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Keeping things fresh: blogs in an age of over-publication

I tried to follow a diverse set of blogs this term, related to both my own personal interests and more general historical topics. Generally, all of the blogs I followed were updated regularly with interesting content, and were particularly active

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New Media and Accessibility

I tend to view new media as both a blessing and a curse in storytelling. In some ways, the accessibility and variety it offers allows a story to come to life, and aids the visualization of it through non-traditional images

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Visualization

This week’s readings on data visualization in the humanities have given as a wide array of potential applications, and problems, which arise from the use of pictorial and graphical representations. For the most part, I agree that the use of

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Troubleshooting Network Problems

The use of network analysis in history is something which has the potential to be very useful. As with some of the other topics covered during the course of this module however, sometimes these benefits are obscured by their presentation.

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Rumsey Map Collection

I chose to look at the Rumsey Map Collection as an online exhibit this week. This partially stemmed from last week’s class on mapping, but more generally it was due to my interest in Cartography. The collection contains over 63,000

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Maps

The development of Spatial History has occurred parallel to the growth of digital humanities as a whole. As Presner outlines in Hypercities, the path from the mid 90’s to the present has been marked by incremental improvements in technology which

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BIG Data. Week 6.

‘Big Data’ is having a revolutionary effect in all aspects of academia. For historians, it seems that we’re still grappling with the question of ‘how useful is this for us?’, and waiting for a game-changing piece of software to make

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Week 5 readings

The most significant take from this week’s readings, in my opinion, is how the digitization of text allows us to manipulate its features for our own end. As Witmore discusses, the volume of digitized text gives us a new register

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NYPL ‘Building Inspector’

For this week’s Crowdsourcing task, I chose to take part in the NYPL Building Inspector project. The goal of the project is to digitize the plethora New York City maps and atlases collected by the NYPL over the years, and

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Week 3 reading

Whilst reading Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing, I found myself asking ‘shouldn’t all historical writers outline their research methods’. It seems that this isn’t something that should just be applied to the use of data and statistical evidence. We’ve

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