Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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Editors’ Choice: On Liquid Books and Fluid Humanities

By jannekeadema1979 | March 12, 2015

What can we take away from this transversal reading of feminist new materialism, critical and media theory, and remix studies, with respect to cutting as an affirmative material-discursive practice—especially where this reading concerns how remix and the cut can performatively critique the established humanist notions such as authorship, authority, quality and fixity underlying scholarly book […]

Editors’ Choice: Research is Getting a Bit More Open

By Ian Milligan | March 10, 2015

When we started up way back in 2009 (!), we did it with a pretty simple vision in mind: historians were producing good scholarship, but it was inaccessible. It was inaccessible for a few reasons: sometimes we don’t exactly write for a general audience (we’ve been guilty of dropping jargon around this site too, […]

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Editors’ Choice: The Collection and the Cloud

By Amelia Abreu | March 10, 2015

In the future, will platforms own our pasts? In February 2015, computer scientist Vint Cerf, known widely for developing the TCP/IP internet protocol standard, gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley branch campus in which he spoke of a coming “digital dark age.” This sound bite was subsequently picked up by the BBC […]

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Editors’ Choice: What is Digital Scholarship? A Typology

By William Thomas III | March 5, 2015

At a recent talk at the University of Colorado Boulder I discussed various definitions of digital scholarship and how we might categorize digital scholarship. My forthcoming essay in the second edition of Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Humanities deals with these questions in depth. This chart offers one way to consider a typology for digital scholarship […]

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Editors’ Choice: 2014 Getty Trust Report–Digital Humanities

By Mark S. Siegel | March 5, 2015

Last year we celebrated the Getty Trust’s accomplishments during its first thirty remarkable years, and again asked ourselves the difficult question: what should the Getty seek to accomplish in the long term, given our legacy of achievements, our unparalleled skills, and our unique resources? We again sought to establish meaningfully high strategic goals for all […]

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Editors’ Choice: CC BY and Its Discontents–A Growing Challenge for Open Access

By Rick Anderson | March 3, 2015

Recently I attended the conference of a major learned society in the humanities. I was only there for a day, and attended only two sessions: one as a panelist and the other as an observer. Both sessions dealt with issues related to Open Access (OA), and in both of them I was deeply taken aback […]

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Editors’ Choice: Problems with the Syuzhet Package

By Annie Swafford | March 3, 2015

I’ve been watching the developments with Matthew Jockers’s Syuzhet package and blog posts with interest over the last few months. I’m always excited to try new tools that I can bring into both the classroom and my own research. For those of you who are just now hearing about it, Syuzhet is a package for […]


Editors’ Choice: The Rest of the Story

By Matthew Jockers | February 26, 2015

My blog on February 2, about the Syuzhet package I developed for R (now available on CRAN), generated some nice press that I was not expecting: Motherboard, then The Paris Review, and several R blogs (Revolutions, R-Bloggers, inside-R) all featured the work.  The press was nice, but I was not at all prepared for the focus to be placed on the one piece […]


Editors’ Choice: History as it Can Be Played: A New Public History?

By Jamie Taylor | February 26, 2015

Serious games for the serious work of history? ‘The culture at large’ as Katie Salen and Eric Zimmermann note ‘does not yet see games as a noble, or even particularly useful endeavour.’ Since those words were written in May 2003, there has been a marked transformation in the esteem with which digital games are regarded. […]

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Editors’ Choice: Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructures

By Geoffrey Bilder, Jennifer Lin, Cameron Neylon | February 24, 2015

infrastructure |ˈɪnfrəstrʌktʃə| (noun) – the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.  – New Oxford American Dictionary Everything we have gained by opening content and data will be under threat if we allow the enclosure of scholarly infrastructures. We propose a […]