POST: The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech (NYTimes)

Cathy O’Neil (mathbabe.org) published an opinion piece in the New York Times suggesting that academia should play a larger and more responsible role in educating lawmakers and lobbyists on the problems with influential algorithms. She argues that the issue of limited engagement of algorithmic ethics in academia stems from limited infrastructure in addition to there being ...

POST: Radical Speculation and Ursula K. Le Guin

Issue 12 of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology reimagines new media and technology in the works of science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin. The papers in the special issue were drawn from the December 2016 Tiptree Symposium at the University of Oregon, an event that celebrated Le Guin’s work. Editor ...

POST: ‘Digital’ is Not the Opposite of ‘Humanities’

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published “‘Digital’ is Not the Opposite of ‘Humanities’,” a response to Timothy Brennan’s recent “Digital Humanities Bust” article, written by Sarah E. Bond (University of Iowa), Hoyt Long (University of Chicago), and Ted Underwood (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Taking issue with Brennan’s dismissal of literary analysis using quantitative ...

POST: Data Packages for DH Beginners

Miriam Posner (UCLA) has shared a brief blog post, “Data Packages for DH Beginners,” explaining her method for gathering and preparing datasets for use in her introductory DH classroom. [T]he typical student who enters my DH101 classroom has facility with Word, PowerPoint, maybe Excel, maybe some of the Adobe suite, but not a ton of ...

POST: ADHO Announces Reactivation of the Linked Open Data SIG

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) has announced the reactivation of the Linked Open Data Special Interest Group (SIG): The mission of the ADHO LOD SIG is to bridge between the DH community and the semantic web community, encouraging and facilitating the interconnection and interoperability of open online Humanities resources by raising awareness of ...

POST: The Commons and the Common Good

In a post on her Planned Obsolescence blog, Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Michigan State University) reflects on a visit to the MLA, where she formerly served as Director of Scholarly Communication during the development of Humanities Commons. In the post Fitzpatrick considers common challenges for the future of such projects. A huge part of the problem is ...

POST: Mapping the Early Modern World: Using Google Maps in the Classroom

In a post on AHA Today, Julia M. Gossard (Utah State University) describes a mapping assignment for teaching about the Global Early Modern World. A mapping project such as this can address a number of learning objectives as well as challenges instructors face when teaching a survey history course. Instructors of survey courses in Western ...

POST: A Reflection on the Design for Diversity Forum

Ayoola White (Simmons College) has written a post on the Hack Library School blog regarding the recent Design 4 Diversity Forum, noting that the event was a welcome departure from the usual, “predictable” conversations around diversity in libraries. The two-day event, which took place Oct. 16-17 at Northeastern University and used the Twitter hashtag #d4d, ...

POST: Twitter’s Response to “The Digital Humanities Bust”

Digital Humanities Now has featured a twitter thread and hashtag that were created in response to, “The Digital Humanities Bust,” a provocative article that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on October 15 (premium access only). Instead of featuring a blog post as Editor’s Choice like usual, we have embedded the tweets below to ...

POST: Volunteers are helping Puerto Rico from home, with a map anyone can edit

PBS’s blog The Rundown has published a post on recent mapathons held at Columbia University, Boston University, Trinity College, Miami University, the University of Miami, Rutgers University and University of Nebraska Omaha. The events are designed to gather mapping data to help relief organizations find routes for aid. From the post: More than 1,500 roads ...

POST: Peer-Reviewing Digital Scholarship: A New Conference Leads the Way

The American Historical Association has published a post about the new Current Research in Digital Humanities (CRDH) conference, to be held on March 17, 2018, at George Mason University. Providing an avenue for peer review of digital scholarship, CRDH and its subsequent proceedings will broaden the scholarly conversation and “expand the possibility for who is able ...