Category: Resources

Resource: Starter kit for considering a DH dissertation

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Successful non-traditional dissertations include a comic book (Nick Sousanis), a hip-hop album (A.D. Carson), code and design without written chapters (me), and the use of digital formats and methods such as a Tumblog counter-narrative (Jade E. Davis) or topic modeling (Lisa Rhody). Are you curious about using digital methods or forms to pursue your dissertation research questions? Or maybe dissertational gate-tenders (advisors, mentors, departments) have you seeking successful examples of DH as part of the dissertation. Wherever you’re coming from, here’s a short selection of readings to get you started exploring digital humanities as doctoral scholarship…

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Resource: Digital Accessibility and You

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I have been working on a series of blog posts on digital accessibility for the last several months. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, as I am a disabled student and worker in a digital world. I try to advance projects and accessibility in general, and to lead and teach by example.  This series has several parts, most focus on insuring that digital material is accessible to adaptive technology such as screen readers. There are also tips and ideas on organization to assist those with pattern and cognitive disabilities, and those with color blindness and low or no vision.

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Resource: Training Opportunities in Digital Scholarship

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Part of the mission of the SSRC Digital Culture program, and of Parameters as a platform, is to bring together disparate trainings and resources for scholars hoping to increase their digital literacy and familiarity with digital tools and methodologies used in social science. To that end, we compiled a list of current opportunities for scholars at various skill and career levels.

This list will be updated regularly with future opportunities. If you know of a training opportunity that should be added to this list, please email us at

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Resource: Preserving Accented and Non-Roman Characters in CSV Workflows

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Digital work in and around the Humanities often involves moving data from one system or format to another. That data often involves complex textual materials in multiple languages and writing systems. One commonly used format is the “Comma-Separated Values” text file. It’s not uncommon to find that characters not used in English get garbled when exported from a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel to CSV (or imported from CSV into such a program). What’s going on and how do you make it stop?

Source: Preserving Accented and Non-Roman Characters in CSV Workflows

Resource: Visualizing Incomplete and Missing Data

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We love complete and nicely formatted data. It means we spend less time restructuring and poking at a sparse dataset and more quickly get to the visualization, analysis, and insights. It’s why I like to work with Census data so much. A lot of time and research is put into making sure the data is as complete as it can be.

But a lot of the time (most of the time?), the data you work with is not complete. There is missing data. Available values can be sparse across time and space the farther out you stretch.

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Resource: Working with The New York Times API in R

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Have you ever come across a resource that you didn’t know existed, but once you find it you wonder how you ever got along without it? I had this feeling earlier this week when I came across the New York Times API. That’s right, the paper of record allows you–with a little bit of programming skills–to query their entire archive and work with the data. Well, it’s important to note that we don’t get the full text of articles, but we do get a lot of metadata and URLs for each of the articles, which means it’s not impossible to get the full text. But still, this is pretty cool.

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Resource: Python Programming for the Humanities

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The programming language Python is widely used within many scientific domains nowadays and the language is readily accessible to scholars from the Humanities. Python is an excellent choice for dealing with (linguistic as well as literary) textual data, which is so typical of the Humanities. In this book you will be thoroughly introduced to the language and be taught to program basic algorithmic procedures. The book expects no prior experience with programming, although we hope to provide some interesting insights and skills for more advanced programmers as well. The book consists of 10 chapters. Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 are still in draft status and not ready for use.

Find the Resource here: Python Programming for the Humanities by Folgert Karsdorp

Resource: Transverse Reading Gallery

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This site focuses on mapping the plot structures of interactive narratives, and in particular gamebooks – that is, playable print stories. The project data mines, analyzes, and visualizes the branching plot structures of hundreds of interactive stories, with examples from different decades, nations, and languages.

Find the site here: Transverse Reading Gallery

Resource: Developing A Photogrammetry Toolkit For Rapid, Low Cost And High Fidelity 3D Scans

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As a current PhD student in the Communications Cultural Studies and New Media Program at McMaster University, my research revolves around the application of new media to create personal archives for individuals or relatively small communities, groups and peoples, primarily marginalized populations, including: ageing populations, people of colour, indigenous peoples, people with accessibility needs and migrant populations, especially those displaced by climate disaster, armed conflict, and global economics.

These new media archives are rooted in enabling the community itself to accessibly and rapidly generate their own archival content in response to the inability of traditionally large institutions like museums and government run organizations to include marginalized people, especially in the face of rapid change caused by climate disaster or armed conflict. The new media forms I intend to include in my research are: audio recording, photography, 3D scanning, and 3D printing. For the Sherman Centre Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship I will mainly be focused on photogrammetry technology.

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