Tim Gorichanaz Named an Editor of Document Academy

An academic journal recently named PhD in information studies student Tim Gorichanaz a member of their editorial board. The Proceedings from the Document Academy which publishes one to two issues a year as a record of the activities of the Document Academy, including board-reviewed conference proceedings and peer-reviewed special issues, selected Gorichanaz as one of their editors beginning with their current peer-reviewed special issue titled, Neo-documentation Around the World: Global Developments.

In addition to his role as an editor of this current issue, Gorichanaz also is an author of an article featured in the issue, titled “Documents and Time.” Gorichanaz describes this paper as a discussion of different theories of time and how they can be used in information science (see abstract and full paper link below).

“So far, information science has mostly used time as described by physicists (you could think of it as ‘objective‘ time), but there's also the kind of time described by philosophers: the time of subjective human experience. In the paper, I discuss how we can get some new insights for information science by considering documents and other information sources through the lens of human-experienced time,” said Gorichanaz.

Gorichanaz also presented on this topic at the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference that was held at the University of Pittsburgh from June 22 to 24, 2016. Gorichanaz’s presentation on the paper  focused additionally on how the digital humanities can benefit from this philosophical approach to time.

Gorichanaz is a research assistant to Drexel Assistant Professor Deborah Turner, PhD whom he assists on a three-year IMLS-funded research project titled “The Oral Present Urban Library Services, and the Underserved.” The project is investigating how to design services for community members who prefer to talk about their information needs.

Before studying at Drexel, Gorichanaz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Spanish from Marquette University, a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies from New York University.

This essay offers a philosophical account of time and documents. It first presents a number of theories of time and discusses how time has been applied in research on documents to date. These applications have been limited by their conceptualization of time as a physical entity. In order to extend our understanding of documental time, this paper draws from Heidegger's experiential theory of time and the theory of document transaction in order to introduce a theory of documental time. In documental time, the past and future of the person and the past and future of the object cohere in a shared present. The special case of numinous document experiences — and numinous time — is also explored.

Link to full paper: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/docam/vol3/iss1/7/

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