Art and Architectural History and the Performative, Mindful Practice of the Digital Humanities /
"Photography and digitization—the two main image-reproduction technologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—do not duplicate their subjects uncritically, however. They do not simply convey an object from one mode to another; they are transformative technologies."

"We have absorbed, taken for granted, and in many ways “un-seen,” the full disciplinary scaffold that we have built on top of the original introduction of film-based, photographic slides in the classroom—from the performative nature of its basic mode of argumentation to the socio-technical impacts of the massive, professional image information management systems that constituted the slide libraries.[22] The field has also chosen not to dwell, up to a point, on the ways that digital imaging has transformed technologically and socially the very act of image representation yet again."

"Representation is a form of interpretation and remediation, from the framing chosen, to the color balance used, to the precise technology selected. It is not a neutral act; it is materially transformative."

"The integration of digital images into our disciplinary workflow dissolved the need for this communal room, and sent art and architectural historians back to their individual desks, pinning them in relative isolation to their screens and keyboards."

"Digital images have more to offer the field than their often jaw-dropping visual appearance. In the digital studies community, studying only the screen-facing aspects of a digital object risks a pitfall known as “screen essentialism.”[26] That is, it is not enough to assume that what is most important about a digital object is what it looks like when displayed, because digital objects always include an armature of numerically-encoded information and behaviors that enact what becomes visible. Other affordances of digital imaging and its socio-technical infrastructure can provide ways to interrogate the role of remediation in the study of material culture and the built environment. By extension, this work may have much to offer to the study of any digitized object, transformed into numbers as they all are by the encoding process."

"Undergraduates come to learn the slipperiness of historical materials as they come to grips with the specific requirements of Itinera’s data model."
digital  art  images  archives  RDB 
march 2018
How To Teach Digital Citizenship Through Blogging
1) Netiquette
2) Digital Footprints
3) Content Curation And Creativity
4) Methods Of Communication
5) Copyright and Creative Commons
6) Health And Wellness
7) Passwords
8) Digital Access
digital  literacy  citizenship  ethics 
february 2018
Indigitization Toolkit
The purpose of the toolkit is to provide a reference document as well as a series of templates for BC First Nations communities interested in undertaking digitization projects. The Indigitization toolkit also fits into a broader goal to provide support to First Nations communities in the management of their information.
indigenous  culture  preservation  digitization  resources 
january 2018
Social Feed Manager
Social Feed Manager is open source software that harvests social media data and web resources from Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Sina Weibo. It empowers researchers, faculty, students, and archivists to define and create collections of social media data.
january 2018
ZettelGeist is a plaintext note-taking system, inspired by the ZettelKasten Method.
january 2018
Transcribing Faith
Scalar / Omeka / Scripto
DH  projects 
december 2017
Performance Studies by Lara Mimosa Montes
 I self-/ modulate so much I don’t / hear when the bitter comes out: you do / give me back to myself
december 2017
Kialo is an easy to use, yet powerful tool to engage in thoughtful discussion, understand different points of view, and help with collaborative decision-making.
tools  pedagogy  social  digital 
november 2017
Latin American Ephemera Digital Archive
The Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera is a steadily growing repository containing a previously unavailable subset of Princeton’s Latin American Ephemera Collection as well as newly acquired materials being digitized and added on an ongoing basis.
projects  archives  collections  digital 
november 2017
If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Pandoc can convert documents in (several dialects of) Markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, MediaWiki markup, TWiki markup, TikiWiki markup, Creole 1.0, Vimwiki markup, OPML, Emacs Org-Mode, Emacs Muse, txt2tags, Microsoft Word docx, LibreOffice ODT, EPUB, or Haddock markup
tools  text  publishing  digital 
october 2017
The Decolonial Atlas
The Decolonial Atlas is a growing collection of maps which, in some way, help us to challenge our relationships with the land, people, and state. It’s based on the premise that cartography is not as objective as we’re made to believe. The orientation of a map, its projection, the presence of political borders, which features are included or excluded, and the language used to label a map are all subject to the map-maker’s bias – whether deliberate or not. Because decolonization is a process of unlearning and rediscovering, we’re especially committed to indigenous language revitalization through toponymy – the use of place names.
maps  mapping  decolonial  critical  indigenous  digital 
october 2017
Survivance is a social impact game that asks us to explore our presence and create works of art as a pathway to healing.
games  critical  digital 
october 2017
Mapping Inequality
Mapping Inequality updates the study of New Deal America, the federal government, housing, and inequality for the twenty-first century. It offers unprecedented online access to the national collection of "security maps" and area descriptions produced between 1935 and 1940 by one of the New Deal's most important agencies, the Home Owners' Loan Corporation or HOLC (pronounced "holk").
projects  race  critical  visualization  mapping  maps  digital 
october 2017
Data arrives at your doorstep in the form of a spreadsheet but how do you find a story in rows and columns? WTFcsv provides the first step by characterizing each column's data type and contents so that you can ask more questions.
tools  data  visualization  digital 
october 2017
The Innovation Fetish and Slow Librarianship by Julia Glassman
"It’s supremely unhealthy, for both individuals and organizations, to try to be in bloom all the time."
libraries  slow  critical  digital 
october 2017
22 by Celina Su
"Whenever you wish to, you may conjure me. If I were little beside these digital images,
serving as half-erased traces of whatever latest—or oldest—interpretation you attempt to inscribe in pixilated ink."
poetry  digital 
october 2017
Poems as Maps: An Introduction
"Growing up as a black girl, living with racism, sexism, and poverty, I was used to hearing the world speak through voices that were not my own. I shaped myself out of the skins of others. Reading Clifton was a shock. For the first time, I heard voices and narratives that conveyed identities and experiences I knew. Here were poems about black and brown people, birds, flight, and death. It was a legend that unlocked the map of my life."

"A poem becomes a map when it crosses boundaries of identity and experience, when it shows us how to move through and beyond the spaces that keep us from one another, and keep us from our own humanity. The poem as map situates readers within larger contexts: cultural, historical, social, and spatial. It layers personal and universal experiences, interior and exterior perspectives, and then it invites us to transgress them."

"Most of the poems in this series can be read as poems of resistance. They are relief maps that accentuate uneven terrain. They reveal ridges and hollows that are invisible on the standard road maps drawn by cartographers working within dominant systems and institutions, the maps that silence most voices and narratives. These poems also loop back through time to juxtapose a past with a present, and then break through into a new plane. I am interested in poems that trace the experiences of people on the margins, the people in between the lines, and then write them into a place of change and transformation."
poetry  maps  RDB 
august 2017
Of Wake Work and We Who Would Build: Centralizing Blackness in Digital Work
"If digital humanists’ remedy for Black absence in many DH spaces is merely increased representation, instead of a conscious and critical reappraisal of the “Humanities” themselves, digital humanists risk replicating the ideological and cognitive frameworks that distort and undermine Black ways of knowing and being in the world."
critical  race  digital  RDB 
august 2017
The Equivalence of “Close” and “Distant” Reading; or, Toward a New Object for Data-Rich Literary History
Katherine Bode (2017)

"In my view, these criticisms describe the symptoms—not the essence—of a problem, which in fact inheres in Moretti’s and Jockers’s common neglect of the activities and insights of textual scholarship: the bibliographical and editorial approaches that explore and explicate the literary-historical record. In dismissing the critical and interpretive nature of these activities, and the historical insights they embody, Moretti and Jockers model and analyze literary history in reductive and ahistorical ways. Their neglect of textual scholarship is not an effect of importing data into literary history but is inherited from the New Criticism: contrary to the prevailing view, close reading and distant reading are not opposites. Building on significant—though uneven and unacknowledged—departures from distant reading and macroanalysis by Underwood and other scholars in data-rich literary history, I present the case for a new scholarly object of analysis, modeled on the foundational technology of textual scholarship: the scholarly edition."

"The meaning derived from a literary-historical data set—like the interpretation of an individual literary work—is shaped, profoundly, by the theoretical framework through which it is approached and by the selections and amplifications that that framework produces. Accordingly, two scholars can read the same data set—like the same literary work—and derive different meanings from it. Where an independent observer may be more or less convinced by the different arguments, deciding between them depends on access to the object on which they are based. In the absence of data publication, distant reading and macroanalysis are analogous to finding a set of documents in an archive or archives, transcribing them, analyzing those transcriptions, publishing the findings, and asserting that they demonstrate a definitive new perspective on the literary field, without enabling anyone else to read the transcriptions (or, in Jockers’s case, without revealing the titles of most of t,he original documents)."

"For some researchers, a scholarly edition of a literary system will function much as existing digital collections, providing a site for searching or browsing the digitized documentary record. In this capacity, however, it enables publication of what could (and should) be a key contribution of data-rich literary history to the broader field: a massively expanded bibliographical record (indicated by the new works, who knows how many, that were not previously known to literary historians but were uncovered in Underwood and Sellers’s exploration of the HathiTrust Digital Library). For other researchers, including those currently using mass-digitized collections to locate particular authors and works in the historical contexts in which they operated, a scholarly edition of a literary system will provide a carefully, consistently, and explicitly historicized digital collection for this task. For researchers interested in analyzing large-scale trends in the publication, circulation, and reception of literary works, such an edition will provide a rigorously constructed and explained “shared” data set that could be analyzed and “combined in more ways that one” (Moretti 2005: 5)."
critical  text  analysis  computational  history  literature  digital 
august 2017
First Days Project
"The First Days Project shares stories of immigrants and refugees first experiences in the United States."
Projects  digital 
july 2017
Participatory Media
"Participatory Media interactively engages with and presents participatory community media from the 1960s and 1970s. Through the discovery phase, the project will explore how to provide access to community-made, rare, and often publicly-funded moving images and their related archives; provide a model for community involvement in digital public humanities work, specifically participatory archival, curatorial, and exhibition work; and employ innovative technologies to enable digital participation on multiple levels. The final product of this discovery grant will be design documents that include user interface specifications, technology requirements, and wireframes."
projects  media  archives  critical  digital 
july 2017
Participatory Archives
"We argue that our project of archiving and circulating the materials and history of participatory media in the present offers one model for how archivists and scholars can collaborate with the people they are studying to co-create digital, public-humanities projects."

"By expanding what and how we characterize a collection as an archive, we can open up questions of agency, control, and representation that the media makers we study have raised in a different historical context."

"Simultaneously, our work on the history of participatory media has shaped how we practice DPH. In the 1960s and 1970s, the actors we study created new forms of media-making because they believed that democratic citizenship required not only the franchise but also a broad distribution of the skills necessary to create mass-media representations. Agency depended on the communities’ ability to represent themselves in both political and cultural terms. We are actively working to imagine what this kind of radical rethinking of democratic participation means in a digital world. In one example, we are building into our site tools that will enable users to engage in tagging and contribute to folksonomies and taxonomies. Using film and video annotation tools developed by the Media Ecology Project, users will be able to identify shots, note formal elements, add tags, and write notes, contributing to what we envision as a growing layer of additional contextual materials. These community-generated tags will form a folksonomy that augments and challenges formal taxonomies like Library of Congress Subject Headings within the project. We will also use these tags to build previously unrecognized connections between materials and arguments across the archive. And these new interpretations will, in turn, enable us to build new and more generous interfaces that open up the collections in ways beyond those enabled by standard search functions."

"The approach we are developing in Participatory Media has implications beyond our specific project’s approach to participation as both a practice and an ethic. Carole Palmer has called what we are trying to create “contextual mass,” “a system of interrelated sources where different types of materials and different subjects work together to support deep and multifaceted inquiry in an area of research.”14 In Palmer’s model of collection creation, scholars with their particular object of study and specialized set of materials, which are rarely in the same place, partner with archivists who hold the material, including libraries. In the Participatory Media project, we take Palmer’s model one step further, inviting people who helped create the material being archived to collaborate with both scholars and archivists in building this contextual mass and in imagining and creating new digital participatory practices for the DPH future."
humanities  archives  critical  digital  RDB 
july 2017
Days of Future Past: Augmented Reality and Temporality in Digital Public Humanities
"this project made the relationship between cultural memory, technology, and temporality visible in a variety of ways, as students examined the personal and professional dimensions of documenting the past and preserving it in the present for imagined future uses."
projects  Omeka  digital 
july 2017
Fugitive Justice: The Possible Futures of Prison Records from US Colonial Rule in the Philippines
"On another level, then, these records can be read as attempts to produce the very criminal subjects they purportedly sought to contain. As scholars like Allan Sekula have argued, the state produced criminal subjects through institutional practices such as the creation of prison intake records, and categories like “prisoner” authorized them to be acted upon in certain ways. The mug shot, in this reading, was instrumental in turning arrestees into convicts by providing visual evidence attesting to their supposed criminality. The filing cabinets that held these intake records thus become representative of a form of power that used “visual empiricism, bibliographic rationality, and the authority of the archive” to naturalize its function. In this way, they appear merely to record rather than produce."

"The larger point is that reading these records as sources for information about the past risks reinsribing colonial ways of seeing and an empiricist certainty in facts. As a methodological pursuit, this raises ethical questions. Some aspects of these records can indeed be used by scholars, descendants, and the public to tell stories about the past that extend far beyond what the records’ creators ever intended or even imagined. These records can likewise be used to denaturalize the operative categories of colonial prisons in ways that subvert their original purpose and go some way to counteracting it. Yet, reading imprisoned bodies through the records also recalls what anthropologist Ann Laura Stoler recently referred to as the “intimate violence and humiliation of forcible bodily exposure at prisons, check points, and immigration stations.”"

"Does using the records to tell untold stories or to name colonial practices of mass incarceration as racist, misogynist, and illegitimate outweigh the possible stigma or embarrassment of having an ancestor that was sent to prison? Questions like these are why the most important interpretation of these records will take place through the collective dialog of descendants and the wider public once they are digitized and made available."

"These types of approaches in archival theory also close the gap between past and present. According to the “records continuum model” that Michelle Caswell applies to the Toul Sleng prison mug shots—beyond appraising, arranging, describing, and preserving as a linear process—is another process of continual recontextualizing; that is, the layers of meaning beyond the immediate context of the records’ creation are inseparably present and ongoing. In Cambodia, for instance, survivors, victims’ families, archivists, scholars, and tourists are all co-creators of these layers of narrative, witnessing, and protest. According to this method, the subjects and their descendants as well as the creators of the record become an integral part of its provenance."

"For many, the opposite of erasure is not just remembering, as both Maurice Stevens and Michelle Caswell have argued, but justice."

"If archive-building was a crucial part of empire-building in the Philippines, as archival studies scholar Cheryl Beredo has demonstrated, then critical approaches promise to be part of its undoing."

"Beginning to answer this question has a lot to do with our relationship to time. Following Ann Stoler’s suggestion that the concept of “recursive temporalities,” which fold back on themselves, is more attentive to the ways colonial histories remain present, it is possible to understand “reactivations” of colonial pasts as being “mobilized in present political acts,” for what might have been and what still might be."
archives  critical  postcolonial  digitization  ethics  RDB 
july 2017
The Visual Rhetoric of Data Part 1: Race, Class and Changes in Mortality Rates
Hector Postigo (2017)

"One cannot ask those directly represented by the data. One can only correlate the variables available in data and make historical comparisons ..."
critical  data  visualization  literacy  digital 
july 2017
TAPAS Project
TAPAS is the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service hosted by Northeastern University Library's Digital Scholarship Group.
tools  TEI  text  publishing  digital 
july 2017
Charon is a digital framework designed to provide workflow management for a range of contributory and editorial digital humanities projects.
tools  digital 
july 2017
Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps.
tools  data  visualization  networks  narrative  storytelling  digital 
july 2017
Create an interactive map from your data
tools  maps  mapping  visualization  digital 
july 2017
The Visual Rhetoric of Data Part 2: Political Maps and Infographics
Hector Postigo (2017)

"The underlying idea here is that, as much as anything else they do, maps and/or infographics in news stories are also making arguments. They are visual rhetoric. In this case, maps like the ones I’m discussing are making visual arguments by means of enthymeme. For those that may be wondering, an enthymeme is a proposition in argumentation where the causative link or premise leading to a conclusion is not explicitly stated but implied, leaving the listener or reader to draw the preferred causative link or premise based on the presentation."

"other types of visual interactive arguments that are less built on binaries and more on overlapping life-worlds."
critical  data  visualization  mapping  maps  literacy  digital 
july 2017
Ticha is an online, digital explorer for a corpus of Colonial Zapotec texts. (The name ticha comes from the Colonial Valley Zapotec word for ‘word’, which also means ‘language’.) Zapotec is an indigenous language family of Mexico, has a long record of alphabetic texts, the earliest dated 1565 (Oudijk 2008:230). Reading and interpreting these colonial documents can be extremely difficult because of the challenges of early Zapotec orthography, vocabulary, grammar, and printing conventions, yet the documents contain rich linguistic, historical, and anthropological information.
projects  TEI  text  editing  digitization  digital 
june 2017
Generate MIDI files from time series data. You can control can control what octaves and octave ranges you want.
tools  sound  data  sonification  digital 
june 2017
Music Algorithms
Algorithms and Interactive Tools for Exploring Music Composition, Analysis, and Interdisciplinary Learning.
tools  sound  music  sonification  digital 
june 2017
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