From the resource: Unfortunately, determining whether an item has entered the public domain requires legal expertise and time-consuming research. Even then, research can be inconclusive and the legal details can be murky. The project team documented these lessons in a book called Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit. The Toolkit shares practical insights gained…

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From the post: Map making is a finicky challenge where oftentimes your map data — points, lines, and polygons — must align just right with your external data that exists as a CSV file or related. Mapshaper is an online tool that helps you massage your geographic data to where it needs to be. Read…

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From the resource: Looking for inspiration or help concerning data visualisation with R? Here you will find lots of plots made using it, always with the associated code! I hope you will find the information you are looking for. Access resource here.

Choice of color scale can make a big difference in how the data reads. A careless choice might make the data appear skewed too far low or too far high, so you need to look at the data and decide what’s right for the context. But, sometimes you just gotta make a lot of charts…

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A new R package called tabulizer is now available. It works with Tabula to extract tables from PDFs. Access resource here.

From the announcement: If you’re an Open Culture old timer, you know the work of EmperorTigerstar–a Youtuber who specializes (to quote myself) “in documenting the unfolding of world historical events by stitching together hundreds of maps into timelapse films”… This week, the map animator released The History of Europe: Every Year. In ten minutes, he takes us from The…

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From the resource: In part 1, I showed you how to generate a list of URLs that you could then feed into `wget` to download information. In part 2, I showed you how to use `jq` and `jqplay` – via the amazing Matthew Lincoln, from whom I’ve learned whatever small things I know about the subject…

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The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Search within the volumes, or browse them by administration; see also a list of all pre-Truman volumes. Access resource here.

From the post: Following is the outline and resources for my workshop “Coding for Teachers” at Digital Pedagogy Lab’s 2016 Institute. If you’ve been thinking about possibly learning to code, but don’t know if it’s worth it, or don’t know where to start, take a stab at these activities. While they’re designed with an in-person…

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