Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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DHNow Will Be Back Next Week!

By The Editors | May 26, 2015

Digital Humanities Now is taking the week off. We’ll be back with new featured posts on June 2!

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EC: What Do We Mean by ‘Preserving Digital Information’? Towards Sound Conceptual Foundations for Digital Stewardship

By Simone Sacchi | May 21, 2015

Abstract: Digital preservation is fundamental to information stewardship in the 21st century. Although much useful work on preservation strategies has been accomplished, we do not yet have an adequate conceptual framework that articulates precisely and formally what preservation actually is. The intention of the account provided here is to bring us closer to this goal. […]

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Editors’ Choice: Semantic Description of Cultural Digital Images

By Lei Xu and Xiaoguang Wang | May 21, 2015

Abstract: Semantic description and annotation of digital images is key to the management and reuse of images in humanities computing. Due to the lack of domain-specific hierarchical description schema and controlled vocabularies for digital images, annotation results produced by current methods, such as machine annotation based on low-level visual features and human annotation based on […]

Civil War Navies Bookworm | Abby Mullen

Editors’ Choice: Civil War Navies Bookworm

By Abby Mullen | May 19, 2015

If you read my last post, you know that this semester I engaged in building a Bookworm using a government document collection. My professor challenged me to try my system for parsing the documents on a different, larger collection of government documents. The collection I chose to work with is the Official Records of the […]

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Editors’ Choice: Artbot Engineers The Discovery Of Art

By Kathryn O'Neill, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences | May 19, 2015

Is it possible to engineer the discovery of art? In 2013, two graduate students in MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) set out to answer that question, and today, thanks to their work as research assistants — there’s an app for that! Artbot, developed by Desi Gonzalez and Liam Andrew in the […]


Editors’ Choice: Sentiment and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

By Michelle Moravec | May 14, 2015

I’ve been working on an update to the small amount of work I did on the black woman suffrage database to present at Women’s History in the Digital World at the end of this month. Working with twice as many files (now 904 items) as I had for the first project (more details on corpus), […]

A Letter to the Humanities: DH Will Not Save You – Hybrid Pedagogy

Editors’ Choice: A Letter to the Humanities: DH Will Not Save You

By Adeline Koh | May 12, 2015

I am often asked about the digital humanities and how it can update, make relevant, and provide funding for many a beleaguered humanities department. Some faculty at underfunded institutions imagine DH is going to revitalize their discipline — it’s going to magically interest undergraduates, give faculty research funding, and exponentially increase enrollment. Well, the reality […]

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Editor’s Choice: The New Young Adult Fiction. More Human, More Me

By Andrew Piper | May 7, 2015

What difference does an editor make? This was the question posed by a recent profile of the highly successful editor of young adult fiction, Julie Strauss-Gabel, who manages the imprint Dutton Children’s Books. Her titles have consistently performed well over recent years and it was a timely reminder of the impact that a good editor can […]

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Editor’s Choice: Facts, Patterns, Methods, Meaning: Public Knowledge Building in the Digital Humanities | The Lapland Chronicles

By Matthew K. Gold | May 7, 2015

Emerson’s aphorisms provide useful reminders both for digital humanists surveying the field and for scholars observing it from its horizons. In today’s talk, I want to think through states of knowing in the digital humanities, situating our practices within larger histories of knowledge production. My talk has three parts: A discussion of a few approaches to text […]

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Editor’s Choice: Designing Acknowledgment on the Web

By J. Nathan Matias | May 5, 2015

Most web applications are fundamentally egocentric. YouTube only associates videos with the account that uploads it. WordPress and Drupal only let you acknowledge one author of a blog post unless you install third-party plugins. Github automatically credits anyone who contributes code but doesn’t easily acknowledge people who contribute ideas. Creative Commons licenses require you to […]