National Innovation Systems
Computing Meaning in the Arts & Humanities
Patrick Herron is Senior Research Scientist and Lecturing Fellow in Information Science + Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC, US (Curriculum Vitae, Nov 2017). Herron is an information scientist focused on arts & humanities-based text mining and AI, the application of text and data mining to global innovation systems analysis, theoretical concerns about the meaning and interpretation of text mining-based data, and the commercialization and environmental impact of nanotechnology. He is a member of the faculty of Information Science + Studies, Computational Media Arts & Cultures (CMAC), Art, Art History & Visual Studies (AAHVS) and the Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFA|EDA). As an advocate for open publishing he is a delegate to and summit leader of the UN-supported Open Science Initiative 2016-2025 as well as a supporter and signatory of the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age. In 2012 Patrick served as an expert advisor to the Executive Office of the President of the United States on the Report to the President and Congress on the Fourth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, published in April 2012 by the Office of Science and Technology’s (OST) President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). As a member of Duke’s Greater Than Games Lab and the Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative (DALMI), he was a creator of the online art market game, Fantasy Collecting. He is the author of Text Mining for Genomics-based Drug Discovery (2008). As a poet, he was an early adopter of copyleft for literary publishing, an inventor of search engine-based poetics in the 1990's, and is also the author of several volumes of poetry, including the noted Be Somebody (2008), written by his puppet, Lester. His 1999 new media art project, p r o x i m a t e . o r g, is part of the permanent collection of the New Museum, New York City, US. Herron's electronic music has been featured in Pitchfork.