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In this week's discussion of networks, I chose to focus more on "Demystifying Networks" by Scott Weingart. The post did a good job of introducing the two basic components of networks, or the "stuff" and the "relationships," clarified as "nodes" and "edges." In addition to describing the basic components and... Continue reading
When discussing how Digital Humanities can take hold at community colleges, especially when students at these colleges tend to take few humanities courses in general, the author brings up some important questions. McGrail asks, " How will we teach all of our students—with their different preparations, goals, and futures—in the... Continue reading
This week, we focused on the idea of spatial history. The best introduction to this method for me was Richard White's "Spatial History Project." He was the past director of the Stanford Spatial History Project, giving him an extensive grounding in the field. Based on our class, it's worth mentioning... Continue reading
Most articles aimed at humanities scholars try to illustrate all of the ways that new methods will be useful for finding new ways of analyzing data and looking impressive to other scholars, one of the key facets of digital humanities is making the information that we discover and interpret easier... Continue reading
While the broader discussion this week appears to be centered around the role of archives, Sheila Brennan's "Public, First" article in Debates in the Digital Humanities really caught my eye. The idea of public history and humanities essentially "place[s] communities, or other public audiences, at their core," and this idea... Continue reading
In our discussion of metadata this week, one article that interested me was Alexis Wischowski's "Survival of the fittest tag: Folksonomies, findability, and the evolution of information organization." The piece detailed the history of changing organizational structures, from strict hierarchies in academia to the folksonomies that naturally develop in various... Continue reading
The central theme throughout the various essays that we read for this week’s reading seemed to be the tension between the nebulous nature of the humanities and the precise behavior of algorithms seen in the digital humanities. Algorithms, as Rhody explains, “do precisely as they are told, enacting a carefully... Continue reading
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