Category Archives: Short Takes

(Digital) Humanities Revisited – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age. Oder: Wie man Gräben isst. | Rezensieren – Kommentieren – Bloggen

By Gretchen | December 20, 2013

by Lilian Landes Konferenz 5.12.–7.12.2013, Hannover Herrenhausen, Volkswagen Stiftung Die Initiative zur hochkarätig und international besetzten Konferenz ging von der Volkswagen-Stiftung aus, die mit dem eben wiederaufgebauten Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover einen geradezu splendiden neuen Konferenzort bietet, an dem es sich im Wortsinne königlich tagen, speisen und diskutieren lässt – ganz zu schweigen von der hervorragenden technischen Infrastruktur […]

A million first steps – Digital scholarship blog

By Gretchen | December 20, 2013

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There […]

Colin McCahon | McCahon, Colin | McCahon, Colin John, 1919-1987 – DigitalNZ

By Gretchen | December 20, 2013

By Chris McDowall On November 26 I presented a talk on linked data and entity reconciliation at the National Digital Forum held at Te Papa in Wellington. These are my speaker’s notes. Linked data is an amazing yet elusive idea. It extends the conventional Web by providing a means to identify and refer to specific […]

Mapping the Movement of Books Using Viewshare: An Interview with Mitch Fraas

By Gretchen | December 20, 2013

by Erin Engle Mitch Fraas, Scholar in Residence at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania and Acting Director, Penn Digital Humanities Forum, writes about using Viewsharefor mapping library book markings.  We’re always excited to see the clever and interesting ways our tools are used to expose digital collections, and Mitch was gracious enough […]

Mapping Books: The Dispersal of the Medieval Libraries of Great Britain

By Gretchen | November 15, 2013

by Mitch Fraas Today I’m teaching a workshop on using “screen scraping” in the digital humanities. No workshop is really useful without practical examples so last week I decided to try out my screen scraping chops on an exciting  new database of book history data. The Kislak Center at Penn (where I’m Scholar in Residence) is quickly becoming […]

Las Humanidades Digitales globales

By Gretchen | November 15, 2013

by Isabel Galina A principios del 2012 escribí una entrada titulada El dónde y cómo de las Humanidades Digitales en donde busqué presentar algunas de los programas de estudio, centros, publicaciones, congresos y asociaciones más destacados del campo. Pese a que el objetivo era tratar de incluir iniciativas de todo el mundo, predomina el trabajo realizado en Estados Unidos […]

Not the Answer — An Academic Carefully Assesses the Arguments for Open Access | The Scholarly Kitchen

By Gretchen | November 8, 2013

by Kent Anderson I recently finished reading a long essay by Daniel Allington, a sociologist, linguist, and book historian living in the UK. He’s been following the debates about open access (OA) in the UK quite closely, and has written a well-informed piece detailing the hopes, limitations, and mandates associated with OA. The essay, entitled, “On open access, […]

Fly Through 17th Century London

By Gretchen | November 1, 2013

by Matt Brown A group of students at De Montfort University created this fly-through of 17th century London (skip to 0:50 in the video to get to the juicy stuff). The model focuses on the area around Pudding Lane and the bakery of Thomas Farriner, where the Great Fire of 1666 started. Although most of the […]

Le blogging académique, entre art et science | L’Atelier des icônes

By Gretchen | October 24, 2013

by André Gunthert La micro-publication est un nouvel outil de la recherche. Et comme tous les nouveaux outils, elle bouscule le paysage existant. On peut adopter trois attitudes face à cette nouvelle donne. Soit l’ignorer, et continuer comme avant. Soit tenter de minimiser ces aspects dérangeants, pour les intégrer en douceur. On peut aussi essayer de […]

Abstractualized: Slavic-specific resources for digital scholarship

By Gretchen | October 24, 2013

by Seth Bernstein I’ve just had a lesson come out on automatic transliteration of Cyrillic sources in The Programming Historian so I thought that I would devote this post to shameless self promotion. Then I decided I should also write a little about some of the tools I use to build databases from web information and create visualizations. […]