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Digital Publishing

I’ve been interested in the question of publishing and sharing research for some time now. This weeks readings provided some perspectives from the digital humanities on the problem of documenting the process of historical representation and the question of reputation.

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Blogs – between negligence and palaver

During the semester I followed two blogs, which cover subjects I did some research on: urbanism and the history of psychotropic drugs.   The Old Urbanist is a blog by Charlie Gardner. He breaks down various phenomena of urbanism into pieces short

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Stories in New Media

The umbrella term New Media promises new ways to tell a story. This weeks assignments provided examples of digital storytelling, which left me reflecting on some of following the questions: What’s new about New Media? How is it different from

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Visualizations

Johanna Drucker’s argument that data is never a “mere description of a priori conditions” (1) has been widely accepted in our class. Her approach is constructivist and omnipresent in the article: “all data is capta.” Capta frames all represented information as something actively

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Networks – visualizing history

This weeks readings outline the potential of network analysis. As Weingart states, “pretty much any data can be studied via network analysis” – but should it? Weingart outlines some of the limitations and some of the dangers of network analysis. However,

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Digital Harlem – digital collections and exhibitions

Wyman et al. focus on user behavior in digital spaces and how new forms of storytelling can be used in museums. They state that the aim of a museum is “to create an experience”. Digital Harlem falls short in being an experience. It’s

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Maps and Visualizations

Richard White’s introduction to spatial history was brief but substantial. His assumption that spatial dimensions play into all forms of history is mind-provoking. The former director of the Spatial History Project at Stanford stresses out that spatial relations are not

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Trove project

I joined the Trove project for our crowdsourcing assignment. It’s a database run by the National Library of Australia which aims to connect various archives, museums, universities and libraries in the country. On one hand, Trove shares the metadata and digital reproductions

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Week 2 – the visual in new media

The texts by Benjamin, McLuhan, and Manovich provided contemporary perspective towards new media in the 1930s, 1960s, and 2000s. The ever growing potential of the visual  seems to be a central factor of new media. From Benjamin’s descriptions of photography and film

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Original text of Benjamin’s “The work of art (…)”

As Ben implied last week, there have been several translations of “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction”. Some of you might be interested to compare the text to the German original. It’s on Wikisource. https://de.wikisource.org/wiki/Das_Kunstwerk_im_Zeitalter_seiner_technischen_Reproduzierbarkeit_(Dritte_Fassung)

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