Category Archives: Short Takes

Mapping Books: The Dispersal of the Medieval Libraries of Great Britain

By gretchen | November 15, 2013

by Mitch Fraas Today I’m teaching a workshop on using “screen scraping” in the digital humanities. No workshop is really useful without practical examples so last week I decided to try out my screen scraping chops on an exciting  new database of book history data. The Kislak Center at Penn (where I’m Scholar in Residence) is quickly becoming […]

Las Humanidades Digitales globales

By gretchen | November 15, 2013

by Isabel Galina A principios del 2012 escribí una entrada titulada El dónde y cómo de las Humanidades Digitales en donde busqué presentar algunas de los programas de estudio, centros, publicaciones, congresos y asociaciones más destacados del campo. Pese a que el objetivo era tratar de incluir iniciativas de todo el mundo, predomina el trabajo realizado en Estados Unidos […]

Not the Answer — An Academic Carefully Assesses the Arguments for Open Access | The Scholarly Kitchen

By gretchen | November 8, 2013

by Kent Anderson I recently finished reading a long essay by Daniel Allington, a sociologist, linguist, and book historian living in the UK. He’s been following the debates about open access (OA) in the UK quite closely, and has written a well-informed piece detailing the hopes, limitations, and mandates associated with OA. The essay, entitled, “On open access, […]

Fly Through 17th Century London

By gretchen | November 1, 2013

by Matt Brown A group of students at De Montfort University created this fly-through of 17th century London (skip to 0:50 in the video to get to the juicy stuff). The model focuses on the area around Pudding Lane and the bakery of Thomas Farriner, where the Great Fire of 1666 started. Although most of the […]

Le blogging académique, entre art et science | L’Atelier des icônes

By gretchen | October 24, 2013

by André Gunthert La micro-publication est un nouvel outil de la recherche. Et comme tous les nouveaux outils, elle bouscule le paysage existant. On peut adopter trois attitudes face à cette nouvelle donne. Soit l’ignorer, et continuer comme avant. Soit tenter de minimiser ces aspects dérangeants, pour les intégrer en douceur. On peut aussi essayer de […]

Abstractualized: Slavic-specific resources for digital scholarship

By gretchen | October 24, 2013

by Seth Bernstein I’ve just had a lesson come out on automatic transliteration of Cyrillic sources in The Programming Historian so I thought that I would devote this post to shameless self promotion. Then I decided I should also write a little about some of the tools I use to build databases from web information and create visualizations. […]

The death of the academic book and the path to Open Access

By gretchen | October 24, 2013

by Roxanne Missingham Is publishing academic books a dying trade? And if so, are free e-books from universities likely to deal the final blow? The future of book publishing in general is hotly contested, but particularly so for university presses. Louise Adler, the head of Melbourne University Publishing recently suggested that the book industry is failing and university […]

Writing History in the Digital Age

By gretchen | October 14, 2013

About the Book With our unique focus on writing, our innovative web-born format and our open review process, we seek to move beyond the traditionalist ways humanities scholars – and historians in particular – have tended to think about and to use digital technologies. In a recent lecture delivered in advance of his forthcoming book, The […]

Archives, practices and paper: thoughts from Munich, Early Modern Post

By gretchen | September 26, 2013

by Elizabeth Williamson I’m writing this blog on the plane home from Munich, where I’ve been at a conference for the last few days. I was invited by the lovely Prof. Markus Friedrich, who was on the same panel as me at The Permissive Archive, to give a paper at the ‘Frühneuzeittag’, or annual meeting of Germany’s […]