The Curious Identity of Michael Field
A paper co-authored by Susan Brown and John Simpson was presented at IEEE BigData 2013 on October 8, 2013, in Santa Clara, California. The paper, titled “The Curious Identity of Michael Field and its Implications for Humanities Research with the Semantic Web”, was presented by Simpson in the Humanities and BigData Workshop to an audience of about 25.
The paper uses the case of Michael Field to draw attention to the sorts of details that are important to humanities research that current attempts at building the semantic web disregard. The paper was well received by the audience, generating discussion (the relationship of epistemology and ontology generation at the intersection of theory and practice), requests for the presentation (it is hard not to want a skeleton wearing roller skates), and a single tweet (the event was basically a tweet desert so this was especially welcomed).