Category Archives: Editors’ Choice


Editors’ Choice: Defining Digital Social Sciences

By Lisa Spiro | July 31, 2014

In this post, Lisa Spiro (Rice University) provides an overview of the different facets of digital social sciences, observing points of connection with digital humanities. As a member of a research team investigating the skills and competencies important to digital scholarship, I’ve become interested in what “digital scholarship” means in different disciplines, particularly the social sciences and […]

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Editors’ Choice: Software, It’s a Thing

By Matthew Kirschenbaum | July 29, 2014

This is the text of a speech I gave as the opening address to the Library of Congress’s Digital Preservation 2014 conference July 22 in Washington, DC. The audience was composed of professional archivists, technologists, and others who work in museums, libraries, universities, and institutions charged with what we generally term “cultural memory.” Where does software fit […]

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Editors’ Choice: First Draft Podcast – Humanities Savior Narrative

By Glen Worthey, Elijah Meeks, Jason Heppler, and Paul Zenke | July 24, 2014

Glen Worthey, Digital Humanities Librarian, Stanford University Libraries, joins Elijah Meeks, Jason Heppler, and Paul Zenke to discuss his experiences at DH 2014, the popularity of DH projects, the humanities savior narrative, mentorship, Twitter, #dhsheep, linguistic inclusivity at conferences, and the future of DH programs. Read more at First Draft Podcast: Humanities Savior Narrative.


Editors’ Choice: TOME Project Talk at Digital Humanities 2014

By Lauren Klein | July 24, 2014

Just over a hundred years ago, in 1898, Henry Gannett published the second of what would become three illustrated Statistical Atlases of the United States. Based on the results of the Census of 1890– and I note, if only to make myself feel a little better about the slow pace of academic publishing today, eight years […]

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Editors’ Choice: Ur of the Chaldees: a virtual vision of Woolley’s excavations

By Birger Helgestad | July 24, 2014

I am responsible for managing the digitisation of objects and archives for the Ur Project, a dynamic new collaboration between the British Museum and Penn Museum made possible with the lead support of the Leon Levy Foundation. The project takes the successful cooperation of the two organisations of the 1920s and 1930s at Ur into […]


Editors’ Choice: Preservation Aesthetics

By Shannon Christine Mattern | July 22, 2014

I’m honored to be giving one of the opening plenary talks— alongside the fantastic Matt Kirschenbaum — at the Library of Congress/NDIIPP “Digital Preservation 2014″ conference next week. When Trevor Owens invited me, I wasn’t sure what I could contribute — given that most attendees are likely to be technological geniuses, and I’m, well, not. But Trevor […]

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Editors’ Choice: Preserving Born Digital News at Digital Preservation 2014

By Anne Wootton | July 22, 2014

As everyone gears up for the annual Digital Preservation 2014 conference next week, we’re excited to crash the party with a bunch of journalists. In all seriousness: we proposed our session for DigiPres 2014 in reaction to growing alarm among journalists that as news is increasingly digital in nature, news organizations don’t have the expertise […]

'Sitting on history'

Editors’ Choice: The British Library at Digital Humanities 2014

By James Baker | July 22, 2014

This month Adam Farquhar and I attended Digital Humanities 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland, the latest annual DH jamboree run by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Two contributions proposed by the British Library made it through the rigorous peer review process and into the conference proper. Adam and I presented a poster on our vision […]


Editors’ Choice: On libraries, code, support, inspiration, and collaboration

By Dan Scott | July 22, 2014

This issue marks the 25th issue of the Code4Lib Journal since it launched in 2007. At that time, Jonathan Rochkind (co-ordinating editor of the first issue), wrote “We want the immediacy of a blog, the usefulness of a professional conference, the reliable quality of a good scholarly journal, and the participatory nature of our online […]


Editors’ Choice: The Spatial in Digital Humanities

By Wikimaps | July 22, 2014

A week of Digital Humanities in Lausanne with DH2014 was packed with projects sorting out and displaying cultural heritage. The emphasis is more on the ’sorting out’, as Digital Humanities is an academic discipline. It has a strong emphasis of textual analysis in English language, but there is more to it. Susanna Ånäs presented Wikimaps […]