Category: Digital Humanities

  • Markup as a Constitutive Element of Interpretation

    Markup as a Constitutive Element of Interpretation

         Usually when I think of markup, I think of annotations in text, including highlighting sentences, taking notes, underlining words, and starring passages. Up until this week, I never really questioned the markup process that occurs in editing and publishing. Authors, editors, publishers, and printers all seem to have varying levels of control over […]

  • What you do not want lost in the fire

    What you do not want lost in the fire

    Question: The library is burning to the ground, and you have time to save one thing: a book on a shelf, a digital photo of the book and its pages, or the book or manuscript digitally transcribed (that is, typed into a computer file or files). Which one would you save and why?   Response: […]

  • Practicum #1: Introduction to HASTAC and Digital Humanities

    Practicum #1: Introduction to HASTAC and Digital Humanities

    HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an online community of digital humanists whose goal is to continue the enriching and innovative field of humanities on to a collaborative online environment. The revolution of the internet and the access of information at our finger tips has changed so much including ways to […]

  • XML The Bill of Rights

    One of the most important historical documents is the original Bill of Rights, its amendments provide American citizens their freedoms and liberties. For this document to be marked up from its original ink and paper to an XML file, multiple codes would need to be used. Due to the document being aged and weathered special notice to the […]

  • The American Prison Writing Project

    The American Prison Writing Project

    The American Prison Writing Project (http://apw.dhinitiative.org/) is an ongoing process to build the “first fully searchable prison-writing archive”. The choice to create an archive of writing by prisoners rather than average citizens was not an arbitrary one, the goal of the project is to amass real, first-hand witnesses to life inside of the United States […]

  • The Collaborative Era of Print and Digital Text

    The Collaborative Era of Print and Digital Text

         Yin Liu’s argument in “Ways of Reading, Models for Text, and the Usefulness of Dead People,” that we ought not subscribe to a singular notion of “text,” persuaded me and encouraged me to investigate my own presumptions and assumptions about text. Personally, I am predisposed to conceptualizing a text as a stable and […]

  • The Burning Library

    The Burning Library

    If a library was burning to the ground, and I could only save a book on a shelf, a digital photo of the book and its pages, or the book digitally transcribed, then which would I choose? Obviously one could take the book and derive the other two from that with some amount of work. […]

  • Special Collections and Archives

    Special Collections and Archives

    Yin Liu, in “Ways of Reading, Models for Text, and the Usefulness of Dead People,” raises an interesting point about the varied ways in which notions of text vary with time by identifying four models: material, structural, semantic, and data. But I wish she would have made more explicit the symbiotic relationship between physical books […]

  • Hastac and the Collaborative Humanities

    Hastac and the Collaborative Humanities

         Hastac is a digital site for collaboration between people who are involved in at least one of the following: the humanities, arts, science, and technology. As both a platform and a framing device, hastac is primarily great because it consolidates and streamlines collaborative work on much anything that people are passionate about.   […]

  • What is Hastac?

    What is Hastac?

    Hastac.org is a social network that is meant for academics, rather than reconnecting with high school friends. The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory brings together academics from all fields to share knowledge and work on projects together. This includes collaborating on projects in the Digital Humanities, which is one of the reasons […]