Category Archives: Editors’ Choice

In Memoriam: Peter Haber, 1964 to 2013

By gretchen | May 1, 2013

The Swiss digital historian Peter Haber passed away on 28 April 2013 after a long illness. For the editors and the community of Global Perspectives on Digital History his death is a great loss. Please find a collection of condolences from the digital history community below.

Digital mapping at Stanford reveals social networks of 18th-century travelers

By gretchen | April 15, 2013

Through a digital analysis of correspondence from travelers on the famed European “Grand Tour,” classicist Giovanna Ceserani is discovering how international travel fostered cultural and academic trends in the 18th century. by James Kierstead In the network view of travelers with recorded trips to Rome from the ‘Dictionary of British and Irish Travelers to Italy, […]

The Digital Publishing Revolution Is Over

By gretchen | March 5, 2013

by Joseph Esposito The technologist-as-trickster is a fixture of our age. Pacing the stage at a tech conference, unencumbered by notes or even the reliance on a podium, with multiple huge video screens hanging above showing the trickster in full stride (reminding the historically minded of the painted banners of Stalin and Mao), the technologist preaches […]

Partnering with Google to Present South African History to the World

By gretchen | February 13, 2013

by David Larsen One of the highlights of our year last year was to partner with the Google Cultural Institute in curating stories of South African history particularly relating to the history of apartheid. When I was in Amsterdam two years ago for the World Press Photo Award Days at which Jodi Bieber won the […]

Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to ‘Long Data’

By gretchen | January 31, 2013

by Samuel Arbesman Our species can’t seem to escape big data. We have more data inputs, storage, and computing resources than ever, so Homo sapiens naturally does what it has always done when given new tools: It goes even bigger, higher, and bolder. We did it in buildings and now we’re doing it in data. […]

Dickens, Austen and Twain, Through a Digital Lens

By gretchen | January 31, 2013

By Steve Lohr Any list of the leading novelists of the 19th century, writing in English, would almost surely include Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain. But they do not appear at the top of a list of the most influential writers of their time. Instead, a recent study has […]

Mapping the Russian Empire

By gretchen | January 31, 2013

Project Description Introduction The long-term aim of this project is to build an interactive digital historical atlas of the Russian Empire using ArcGIS software and data harvested from maps and other textual sources in the Harvard library collection and beyond. As anyone who has taught even a survey of Russian history knows, it is extraordinarily […]

Remote Sensing and Historical GIS

By gretchen | January 22, 2013

Submitted by Josh MacFadyen Forty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1972, NASA released a gift to the public, the “Blue Marble” image of the whole Earth from space. This photograph was unplanned and originally unwanted by NASA, but it quickly became one of the most reproduced images on Earth. The astronauts aboard Apollo 17 were the […]

Doug Boyd and the Power of Digital Oral History in the 21st Century

By gretchen | January 22, 2013

by Mike Ashenfelder   Digital preservation and Internet access are not only transforming the way we record and convey history, they are also restoring the importance of humankind’s oldest means of storytelling: the oral tradition. One of the most influential leaders in this modern oral-history movement is Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for […]

“Can I Use This?” How Museum and Library Image Policies Undermine Education

By gretchen | December 17, 2012

by Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker Is the discipline of art history (together with museums and libraries) squandering the digital revolution? We’re not the only ones with this concern. Just last week James Cunowrote a short article, “How Art History is Failing the Internet” and WIlliam Noeltweeted, “Calling on all other great libraries; follow @britishlibrary‘s example. […]