Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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Editors Choice: Opening up Classics and the Humanities: Computation, the Homer Multitext Project and Citizen Science

By Charles Jones | October 2, 2014

From the abstract: Increasingly powerful computational methods are important for humanists not simply because they make it possible to ask new research questions but especially because computation makes it both possible — and arguably essential — to transform the relationship between humanities research and society, opening up a range of possibilities for student contributions and […]


Editors Choice: Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away…

By Clay Shirky | September 30, 2014

I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class. I came late and […]

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Editors’ Choice: Visualizing Early America through MapScholar and Beyond

By Jim Ambuske | September 30, 2014

Hello, DH World! As this is my first official post as a DH Grad Fellow in the Scholars’ Lab, I’d like to start it by thanking the folks in the Lab for the opportunity to join the team for this academic year. I feel really fortunate that I have the chance to hang out with […]

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Editors’ Choice: The Great Works of Software

By Paul Ford | September 23, 2014

Is it possible to propose a software canon? To enumerate great works of software that are deeply influential—that changed the nature of the code that followed? Canons emerge over time, as certain works gain in critical appreciation. But software is mutable stuff, quick to obsolesce. Only banks, governments, and your parents run the same programs […]

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Editors’ Choice: Open Government Data: Possibilities and Problems

By Craig Bellamy | September 23, 2014

“Government 2.0 involves direct citizen engagement in conversations about government services and public policy through open access to public sector information and new Internet based technologies. It also encapsulates a way of working that is underpinned by collaboration, openness and engagement”[1] Back ground and context The Political Issues Analysis System (PIAS) project (view report .pdf)—in […]

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Editors’ Choice: Here and There: Creating DH Community

By Miriam Posner | September 23, 2014

Thanks a million to the University of North Texas’s Spencer Keralis for inviting me to come speak at Digital Frontiers, a great conference in Northern Texas! I’m having an excellent time. Here’s the talk I gave today. Around springtime, when universities are making offers for jobs that start in the fall, I tend to get […]

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Editors’ Choice: Scaffolding, Hard and Soft: Infrastructures as Critical and Generative Structures

By Shannon Christine Mattern | September 18, 2014

Today in the Parsons “Design for This Century” lecture course — a class that’s required of all first-year Transdisciplinary Design, Design + Technology, and Design Studies students — I’ll be talking about infrastructure. This presentation will later become a chapter in Jentery Sayers’s The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, forthcoming 2016….We’ll start off with […]


Editors’ Choice: Finding Jokes for The Victorian Meme Machine

By Bob Nicholson | September 16, 2014

In truth, we don’t know how many Victorian gags have been preserved in the British Library’s digital collections. Type the word ‘jokes’ into the British Newspaper Archive or the JISC Historical Texts collection and you’ll find a handful of them fairly quickly. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more […]