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 
9 weeks ago
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."
DH  critical  race 
10 weeks ago
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)."
DH  critical  text  analysis  computational  history  literature 
11 weeks ago
First Days Project
"The First Days Project shares stories of immigrants and refugees first experiences in the United States."
DH  public  projects  participatory  immigrant  postcolonial  storytelling  visualization  agency 
12 weeks ago
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."
DH  projects  media  public  participatory  archives  critical 
12 weeks ago
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."
DH  public  humanities  archives  participatory  critical 
12 weeks ago
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."
DH  projects  AR  temporality  Omeka  Neatline 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 ..."
DH  critical  data  visualization  literacy 
12 weeks ago
TAPAS Project
TAPAS is the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service hosted by Northeastern University Library's Digital Scholarship Group.
DH  tools  TEI  text  publishing 
12 weeks ago
Charon is a digital framework designed to provide workflow management for a range of contributory and editorial digital humanities projects.
DH  tools  Fedora  Samvera 
12 weeks ago
Kumu is a powerful data visualization platform that helps you organize complex information into interactive relationship maps.
DH  tools  data  visualization  networks  narrative  storytelling 
july 2017
Create an interactive map from your data
DH  tools  maps  mapping  visualization 
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."
DH  critical  data  visualization  mapping  maps  literacy 
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.
DH  projects  TEI  text  editing  digitization 
june 2017
Generate MIDI files from time series data. You can control can control what octaves and octave ranges you want.
DH  tools  sound  data  sonification 
june 2017
Music Algorithms
Algorithms and Interactive Tools for Exploring Music Composition, Analysis, and Interdisciplinary Learning.
DH  tools  sound  music  sonification 
june 2017
Center for Solutions to Online Violence
helping people safely navigate digital experiences and understand the impacts of and responses to online violence
DH  public  pedagogy 
june 2017
Promoting Inclusiveness in Course Planning
Diversity checklist, statments, sample syllabi
pedagogy  diversity 
june 2017
Tradamus is a free digital Critical Digital Edition creation web application. Whether you straight transcriptions of your text or full TEI encoded documents you can bring them together in Tradamus to build a Critical Edition using the methodology that you want. From the Apparatus Criticus to the final publication you decide!
DH  tools 
may 2017
Beautifully simple storytelling
DH  tools  web  storytelling 
may 2017
Colored Conventions
ColoredConventions.org endeavors to transform teaching and learning about this historic collective organizing effort—and about the many leaders and places involved in it—bringing them to digital life for a new generation of students and scholars across disciplines and for community researchers interested in the history of activist church, educational and entrepreneurial engagement.
DH  projects  pedagogy  crowdsource 
march 2017
Annotran uses the annotation technology of hypothes.is to allow anyone to translate a web page.
DH  tools  translation  annotation  web 
february 2017
Viewshare is a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.
DH  tools  collections  archives  visualization 
february 2017
Easily create apps for events, conferences, trade shows, and meetings using the world’s best app builder.
DH  tools 
february 2017
TRACER is a suite of 700 algorithms, whose features can be combined to create the optimal formula for detecting those words, sentences and ideas that have been reused across texts.
DH  tools  algorithm  text  analysis 
february 2017
With MARKUS you can upload a file in classical Chinese (and perhaps in the future other languages) and tag personal names, place names, temporal references, and bureaucratic offices automatically. You can also upload your own list of key terms for automated tagging. You can then read a document while checking a range of reference works at the same time, or compare passages in which the same names or keywords appear. Or, you can extract the information you have tagged and use it for further analysis in our visualization platform and other tools.
DH  tools  text  analysis  Chinese 
february 2017
Edition Visualization Technology
A light-weight, open source tool specifically designed to create digital editions from XML-encoded texts, freeing the scholar from the burden of web programming and enabling the final user to browse, explore and study digital editions by means of a user-friendly interface.
DH  tools  editing  annotation  text  visualization 
february 2017
Graph-based exploration and crowd-based indexation for multimedia collections.
DH  tools  networks  text  images  collections  timelines 
february 2017
Fulcrum is a publishing platform currently under development that helps publishers present the full richness of their authors' research outputs in a durable, discoverable, and flexible form.
january 2017
TimeLineCurator quickly and automatically extracts temporal references in freeform text to generate a visual timeline. You can then interactively curate the events in this timeline until you are satisfied, or quickly decide that there is no interesting temporal structure within the document. You can also create a mashup of multiple documents against each other to compare their temporal structure.
DH  tools  timelines 
january 2017
Annotate images and videos
DH  tools  annotation  images  video 
january 2017
HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Datasets
The HTRC Extracted Features Dataset v.1.0 is comprised of page-level features for 13.7 volumes in the HathiTrust Digital Library. This version contains non-consumptive features for both public-domain and in-copyright books.

Features include part-of-speech tagged term token counts, header/footer identification, marginal character counts, and much more.
DH  text  data  datasets 
december 2016
GIS and Literary History: Advancing Digital Humanities research through the Spatial Analysis of historical travel writing and topographical literature
"Although we are accustomed to thinking about places as being "static", or as being defined by fixed boundaries, their cultural significance is in fact defined by other factors, such as the interconnected flow of experiences that converge in them and the roles they play as nodes in larger spatial networks [Ingold 2009]. Point-based maps are suitable for structuring the analysis of quantitative geographical phenomena, such as proximity and scale; however, they are less adequate for structuring the analysis of qualitative human phenomena, such as the experience of visiting a place or of travelling from one place to another. This is a significant problem for scholars who are engaged in research that aspires to analyse the geographical experiences and spatial relationships represented in literary works and, even more specifically, in works of travel writing and topographical literature. Analysing such works requires us to consider how the accounts they contain are shaped not only by the experience of specific locations, but also by the experience of travelling through and between those locations. We need to come to grips with both of these types of experience in order to appreciate how the authors of the accounts we are reading encountered and apprehended the places and landmarks they describe."

"our goal was to employ GIS technology to create not only more accurate visualisations of the routes Gray, Young and Pennant followed, but also to examine the spatial relationship between these routes and the places Gray, Young and Pennant mentioned, but did not visit."

"As GIS-based methods, CSA and LCP rely on computational processes for which quantification is a prerequisite, and much of the information contained in works of travel writing (including feelings, sensations, and intuitions) is not necessarily quantifiable."

"This is one of the benefits of using spatial models to study historical works of travel writing and topographical literature: it obliges us to examine local descriptions within the broader geographic context of the traveller’s experience. Rather than thinking in terms of isolated places, the models we have developed emphasize that these writers were describing journeys from place to place."
DH  literature  mapping 
december 2016
Digital Transgender Archive
The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.
critical  digital  archives  projects  DH  trans 
november 2016
Create and share visual ideas
1000s of Reporting, Timeline, Resume and
Process templates to choose from
DH  tools  information  visualization 
november 2016
Take control of your research photos with Tropy, a tool that shortens the path from finding archival sources to writing about them. Spend more time using your research photos, and less time searching for them.
DH  tools  images 
november 2016
"MapStory.org is a platform of participation where we can all share our pieces of knowledge in the form of spatio-temporal data or spatio-temporal narratives and, working together, build the most complete historical atlas that has ever existed."
DH  maps  visualization  tools  narrative 
october 2016
"A simple way for journalists, designers, and creators to weave interactive stories"
DH  maps  narrative  tools 
october 2016
Feminist Data Visualization
"In this paper, we begin to outline how feminist theory may be productively applied to information visualization research and practice. Other technology- and design-oriented fields such as Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Humanities, and Geography/GIS have begun to incorporate feminist principles into their research. Feminism is not (just) about women, but rather draws our attention to questions of epistemology – who is included in dominant ways of producing and communicating knowledge and whose perspectives are marginalized. We describe potential applications of feminist theory to influence the information design process as well as to shape the outputs from that process."
DH  data  visualization  feminism 
september 2016
Iowa City Public Library will open early for accessible browsing hour
Library opens hour early w/ dimmed lighting, fewer patrons, to be an accessible library for folks on autism spectrum
libraries  access  disability  accessibility  from twitter_favs
september 2016
eLaborate is an online work environment in which scholars can upload scans, transcribe and annotate text, and publish the results as on online text edition which is freely available to all users.
DH  tools  transcription  editing  publishing 
september 2016
Fabula Maps
FabulaMaps is a digital mapping tool that empowers anyone to easily create beautiful, interactive maps, without any coding knowledge.
DH  tools  maps 
september 2016
We designed Breve for researchers who have to work with very incomplete and messy data. Historical data is often full of inconsistencies and errors that can be difficult to see when scrolling through a spreadsheet. We were inspired by Victor Powell's CSV fingerprint which he describes as a "birdseye view of the file without too much distracting detail". Breve gives you that meta view of tabular data and also lets you drill down to records and columns, and edit values.
DH  tools  data 
september 2016
Small Victories
Small Victories takes files in a Dropbox folder and turns them into a website.
No CMS, no installation, no server, no coding required.
DH  web  design 
september 2016
Open-source, web based, multi-window image viewing platform
with the ability to zoom, display, compare and annotate
images from around the world.
DH  tools  images  web  collation 
september 2016
Creative Destruction / “Digital Humanities”
I wrote a thing about creative destruction and the political potential of "digital humanities."
from twitter_favs
august 2016
Omeka in Graduate Work
The intellectual labor of the project was manifold and manifest: students researched a historical period using primary documents and secondary sources; they analyzed visual media for its ideological and social meanings; and they wrote explanatory essays to provide historical and cultural context for interpreting dozens of documents. But the project also demanded they communicate their depth of knowledge in jargon-free language, as well as create an easily navigable architecture for complex topics. And they learned a new software platform, and gained experience with a workflow involving more than a dozen other people from units across the university. In short, they had to demonstrate a range of skills and knowledge, including the ability to collaborate effectively to create something larger than any one of them could have accomplished alone.
DH  graduate  pedagogy  Omeka  students  projects 
august 2016
The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers—hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise.
DH  tools  data  collab 
august 2016
Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library: A dh+lib Special Issue
What are the points of contact between digital humanities and libraries? What is at stake, and what issues arise when the two meet? Where are we, and where might we be going? Who are “we”? By posing these questions in the CFP for a new dh+lib special issue, the editors hoped for sharp, provocative meditations on the state of the field. We are proud to present the result, ten wide-ranging contributions by twenty-two authors, collectively titled “Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library.”
DH  libraries 
august 2016
The easiest way to draw in 3D
DH  tools  3D  visualization 
july 2016
Welcome to one of the world’s largest creative communities -- and the number one game development platform. Unity gives you everything you need to realize your creative vision fast, and move ahead.
DH  tools  games 
july 2016
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