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Some Final Thoughts

As this semester comes to a close, here are a few of my lingering thoughts: I really enjoyed the “Snow Fall” example of digital media and hope to continue to see more of that, and it would be wonderful if

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Following Blogs

I followed quite a few blogs this semester and it ran quite the gamut – some updated almost not at all, some updated with almost daily frequency – but with only pretty pictures and not with any contextual commentary that would

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New Media, Journalism, and History

This week, we are looking at “new media” and were assigned three examples to take a look at. I particularly enjoyed reading “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” from the New York Times and think it was the most successful of

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The Design of Data Visualizations

Our primary reading for this week – Edward Tufte’s Envisioning Information (1990) –  primarily concerned itself with “how to reduce the magnificent four-dimensional reality of time and three-space into little marks on paper flatlands”(119)  in an accessible and comprehensible way.

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Networks

I really appreciated Scott Weingart’s cautionary introduction to networks, balancing the potential (and resulting excitement) of using networks in research with the dangers of appropriating methodology. This also reinforces why including methodology sections during these earlier stages of incorporating new

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Spaces: From Houston, to Boston, to the Roman Empire

I was surprised to find that Richard White’s article on “What is Spatial History?” and Stanford’s Orbis Project oddly jived with some thoughts I’ve been having recently about how my experience in the space of Boston has developed over the past year – I

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Quantitative Analysis of (Large) Texts

The first article I looked at this week, “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books” left me a little apprehensive. The term “culturomics” used by the authors immediately evoked to me cliometrics and the missteps of Time on

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Topic Modeling and (Small) Digital Texts

A major take-away from Cameron Blevins’ blog post “Topic Modeling Martha Ballard’s Diary” and Lisa Rhody’s article “Topic Modeling and Figurative Language”  comes down to the same point as was made by Alan Liu in “The Meaning of Digital Humanities” (Week Two). Namely,

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Making History – Transcribe (Library of Virginia)

For the crowd-sourcing project this week, I contributed to the transcription efforts of the Library of Virginia through Making History-Transcribe. At any given time, they have five to ten active collections of documents to be transcribed. Currently, the collections available

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Objectivity, Interpretation, and Data – Week Three

Gitelman and Jackson’s introduction to “Raw Data” Is an Oxymoron focuses in on the question of how objectivity and interpretation relate to data. In particular, they point out that data are ultimately based on interpretation. Data do not just spring

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