Building Data

March 18, 2011
Building Data

There are few instances when the data you have are exactly what you need, particularly for feeding into analytic tools of various kinds. This is one of the reasons I think it’s so important for a significant subset of digital humanists to have...

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A Gentle Introduction to Correspondence Analysis

February 18, 2011
A Gentle Introduction to Correspondence Analysis

There are some digital humanists who are competent mathematicians, but most of us experience some anxiety about the more advanced mathematics involved in the text analysis methodologies that we use. Dammit Jim, I’m a humanist, not a mathematician! The problem of course is that there are clearly some statistical and graphical techniques that can...

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Building a Timeline Collaboratively with Students

January 14, 2011
Building a Timeline Collaboratively with Students

This term I’m teaching a grad course called “Technologies of Communication”: This course will provide students with an opportunity to identify, understand, study and use a variety of technologies of communication that are relevant for contemporary digital society. We will take as a starting point a current event in digital culture, namely Wikileaks. This...

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DH by the (2010 Conference) Numbers

January 10, 2011

There was a recent tweet asking if anyone had any numbers on which disciplines people associate themselves with in the digital humanities. One relevant set of numbers I’ve seen is from the Digital Humanities 2010 conference where authors and reviewers are asked to select from provided keywords. The list of keywords itself may be...

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Digital Humanities and Stardom

January 1, 2011

Recent MLA conferences seem to be a privileged venue for the Digital Humanities community to look into the mirror (which actually means that a lot of people wonder if what they’re seeing in the mirror is themselves, the other, or something in between). The effect has obviously been amplified by the embrace of social...

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Analyzing Cablegate

November 30, 2010
Analyzing Cablegate

This may be a bit warped given the greater political and philosophical implications, but one of the things I find most fascinating (and exciting) about Cablegate is how quickly several news providers scrambled to provide text analysis and visualization interfaces for readers to explore the corpus themselves (so far only about 300 documents have...

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