17.458 programming job at UCLA

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Sat Dec 13 2003 - 04:05:35 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 458.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003 08:22:55 +0000
             From: "Borovsky, Zoe" <zoe@humnet.ucla.edu>
             Subject: programming position at UCLA-Center for Digital Humanities

    PA III E-Campus System Administrator and Programmer
    Pay Range: $4057-7306/month


    The UCLA Center for Digital Humanities seeks a programmer analyst III
    (E-Campus System Administrator and Programmer) to support E-Campus, the
    Humanities Course Management System. Install, test, document and maintain
    Unix and Linux server systems. Monitor systems for performance and
    security. Install and maintain WebCT Campus Edition (new roll out scheduled
    for June 2004). Ensure the timely setup on a quarterly basis of over 800
    individual class websites for use by the Humanities Faculty and staff.
    Develop applications (everything from scripts to web services using SOAP) to
    integrate WebCT with other campus systems such as those maintained by the
    Registrar and the Library. Train other CDH staff, and on occasion,
    Humanities instructors, in the use of E-Campus and instructional technology
    applications in general. Research and make recommendations regarding
    instructional technology applications in general. Participate on
    development teams both within CDH, across the university and possibly at a
    national level.

    Demonstrated knowledge of Unix and Linux system administration.
    Demonstrated ability to program in either C++, Perl or JAVA. Knowledge of
    internet protocols required (at least working knowledge of TCP/IP; detailed
    knowledge of HTTP; working knowledge of SOAP and web services).
    Demonstrated knowledge of SQL (both MS SQL and MySQL) strongly preferred.
    Knowledge of educational technology standards such as SCORM and OKI
    preferred. Detailed knowledge of WebCT Campus Edition (version 3.8 or
    higher) preferred. Availability for 'on-call' duties to monitor servers.
    Demonstrated ability to work on teams whose members have different levels of
    technical skill. Interpersonal skills to work with faculty students and
    staff in a complex university environment required.

    Send resume to: cdhinfo@humnet.ucla.edu

    Zoe Borovsky, Ph.D.
    Academic Services Manager
    UCLA-Center for Digital Humanities

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    Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty
    Sent: Friday, December 12, 2003 2:57 AM
    To: humanist@Princeton.EDU
    Subject: 17.453 link anxiety

                     Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 453.
             Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                           Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

               Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 10:25:53 +0000
               From: Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@rmit.edu.au>
               Subject: Re: 17.420 link anxiety

    On 02/12/2003, at 5:18 PM, Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard
    McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>) wrote:

    Adrian Miles, in "Hypertext Structure as the Event of Connection",
    Proceedings of the ACM conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia 2001
    (www.acm.org/dl/ etc), in fact discusses anxiety of linking from the very
    helpful perspective of hypertextual writing practice on the small scale. He
    points usefully to Susana Pujares Tosca's "The Lyrical Quality of Links"
    (Hypertext 99). I admit to being wary of essentialist tendencies in both
    arguments. What happens to this lyrical quality, for example, when you're
    writing a scholarly argument with hypertext and very much need to control
    where attention goes and to make sure that it comes back? And don't tell
    me, please, simply to write well and it will come back -- writing well is
    in part making sure that attention is with you, hugging every turn.

    belated engagement... :)

    I've also written about this in

    Miles, Adrian. "Realism and a General Economy of the Link." Currents in
    Electronic Literacy Fall.5 (2001). which you should be able to find at

    It is also touched on, though from quite a different manner, in

    Miles, Adrian. "Cinematic Paradigms for Hypertext." Continuum: Journal
    of Media and Cultural Studies 13.2 July (1999): 217-26.
    which you should be able to find at:

    Yes, I'm very interested in the ontological status of the link in
    hypertext. In answer to the question of control, well there isn't much
    you can do. This is something that Mark Bernstein has regularly
    addressed in his various papers on hypertext patterns and gardens. For
    example where Mark might discuss gardening as a model for a hypertext
    he also includes how a link might delight, much as turning a corner to
    an unexpected vista might delight.

    In my own practice my understanding of links is very much from a speech
    act theory perspective, though that is distilled through an
    idiosyncratic use of some French poststructuralism. Links have a force
    that is non or extra linguistic and you can make all the rules you like
    around them but this can't exhaust this force. I'd argue that the rules
    keep popping up about how to use links because of their intrinsic
    excess (you don't need to spend a lot of time making rules for things
    that are, if you like, sedate).

    So I think of links as being contextually sensitive, and you can't
    saturate a context (any context) sufficiently to ensure that the
    intention of the link can be guaranteed. I also think that links effect
    'qualitative' changes in the relations between parts, which is
    something that linear writing can't do (though that is probably an
    ambitious claim).

    Having said all that, they're minor claims in an even more minor corner
    of a minor discipline. :-)

    Adrian Miles
    hypertext.rmit || hypertext.rmit.edu.au
    interactive networked video || hypertext.rmit.edu.au/vog
    research blog || hypertext.rmit.edu.au/vog/vlog/

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