Category Archives: Editors’ Choice


Editor’s Choice: Round-Up – Digital Humanities 2014 Conference Papers

By Bethany Nowviskie, Jennifer Guiliano, Trevor Muñoz, Scott Kleinman, and Mia Ridge | July 17, 2014

1. Digital Humanities in the Anthropocene by Bethany Nowviskie I’m here to give a talk that likewise wants to glide from shallows to depths in turn. My hope is to position our work—the work of the DH community that has nurtured me with kindness for some 18 years—less as it is lately figured (that is, less as […]

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Editors’ Choice: The Legitimacy and Usefulness of Academic Blogging will Shape How Intellectualism Develops

By Jenny Davis | July 15, 2014

Academic blogging has become an increasingly popular form, but key questions still remain over whether blog posts should feature more prominently in formal academic discourse. Jenny Davis clarifies the pros and cons of blog citation and sees the remaining ambiguity as indicative of a changing professional landscape. The wider scholarly community must learn how to grapple with […]


Editors’ Choice: The Right Tool for the Job — Five Collaborative Writing Tools for Academics

By Christof Schöch | July 15, 2014

Research collaboration now involves significant online communication. But sending files back and forth between collaborators creates redundancy of effort, causes unnecessary delays and, many times, leaves people frustrated with the whole idea of collaboration. Luckily, there are many web-based collaborative writing tools aimed at the general public or specifically at academic writers to help. Christof […]

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Editors’ Choice: The Credit Line

By Daniel Paul O'Donnell | July 15, 2014

In fact, I would argue that our struggles about the definition of “authorship” in a research context are in fact evidence that the concept itself is outmoded. In the days when most projects were concevied of and carried out by a single person who then wrote up the reports by himself (pronoun being used advisedly), […]


Editors’ Choice: New paper: Visualising Networks of Electronic Literature: Dissertations and the Creative Works They Cite

By Jill Walker Rettberg | July 10, 2014

Over the last year I’ve spent many hours going through dissertations on electronic literature, entering information about them and the creative works they cite into the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base so that I could visualize the networks of works. The final paper is now published in the July 2014 issue of the Electronic book review: […]

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Editors’ Choice: Round-Up – Reactions to the Facebook Emotional Contagion Study

By Zeynep Tufekci, Danah Boyd, Matthew Salganik, David Golumbia, James Grimmelmann, David Hunter & Nicholas Evans | July 10, 2014

1. Facebook and Engineering the Public by Zeynep Tufekci There’s been a lot of brouhaha about a recent Facebook study in which Facebook altered the news feed of 689,000 of its users to see if moods were “contagious.” There has huge discussion of its ethics, and another one on its publication. There’s also the argument […]


Editors’ Choice: Visualizing Algorithms

By Mike Bostock | July 8, 2014

Visualizing Algorithms The power of the unaided mind is highly overrated… Without external aids, memory, thought, and reasoning are all constrained. But human intelligence is highly flexible and adaptive, superb at inventing procedures and objects that overcome its own limits. The real powers come from devising external aids that enhance cognitive abilities. How have we […]

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Editors’ Choice: Open Source Digital Forensics Adapted for Archival and Memory Institutions

By Jeremy Leighton John | July 3, 2014

There have been “dramatic changes in the status of digital forensics within LAMs (Libraries, Archives and Museums) in just a few years”. This is a conclusion of a wide ranging white paper released by the BitCurator Project: From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions. The BitCurator project is funded by the […]

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Editors’ Choice: Understanding Folk Culture in the Digital Age: An Interview with Folklorist Trevor J. Blank

By Julia Fernandez, Trevor Owens, and Trevor J. Blank | July 1, 2014

When most people think of “folklore,” they tend to think of fairy tales and urban legends. Trevor Blank thinks of photoshopped memes and dark humor. Folklorist Trevor J. Blank is an assistant professor of communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he researches the hybridization of folk culture in the digital […]

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Editors’ Choice: The Internet’s Own Boy: New Documentary About Aaron Swartz Now Free Online

By Dan Colman | July 1, 2014

On BoingBoing today, Cory Doctorow writes: “The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online…. The Internet Archive makes the movie available to […]