Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

Hold on loosely; or, Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft on the web. The Stone and the Shell

By The GPDH Editors | September 11, 2013

I want to try a quick experiment. The digital humanities community must … If that sounds like a plausible beginning to a sentence, what about this one? The literary studies community must … Does that sound as odd to you as it does to me? No one perceives literary studies as a community. The discipline becomes […]

In Memoriam: Peter Haber, 1964 to 2013

By The GPDH Editors | May 1, 2013

The Swiss digital historian Peter Haber passed away on 28 April 2013 after a long illness. For the editors and the community of Global Perspectives on Digital History his death is a great loss. Please find a collection of condolences from the digital history community below.

Digital mapping at Stanford reveals social networks of 18th-century travelers

By James Kierstead | April 15, 2013

Through a digital analysis of correspondence from travelers on the famed European “Grand Tour,” classicist Giovanna Ceserani is discovering how international travel fostered cultural and academic trends in the 18th century. In the network view of travelers with recorded trips to Rome from the ‘Dictionary of British and Irish Travelers to Italy, 1701-1800,’ connections between […]

The Digital Publishing Revolution Is Over

By Joseph Esposito | March 5, 2013

The technologist-as-trickster is a fixture of our age. Pacing the stage at a tech conference, unencumbered by notes or even the reliance on a podium, with multiple huge video screens hanging above showing the trickster in full stride (reminding the historically minded of the painted banners of Stalin and Mao), the technologist preaches to a […]

Partnering with Google to Present South African History to the World

By David Larsen | February 13, 2013

One of the highlights of our year last year was to partner with the Google Cultural Institute in curating stories of South African history particularly relating to the history of apartheid. When I was in Amsterdam two years ago for the World Press Photo Award Days at which Jodi Bieber won the World Press Photo […]

Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to ‘Long Data’

By Samuel Arbesman | January 31, 2013

Our species can’t seem to escape big data. We have more data inputs, storage, and computing resources than ever, so Homo sapiens naturally does what it has always done when given new tools: It goes even bigger, higher, and bolder. We did it in buildings and now we’re doing it in data. Sure, big data […]

Dickens, Austen and Twain, Through a Digital Lens

By Steve Lohr | January 31, 2013

Any list of the leading novelists of the 19th century, writing in English, would almost surely include Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain. But they do not appear at the top of a list of the most influential writers of their time. Instead, a recent study has found, Jane Austen, […]

Mapping the Russian Empire

By The GPDH Editors | January 31, 2013

Project Description Introduction The long-term aim of this project is to build an interactive digital historical atlas of the Russian Empire using ArcGIS software and data harvested from maps and other textual sources in the Harvard library collection and beyond. As anyone who has taught even a survey of Russian history knows, it is extraordinarily […]

Remote Sensing and Historical GIS

By Josh MacFadyen | January 22, 2013

Forty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1972, NASA released a gift to the public, the “Blue Marble” image of the whole Earth from space. This photograph was unplanned and originally unwanted by NASA, but it quickly became one of the most reproduced images on Earth. The astronauts aboard Apollo 17 were the first humans to […]

Doug Boyd and the Power of Digital Oral History in the 21st Century

By Mike Ashenfelder | January 22, 2013

Digital preservation and Internet access are not only transforming the way we record and convey history, they are also restoring the importance of humankind’s oldest means of storytelling: the oral tradition. One of the most influential leaders in this modern oral-history movement is Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at […]