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New Media

Of the three digital projects we looked at for this week, the “Invisible Australians” most comfortably fits under the category of “history” rather than journalism (I’ll address my terminology when discussing the other two below). The site’s undertaking — using

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Contrasting Two Extremely Different Blogs

For my post on the blogs I’ve been following, I would like to focus on two blogs in particular that could not possibly be more different. The first, Pillole di Storia (“Pills of History”) is an Italian blog that offers very short

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Visualizations

In this week’s readings, Johanna Drucker’s “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display” stands out the most to me, as her call to reassess humanities data as “capta” is quite provocative. Before approaching the phase of creating a visualization, Drucker challenges the

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Network Analysis

Scott Weingart’s “Demystifying Networks” is a very clear introduction to network analysis as a tool. He brings up important theoretical issues with network analysis, especially in the usage of humanities data. Because the algorithms are typically designed for social scientific

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“Digital Storytelling” and the Garibaldi Panorama

Wyman et al’s article on the transition from the physical experience of a museum visit into digital version and into the present rise in online exhibits. The centrality of interactivity has become predominant in these exhibits, and the authors identify this

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Week 6 – Moving into the “Macro”

I was already familiar with the readings we are diving into this week, as last semester I took the Humanities Data Analysis course. My main project for that semester focused on Principle Component Analysis (PCA), which Jockers covers in Part II

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Week 5 Readings

This weeks readings begin treating text as manipulable data that can be examined in ways beyond the traditional method of reading. The important framework for this concept is supplied by Michael Witmore’s assertion that texts are massively addressable at different levels

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Distributed Proofreaders (Crowdsourcing)

For my crowd sourcing project, I elected to explore Digital Proofreaders, a site dedicated to assisting in the process of converting Public Domain books into an e-book format. DP relies on volunteers to manually edit the text produced by OCR, making

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Week 3 Readings

Time on the Cross is, as Fogel and Engerman predict in the introduction, “a disturbing book to read.” The reason for this, however, may differ from their projection. In addition to the obvious problems resulting from the continuous theme suggesting that

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Week 2 – Transition and Transferral

Looking at the entirety of the readings for this week, two key themes emerged for me in transition and transferral. In Benjamin, it is about the “technological” reproduction of art that fundamentally alters the relationship between a viewer/audience and artwork. The

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