Editors' Choice: Stewardship in the "Age of Algorithms"


By: Clifford Lynch

This paper explores pragmatic approaches that might be employed to document the behavior of large, complex socio-technical systems (often today shorthanded as “algorithms”) that centrally involve some mixture of personalization, opaque rules, and machine learning components. Thinking rooted in traditional archival methodology — focusing on the preservation of physical and digital objects, and perhaps the…

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Editors' Choice: Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship


By: Dan Cohen

I recently gave a talk at Brown University on “Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship,” and upon reflection it struck me that the lessons I tried to convey were more generally applicable. Everyone prefers to talk about innovation, rather than institutionalization, but the former can only have a long-term impact if the latter occurs. What at first seems…

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Editors' Choice: Is Google Home a History Calculator?


By: Sean Kheraj

In their 2005 article in First Monday, Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig recount the story of a remarkably prescient colleague, Peter Stearns, who “proposed the idea of a history analog to the math calculator, a handheld device that would provide students with names and dates to use on exams—a Cliolator, he called it, a…

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Editors' Choice: Decolonizing the Digital Humanities


By: Lorena Gauthereau

This past week, I had the opportunity to give a talk as part of Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage’s new US Latina/o Digital Humanities (#usLdh) Incubator series. If you missed it, you can access our group notes on Google Drive or Storify. I’ve also started a Zotero Group with a growing bibliography related to…

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A comic cartoon with the following thought bubbles: An archivist saying "We can't help it that we only digitize white male authors! People of color didn't start writing until after the twentieth century!" Several other bubbles coming from a bookshelf say "The Mahabharata," "The Analects," "Phillis Wheatley's Poetry," and "The Straits Chinese Magazine."

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