Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

The API at the center of the museum | Cooper Hewitt Labs

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 […]


Editors’ Choice: Big Data, Small Data and Meaning

By Tim Hitchcock | November 13, 2014

In recent months there has been a lot of talk about big stuff. Between ‘Big Data’ and calls for a return to ‘Longue durée’ history writing, lots of people seem to be trying to carve out their own small bit of ‘big data’. This post represents a reflection on what feels to me to be […]


Editors’ Choice: Computing Research Institutes as an Innovation Pathway for Humanitarian Technology

By Patrick Meier | November 11, 2014

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to improve humanitarian action. The Summit, which is to be held in 2016, stands to be one of the most important humanitarian conferences in a decade. One key pillar of WHS is humanitarian innovation. “Transformation through Innovation” is the WHS Working Group dedicated to […]

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Editors’ Choice: Topic Modeling Time and Space: Archaeological Datasets as Discourses

By Shawn Graham | November 11, 2014

Topic modeling is very popular at the moment in the digital humanities. A recent tutorial on getting started with this tool explains them as tools for extracting topics or injecting semantic meaning into vocabularies: “Topic models represent a family of computer programs that extract topics from texts. A topic to the computer is a list […]

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Editors’ Choice: JDH 3.2 Digital Contexts

By Joan Fragaszy Troyano and Lisa M. Rhody | November 6, 2014

The digital contexts of our scholarly practice impact not only the kind of work that we may do as humanists, but also how we represent changes in theory and methods over time. Whether we are preserving, analyzing, or representing cultural heritage collections, interpreting digital media, or communicating through open repositories or social media, our activities […]


Editors’ Choice: HangingTogether: Synchronizing metadata among different databases

By Karen Smith-Yoshimura | November 6, 2014

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers, initiated by Naun Chew of Cornell and Joan Swanekamp of Yale. As libraries have increased collecting commercial electronic resources, instituted local or shared digitization programs, and moved to cloud-based services, more bibliographic and inventory information is being managed outside the traditional catalog, […]

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Editors’ Choice: Johannes Factotum & the Ends of Expertise

By Bethany Nowviskie | November 4, 2014

[This—more or less—is the text of a keynote talk I delivered last week in Atlanta, at the 2014 DLF Forum: the annual gathering of the Digital Library Federation. DLF is one among several stellar programs at CLIR, the Council on Library and Information Resources, where I have the honor to serve as a Distinguished Presidential […]

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Editors’ Choice: New Text (a lot of it): Temperature and Media Studies

By Jonathan Sterne | November 4, 2014

The 21st century will be the century of temperature. As global temperatures rise, polar ice melts, and drought becomes a permanent way of life, temperature has become the single greatest challenge to human life on the planet. Temperature is also a media problem in many ways: from the heat generated by new media—whether in our […]


Editors’ Choice: Social academia

By Kris Shaffer | November 4, 2014

Being a “public intellectual” in 2014 typically involves using social media. This brings many advantages for scholars, journalists, and other public thinkers. For example, sharing one’s writing on social media tends to increase readership, and being active on a service like Twitter can lead to the forging of many new, mutually beneficial professional relationships. I […]