Editors' Choice: Teaching Data Visualization to Kids


By: Jonathan Schwabish

Think of all the things you learned in elementary school: How to read. How to write. How to count. How to do add, subtract, multiply, and divide. These are all learned skills, things that we are not innately born knowing how to do. Just like these, reading graphs is a skill. We might be taught…

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Choropleth map visualizing the United States by distance to the nearest McDonald's

Editors' Choice: How 21st Century Tech Can Shed Light On 19th Century Newspapers


By: Paul Fyfe, Qian Ge, and Matt Shipman

The 19th century saw something of an explosion in periodicals. For example, the number of newspapers in Britain alone leapt from 550 in 1846 to more than 2,400 just 60 years later. For humanities scholars, tracking information in such a huge mass of publications poses a daunting challenge. Digital humanities efforts have made some headway…

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Sample portrait images from The Graphic newspaper

Editors' Choice: Historiography’s Two Voices - Data Infrastructure and History at Scale in the…


By: Christopher N. Warren

On its release in 2004, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography was called "the greatest book ever" and "a more enthralling read than all the novels ever entered for the Booker Prize put together."The tabloid The Daily Mail, where these giddy pronouncements appeared, is not known for understatement, but more cautious academic researchers have long…

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Graph of difference in mentions per 100 words for people vs. place and foreign vs. domestic places

Editors' Choice: Documenting and Digitizing Democracy - The SNCC Digital Gateway


By: Ashley Farmer

“Learn from the Past, Organize the Future, Make Democracy Work.” This is the mission statement that greets visitors at the SNCC Digital Gateway—a wide-ranging, collaborative website that documents and animates the history of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Founded in April 1960 under the guidance of veteran activist Ella Baker, SNCC became a leading…

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SNCC protesters march in Montgomery, 1965

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DHNow: 2017 in Review

Digital Humanities Now will be taking a break until January 9, but before we go, we’d like to take the time to wrap up 2017. This November marked nine years of publication for Digital Humanities Now. Through the work of our dedicated staff and our generous community of volunteer editors, DHNow continues to build a new model for scholarly communication based on open scholarship, community…

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