Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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Editors’ Choice: A Good, Dumb Way to Learn From Libraries

By David Weinberger | October 16, 2014

Too bad we can’t put to work the delicious usage data gathered by libraries. Research libraries may not know as much as click-obsessed Amazon does about how people interact with their books. What they do know, however, reflects the behavior of a community of scholars, and it’s unpolluted by commercial imperatives. But privacy concerns have […]


Editors’ Choice: Classifying Shakespearean Drama with Sparse Feature Sets

By Douglas Duhaime | October 14, 2014

In her fantastic series of lectures on early modern England, Emma Smith identifies an interesting feature that differentiates the tragedies and comedies of Elizabethan drama: “Tragedies tend to have more streamlined plots, or less plot—you know, fewer things happening. Comedies tend to enjoy a multiplication of characters, disguises, and trickeries. I mean, you could partly […]

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Editors’ Choice: Consider the Comments

By Kaitlin Wainwright | October 9, 2014

There are a few adages that go with comments on the Internet. Among them: “if you don’t have the energy to read something, you shouldn’t have the hubris to comment on it” and, simply put, “never read the comments.” It’s rare that comments and forums on the Internet are seen as something positive. Ian Milligan […]

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Editors’ Choice: Reuse of Digitised Content

By Melissa Terras | October 9, 2014

Over the last few months I have become increasingly interested obsessed with creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage content. We live at a time when most galleries, libraries, archives and museums are digitising collections and putting them up online to increase access, with some (such as the Rijksmuseum, LACMA, The British Library, and the Internet […]

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Editors’ Choice: Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

By Shankar Vedantam | October 7, 2014

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages. Anything you write or say has two parts to it – what you say and how you say it. Computers can now pay attention to […]

Editors’ Choice: The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech : All Tech Considered : NPR

Editors’ Choice: The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

By Laura Sydell | October 7, 2014

If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there’s a good reason: It’s true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female. It wasn’t always this way. […]

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Editors Choice: Opening up Classics and the Humanities: Computation, the Homer Multitext Project and Citizen Science

By Charles Jones | October 2, 2014

From the abstract: Increasingly powerful computational methods are important for humanists not simply because they make it possible to ask new research questions but especially because computation makes it both possible — and arguably essential — to transform the relationship between humanities research and society, opening up a range of possibilities for student contributions and […]


Editors Choice: Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away…

By Clay Shirky | September 30, 2014

I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class. I came late and […]