POST: Reginold Royston and Digital Humanities Research and Pedagogy

As part of their “Documenting DH” oral history series, UW-Madison’s Digital Humanities Research Network conducted an interview with Reginold Royston (University of Wisconsin–Madison), in which he discusses how everything we do and post online is subject to critical analysis, and that “there are limits to the ways that we can think about traditional database questions and how ...

POST: Using data from historic newspapers

Library of Congress’ blog The Signal features a post drawn from a talk by David Brunton (Library of Congress) on the need to simplify APIs. Brunton explains why complicated APIs are challenging for users, and offers his observations from his work on LoC’s Chronicling America project: But over time it has been my unscientific observation ...

POST: A History Dissertation Goes Digital

AHA Today has posted an interview with Celeste Sharpe (Carleton College), discussing “what is purportedly the first born-digital dissertation in the discipline of history.” In the post, Kritika Agarwal speaks with Dr. Sharpe about her dissertation, They Need You! Disability, Visual Culture, and the Poster Child, 1945–1980, built in Scalar. Dissatisfied with “the rigidity of ...

POST: Automating Digital Archival Processing at Johns Hopkins University (post updated)

Elizabeth England and Eric Hanson (both Johns Hopkins University) have authored a guest post on the Signal blog about the project England in working on during her National Digital Stewardship Residency at Johns Hopkins. England manages a digital preservation project focused on “a large backlog (about 50 terabytes) of photographs documenting the university’s born-digital visual history.” ...

POST: High-powered computing: It’s not just for astrophysics anymore

Compute Canada / Calcul Canada has published,”High-powered computing: It’s not just for astrophysics anymore,” a post reflecting on the use and application of the Voyant tool. The post includes quotations from  scholars using Voyant in their research, including Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University) and Susan Brown (University of Guelph; University of Alberta). 200,000 unique visitors a year navigate to Voyant, a free, web-based ...

POST: Open-Access Publishing: What Authors Should Know

In a post at AHA today, Kritika Agarwal (AHA) interviews William Deverell (Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West) about the publication of his new OA monograph Water and Los Angeles: A Tale of Three Rivers, 1900–1941, released in 2016 by the University of California’s Luminos OA imprint. Q. Do you see any clear advantages ...

POST: Zines vs. Google Vision API?—? Part 1: Process

Matt Miller (Pratt Institute) has written a post on Medium entitled “Zines vs. Google Vision API?—? Part 1: Process,” which details the first phase of a project he has begun with digitized zines from the Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library. Miller discusses the early steps of the project and walks users through the steps of beginning to ...

POST: robots.txt

Ed Summers (MITH) has written a post in response to the Internet Archive’s recent comments about the difficulties that robots.txt files present for web archiving. In”Robots.txt meant for search engines don’t work well for web archives,” his post on the Internet Archive blog, Mark Graham explained that the web archiving service has already “stopped referring to ...

POST: New Technologies Challenging Author and Reader Roles

In a guest post on the British Library Digital Scholarship blog, Carol Butler (University of London) outlines her research on reader-author interactions in social networking and other digital interfaces. Butler is interested in drawing attention to the ways digital tools uncover some of the networking and reader response channels that were hidden and constrained by ...

POST: Hosting the Digital Ramamala Library at Penn, or, Thinking About Open Licenses for Non-Western Digitized Manuscripts

Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania) has posted on her blog the text of a talk she gave at the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, “Hosting the Digital Rāmamālā Library at Penn, or, thinking about open licenses for non-Western digitized manuscripts.” Porter’s post traces the history of the cataloging and digitization of the Ramamala Library, “one of ...

POST: The History of Looking at Data Visualizations

In a post on his blog Sapping Attention entitled “The history of looking at data visualizations,” Ben Schmidt (Northeastern University) digs into the lessons, the reading conditions, and the design concerns that come out of an investigation of the history of data visualization. One of the most important strands that emerged was about the cultural ...