Category: Reports

Report: Memory and the Built Landscape: Edmonton’s Architectural Heritage Website

The Edmonton Historical Board and the City of Edmonton Archives are helping to preserve and nurture collective memory in Edmonton through a website that explores the city’s built heritage:

The website is an endeavour of the Edmonton Historical Board (EHB) with support from the City of Edmonton Archives. The EHB is an advisory board to City Council which offers guidance to City Council on matters relating to historical issues and heritage policies; and encourages, promotes, and advocates for the preservation and safeguarding of historical properties, resources, communities, and documentary heritage.

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Report: Acceptances to Digital Humanities 2014 (part 1)

It’s that time again! The annual Digital Humanities conference schedule has been released, and this time it’s in Switzerland. In an effort to console myself from not having the funding to make it this year, I’ve gone ahead and analyzed the nitty-gritty of acceptances and rejections to the conference. For those interested in this sort of analysis, you can find my take on submissions to DH2013, acceptances at DH2013, and submissions to DH2014. If you’re visiting this page from the future, you can find any future DH conference analyses at this tag link.

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Report: The First Texas Digital Humanities Conference

I’m just back from the premier offering of the Texas Digital Humanities Conference, and I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to have such a superb event held so close to home, especially since I won’t be able to make the big Digital Humanities meeting this summer (or next summer, for that matter, since things are unlikely to get better here any time soon). There’s more to write about than what I am posting here, but I wanted to post my notes and links for both my future reference and as part of the conference’s wider historical record: interested readers should also check out the conference’s Twitter stream, #txdhc, and Geoffrey Rockwell’s notes.

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Report: Critical Code Studies Working Group

During the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of coordinating the Critical Code Studies Working Group (CCSWG) that Mark Marino and Jeremy Douglass organized. Sponsored by the HaCCS Lab (of which HASTAC is an affiliate), the conversations in all of the discussion threads have been really amazing and exciting — as of March 20, 2014, the WG has a total of 97 participants, and the WG’s 28 discussion threads have had over 12,000 page views! Consider these highlights an overview of some of the major ideas explored, but in no way do they exhaustively capture the full depth and richness of the discussions.

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Report: Waitsourcing, Approaches to Low-Effort Crowdsourcing | Follow the Crowd

Crowdsourcing is often approached as a full-attention activity, but it can also be used for applications so small that people perform them almost effortlessly. What possibilities are afforded by pursuing low-effort crowdsourcing?

Low-effort crowdsourcing is possible through a mix of low-granularity tasks, unobtrusive input methods, and an appropriate setting. Exploring the possibilities of low-effort crowdsourcing, we designed and prototyped an eclectic mix of ideas.

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Report: Enumerate – Thematic Survey Report Available

The Thematic Survey took place to gather more significant data on digitisation of cultural heritage in Europe. There were three thematic surveys. They have been implemented in February to April 2013. At the heart of the ENUMERATE Thematic Surveys were the topics:

  • SIZE of digital collections
  • COST of digitisation
  • ACCESS AND USE of digital collections

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Report: Report and data from SCI’s survey on career prep and graduate education

I am delighted to announce the release of a report, executive summary, data, and slides from the Scholarly Communication Institute’s recent study investigating perceptions of career preparation provided by humanities graduate programs. The study focused on people with advanced degrees in the humanities who have pursued alternative academic careers. Everything is CC-BY, so please read, remix, and share. I’d especially welcome additional analysis on the datasets.

Report: SHARP 2013 Digital Projects and Tools Showcase

In mid-July the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading
& Publishing (SHARP) met
for its twenty-first annual conference, “Geographies
of the Book,”
in Philadelphia. Hosted by University of
Pennsylvania, the conference included a three-hour, stand-alone
digital showcase on Saturday, July 20th. Before I turn to the
sixteen projects featured in the showcase, a few words about
the history of digital sessions at SHARP are in order.

The tradition of showcasing digital projects at SHARP
conferences was begun by Dr. Katherine Harris (San Jose
University) for the 2008 conference held in Oxford, England.
Currently serving as the E-Resources Review Editor for SHARP
, Dr. Harris continued to organize showcases for
subsequent conferences. These highly popular sessions ran
concurrently with other sessions. Although the 2011 Washington,
DC organizers had attempted to find space to hold a stand-alone
session that would not compete with other panels, space
limitations prevented this desire from becoming a reality. A
successful digital project session for the DC conference,
however, was organized once again by Kathy Harris. Yet, the
2013 Digital Showcase at Penn marked the first time that the
demonstrations of new digital projects and tools at SHARP had a
dedicated time slot of its own as well as a setting well-suited
to such an exhibition.

With a dedicated three-hour running time, the digital showcase
ran from 12:30 to 3:30 pm; it competed for attention with
parallel programming only during its final hour. The showcase’s
location in Penn’s Houston Hall’s Hall of Flags easily
accommodated 16 six-foot tables, each with its own monitor, and
afforded the room for numerous attendees to navigate the
various stations with ease.

Mitch Fraas (UPenn) demonstrates his project.
Photo credit: Alex Franklin (Univ. of Oxford)

Alan Galey (UToronto) demonstrates his project.
Photo credit: Alex Franklin (Univ. of Oxford)

The following is a list of the sixteen projects:

Eight of the sixteen projects deal directly with the early
modern period, and at least two–Mark Algee-Hewitt and Tom
Mole’s Bibliograph and Tim Stinson’s ARC and
Collex–extend beyond the historical confines of the early
modern but possess specific relevance to the period. I have
counted Alan Galey’s The Borders of the Book: Visualizing
Paratexts and Marginalia in Multiple Copies and Editions

among the early modern projects because his work relies on
texts from this period. Yet, his work on digital visualizations
of differences in paratextual features and different readers’
marginalia found in multiple copies of the same books has
larger application, too. All of the projects, no matter what
the period, embody approaches and strategies afforded by the
digital that can help advance work in book history and related
fields. The projects are also at various stages–and you will
notice that some have links, and some don’t because they are
either in very early stages or simply not ready for widespread
release. Bibliograph, for instance, is currently a
prototype, with a beta version in the works for testing; the
project launch date is aimed for 2014 or 2015.

END: Early Novels Database is a collaborative project
involving several Philadelphia academic institutions but still
in the midst of digitization and construction. In contrast,
the Eighteenth-Century English Grammars Database is, in
one sense, “complete, but as Professor Yáñez-Bouza noted, it is
also “an open-end project because one can always add more
grammars and some of the fields could be completed with more
information had we the resources to look into contemporary book
reviews and sales catalogues (e.g. the fields Price and Target

Several of the projects have made previous appearances in EMOB
posts. A
last June mentioned ARC (Advanced Research
Consortium), and it is very good to see the progress since
then. The Mellon grant that the Early Modern OCR Project (see
the entry for Jacob Heil) received was announced in a
last fall. More recently, EMOB devoted a post to
image-matching software
developed at the Bodleian that Alex
Franklin presented at SHARP. Finally, the Mapping the
Republic of Letters
project the EMOB discussed in a

several years ago, served as the inspiration for Mitch
Fraas’s Expanding the Republic of Letters: India and the
Circulation of Ideas in the Late Eighteenth Century

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Report: MOOCagogy: Assessment, Networked Learning, and the Meta-MOOC

In the interests of exploring
what MOOCs are and can be, Hybrid Pedagogy ran
an experimental, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, mini- micro-
meta-MOOC about MOOCs endearingly titled “MOOC MOOC”. This
week-long course ran in August 2012 with over 600 registrants
and again in January 2013 with over 1000 registrants. (A
follow-up, 24-hour MOOC ran in June 2013 to explore the ways
MOOC-inspired pedagogies can run amok outside massive online