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What Are You Working On At The Moment?

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1klarusu
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 15, 2008, 4:47pm

Here's a thread to mention what you're doing so we don't all end up doing the same thing...

Edited to correct woeful grammatical error

2klarusu
syyskuu 11, 2008, 11:18am

I'm working through the Beacon for Freedom database by country - done UK, partway through US.

New works, I'm adding data. Works from other sources that have already been added, I'm adding any additional tags and adding BFF as a source.

Up next, once I've done US I thought I'd go back through entries and add any interesting trivia in the public comments field ....

3PhoenixTerran
syyskuu 11, 2008, 11:22am

I'm also working through the Beacon for Freedom database. Doing it by country is a good idea (it'll be easier to divide up that way) and not at all how I was doing it.

I'll take South Africa to start with, since I've already done quite a few from there. (There are a few from Canada, Malawi, and Australia that I've done, too.)

I'm also going to do my Combiner! thing.

4mwade
syyskuu 11, 2008, 11:31am

I'll take Sweden from that database.

When you are working by country are you going ahead and listing the other countries which have banned a particular book or are you sticking to your particular country?

5PhoenixTerran
syyskuu 11, 2008, 11:33am

If it shows more than one country for the book, I'd go ahead and add them all.

6lquilter
syyskuu 11, 2008, 12:55pm

I'll finish out ALA's 100 most / 1990-2000 first. Then either more ALA lists, or pick up a country.

7SpongeBobFishpants
syyskuu 11, 2008, 1:12pm

I worked on ALA'S most commonly banned books.

8klarusu
syyskuu 11, 2008, 1:39pm

I've been adding all the countries where relevant from the Beacon database if more than one is listed.

9klarusu
syyskuu 11, 2008, 1:53pm

Oh, and right now, I haven't been manually adding books (only a few so far) that I haven't been able to find. I figured that I'd go back and do that once the bulk of the inputing has been done as these are fiddlier and more time-consuming adds.

10klarusu
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 14, 2008, 6:13pm

So, guessing that by the time I wake up tomorrow, this is going to be back on. When we stopped, I was part way through the Beacon USA entry. If it's OK to continue and we get a CK field, my plan is to go back through what I've already entered to add it to CK and then pick up the USA section of Beacon adding to Library and CK at the same time so it's a complete record on both. It'll mean that it takes me a bit longer to add to library, but I'm happy to do both and keep going through the USA on Beacon.

If people are not keen on entering CK data for what's gone in already, I can go back through the whole lot and make sure everything is complete (I'll just sort by entry date and plod!) Then y'all just have to worry about what comes after the initial 201 entries. Either way, not a problem for me.

11kaffles
syyskuu 15, 2008, 4:21am

I'm having a look for Australian bannings, and checking them on the main government censorship site.

I've just added two books on Jihadism by Abdullah Azzam - would people like to have a look to see if they're OK? These ones were banned because they "promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence" so I gave them both "reason: promotes crime" as a tag, but I'm happy to change that. Also added a description at the bottom of the page to include info about the banning thing.

12klarusu
syyskuu 15, 2008, 4:29am

I can see that 'promotes crime' is probably going to be a reason cropping up for UK bans in coming years (well, in the UK, I think the official word is 'promotes terrorism' in these kind of cases but same sense). It's fine by me, I don't know about others, as we are trying to keep as near in wording to the reason cited by the banning authorities, maybe 'promotes crime or violence' but that might be a bit longwinded. If we come across 'promotes terrorism' on UK bans in the future, that would be entered too rather than combined with crime as the banning authority used specific wording - kind of like the debate about 'moral' vs 'sexual' above.

13kaffles
syyskuu 15, 2008, 5:22am

If we don't mind tags breeding, I could change those two to 'promotes terrorism' - that terminology appears in the detail of the writeup. (The books describe how it's sometimes necessary to do suicide bombings, etc.)

I've also got a nest of fine things that 'promotes drug use,' if that headings OK. :) Interestingly, the Office of Film and Literature Classification makes me click a box to say I'm over 18 before I can even search their database of 'refused classification' titles - how's that for censorship?

14PhoenixTerran
syyskuu 15, 2008, 6:51am

I'd go ahead and include a 'promotes violence' as well, since violence is one of the reasons given in the Beacon database. Alternatively, we could use just 'violence' and 'crime' without the promotes bit.

15klarusu
syyskuu 15, 2008, 6:56am

I'd be happy with the shorter 'violence', 'crime', 'terrorism' option....

16lquilter
syyskuu 15, 2008, 3:22pm

Shorter is better IMO too. "Promotes" is in the eye of the beholder / censor, and one person's "promote" may well be another person's "critique" or "analysis".

17klarusu
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 15, 2008, 4:52pm

What I'm Up To

Made sure tags and extra info are complete on everything I've entered so far.

Now, going back through and filling in missing tags and extra info on everything entered so far (starting with Beacon entries).

Working through USA on Beacon - few new entries a day.

Keeping an eye on what's missing from new entries (tag categories etc.) - so don't worry if your entry's not complete, hopefully I'll catch it.

Drinking a nice cold beer!

18DevourerOfBooks
syyskuu 15, 2008, 4:54pm

Today was a bit crazier than anticipated at work. I promise to start doing stuff later this week, though!

19mwade
syyskuu 15, 2008, 5:02pm

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FYI, you can skip the Sweden ones - I stopped midway on a couple due to my newbie questions and will go back through them all before I declare Sweden - Beacon database-wise - finished.

20PhoenixTerran
syyskuu 16, 2008, 10:37am

Going through what we've got so far and doing my Combiners! thing (basically combining our editions with others if it didn't happen automatically).

After that, I will be continuing with South Africa, which will keep me busy for a long, long time.

Keep up the great work, everyone!

21DevourerOfBooks
syyskuu 16, 2008, 9:14pm

I'm going to start on Denmark, which looks as if it will be quite a project, and will also include a bunch of books that were banned across all countries occupied by or allied with Germany in WWII.

22mwade
syyskuu 17, 2008, 5:13pm

Hmmm, thought I had "declared" my next country, but can't find it here. Sweden and Finland are now complete from BFF database. Going to deal with Canada's tiny list next as Norway looked scary :-).

23mwade
syyskuu 17, 2008, 5:39pm

So Canada's tiny list was even tinier since half had been entered already. Finished it off. Will choose next country tomorrow.

24richardderus
syyskuu 24, 2008, 11:11am

Can't think of a better place to post this quote from banned author:

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I don't trust a man who uses the word evil eighteen times in ten minutes. If you're half evil, nothing soothes you more than to think the person you are opposed to is totally evil. -Norman Mailer, author (1923-2007)