• Digital Archive over Standard Library

    Digital Archive over Standard Library

    Libraries provide great sources of information through the articles, records, and books that they contain. These items are all physical and are finite within a library’s complex. The problem with this is that there is a limitation placed on all of the readers who would like access to these sources at the same time.  Most […]

  • An Archivist walks into a Digital Humanities bar….

    An Archivist walks into a Digital Humanities bar….

    When reading about databases in Micheal Christie’s Computer Databases and Aboriginal Knowledge, I didn’t even comtemplate the concept of an an archive becuase my mind categorized the two of them as the same thing. This was especially because Christie tries to portray the cultural significance and rawness that a database has. A definition put together from his words […]

  • Creative Difference Between Digital Humanists and Digital Archivists

    Creative Difference Between Digital Humanists and Digital Archivists

         Kirschenbaum in “The .txtual Condition: Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Archives, and the Future Literary” makes a series of arguments that simultaneously challenges and accepts a rigid ontology of archives, as codified by the Open Archival Information System. Based on their series of suggestions for collaboration, they argue that there is a clear delineation between […]

  • The Passing of Aboriginal Knowledge Through Databases

    The Passing of Aboriginal Knowledge Through Databases

    The article “Computer Databases and Aboriginal Knowledge” by Michael Christie discusses the relationship between Aboriginal knowledge and databases. The aboriginal elders wanted to put their history and traditions in an electronic database so that their youth would be interested in learning about their culture.  The Aborginal people used databases to catagorize their information for easy […]

  • Databases and Digital Archives

    Databases and Digital Archives

    Archivist Kate Theimer, in her essay “Archives in Context and as Context,” raises an interesting point about the relationship between a database and a digital archive. She argues that the term “archive” is a double entendre. Information technologists use “archive” to describe back up data; digital humanists use “archive” to describe collections of data. But […]

  • Indigenous Knowledge Databases

    Indigenous Knowledge Databases

    In Michael Cristie’s Computer Databases and Aboriginal Knowledge, found at http://www.cdu.edu.au/centres/ik/pdf/CompDatAbKnow.pdf, he discusses the possibility of creating a database of the knowledge of the elders in order to carry on this knowledge in an age where many of the Aboriginal youth are more interested in technology than carrying on tradition. He discusses the complexity of […]

  • TEI Headers and their Meaning

    TEI Headers and their Meaning

    The TEI header has five primary parts: the file description, encoding description, text profile, container element, and revision history. The file description contains a file bibliographical description of the file, and the encoding description entails details about the transcription, analysis and encoding of the file. The text profile classifies and gives context to the text. […]

  • Not Reading the 19th-Century Novel, and the DH/PH Relationship

    Not Reading the 19th-Century Novel, and the DH/PH Relationship

    This past semester, my course tackled the traditional DH assignment – “(Not) Reading a Nineteenth-Century Novel.” In a class focused on how DH fits within graduate study of English departments, the premise of the assignment made a lot of sense. These are literary scholars looking to understand how these tools fit within their research goals. […]

  • TEI Headers and Encoding

    TEI Headers and Encoding

    After encoding the title page and the first 12 lines of Helen Maria Williams’ Poem on the Bill Lately Passed for Regulating the Slave Trade into an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) document, I recognized the importance of the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) header. The TEI Header, in general, has four children – the first of which […]

  • Willams Poem Transcribed Using TEI

    Willams Poem Transcribed Using TEI

    Practicum #3 Prompt What are the main parts of the TEI Header, in general? (This guide will help.) What do these parts, in your TEI file, tell us about the digital object you encoded (Williams’ poem)? What is the relationship between these two parts of the file, the Header and the Body? What do you […]