A New Yorker blog takes on the hype of Big Data (and equivocates)” Gary Marcus, “Steamrolled by Big Data”
Welcome back from spring break! It is finally starting to act like spring around here. As promised, we resume our exploration of spatial DH with a guest presentation by CUNY GC’s own Steven Romalewski (Center for Urban Research) Please take a good look at his links in advance of class on Monday at 11:45am, and please come prepared to take in his demos and try some things out at home.
DH awards 2012 In news that is now wilting away (being more than a week old, 18 Feb to be precise), James Cummings (Oxford) solicited nominations and votes on the first-even DH awards. Looking through these awards provides at least two types of insight directly relevant to our course: (1) What are some terrific humanities resources out there (which happen to be digital)? (2) And a cultural insight: What does this field currently value? I'll be interested to hear which of these align with what you see as valuable in the field. Source: Humanist 26.792 Digital Humanities Awards 2012 Results The winners of the Digital Humanities Awards 2012 are as follows. Once 'accidental' duplicates were removed there were 4101 ballots cast by members of the public over two weeks voting for one or more of the categories. The full list of sites nominated is still available on the website. Sorry if your favoured resource did not win. Open public votes are popularity contests and some of the contestants certainly did seem to campaign more than the others. Feedback I have received indicates that this has raised awareness of DH in the wider community and awareness of little known projects inside the DH community. The candidates were nominated by the public and voted for by the public. The winners of the awards receive no cash prize, only the respect and honour of the DH community. They can also use the icons available at http://dhawards.org/dhawards2012/results/ on their websites if they wish. Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks to all those who voted! *Best DH tool or suite of tools* Winner: Omeka http://omeka.org/ 1st Runner Up: Paper Machines https://github.com/chrisjr/papermachines 2nd Runner Up: Isidore http://www.rechercheisidore.fr/ Total votes in category: 877 *Best DH blog, article, or short publication* Winner: Digital Humanities Now http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org/ 1st Runner Up: Leonardo Flores: E-Poetry http://leonardoflores.net/ 2nd Runner Up: Will Self (et al.): "Kafka's Wound: Re-imagining the Literary Essay for the Digital Age" http://www.thespace.lrb.co.uk/ Total votes in category: 1494 *Best DH visualization or infographic* Winner: A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualization for the Humanities http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/tacc-projects/a-thousand-words 1st Runner Up: e-Diasporas Atlas http://maps.e-diasporas.fr/ 2nd Runner Up: ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World http://orbis.stanford.edu/ Total votes in category: 1099 *Best professional resources for learning about or doing DH work* Winner: Digital Humanities Tool Box http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-humanities-tool-box 1st Runner Up: Livingstone's 1871 Field Diary: A Multispectral Critical Edition: Project History, pages starting from http://livingstone.library.ucla.edu/1871diary/initial_history.htm 2nd Runner Up: Bamboo DiRT http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/ Total votes in category: 1048 *Best DH project for public audiences* Winner: CEISMIC: Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive http://www.ceismic.org.nz/ 1st Runner Up: La Biblioteca Virtual de la Biblioteca Luis Ãngel Arango http://www.banrepcultural.org/blaavirtual/indice 2nd Runner Up: Dickens Journals Online http://www.djo.org.uk/ Total votes in category: 3161 *Best use of DH for fun* Winner: The Future of the Past http://newspapers.wraggelabs.com/fotp/ 1st Runner Up: DigitalNZ magic squares http://wraggelabs.com/shed/magicsquares/ 2nd Runner Up: 10 PRINT ebooks https://twitter.com/10print_ebooks Total votes in category: 911 Dr James Cummings DH Awards (Founder)
Leaping gracefully from spatial data and GIS to textual data, on Monday 4 March and 11 March, we will have a two-course sequence in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language). These courses provide a small but powerful foundation for the preservation, analysis, querying, styling and sharing of textual and other resources. And I promise to make it both useful and comprehensible!
I’ll be teaching the XML introduction on the 4th, and University of Pittsburgh Digital Humanist Professor David Birnbaum (obdurodon.org) will be teaching the XSLT introduction on the 11th.
For Monday, Mar 4 :
- Have a trial version of the software <oXygen/> installed on your laptop
- Please look over the syllabus’ readings:Text Encoding by Allen Renear (Ch 17 of this volume), An even gentler introduction to XML by David Birnbaum. If you are burning with curiousity about the Text Encoding Initiative, you will get an eyeful here: TEI P5 guidelines .
- If the XML seems foreign, you might consider pre-reading the html basics article I mention below, which will highlight html’s similarities to and differences from xml.
For Monday, Mar 11:
- Come back to class with <oXygen/> still installed on your laptop
- One of our main exercises will be an XML-to-HTML transformation. While not required, it would be helpful to look over an introduction to html, html basics
- If you want to get a head start on what will be discussed, you can look at David’s pages on XSLT Basics and his Introduction to XPath.
Looking forward to these classes!
(reposted from the DHI) Cultural Change in the Digital Humanities: talk on Feb. 19 @ Columbia by visiting Prof. Arienne M. Dwyer in Digital Humanities Initiative Free & open to the public, no RSVP required TOPIC: Cultural change in the Digital Humanities: Balancing access, participation, and security WHEN: Tues, Feb. 19 ~ Noon - 1:30 PM WHERE: 203 Butler Library SPONSORS: Columbia Libraries Digital Humanities Center and Digital Program Division SPEAKER: Arienne M. Dwyer Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, University of Kansas Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas DESCRIPTION: The digital humanities idealize openness, by promoting open access to scholarly resources, open source software, and the free sharing of information and knowledge. We digital humanists are making use of the democratic and collaborative potential of Internet to allow greater access to resources, as well as about gaining wider and more diverse audiences for our own scholarship. The interdisciplinary collaboration that this work necessarily entails creates a microsocial organization that contrasts with the lone-scholar approach of the traditional humanities. With extreme openness comes security risks: material may be lost, borrowed without attribution, or insufficiently recognized as valid scholarship. Some security issues are amenable to technical fixes. Yet what motivates many humanists to decline to participate more collaboratively or openly is as much a social issue as a technical one; despite extensive reform efforts, scholarly recognition is still heavily tied to traditional modes of publication and recognition. Further, social networks entail a culture change. This talk focuses on taking the security and cultural concerns of humanists seriously, in order to encourage the broader participation of humanists in these emerging forms of scholarship.
It’s been great to meet you all, and thanks to Jonathan and Lisa for posting.
I’ve been in touch some more with our guest speakers in the last few days, which has required some rearranging of the syllabus (the content has not changed, just the order). Specifically, David Birnbaum requested that his XLST workshop be moved forward one week to Mar 11 and be given the full 2 hrs; this requires moving my introduction to markup and XML to March 4, and moving the text-exploration tools previously on March 4th (TextStat, Voyant etc.) to March 18th. I’ll also be introducing Regular Expressions next week (Feb 4) instead of on Mar 18.
All revisions to the course syllabus can be found in its online version: http://dhmethods13.commons.gc.cuny.edu/course/syllabus/
Here we go…