POST: Collections as Data & Information Literacy

John Russell (Penn State University, and dh+lib contributing editor) and Allyssa Bruce (Kansas State University) explore the intersection of library collections and information literacy in a guest post for the Collections as Data project. In “Collections as Data & Information Literacy,” Russell and Bruce approach the Santa Barbara Statement on Collections as Data from the ...

POST: Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC), Phase II

The University of Virginia has announced the second phase of the Social Networks and Archival Context cooperative program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in a post on the U.S. National Archives Blog. Known as SNAC, the program began in 2010 with funding from the NEH and aimed to “explore the feasibility of extracting ...

POST: Teaching with Digital Archives

The AHA Today blog of the American Historical Association has published a piece by John Rosinbum called “Teaching with Digital Archives,” in which he discusses the use of openly available resources with his undergraduate history class. I have found that targeted and guided use of digital archives in the classroom can powerfully engage students and ...

POST: Playing at Orientation: Interview with the Designers of “The Parasite” at University of Chicago

For the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog, Anastasia Salter (University of Central Florida) interviewed Patrick Jagoda and Kristen Schilt, two of the creators (with Heidi Coleman [all University of Chicago]) of an alternate reality game,”The Parasite,” which was a part of undergraduate orientation at the University of Chicago this fall. The conversation details the collaborations and ...

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 ...