Digital Culture

Grapevine Cave

Today I took my first caving trip with the Sewanee Outing Program, to Grapevine Cave. It’s just off a part of the Domain called Lost Cove…not a huge cave (no one seemed to know a length, but I’d guess maybe a mile…probably less). Very nice though for a first trip. I’d call it an intermediate level trip, with LOTS of crawls, but very few squeezes. Very active, but not a lot of drip formations. Not sure if that’s due to a sandstone cap or if the cave is just young. Throughout the entire length, I probably only saw a dozen or so speleothems.

The interesting thing to me was that I was able to keep up with the 18 year olds IN the cave without issue. The climb out (several hundred feet of elevation in very little horizontal distance) was nasty, though. I felt pretty good, seeing as how I’m now almost double their age.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

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