Category Archives: Editors’ Choice


Editor’s Choice: Aerial Imagery Analysis: Combining Crowdsourcing and Artificial Intelligence

By Patrick Meier | February 12, 2015

MicroMappers combines crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to make sense of “Big Data” for Social Good. Why artificial intelligence (AI)? Because regular crowdsourcing alone is no match for Big Data. The MicroMappers platform can already be used to crowdsource the search for relevant tweets as well as pictures, videos, text messages, aerial imagery and soon satellite imagery. The next step is therefore to add […]


Editor’s Choice : New Fair Use Guide Helps Distinguish Between Copyright and Copywrong

By Benjamin Sutton | February 12, 2015

Hoping to remedy pervasive and often crippling uncertainty among artists and art professionals over how and when to invoke fair use when dealing with copyrighted materials, the College Art Association (CAA) has released a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use.” Spearheaded by American University professors and copyright law experts Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, […]

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Editor’s Choice: Blended MOOCs: Is the Second Time the Charm?

By Rebecca J. Griffiths | February 10, 2015

Much of the hype surrounding MOOCS has faded and as Steve Kolowich shows in a recent Chronicle piece, “Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education.” As the Babson Survey Research Group (that Kolowich cites) shows, higher ed leaders are less certain that MOOCs […]

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Editor’s Choice: Why Every EdTech Group Needs a DKC

By Martha Burtis | February 10, 2015

I’m trying to tackle a topic that I’ve been mulling over more or less since the Center opened: Why I think every edtech group should have a student support organization like the DKC. There’s a long history of how we ended up where we are with our Center, and there’s a lot of unpacking that […]


Editors’ Choice: Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job

By Andy Balo | February 5, 2015

The Internet Archive is mostly known for archiving the web, a task the San Francisco-based nonprofit has tirelessly done since 1996, two years before Google was founded. The Wayback Machine now indexes over 435 billion webpages going back nearly 20 years, the largest archive of the web. Earlier this month, the Archive made headlines with the […]


Editors’ Choice: Revealing Sentiment and Plot Arcs with the Syuzhet Package

By Matthew L. Jockers | February 5, 2015

For the past few years, I have been exploring the relationship between sentiment and plot shape in fiction. Earlier today I posted an R package titled “syuzhet” to github. The package is designed to extract sentiment and plot information from prose. Methods for text import, sentiment extraction, and plot arc modeling are described in the […]


Editors’ Choice: Seams and edges: Dreams of aggregation, access & discovery in a broken world

By Tim Sherratt | February 3, 2015

Research into the visualisation of large cultural heritage collections has emphasised that search is only one way of representing a collection. By focusing on the stylish minimalism of the search box, we discard opportunities for traversing relationships, for fostering serendipity, for seeing the big picture. By creating experimental interfaces, by playing around with our expectations, […]


Editors’ Choice: How Not to Teach Digital Humanities

By Ryan Cordell | February 3, 2015

The following is a talk I’ve revised over the past few years. It began with a post on “curricular incursion”, the ideas of which developed through a talk at DH2013 and two invited talks, one at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities in March 2014 and another at the Freedman Center for Digital […]

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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 […]