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The Digital Archive and the Digital Textbook

The Valley of the Shadow got me thinking about the archival turn in the humanities, where concerns of cataloguing, preserving, and digitally marking-up texts represent the overarching questions being asked, and making information readily available – for free – is

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“NSA Files Decoded,” “Snow Fall,” and “Love Letter”: Reckoning with the Power of Multimedia Digital Publication

Playing around with “NSA Files Decoded,” “Snow Fall,” and “Love Letter” (from the Viral Texts Project) has allowed me to explore new ways of presenting research and constructing an interactive narrative. As I click through all the features in these publications,

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Can the visualization speak?

Drucker’s argument of how humanists should use and interpret visualizations of data provides a solid framework for representing the ambiguous and uncertain concepts that undergird literary theory and criticism. However, I struggle to translate her ideas into a plan that can be executed without violating

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Thinking About Networks

I imagine that network-analysis can be very effective as an early-stage methodology, a thought which comes up as I read Weingart’s discussion of the dangers and limitations of multimodal analysis – mistakes which humanists and novices are especially susceptible to

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Digital Tools and Museums

I found that Wyman et al arrived at some interesting conclusions in their article “Digital Storytelling in Museums: Observations and Best Practices”. The early part of their paper, before they give their Suggestions, Strategic Thoughts, and Tactical Thoughts, is the highlight

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Orbis Project and Infinite Ulysses Project: Keeping the End-User in Mind

While on the one hand, Amanda Visconti, the creator of the Infinite Ulysses project, focuses on the needs of a new/lay audience when designing her project, the ORBIS project out of Stanford is clearly conceived for a more scholarly audience’s needs.

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DH / Theory

Why should DH trespass into the space colonized by Theory? As DH scholars of literature grapple with large-scale computational analyses of texts, they find their claims contested by other humanists who refuse their “science.” The Theorists claim that when words

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Text-Mining and Data Analysis

Since my own interests in Digital Humanities are centered on methods of computational text analysis and data visualization, I have found this week’s readings to be particularly engaging. The descriptions of topic modeling in Cameron Blevins’s blog and in Lisa Rhody’s

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Crowdsourcing Blog – Zooinverse: Old Weather

For my crowdsourcing project, I transcribed weather information recorded in 19th century American ship logs as part of the Zooinverse: Old Weather project. The purpose of this project is to “Help scientists recover Arctic and worldwide weather observations made by United

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Week 3 Blog

I found that Gibbs and Owens touched a number of salient points regarding the anxieties of digital humanities in general and digital history in particular in their paper “The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing.” Specifically, I found myself fixated

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