Problems How can we tweet about specific parts of a book? #HarryPotterAndTheSorcerer’sStonePage23Paragraph11 isn’t practical. How can we write in the margins of ebooks? How can we have conversations in the margins? Annotags: a Decentralized Solution Not a product, platform, or service. A protocol for encoding text metadata into a hashtag. These hashtags can be posted…

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Recently I received an email from an undergraduate student who expressed frustration with what is commonly being represented as the digital humanities. The student had found my name through doing some research on the intersections of activism and the digital humanities, and asked if I could provide some references that could get her oriented to…

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The Louisiana State University Libraries has contributed digital reproductions of more than 330 “Lost Friends” advertisements—ads searching for loved ones lost in slavery— to a database as part of The Historic New Orleans Collection. The ads appeared in the Southwestern Christian Advocate between November 1879 and December 1880. Search the database here.    

  Leaders from eleven research libraries, national libraries, and nonprofit image repositories have formed the International Image Interoperability Framework Consortium (IIIF). Until now, many of the Internet’s image-based resources have been locked up in silos, with access restricted to custom-built applications. The IIIF supports uniform display of images of books, maps, scrolls, manuscripts, musical scores…

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From the post: Say there’s a historical map that you want to digitize.  It may or may not have contour lines on it, but there is some indication of the topography (hatching or shading or what not). Say you wanted to digitize it such that a person could explore its conception of geography from a first…

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In my spare time I’ve been working on a database of Japanese prints for a little over 3.5 years now. I’m fully aware that I’ve never actually written about this, personally very important, project on my blog — until now. Unfortunately this isn’t a post explaining that project. I do still hope to write more…

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From the announcement: UCLA’s Digital Humanities program emphasizes cross-disciplinary, cross-hierarchy collaboration among students, faculty, and staff. We’ve created this Student Collaborators’ Bill of Rights as a statement of our values and principles in the UCLA DH program. Collaborations between students and more experienced digital humanities practitioners should benefit everyone. At their best, these partnerships are a…

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From the post: In my copious spare time I have hacked together a thing I’m calling the HathiTrust Research Center Workset Browser, a (fledgling) tool for doing “distant reading” against corpora from the HathiTrust. [1] The idea is to: 1) create, refine, or identify a HathiTrust Research Center workset of interest — your corpus, 2)…

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