Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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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 […]


Editors’ Choice: Building topic models into Bookworm searches

By Benjamin M. Schmidt | October 30, 2014

I’ve been seeing how deeply we could integrate topic models into the underlying Bookworm architecture a bit lately. My own chief interest in this, because I tend to be a little wary of topic models in general, is in the possibility for Bookworm to act as a diagnostic tool internally for topic models. I don’t think simply plotting description absent […]


Editors’ Choice: The Digital History of the History of Woman Suffrage

By Michelle Moravec | October 28, 2014

In terms of knocking down accepted historiographies, the results around sphere seemed most well received. Woman’s sphere is such an entrenched concept in the historiography of women’s history that the fact that female authors in the History of Woman Suffrage used sphere less than the male authors did is more than a little surprising.* The […]


Editors’ Choice: Academic Outreach as Click Bait

By Jill Walker Rettberg | October 28, 2014

How should academics communicate their research to the general public? Maybe through memes, quizzes and click bait? If you’ve read Chris Rodley’s two part Buzzfeed posts on Post-Structuralism Explained With Hipster Beards you might actually nod and think that might not be such a bad idea. And here is an example of post-publication peer review for […]


Editors’ Choice: Excavating Code — An Archaeological Record of Software Development

By Peter Christiansen | October 23, 2014

Code is often a difficult object to approach from a humanistic perspective.  In some cases, scholars have approached code as if it were simply a piece of literature, generally coming to the conclusion that code makes for very poor literature (Kücklich, 2003).  More often, however, computer code is not seen as a text in the […]

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Editors’ Choice: Archiving the Web — A Case Study from the University of Victoria

By Corey Davis | October 23, 2014

The University of Victoria Libraries started archiving websites in 2013, and it quickly became apparent that many scholarly websites being produced by faculty, especially in the digital humanities, were going to prove very challenging to effectively capture and play back. This article will provide an overview of web archiving and explore the considerable legal and […]

On the political economy of the GeoJSON format — Medium

Editors’ Choice: On the political economy of the GeoJSON format

By Rich Donohue | October 21, 2014

This essay is written in response to a colleague who, for the sake of anonymity, I will simply refer to as Dr. X (or perhaps, as @wallacetim dubs him, Professor Glasses). During the first ever #mapTimeLEX—an event inspired by @alyssapwright, and here in Lexington, largely an ode to @lyzidiamond and @mappingmashups—Dr. X graciously posed the […]

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Editors’ Choice: London’s Text Mined Hinterlands

By Jim Clifford | October 21, 2014

This map visualizes the text-mined data produced by the Trading Consequences project. We queried the database to identify all the commodities with a strong relationship to London and then found every other location where the text mining pipeline identified a relationship those commodities at least 10 times in a given year. I will present this […]