Category Archives: Editors’ Choice


Editors’ Choice: Valiant Hearts, The Great War, and The Shaping of Historical Memory

By Christopher Sawula | December 11, 2014

Valiant Hearts is the only war game I would ever teach students as a historical text. Focusing on the emotion and personal experience of World War I, Valiant Hearts fills a niche regarding social history and the stories of the past. Released in the summer of 2014, Valiant Hearts is a puzzle game that follows […]


Editors’ Choice: Why the Digital, Why the Digital Liberal Arts?

By William Thomas | December 11, 2014

Abstract: This lecture for the Digital Liberal Arts initiative at Middlebury College assessed the current state of “the digital” in higher education, including the digital humanities, and makes the case for integrating digital research practices and pedagogies into the liberal arts more fully and broadly than has yet been realized. This talk examined commonalities across […]


Editors’ Choice: Social Media Generates Social Capital: Implications for City Resilience and Disaster Response

By Patrick Meier | December 9, 2014

A new empirical and peer-reviewed study provides “the first evidence that online networks are able to produce social capital. In the case of bonding social capital, online ties are more effective in forming close networks than theory predicts.” Entitled, “Tweeting Alone? An Analysis of Bridging and Bonding Social Capital in Online Networks,” the study analyzes Twitter data generated […]

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Editors’ Choice: Podcast: Jentery Sayers on Remaking the Past

By Jentery Sayers and Laura Miller | December 9, 2014

Remaking Victorian Miniatures: The Speculative Stitches between 2D and 3D In both digital humanities and popular culture, there is a rapidly growing interest in big data. How not to read a million books? How to wrangle petabytes of data? How to discover and express patterns across thousands of images? Frequently, this research is framed as […]

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Editors Choice: MOBA meta and the Muses: professionalism, performance, and meta-game discourse

By Roger Travis | December 4, 2014

In a post in August, I opened a discussion of how analyzing the meta-discourse surrounding MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) may help us describe the relationship between player-performance in these games and bardic performance in ancient epic in a more interesting way. The point of such an analysis is not merely be to demonstrate that […]


Editors’ Choice: Beyond Trees: Tech Webs, ANTs, and Black Boxes

By Peter Christiansen | December 2, 2014

Videogames have an amazing potential for modeling societal processes.  At the same time, videogames also embody the worldview of their creators on a procedural level.  As such, it is a rare thing when a game is able to move beyond popular understandings of the world and approach it from a new and interesting direction.  As […]


Editors Choice: Text Analysis of the Grand Jury Documents

By Shawn Graham | December 2, 2014

I watched Twitter and the CBC while the prosecutor was reading his statement. I watched the live feeds from Ferguson, and other cities around the US. Back in August, when this all first began, I was glued to my computer, several feeds going at once. A spectator. Yesterday, Mitch Fraas put the grand jury documents […]

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Editors’ Choice: Nevermind the Data, Where Are the Protocols?

By David Crotty | November 20, 2014

Reproducibility of published research results is increasingly coming into question. Efforts from funding agencies and publishers are calling for more and more transparency around research data, but so far, little attention seems to have been paid to a crucial aspect of experimental reproducibility: publication of detailed methodologies. A new NIH-led effort seems a first step […]

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Editors’ Choice: Round-up — The Future of Digital History

By Bethany Nowviskie and William G. Thomas III | November 18, 2014

Speculative Computing and the Centers to Come by Bethany Nowviskie But the founding and sustaining and continual renewal of a DH center is itself an active form of hope for the future. And some of this future-orientation is not, itself, new. It stems from a long interest in History and other disciplines in counter-factualism, alternate imaginings, in […]

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Editors’ Choice: The API at the Center of the Museum

By Seb Chan | November 13, 2014

Beneath our cities lies vast, labyrinthine sewer systems. These have been key infrastructures allowing our cities to grow larger, grow more densely, and stay healthy. Yet, save for passing interests in Urban Exploration (UrbEx), we barely think of them as ‘beautifully designed systems’. In their time, the original sewer systems were critical long term projects […]