Category Archives: Editors’ Choice


Editors’ Choice: Publishing scholarly papers with, and on, Wikipedia

By Dr. Martin Poulter | April 1, 2014

Wikipedia welcomes expert contributions, and is one of the most direct ways to promote public understanding of a subject area, but it isn’t always in researchers’ personal interest to contribute. It may seem as though any time spent writing for Wikipedia is less time to write the research papers which will advance their careers. One […]

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Editors’ Choice: Do We Need a Better Archive of the Internet?

By Idea Channel PBS Digital Studios | March 20, 2014

The internet is an archive, but it may not be all that great at it. Sure, it saves any media we can imagine (text, photographs, films, etc). But what about that stuff FROM the network? Status updates, tweets, image macros… they seem to disappear into the ether. Are they not worth as much to us […]

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Editors’ Choice: Commit to DH people, not DH projects

By Miriam Posner | March 20, 2014

We’ve seen digital humanities in terms of “projects” since Roberto Busa indexed Thomas Aquinas. But lately it seems to me that the imperative to continuously produce something is getting in the way of how people actually think and grow. What if we viewed digital methods as a contribution to the long arc of a scholar’s […]


Editors’ Choice: A Brief History of @MallHistories

By Sheila Brennan | March 20, 2014

Yesterday, my colleagues and I at RRCHNM launched a great new public history site, Histories of the National Mall, It is built in Omeka with a beautiful responsive design that displays on a phone, tablet, or laptop. (Read full announcement on the RRCHNM blog.) We have been thrilled with the positive response we have […]

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Editors’ Choice: “Code as Research Object”

By Jonathan Rochkind | March 18, 2014

Mozilla Science Lab, GitHub and Figshare team up to fix the citation of code in academia Academia has a problem. Research is becoming increasingly computational and data-driven, but the traditional paper and scientific journal has barely changed to accommodate this growing form of analysis. The current referencing structure makes it difficult for anyone to reproduce the […]

Editors’ Choice: Biographies and Databases of Atlantic Slaves – 2 Podcasts

By Paul Lovejoy and David Eltis | March 18, 2014

Episode 79: Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University, discusses building an international database of biographical information on all enslaved Africans. He outlines this digital history project’s contribution to the study of slavery, race, and broader themes in global history. This is the first part of a two-part series recorded […]


Editors’ Choice: The Red Herring of Big Data

By Brian Croxall | March 13, 2014

….Although the Big Data Initiative only includes scientific agencies, it turns out that the humanities have been involved for just as long. In 2009, when Data.Gov was being launched, the first Digging into Data Challenge was held. Sponsored by the NEH and comparable organizations in the UK and Canada, the eight winning Digging into Data […]