t like one service blocking apps, use another), thus one less set of artificial rules to be gamed.
* **Encourage faster and faster data connections to our homes and phones**. It should more than double every two years. To homes, five megabits today should be 10 megabits in 2011, 25 megabits in 2013 and 100 megabits in 2017. These data-connection speeds are technically doable today, with obsolete voice and video policy holding it back.