Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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Editors’ Choice: Digitization Challenges – A Discussion in Progress

By Merrilee Proffitt | March 26, 2015

It has been some time since we hosted our Digitization Matters symposium, which led to our report, Shifting Gears. This event and findings from the surveys of archives and special collections in the US and Canada, and  the UK and Ireland have helped to shape our work in the OCLC Research Library Partnership for some […]

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Editors’ Choice: Technogenesis and Media Specific Analysis: N. Katherine Hayles

By Janneke Adema and N. Katherine Hayles | March 26, 2015

This interview with literary scholar N. Katherine Hayles by Janneke Adema focuses on Hayles’s concepts of technotext and intermediation, her views on technogenesis and agency, and her proposal for media specific analysis. The interview was conducted on March 20th 2015 at the Total Archive Conference at Cambridge University, UK. Listen to the podcast: Technogenesis and […]

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Editors’ Choice: Libraries Meet the Second Machine Age

By Bohyun Kim | March 24, 2015

Below is my closing keynote, “Libraries Meet the Second Machine Age” given for the 2015 Library Technology Conference on March 19, 2015 at St. Paul, MN.  I want to send big thanks to the conference steering committee who invited me and those who watched and shared my keynote either on-site or online and their thoughts […]

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Editors’ Choice: How We Do DH – Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3)

By Hugh Cayless | March 24, 2015

We were chatting last week with Brian Norberg, the Digital Humanities Technology Analyst for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, who wanted to know what makes DC3 tick. I’m not sure we’ve ever been asked that directly before, and the conversation helped crystallize for me some of the basic operating principles we’ve evolved. Think big. […]

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Editors’ Choice: Inventing the Digital Humanities through Freirian Praxis

By Pearce Durst | March 19, 2015

The Digital Humanities are actively being invented in this very moment. They have not taken shape as a concrete thing, but evolve as an ongoing and collaborative process still taking shape. This can be seen in how the Digital Humanities are being negotiated as a debate between building and breaking. What’s being built: word clouds, […]

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Editors’ Choice: Digital Collections, Data Visualization, and Accessibility

By Ranti Junus | March 17, 2015

In my earlier post “Digital Collections and Accessibility”, I touched upon the considerations we would need to address when building or creating digital collections (or other things that rely heavily on utilizing images such as data visualization) for public use. Here are the questions I put down in that post: “Given the ubiquitous nature of […]

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Editors’ Choice: The Value of Illustrating Numbers

By Robert Kosara | March 12, 2015

Showing data isn’t always about trying to convey an insight, or giving people the means to understand the intricacies of data. It can also be a tool to communicate a fact, an amount, or an issue beyond just the sheer numbers. Data illustration is poorly understood, but it can be very powerful. About a year ago, […]

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Editors’ Choice: State of an item in a digital repository

By Mark E. Phillips | March 12, 2015

One of the things that I keep coming back to in our digital library system are the states that an object can be in and how that affects various aspects of our system.  Hopefully this post can explain some of them and how they are currently implemented locally. Hidden vs Non-Hidden Our main distinction once […]

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Editors’ Choice: On Liquid Books and Fluid Humanities

By jannekeadema1979 | March 12, 2015

What can we take away from this transversal reading of feminist new materialism, critical and media theory, and remix studies, with respect to cutting as an affirmative material-discursive practice—especially where this reading concerns how remix and the cut can performatively critique the established humanist notions such as authorship, authority, quality and fixity underlying scholarly book […]

Editors’ Choice: Research is Getting a Bit More Open

By Ian Milligan | March 10, 2015

When we started up ActiveHistory.ca way back in 2009 (!), we did it with a pretty simple vision in mind: historians were producing good scholarship, but it was inaccessible. It was inaccessible for a few reasons: sometimes we don’t exactly write for a general audience (we’ve been guilty of dropping jargon around this site too, […]