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Picking and Choosing Blogs

During the semester I followed two blogs, BibliOdyssey and History News Network. The first is an academic blog that looks at historical literature and images while the second is geared towards a more general audience and discusses both historical topics

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New Media Post

Where does new media fit into the field of digital history? What about this medium suggests that it can be a successful venture? These two questions were the first thoughts that came to my mind when reading Ewen MacAskill and Gabriel

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Visualizations

The importance of visuals in complementing arguments, and how best to deploy them, is the theme of this week’s readings. But what constitutes an acceptable use of a visualization? In the past, historians were constrained by the technology of their

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Networks Response

The usefulness of networks for the humanities is made quite clear in the two articles by Caroline Winterer and Shin-Kap Han. Both of these researchers demonstrate how networks can be incorporated into their studies passively or much more explicitly. As

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Week 8 Exhibits

For the purpose of this blogpost I toured through the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit on the Presidents of the Cold War (http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/coldwar/coldwar.html), which was also a physical exhibit until 2008. The exhibit traces key moments of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Week 7 Post

Similar to other methods used in the digital humanities, the use of maps has emerged as yet another way to ask new questions and challenge (or confirm) old assumptions. The recent increase in scholars interested in spatial history is tied

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Week 6 Readings

When I first began the readings for this week, I was skeptical to say the least about how different small and large bodies of text could really be. What really makes the difference between analyzing 200 books compared to all

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Week 5 Readings

The theme of this week’s readings centered around text analysis/topic modeling and its utility for the humanities. While the authors we read seem unified behind the argument that textual analysis can only open new doors for humanities studies, Stephan Ramsay

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Papers of the War Department Crowdsourcing

For my crowdsourcing project, I joined the Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800 effort. This group has, through vigorous searching, come into possession of over 55,000 documents from the War Department prior to 1800. This effort is significant because, prior

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Week 3 Response

Can data be used successfully in works of history or is it too problematic as a means of historical analysis? This is the prevalent question that arises in the readings for this week, and I find that the answer continues to

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