Getting Started

Being a self-hosting kind of guy, I decided to take control of my presence on the web. Our university’s pages are ok, but there is not much control over the content, which has to follow the form of an organization whose goals I do not always share. Enter Hugo, a static website creator, the academic theme, which feels like a whole tool itself. So far I like what I see: meaningful defaults, useful tools, contemporary look (which will be outdated soon, of course), and it fits well into my toolbox which consists of a self-hosted instance of gitlab, self-hosted zotero storage with automatic export to bibtex, my markdown based work flow, and my many linux containers doing their quiet work in my basement.

There is even a very small eco-system of tools, well, at least one tool, a python script called academic, which converts bibtex to the publication format of the site. This was buggy and did not support escaped Norwegian characters in names, but it helped a lot.

So here we go, time will tell if this site will work well as communication channel. At least I know already that it will be more interesting than academia.edu, researchgate and the like.

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Thomas Berker
Professor of Science and Technology Studies