Writing

I write about libraries, technology, and the internet. I link to almost everything I write here.

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Thesis

Nondescript: A Web Tool to Aid Subversion of Authorship Attribution. Abstract: A person’s writing style is uniquely quantifiable and can serve reliably as a biometric. A writer who wishes to remain anonymous can use a number of privacy technologies but can still be identified simply by the words they choose to use — how frequently they use common words like “of,” for instance. Nondescript is a web tool designed first to identify the user’s writing style in terms of word frequency from a given writing sample and document, then to suggest how the author can change their document to lessen its probability of being attributed to them. While Nondescript does not guarantee anonymity, the web tool provides a user with an iterative interface to revise their writing and see results of a simulated authorship attribution scenario. Nondescript also provides a synonym-replacement feature, which significantly lowers the probability that a document will be attributed to the original author. Code repository on GitHub.

This thesis was submitted in May 2016 in partial fulfillment of a MA in Linguistics, with a focus on computational linguistics.


Internet Connection column

Davis, R. “The Future of Web Citation Practices (Internet Connection column).” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 35.3 (2016): 128-134. Web.
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» DOI:10.1080/01639269.2016.1241122

Davis, R. “Hackathons for Libraries and Librarians (Internet Connection column).” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 35.2 (2016): 87–91. Web.
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» DOI:10.1080/01639269.2016.1208561

Davis, R. “Annotate the Web: Four Ways to Mark Up Web Content (Internet Connection column).” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 35.1 (2016): 46–49. Web.
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» DOI:10.1080/01639269.2016.1134233

Davis, R. “Synchronizing Oral History Text and Speech: A Tools Overview (Internet Connection column).” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 34.4 (2015): 234-238. Web.
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» DOI:10.1080/01639269.2015.1098790

Davis, R. “Git and GitHub for Librarians (Internet Connection column).” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 34.3 (2015): 151–164. Web.
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» DOI:10.1080/01639269.2015.1062586

Davis, R. “Teaching the Network: a Brief Demonstration of the Internet’s Structure for Information Literacy Instruction (Internet Connection column).” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 34.2 (2015): 88-94. Web.
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» DOI:10.1080/01639269.2015.1042820


Other selected publications

Davis, Robin, and Mark Eaton. “Make a Twitter Bot in Python: Iterative Code Examples.” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (Blueprints section). 12 Apr 2016. (Also available on CUNY Academic Works.)

Magnussen, Lauren and Robin Davis. “Analyzing EZProxy Logs.” ACRL Tech Connect. Association of College & Research Libraries. 29 Oct. 2014.

Davis, Robin. “MLA 2014: A Quick Reflection.” dh+lib. Association of College & Research Libraries, Digital Humanities Interest Group. 5 Feb. 2014.

Davis, Robin. “Teaching & understanding digital literacy.” The Desk Set. 12 Sept. 2013.

Davis, Robin. “Saving the Smithsonian’s Web.” The Bigger Picture. Smithsonian Institution Archives. 25 Aug. 2011.

Davis, Robin. “Five Tips for Designing Preservable Websites.” The Bigger Picture. Smithsonian Institution Archives. 2 Aug. 2011.

Blog posts at Emerging Tech in Libraries, my CUNY Commons blog. 61 posts as of July 2016.

Library newsletter articles

Every semester, the Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice publishes a 20-page newsletter, Classified Information. It’s distributed in print to every faculty member and by email to every CUNY librarian. I design the newsletter as well as contributing content. Articles I’ve penned include:

Other kinds of writing

Wikipedia edits under username Rcamilled. 700+ edits and 23 articles created as of July 2016.

Code contributions on GitHub. 11 repositories created as of July 2016.

Essays from graduate school on book history and library science topics