Author: Lukas Fuchsgruber

Network culture and online collections, theory for the politics of digital museums

Museums are often providing linked open data, but are also doing digital marketing on the social media silos. This neat division of activities is problematic, mostly because digital publics do not seperate into public relations on the one side and public knowledge on the other. This also means, it is...

Note: The role of researchers and journalists in the current social media crisis

We are at a peak of the attention economy as well as the feed communication systems. Frustrated with Twitter, people are looking at the Fediverse (most famously Mastodon), Bluesky Social (a Twitter spin-off) and Threads (launched this week by Meta/Instagram) as alternatives. Writers and researchers should take a moment to...

Digital communication for researchers, beyond Twitter, Instagram, Telegram and Github

Why you should care about open alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, beyond that short period when you were angry, sad or disgusted about Elon Musk taking over Twitter? The alternatives, as long as they are based on open standards, constitute a completely different model than the heavily siloed commercial...

Note: Data-mining mineralogy

How to navigate a museum database of more than 200.000 stones? Can we “data-mine” the minerals collection of the museum for natural history in Berlin? This historical label in the mineralogy collection of the museum for natural history in Berlin contains a variety of information. Some of it related to...

Note: Why I will not use Graphcommons.com anymore

This is a short note on why I will not use Graph Commons for publishing data visualization in my research anymore. And also why I find it to have a misleading name. I have used it to map the early art trade at the Hôtel Drouot in the 1850s, and...

Note: Scanography as experimental community hardware

In this blogpost I want to describe experiments of digital image production with a mobile scanner. I am talking about rather cheap technology (under 50 Euros) of handheld book scanners. Over the years I developed an experimental practice of using such book scanners to scan various surfaces (windows, dancefloors, walls,...

Note: Open Science and Open Social Media (Mastodon, Activity Pub, Fediverse…)

Open Science can be understood as a data politics of open access. This means to ensure research results are not behind paywalls and can be found and read easily, or for example, to share datasets according to FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). But more importantly, it refers to scientific...
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