Tag Archives: digital humanities


Accessible Future Workshop: A Report

Last week I had the good fortune to attend Accessible Future, an NEH-funded workshop on making the web more accessible to people with disabilities, led by Jennifer Guiliano (@jenguiliano) and ProfHacker’s own George Williams (@georgeonline). The 2-day workshop was held at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. The first day was dedicated to more theoretical explorations of disability, accessibility, and disability studies, while the second focused on implementing accessi…


The Latest From Digital Humanities Questions and Answers

Launched in September of 2010, Digital Humanities Questions & Answers is a joint venture of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and ProfHacker. (See Julie Meloni’s launch announcement.)

Digital Humanities Questions and Answers (@DHAnswers on Twitter) is designed to be a free resource where anyone with an interest in the digital humanities can pose a question to the community of folks working in the field.

Since we last checked in with the site, many interesting threads have b…


Showcase Your Undergraduates’ Digital Work at Re:Humanities

final_heroes_game___gui_design_by_dynamo00-d4tkkx6More and more institutions are beginning to incorporate digital tools and assignments into their curricula. If this includes you and your students, and you work in the arts and the humanities, consider asking your students to submit applications to present at Re:Humanities, the first national digital humanities conference for and by undergraduates. Stemming from the TriCollege Digital Humanities Initiative (run out of Haverford, Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr), Re:Humanities offers a peer-reviewed spa…


Weekend Reading: GovernMental Institution Edition

5539225551_9497a41927_m Happy Friday, ProfHackers! It’s been a topsy-turvy week for many of us, especially George Williams and Ryan Cordell, who have traveled to Washington D. C. to participate in a now-cancelled NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting. Kudos to the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities for hosting an unconference so that participants can still gather and share their work. But George, Ryan, and our friends at the NEH aren’t the only academics who h…


One Week | One Tool: Introducing Serendip-o-matic

Serendip-o-matic logo[ProfHacker interrupts our scheduled summer break for this special, breaking news! We'll be back in the full swing of things on Monday, August 12! --Ed.]

This past week, I was one of twelve participants in “One Week | One Tool” (OWOT), an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The team first assembled on the evening of Sunday, 28 J…


First Look: Textal, A Free SmartPhone App for Text Analysis

textalIf you’ve ever wanted to do sophisticated text analysis on your smartphone, you’re in luck. A team from University College London Center for the Digital Humanities, made up of Melissa Terras (@melissaterras), Steven Gray (@frogo) and Rudolf Amman (@rkammann), has just released Textal, a free smartphone app currently available only on iOS that allows you to analyze websites, tweet streams and documents, spitting out an intuitive word cloud from your search from which you can see word frequency and collocates (words that often appear next to your selected words) at the tap of a finger.

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Open Thread: Digital Humanities Outside of the Research University

haguecloudGetting started in the digital humanities is increasingly becoming part of a typical department’s agenda. Less discussed, however, are some of the significant barriers to entry to the digital humanities in the world outside of the research university. Digital humanities projects often require many resources, ranging from computers, software and servers, to a technical support staff and team, and people who are able to train faculty and students to learn various tools. At the same time, while d…


Review: Learning Python on CodeAcademy

If you’re dabbling around with the digital humanities, you’ve probably been told that you should learn Python. Today I’m reviewing one way you can learn this programming language: with CodeAcademy.

CodeAcademy is a free website with tutorials to teach users rudimentary programming. The website started up in 2011 with a short course on Javascript, and has now expanded to offering courses on HTML, CSS, Ruby on Rails, jQuery, PHP and Python.

We’ve already covered CodeAcademy a few times here on …


Weekend Reading: the #MLA14 Edition

conferenceLast week, a wave of good news about acceptances of panels for the Modern Language Association to be held in Chicago in January 2014 (#MLA14) were announced over Twitter. The program is full of fascinating digital work that ranges from discussing alternative forms of academic jobs (#alt-ac) and feminism; the notion of digital counterpublics in pedagogy; revisiting the notion of the database in electronic literature, and more. In this Weekend Reading edition, I showcase what I found to be some of…


How to Find the Best Tool for the Job

dirt[This is a guest post by Seth Denbo, project coordinator for Project Bamboo at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. Seth is a cultural historian of eighteenth-century England, has worked on projects in digital history, and is also a convenor of a new seminar in digital history at the Institute of Historical Research.]

When I’m confronted with a new dataset or a recently digitized resource that might be relevant to my research, my first thought isn’t “Oh wow, there are l…