PROJECT: Freedom on the Move

Freedom on the Move is a database of fugitive slave advertisements that are being compiled by an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional team. The database includes thousands of “runaway ads” from newspapers, which tell thousands of stories through the details provided by the enslavers; “the ads ultimately preserved the details of individual lives–their personality, appearance, and life ...

PROJECT: The March, University of Oregon

The March (themarch.uoregon.edu) is a digital exhibition contextualizing James Blue’s documentary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with archival materials and oral histories. It “presents one version of James Blue’s film with other primary resources relating to its creation and reception. Over a period of about five months, at least 16 ...

PROJECT: Commons In A Box OpenLab

The Commons in a Box (CBOX) group at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the OpenLab at New York City College of Technology, CUNY have released CBOX OpenLab: CBOX OpenLab provides a powerful and flexible open alternative to costly proprietary educational platforms, allowing individual faculty members, departments, and entire institutions to easily set up an online ...

PROJECT: Torn Apart / Separados Volume 2

Manan Ahmed (Columbia University, xpMethod), Maira E. Álvarez (University of Houston), Sylvia A. Fernández (University of Houston), Alex Gil (Columbia University, xpMethod), Rachel Hendery (Western Sydney University), Moacir P. de Sá Pereira (xpMethod), and Roopika Risam (Salem State University) have released Volume 2 of Torn Apart / Separados, building on the work in Volume 1, ...

PROJECT: Mapping Consumers in the Black South African Press

Katie Carline (Michigan State University) has just launched a mapping project that visualizes “all the people whose names and addresses appear in testimonial advertisements and prize competitions in two black South African newspapers, Bantu World and Umlindi we Nyanga, between 1932 and 1937.” In a post on the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative blog, Carline explains ...

PROJECT: Arabic Scientific Manuscripts of the British Library

In a new post on its digital scholarship blog, The British Library has announced a collaborative transcription project that will help “to create a freely available ground truth datataset for anyone wishing to advance the state-of-the-art in optical character recognition (OCR) technology for handwriting.” This project is a proof of concept exploring whether the creation ...

PROJECT: Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade

Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University has just announced Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade, a “constellation of software and services built to address the challenges of connecting archives, databases, and collections that record the histories of slavery and enslaved peoples.” Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon ...

PROJECT: Early African American Film: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909-1930

A story at the UCLA Daily Bruin details the development and release of Early African American Film: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909-1930. Seven digital humanities students found 759 entertainment industry professionals involved in early silent race films and compiled them into a centralized database for the first time. The students, as well ...

PROJECT: Mediate: Identifying the Real Bestsellers of the 18th Century

Eleanor Shevlin (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) has written a post for the Early Modern Online Bibliography (EMOB) blog introducing Mediate, a project based at Radboud University and led by Prof. Alicia C. Montoya. As Shevlin explains, “While prior lenses for studying the Enlightenment have focused on either the canonical, history-of-ideas texts or the forbidden, ...

PROJECT: CWRC / CSÉC (Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada)

Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta) wrote about the launch of The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CSÉC), describing CWRC / CSÉC’s support for various digital scholarly editing projects and acknowledging CWRC Project Leader Susan Brown’s role in conceptualizing and managing the effort: The Collaboratory is a distributed editing ...

PROJECT: College Women

In a post on the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled “History Through the Eyes of College Women,” Mariam Abdullah features College Women, a project of the division of preservation and access. … a searchable collection of diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and photography from the archives of the earliest women’s college in the United States, the Seven ...