Category: Resources

Resource: Data Visualization – Introduction to Shiny Web Applications

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With the growing interest in interactive web applications for data visualization, the mastery of reactive frameworks, such as Shiny, becomes a valuable skill set in data science and digital humanities. Shiny is the analytical dashboards package created by R Studio, one of the key promoters and developers of R. It allows for rapid prototyping and deployment of a variety of interactive data visualizations. In my recent workshop, I have introduced the fundamental concepts of reactive framework and basic steps in creating a Shiny web application.

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Resource: Using Text Analysis to Discover Work in JSTOR

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JSTOR have just announced the JSTOR Labs Text Analyzer, a clever tool–still in Beta–that will analyze any document you upload (or text that you copy and paste) and find suggested matches in the JSTOR archives. It’s an interesting proposition–if you click that link on a phone, you can even take a picture of text and the Analyzer will process that. You can find out more about how it works at this link, but I thought it would be fun to run it through a paper I published a while back.

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Resource: Going Digital With Annual Review, Tenure & Promotion Materials

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The ubiquitous tenure binder, serving as documentation of one’s academic endeavors, is gradually being replaced by digital processes that involve significantly fewer hours spent on printing and copying. If your university has recently switched over to a digital system, or if you’ve just started at an institution with a digital materials submissions process, you’re probably in a position where you’ve got a lot of papers and files sitting around in need of scanning and organizing. This was my position a few weeks ago, as I had a traditional binder for our annual review process (two years worth of printouts, letters, etc) and instructions from the administration regarding our new digital submission process. Annual review processes (which are usually warm-ups for tenure and /or promotion, for those fortunate enough to be on tenure stream lines) are inherently stressful and time-consuming. Depending on how you’ve been preparing your materials throughout the year, a digital process can be a blessing or a curse. Here’s a few tips for preparing throughout the year.

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Resource: Computation and the Humanities – Towards an Oral History of DH

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In a recent news post, the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) draws attention to a new open access book by Julianne Nyhan and Andrew Flinn (both at University College London), Computation and the Humanities: Towards an Oral History of Digital Humanities. As EADH notes, “By taking an oral history approach, this book explores questions like, among others, researchers’ earliest memories of encountering computers and the factors that subsequently prompted them to use the computer in Humanities research.”

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Resource: On Writing with Bookdown

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From the How do you collaborate remotely with co-authors? How do you make sure that what you write is as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, and do so such that your readers become collaborators as well?

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Resource: On a Collections as Data Imperative

The Library of Congress has published “On a Collections as Data Imperative” by Thomas Padilla (UC Santa Barbara).

From the Article:

Libraries support individuals working through the many facets of complexity that constitute the human condition. The collections as data conversation is an extension of this tradition – provision of the means for meaning making. Disposition toward the work is unadorned, grounded by engagement with community need and vested in the challenges and opportunities latent in the traces of human action gathered, described, preserved, and provided access to. Typically, these traces are called collections. What might be gained by thinking of the digital objects that comprise them as data? Within this question lies the potential of a collections as data imperative.

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Resource: AKDC Debuts New Data Visualization Tool, Layer Cake

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The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT has released its prototype of Layer Cake, a 3-axes mapping tool that enables users to build maps layering narrative, time, and space simultaneously. Envisioned by AKDC Program Head, Sharon C. Smith, Ph.D., the tool has become a reality thanks to the programming expertise of James Yamada (Master in Design Studies, Harvard GSD).

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Resource: Annotate Charts using ChartAccent

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Some say annotation is the most important layer for charts meant for public consumption. It directs readers where to look and what’s important. But the process is not always straightforward. ChartAccent is an application slash research project that aims to make annotation easier. Plug in some data, make a chart, and do some clicking and dragging. Done.

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Resource: New Digital Resource to Reveal the Hidden Possibilities for Library Collections

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Researchers and librarians face a common concern: how can we ensure sustainable access to special collections to deliver better research? Access to information is a 21st-century currency, and with a digital world at our fingertips it’s an exchange of data that we often take for granted. Academic researchers on the other hand, may not be feeling that we’ve quite landed in the golden age of information…In creating sustainable digital content, there is a solution that can help bring specialist research to life, one collection at a time; and this is how Reveal Digital have approached the challenge.

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