In many ways, information technology is the opposite of a craft, since it is based in principles of automation and devoted to the idea of minimizing or eliminating labor, without which craft is impossible. Yet when we look carefully at this picture, things become more complex: even a brief look at the history of technology can show that as it develops, craft does not disappear even with automation. Blind machines, carrying out our orders, may be necessary for automated mass production; but it requires craft to build and use them.
This lecture, delivered by Dr. Wendell Piez,will feature examples of systems built with XML-based technologies that incorporate craft in their construction and operation.
English literature (Rutgers). He taught at Rutgers, worked as an early digital humanities (DH) Electronic Texts in the Humanities, and then moved to a career as an clients. An active scholar, he is the general editor http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/); and his work is cited widely by academic digital humanists. Dr. Piez is widely recognized as a leading authority in the academic DH community, as well as an independent scholar combining research with professional consultation.