Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

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Editor’s Choice: What does it mean to be alive in the digital age?: “The Zombies Are Already Among Us”

By Christoper Watts | April 30, 2015

Christopher Watts, from St. Lawrence University, created the following video for a New York Six event. The premise of the talk creatively explores how the obsession with quantifying information without qualitative considerations can lower the bar for what it means to be alive. If we increasingly value data points as the primary form of knowledge, but lose our […]

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Editor’s Choice: Beyond Dead or Alive Books: Redefining and Repositioning Scholarly Content in a New Knowledge Environment

By Chad Gaffield | April 30, 2015

In this post, Chad Gaffield (University of Ottawa) reflects on the Association of Research Libraries’ 2014 Fall Forum. We do not live in a technologically-driven age but we do live in a technologically-enabled age that is proving to be paradigm-shifting, with DH often leading the way My perspective first situates the question of scholarly monographs […]


Editor’s Choice: Voices of Authority: Towards a history from below in patchwork

By Tim Hitchcock | April 28, 2015

This post is intended to very briefly describe a project I am about halfway through – that seeks to experiment with the new permeability that digital technologies seem to make possible – to create a more usable ‘history from below’, made up of lives knowable only through small fragments of information.This particular project is called […]


Editor’s Choice: Digital Public History — Bringing the Public Back In

By Noiret Serge | April 28, 2015

“Digital historical culture” is part of the wider “digital culture” permeating our society through the Internet. The sociological concept of digital culture was developed by Manuel Castells[2] and Willard McCarty[3]. In Italy, Tito Orlandi theorized the emergence of a new Koine based on his further development of scientific and methodological concepts of humanities computing as […]

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Editors’ Choice: Data Storytelling and Historical Knowledge

By Seth Denbo | April 23, 2015

The role that data plays in our society is changing. Institutions and corporations collect vast amounts of information about us. Individuals contribute to this further by creating data about themselves on social media. One of the world’s largest corporations, Google, earned its status by collecting vast amounts of data that have enormous value to advertisers. […]

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Editors’ Choice: The Public is Dead, Long Live the Public

By Sheila Brennan | April 21, 2015

Recent calls for finding “public” audiences for scholarly work, engaging “the general public,” and for doing public digital humanities work are encouraging, but only when those calls are informed by the long history of “public” scholarly work with some understanding that the term is contested and changing. We should all acknowledge that is no “general […]


Editors’ Choice: Named Entity Extraction: Productive Failure?

By Abby Mullen | April 21, 2015

This past week in my Humanities Data Analysis class, we looked at mapping as data. We explored ggplot2’s map functions, as well as doing some work with ggmap’s geocoding and other things. One thing that we just barely explored was automatically extracting place names through named entity recognition. It is possible to do named entity […]

Editors’ Choice: Write-only

Editors’ Choice: Write-only

By Nicholas Carr | April 16, 2015

It’s interesting that Jacobs and Piper offer different explanations for the diminished role of textual commentary in intellectual life. Jacobs traces it to a shift in cultural attitudes, particularly our recent, post-Romantic embrace of self-expression and originality at the expense of humility and receptiveness. Tacitly, he also implicates the even more recent, post-modern belief that the written word is something to be […]

Editors’ Choice: 79 Theses on Technology. For Disputation.

Editors’ Choice: 79 Theses on Technology. For Disputation.

By Chad Wellmon | April 16, 2015

Alan Jacobs has written seventy-nine theses on technology for disputation. A disputation is an old technology, a formal technique of debate and argument that took shape in medieval universities in Paris, Bologna, and Oxford in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In its most general form, a disputation consisted of a thesis, a counter-thesis, and a string […]