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DHNow is on Winter Break!

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 11:00

Digital Humanities Now will be on break until the end of January 2021. The DHNow staff would like to thank our readers and contributors for another great semester. To our editors-at-large, thank you for dedicating your time and knowledge. Your participation makes DHNow possible. This semester’s editors-at-large included: Emily Esten, Je-an Cedric Cruz, Kate Lu Sedor, Skye Margiotta, Nikoleta Zampaki, Malithi Alahapperuma, Laura Brannan, Danuta Sierhuis. Janet Hammond, Julia Bourbois, Monica Isabella, Victoria Bianchi, Shrouk Abdelgafar, Lisa Bonifacic, Yu Zhang and R.J. Lambert. Be on the lookout for details on how to sign up for spring semester starting in January.

We hope you all will join us once again in the spring for more digital humanities news, opportunities, and content. Until then, if you have an account, please feel free to keep yourself up to date by logging in and browsing All Content.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Resource: Digital Fellows’ Guide to Digital Dissertations Update

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 15:30

In response to growing interest towards creating digital dissertations, I recently revised and updated the Digital Fellows’ guide on the topic. I expanded our old page to add information on, what is a digital dissertation, how to begin designing a digital dissertation, resources to help get your project off the ground.

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CFPapers: International Digital Curation Conference 19 April, 2021

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 14:00

The call for papers for the 16th International Digital Curation Conference, IDCC21, is now available. As in previous years, IDCC is organised by the Digital Curation Centre with the support of the Coalition for Network Information. We’re inviting submissions on the broad theme of “Data Quality and Data Limitations – working towards equality through data curation”, addressing how data collection and curation can work for the benefit of society at large.

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Announcement: Leaders in the Open World, Intellectual Property, and Social Justice Join Our Public Domain Day Celebration

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 13:00

The public domain is an invaluable component of our culture, allowing for the remixing, reinterpretation, and redistribution of designated works without restriction. On December 17th, we’ll be celebrating the works published in 1925 that will be moving into the public domain when the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2021. Our virtual celebration is free and open to the public.

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Opportunity: Seeking Public Library Participants for Community History Web Archiving Program

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 12:00

Local history collections are necessary to understanding the life and culture of a community. As methods for sharing  information have shifted towards the web, there are many more avenues for community members to document diverse experiences.  Public libraries play a critical role in building community-oriented archives and these collections  are particularly important in recording the impact of unprecedented events on the lives of local citizens.

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Editors’ Choice: Tudor Networks | Data Visualization | History

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 11:00
Metadata, Surveillance and the Tudor State.

The Tudor government maintained a communication network that criss-crossed the globe. This visualisation brings together 123,850 letters connecting 20,424 people from the United Kingdom’s State Papers archive, dating from the accession of Henry VIII to the death of Elizabeth I (1509-1603).
On this page we can see all people who sent or received letters from two or more people, arranged chronologically left-to-right. Read full post here.

CFProposals: New Languages for NLP

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 15:00

Do you wish you could do large-scale text analysis on the languages you study? Is the lack of good linguistic data and tools a barrier to your research?

Learn how to create the data and language models you need for digital humanities analysis at “New Languages for NLP: Building Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Humanities,” a National Endowment for Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.

Held at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton, this Institute is a collaboration with Haverford College, the Library of Congress Labs, and DARIAH, the European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.

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Resource: Virtual Reality from Mamluk-Period Cairo

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 14:30

Several months ago, some of my colleagues in Japan launched an online portal through which it is possible to explore from one’s own office the complex of the Mamluk sultan Qalawun (d. 1290), in Cairo (see: Qalawun VR Tour or the project’s site). In this post, I will present a brief overview of the portal so that readers may familiarize themselves with the concept behind the site and may seek further examples and opportunities to produce similar sites.

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Announcement: Spring Courses Combine Digital Methods and the Humanities — Princeton University Humanities Council

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:45

Students registering for spring courses this week can choose from a wide variety of offerings exploring how digital and computational methods illuminate the humanities. Whether they just want to dip their toes or take the full plunge, this spring’s courses offer dozens of classes from departments and programs that range from Art and Archaeology to Latin American Studies.

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Resource: Getting the Most Out of Working Groups

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:00

An important pillar of the ethos of the GCDI community is collective, collaborative inquiry. With this in mind, the GC Digital Fellows lead a number of different working groups that nurture interdisciplinary conversations, learning, and feedback. Building these kinds of communities of practice is especially important at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has limited those prized serendipitous encounters that are a valued part of graduate school life.

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Announcement: New Programming Historian Partnership

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 12:00

UCLDH is proud to announce its support for Programming Historian, by joining their Institutional Partnership Programme. For the past decade, Programming Historian has been an integral part of the digital humanities teaching and learning infrastructure, with more than 140 open access peer-reviewed tutorials published in 4 languages. With many universities around the world still not offering adequate digital skills training to their staff or students, projects such as this one remain crucial.

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Editors’ Choice: Epistemic Violence and Resistance through Mapping Kinds

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 11:00

From the very beginning of the fellowship I was extremely eager to participate in the spatial mapping workshops. The reading I remember most from the only philosophy course I ever took defined map making as the process of using generalizations via simplification, symbolization, induction, and classification to construct a physical ontology [1]. This articulated an uneasiness I always feel when looking at any map. Like many of other “blue ID” Palestinians I always viewed maps as political, relative, and subjective. Moreover, even as a kid I remember being aware that maps as “epistemic tools” were designed for groups I am excluded from.

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CFPapers: Global Digital Humanities Symposium

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 15:00

The Global Digital Humanities Symposium Planning Committee is pleased to EXTEND the Call for Proposals for the 6th annual Symposium, scheduled for April 12-15, 2021. This virtual event will take place synchronously over four days, with approximately three hours each day of programming.

Real full post here.

Resource: Deciphering Ottoman Turkish Manuscripts with LexiQamus

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 13:00

Sometimes it takes days or even weeks to be able to read and decipher a word in manuscripts. This problem, which can be experienced in every language, is a problem frequently encountered by Ottoman historians in the process of reading words in Ottoman Turkish manuscripts. At this point, LexiQamus, an online resource that makes it easy for researchers to read manuscripts written in Ottoman Turkish, appears as the favorite of Ottoman historians. This resource, which enables words belonging to the Ottoman Turkish alphabet, used until 1928, to be deciphered and read in the digital environment and which increases the international accessibility of manuscripts, provides great convenience to researchers.

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Report: UK Web Archive mini-conference 2020

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:30

On Wednesday 19th November I attended the UK Web Archive (UKWA) mini-conference 2020, my first conference as a Graduate Trainee Digital Archivist. It was hosted by Jason Webber, Engagement Manager at the UKWA and, as normal in these COVID times, it was hosted on Zoom (my first ever Zoom experience!)

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Editors’ Choice: Visualizing North China Under Japanese Occupation

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:00

The North China Railway Archive (華北交通アーカイブ) is an online database of digitized stock photographs illustrating life under Japanese occupation in interwar North China. It contains more than 39,000 photographs taken in various parts of North China between 1939 and 1945 commissioned by the North China Transportation Company (J. Kahoku Kōtsū Kabushiki Gaisha 華北交通株式会社) for promotional purposes. Most of these photos showcase scenery along the North China Railway, which was subsidiary to the South Manchuria Railway and an important transportation infrastructure for the collaborationist Provisional Government of the Republic of China (1937-40), the Mongol Border Land/Mengjiang United Autonomous Government (1939-1945), and the Wang Jingwei Regime (1940-1945) under Japanese occupation.

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Editors’ Choice: Blogging your research: Tips for getting started

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 11:00

Curious about research blogging, but not sure where to start?

In this post, we answer common questions about why, when, and where to blog about research. Inspired by a recent SFU Knowledge Mobilization Hub webinar on research blog writing we weave in best practices for effective knowledge mobilization, and offer helpful resources for entering the world of research blogging.

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Resource: Social Scientific Applications of Historical GIS, Part 2

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 15:00

In Part 1 of this exercise we went over how you may import a digitized image, georeference it and record administrative boundary information contained in the map. The shapefiles that we created now have geographic information ascribed to them. Yet, this is all they have. In Part 2, I will go over how one might add population information to these shapefiles and how we can visualize this information. Central to accomplishing this goal is making sure we can identify each shapefile accurately.

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Resource: GIS at Scale with Google Earth Engine

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:30

Sometimes your GIS project needs some extra oomph. Maybe finding the data you need to understand deforestation in Brazil is giving you a headache. Or, you need to run a machine learning algorithm on 50 gigabytes of weather station data and your poor laptop is melting the finish off of your dining room table. Google Earth Engine (GEE) is here to help.

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Report: DARC Open Meeting Recap

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:00

Over the past couple of years, the Digital Archive Research Collective (DARC) has created resources and fostered community among digital archivists and researchers at The Graduate Center. As part of our effort to build a community of practice around digital archival work, we created a Wiki with articles on various resources for archival research, led an event series, and hosted monthly Open Meetings, inspired by the models offered by PUG, RUG, and the GIS working groups.

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