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Blogs: Purpose and Lifespan

The blogs I followed this semester ran the gamut from very basic and informative history to ones posting about current issues in history and university life. The audience determines the content and format which appears to be a large factor

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Week 10: Visualizations

Visualizations can both act as sites of research and enhancements to texts. However, the origin of visualizations can be troublesome. As Johanna Drucker argued, the types of visualizations often employed by humanities scholars often originate in the social sciences fields.

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Ways of Networking

Caroline Winterer in “Where is America in the Republic of Letters?” and Shin-Kap Han in “The Other Ride of Paul Revere” present two radically different ways of incorporating digital scholarship in their research and articles. They not only employ the

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Digital Exhibit: Two Plantations

Digital exhibits come in all forms. Sometimes they are entirely online (born digital) while at the other end of the spectrum, they may inhabit a wholly physical space with a simple digital component like a slideshow or a touchscreen. Wyman

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Week 7: Maps

Space is a difficult concept to render in words, yet entirely necessary to many historical projects. As Richard White so deftly states in his piece “Spatial History,” “spatial relations shift and change. Space itself is historical.” As a historical concept,

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Week 6 Readings

It would appear that like most other methodological innovations, the digital capacity to search and reorganize texts into visuals and statistics should be used in moderation. Or at least in conjunction with other tools. The big data approach to any

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Topic Modeling and Historic Texts

Indexes (along with introductions) are the very best parts of books when doing research. However, primary sources, especially handwritten one, do not typically carry such easily searchable components that labels the book for the reader or researcher. This often makes

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Elderly Slaves on the Middle Passage

For my data analysis this week, I utilized the Trans-Atlantic Slave Database and encountered an unusual outlier in the data that I thought I would share for feedback and thoughts. I used the African Name Database (so only any slaves

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NYPL Map Warper

One of the New York Public Library’s many crowdsourcing projects is the Map Warper project. The purpose of the project is to align digitized historical maps with today’s highly precise maps. The library scans the maps, charts, and atlases from its

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Week 3 Readings

“Scientific” numbers have been imbued with the myth of ultimate truth and objectivity. The readings this week, particularly Time on the Cross and the surrounding controversy, make the case that numbers and data can be employed as subjectively as any qualitative

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