Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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Editors’ Choice: Why Github is Important for Book Publishing

By Eric Hellman | January 29, 2015

How do you organize large numbers of people for a common purpose? For millenia, the answer has been some sort of hierarchical organization. An army, or a feudal system topped with a king. To reach global scale, these hierarchies propagated customs and codes for behavior: laws, religions, ideology. Most of what you read in history […]

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Editors’ Choice: Why We Need to Encrypt The Whole Web… Library Websites, Too

By Alison Macrina | January 29, 2015

The Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group was formed in the fall of 2014 to help library technologists improve how well our tools protect patron privacy.  As the first in a series of posts on technical matters concerning patron privacy, please enjoy this guest post by Alison Macrina. When using the web for activities like banking […]

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Editors’ Choice: Library of Alexandria v2.0

By Ed Summers | January 27, 2015

In case you missed Jill Lepore has written a superb article for the New Yorker about the Internet Archive and archiving the Web in general. The story of the Internet Archive is largely the story of its creator Brewster Kahle. If you’ve heard Kahle speak you’ve probably heard the Library of Alexandria v2.0 metaphor before. […]

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A Digital Reading of Twentieth Century Demography

By Emily Klancher Merchant | January 22, 2015

Welcome to A Digital Reading of Twentieth Century Demography. This website is a digital supplement to the dissertation I am preparing as a requirement of the Ph.D. program in the Department of History at the University of Michigan, titled “Prediction and Control: Global Population, Population Science, and Population Politics in the Twentieth Century.” …The dissertation […]


Project Funding and Economical Sustainability in Historical Research

By Adam Crymble | January 22, 2015

If the Internet went down all historical software would cease to function, except for Microsoft Word. For an academic historian, a grant to build a high profile web-based project is likely the biggest pot of money he or she will ever receive during their career. That is, if they ever receive it, as few historians […]

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More on Metrics for the Arts and Humanities

By Ernesto Priego | January 20, 2015

At their best, altmetrics tools are meant to encourage scholarly activity around published papers on line. It can seem, indeed, like a chicken-and-egg situation: without healthy, collegial, reciprocal cultures of scholarly interaction on the web, mentions of scholarly content will not be significant. Simultaneously, if publications do not provide identifiers like DOIs and authors, publishers […]

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Disruptive Archaeologies: The Theory and Practice of Punk

By Andrew Reinhard | January 20, 2015

I’m an archaeological impostor. It feels good to say that. When I go to conferences I feel like I don’t fit in – although that’s not why I can’t be with you bodily today. That’s another story that involves someone called “The Man.” But I’m sure that many of you felt that way at some […]


Editors’ Choice: In the Library, With the Lead Pipe: On Scholarly Communication and the Digital Humanities: An Interview with Kathleen Fitzpatrick

By Andrew Lopez | January 15, 2015

At Temple University Libraries (TUL), librarian Fred Rowland began conducting interviews and sharing them as streaming audio through TUL’s website in 2007. The following interview transcript with digital humanities scholar Kathleen Fitzpatrick offers insight into her work and a discussion about the future of scholarly communication. An introduction has been added to the interview, which […]

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Editors’ Choice: What’s New is Old Again: Studying Interface with Perseus

By Geoffrey Rockwell | January 15, 2015

Yesterday I gave a talk over the internet on “What’s New is Old Again: Studying Interface with Perseus.” This talk was recorded and shared on via eHumanities Seminar – YouTube. The abstract I submitted for the talk was: [P]aradoxically, the primary effect of visual forms of knowledge production in any medium – the codex boo, […]