Category Archives: Editors’ Choice


Editors’ Choice: Art is Long, Life is Short: the XFR Collective Helps Artists Preserve Magnetic and Digital Works

By Mike Ashenfelder | August 14, 2014

XFR STN (“Transfer Station”) is a grass-roots digitization and digital-preservation project that arose as a response from the New York arts community to rescue creative works off of aging or obsolete audiovisual formats and media. The digital files are stored by the Library of Congress’s NDIIPP partner the Internet Archive and accessible for free online. At the […]


Editors’ Choice: Dwarf NORAD: A Glimpse of Counterfactual Computing History

By Peter Christiansen | August 7, 2014

When most people think about the kind of super-high-performance games people build custom PCs for, they probably imagine some first-person shooter with fast action, huge explosions, and millions of polygons being rendered to the screen at real time.  Few people would think of Dwarf Fortress, a game that is rendered with simple ASCII characters and […]

The Trust Challenge

Editors’ Choice: Building Trust in Connected Learning Series

By Connected Learning | August 5, 2014

Trust, privacy, and safety are critical to learning in an open online world. What tools do learners need to navigate, collaborate, and learn online with confidence? What tools and solutions will foster greater civility and respect in online learning environments? Join us as we explore the aspects of creating spaces where “students should have safe and […]


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 […]

Software, It’s a Thing — Medium

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 […]

DH Sheep

Editors’ Choice: First Draft Podcast – Humanities Savior Narrative

By Jason Heppler | 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 […]

Ur of the Chaldees: a virtual vision of Woolley’s excavations | British Museum blog

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 | 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 […]

Born-digital news text produced

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

By Butch Lazorchak | 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 […]