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Crowdsourcing Disciplinary Data: the process of building the Writing Studies Tree

by Benjamin Miller, Amanda Licastro, and Jill Belli We are the principal designers of the Writing Studies Tree (WST), a project we hope you’ve heard about since our launch at the 2012 CCCC in St. Louis. Briefly, the WST is an open-access site for gathering, visualizing, and analyzing “academic genealogies”: the often-invisible systems of affiliation …

on failure

Rather than saying merely that failure is “okay,” I think comp/rhet teaches two related but different things about failure: that it is inevitable, and that it is interesting.

on SEO and the ubiquity of my name

From the first page of Google hits alone, you find that Benjamin Miller is a professor of math and logic, a comedian and actor with a background in solid-state physics, a dermatologist and organic chemist, a fairly hackneyed and omphaloskeptic Wordpress blogger, a Columbia-affiliated scholar of culture and sanitation in New York City, a Twitter-ing programmer of browser plugins, and an education policy consultant with an Ivy-League undergrad degree and an interest in reforming high-stakes assessment.

None of these are the same person, and none of them are me.

I’ve moved

For all you non-existent followers out there, you can now non-follow me at Maybe not as mellifluous off the tongue, but way snazzier and more plugged in. And it’ll be even better once I get around to restoring the banner art I’d chosen… Tagged: self-justification, transcendence

buddypress, common sense, and me: on privacy

As I was spiffing up the blog, I noticed that my new posts were not beaming out to the CUNY Academic Commons activity feed as expected. Confused, I asked for help over the wire, and now that it’s come (via resident hackerguru Boone B. Gorges), I figured I’d share it here. Turns out that the …