Blog Archives

Publishing and Sharing Research

All of the sites we had to look at for this week were very well presented. I particularly liked the look of The Valley of the Shadow, but found that one to be slightly difficult to navigate simply because there

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New Media

While reading the article on the Guardian, I was mostly interested in the text, so I was quite annoyed when videos started playing automatically; I am not one of those people who can read words and listen to different words

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Visualization

Visualizations are more important for some projects than for others. Visualizations for the sake of visualizations do not add anything to the argument, and usually just distract. Johanna Drucker argues that visualizations of this kind should be avoided, that charts,

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Networks

“Humanists also must struggle with fitting square pegs in round holes” (Weingart). My experience with computers in a nutshell. Computers are the square peg and my brain is the round hole; they just don’t fit. Computers are magical to me,

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Blog Review

Admittedly I am not particularly interested in American history, but the American Creation blog is very interesting. The authors state on the home page that the blog is “A group blog to promote discussion, debate and insight into the history,

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Our Marathon

I chose to look at the Our Marathon Digital Archive. I had heard of the event, saw it all over the news, and was just as shocked as anyone; however, there was little personal connection for me, so I see

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Week 6 Text

In theory there is a way to gather all digitized text sources for searches, research, and analysis, but the practice is much more complicated. Questions like “what is the most used word in the English language?” are interesting, and the

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Crowdsourcing

This week our assignment was to participate in a crowdsourcing activity to help produce data. I chose to participate in the Zooniverse Cyclone Center, which essentially boiled down to identifying storms by type, strength, and pattern. This was an oddly

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Time on the Cross

In Time on the Cross Fogel and Engerman try to present American slavery as less of an economic problem than is widely accepted today. Fogel and Engerman present interesting arguments and evidence, but it is not convincing enough. Despite their claims,

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Benjamin

It would seem that an article written about technology in the 1930’s would be dated, irrelevant; however, it is clear that Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproductivity” still raises some relevant questions. The current

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