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Resource: Teaching Resources, Religion and American Culture

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 14:30

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In public elementary and secondary institutions, teachers face many challenges in discussing religion in the context of American history, government, literature, and other areas. Parents with strong beliefs may object to the presentation of religious points of view they don’t share. Parents who believe in secular education may object to religion being discussed at all. The objective, of course, is to teach about religion without teaching religion.

College students can also have difficulty objectively interpreting religious content. Because American religious practice has played an integral role in the development of the nation, its government, its literature, and its politics, it is vital to introduce students to this perspective.

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Conference: Mapping Space, Mapping Time, Mapping Texts

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 14:00

For many people, our personal understanding of time has been challenged during the covid-19 pandemic, with minutes, hours and days of the week seeming to all merge together into “blursday”, without our previous pre covid-19 routines to help us mark points in time.

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Report: GC Digital Scholarship Lab Virtual Open House 2020

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 13:30

Hi everyone! If you missed the GC Digital Initiatives (GCDI) open house held a couple of weeks ago, have no fear! This post will provide you with a recap of what was covered and where and how you can access our resources.

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CFPapers: The World of Shakespeare and Company

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 13:00

The Shakespeare and Company Project, in collaboration with the Journal of Cultural Analytics and Modernism/modernity, invites proposals for articles about Shakespeare and Company, Sylvia Beach’s bookshop and lending library in interwar Paris. The articles should be based on documents and data made available by the Project.

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Announcement: Can We Be Wrong?

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:30
I have a new book out. It’s called “Can We Be Wrong? The Problem of Textual Evidence in a Time of Data.”

The goal of the book is to change the terms of debate surrounding the place of computational literary analysis within the field literary studies. Most of these debates have and continue to centre around the idea of, “What does this new thing add?” The answers then range from nothing to exciting.

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Opportunity: Help Update the Peutinger Map Viewer

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 15:00

The Ancient World Mapping Center, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, seeks Expressions of Interest from freelance and contract web developers interested in a small project to update components of an online viewer for the so-called “Peutinger Map” of the Roman World.

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Report: That’s My Auntie: Making Accessible Residential School History

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 14:00

This week my colleague Jenna Lemay and I presented “That’s My Auntie: Making Accessible Residential School History” as part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series.

Our webinar focused on specific community digitization and access projects including the Remember the Children project and our recent work with the Shingwauk burial register.

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Announcement: Thesis Prize Winner Teaches Computers to Paint Landscapes

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 13:30

As students dig back into their research this fall, we are happy to introduce this year’s student prize winners. Their projects, which combine humanistic inquiry and digital tools in intriguing ways, are sure to provide inspiration to anyone curious about the digital humanities. This week, meet 2020 undergraduate thesis prize winner Alice Xue ’20, whose thesis, “Can a Machine Originate Art? Creating Traditional Chinese Landscape Paintings Using Artificial Intelligence,” paired her computer science skills with an underused resource from the Princeton University Art Museum.

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Job: Assistant Professor of Digital History with George Mason University

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 13:00

The George Mason University Department of History and Art History invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Digital History. Digital historians and digital art historians pursuing research in any field of history or art history are encouraged to apply. Area of study and methodological specialty are open, but only candidates who can demonstrate that they are digital scholars will be considered. Successful candidates will work at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) and will be expected to initiate and write grant-funded projects to support their work and the work of the Center.

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Resource: Digital geographical narratives with Knight Lab’s StoryMap

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:00

Working for the Qatar Digital Library (QDL), I recently catalogued British Library oriental manuscript 2361, a musical compendium copied in Mughal India during the reign of Aurangzeb (1618-1707; ruled from 1658). The QDL is a British Library-Qatar Foundation collaborative project to digitise and share Gulf-related archival records, maps and audio recordings as well as Arabic scientific manuscripts.

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Editors’ Choice: Teaching Digital Curation

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:00

I’m lucky to be teaching a class about digital curation for undergraduate information studies students this semester. I struggled a bit over the summer with how to structure the class. Of course it is important to focus on the concepts and theories of digital curation. But I think it’s also important to provide practical exercises that make those concepts concrete. I didn’t want to privilege either approach. A sociotechnical framing of information studies has been extremely important in my own research, but asking undergraduates to dive into the STS literature is asking for a lot I think. I want to whet their appetite for STS approaches (maybe they will take a senior seminar or go on to grad school). But I also want to give them some useful knowledge and skills that they can use in their current and future work.

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Announcement: BL Labs Public Awards 2020, The British Library

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 15:00

We are very excited to announce that the sixth annual BL Labs Public Awards are now open and ready for your 2020 entries! This year, they will commend work in four key areas that have used or been inspired by the British Library’s data and / or digital collections.

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CFPapers: A Digital Project Handbook

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 13:45

Beth Fischer (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the Williams College Museum of Art) and Hannah Jacobs (Digital Humanities Specialist, Wired! Lab, Duke University) have set out to gather and share this information with researchers and instructors in the early stages of digital project development. The outcome-in-progress is a peer-reviewed open resource we are designing to fill the gap between platform-specific tutorials and disciplinary discourse in digital humanities.

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Resource: How to pick more beautiful colors for your data visualizations

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 13:00

Choosing good colors for your charts is hard. This article tries to make it easier.

I want you to feel more confident in your color choices. And if you have no sense for colors at all, here’s my attempt to help you find good ones anyway. We’ll talk about common color mistakes I see out there in the wild, and how to avoid them.

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Editors’ Choice: A brief introduction to some digital resources for Korean Studies

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 12:00

This year, scholars and students across the globe have been forced to conduct research and gather materials for their projects and classes through the internet. Luckily for the field of Korean Studies, a huge amount of primary and secondary source material is available online, much of it for free. A concerted effort by the Korean government to promote Korean history and culture through digital means has produced national databases and portals that allow any interested party to browse pre-modern texts, objects, and sites from the comfort of their own homes.

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Editors’ Choice: Making Internet Things, Storytelling

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 11:00

In 2017, I began compiling a three-part guide, intended for beginners with next to no technical knowledge, on how to create the sorts of data-driven, visual stories that we publish at The Pudding. This was going to consist of introductions and surveys of data analysis, design, and writing, and while I thought that the first two sections would be all that our readers really wanted to see, we’ve consistently received word that there remains a substantial interest in the writing guide. I’d tried to compile this third section, which had maintained its “On Writing” heading in my mind, with little success, until I realized that the impasse lay in the fact that I was fixated on precisely that: writing.

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CFParticipation: C&C | HCI International 2021

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 14:00

Culture and Computing is an important research area which aims to address the human-centered design of interactive technologies for the production, curation, preservation and fruition of cultural heritage, as well as developing and shaping future cultures.

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Resource: GCDI is Here for You!

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 13:00

Greetings Digital GC – Welcome back!

As we all adjust to a semester of mostly online learning, the Graduate Center Digital Initiatives (GCDI) and GC Digital Fellows have been hard at work developing programming, events, workshops, and opportunities to help you continue to learn and to develop your digital scholarly projects despite the physical distance.

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Editors’ Choice: ClioVis: Description, Origin and Uses

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:00

ClioVis software combines the best features of digital timeline and mind-mapping software for use by researchers, students, or instructors. The software allows users to chart events chronologically and map them conceptually, illustrating connections along the way through the use of visualization software. ClioVis helps users better understand the materials they are studying, provides an intuitive way for them to organize their research/course materials, and makes it easy for them to present their findings to external audiences. In addition, it also teaches students how to cite their sources and to begin to understand how to differentiate between causation and correlation.

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Editors’ Choice: Consolation Prize, Episode 1

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:46

In our first episode of Consolation Prize, we go to Mexico to investigate how Americans tried to maintain their rights as Americans while sometimes subverting Mexican authority. In particular, we focus on Marmaduke Burrough’s relationship with one American merchant, John Baldwin.

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