Custom Word Lists in Cirrus

November 24, 2013
Custom Word Lists in Cirrus

Cirrus is a Wordle-like word cloud visualization tool in Voyant. As with most tools in Voyant, Cirrus is primarily intended to be used with a user-defined collection of texts – you specify some URLs or upload some files and Cirrus will show you the highest frequency terms (with or without a user-defined list of...

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Digital Craft and Humanistic Perspectives Beyond Academia

September 24, 2013
Digital Craft and Humanistic Perspectives Beyond Academia

This post is a short position paper drafted for an event entitled The Future of Graduate Education and Training in the Humanities (hosted by IPLAI and funded by a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant).  Digital Craft and Humanistic Perspectives Beyond Academia In every graduate course I teach there comes a moment, usually fairly early in the...

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HTML Extraction

September 19, 2013
HTML Extraction

(this is a document in progress) Getting Setup There’s no one way or best way to extract text from HTML, and there’s no best scripting language . Here I’m going to demonstrate some steps for HTML extraction using the PHP scripting language. I don’t think PHP is the most elegant or efficient solution, but...

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The Joy of Hackfests

May 28, 2013
The Joy of Hackfests

In early May I had the pleasure of participating in a hackfest focused on literary text mining and visualization. The group was composed of a very loosely defined intersection of people from the CWRC, INKE and Voyant Tools projects. It was a joyous event (certainly for me, and for others as well I think),...

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Close, But No Cigar

May 3, 2013
Close, But No Cigar

Around this time two years ago I happily tweeted that I was accepting a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at McGill. I should actually have said that I was accepting a position at McGill along with a nomination for a CRC. My impression at the time was that the institution was making the significant...

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Profile in Fast Company

September 10, 2012
Profile in Fast Company

I’ve been meaning to post a link to a profile article that Adam Bluestein wrote on my digital humanities work in Fast Company. I’ve had a variety of experiences being interviewed, but this has been one of the most positive ones: I had a truly enjoyable extended chat with Adam and he managed to...

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