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Technology has changed a lot since I was a child. We didn’t have cell phones. PCs were still something of a novelty. I didn’t have email, until I was in college. With changing technology, there has been a significant change in how we learn, but also how we work. As... Continue reading
Does the work of humanists have to carry a lot of emotional capital to matter? If this is the standard by which our scholarly endeavor is going to be judged, then most of the work that is done across the humanities is at danger of being deemed irrelevant. For that... Continue reading
Since I started studying the history of geology, the concept of stratigraphy has increasingly captured my interest. In stratigraphy, the depositional layers that compose the geological record, time and space matter a great deal. Deposition is a natural process, that would occur wether we were there to observe it or... Continue reading
Coming to the digital humanities through a background in marine ecology, when I think about data visualization, the images that come to my mind are as likely to come from different means of visualizing components of an ecosystem, as they are to relate to anything in the humanities. These kinds... Continue reading
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What do the architect Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) and the biologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1848) have in common? It’s a serious question for me, since before perusing the 16th Edition of the Whole Earth Catalog from June 1975, I wasn’t familiar with the work of either of these men. I had... Continue reading
What defines public scholarship? According to the article “Public First” by Sheila Brennan, the answer has to be more than just putting something online and making it publicly available. In order to cross the threshold into genuine public scholarship, there has to be an active element to public engagement that... Continue reading
Two articles we read this week primarily focused on folksonomies, user generated tags that are utilized in an online environment to help other users find content. Before enrolling at OU, I worked for five years on an aquatic science database, where close to half my weekly activity involved tagging, though... Continue reading
Can the types of data we have, and the tools we have at our disposal actually answer the questions we want to ask? The answer to these kinds of questions is not always clear. Let me borrow an example from the biological sciences. Can comparing the genomes of a group... Continue reading
At the end of my sophomore year of high school, the woman who had been my American Literature teacher that year, defended her PhD and moved on to an administrative position at a near by college. At the end of my junior year of high school, the woman who had... Continue reading
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