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The following is a piece by Joe Aitkin, a student in my CLCV3202a Roman Archaeology for Historians class at Carleton University. His slides may be found here. I asked Joe if I could share his work with the wider world, … Continue reading ?
I’ve come across an interesting tool called ‘Overview‘. It’s meant for journalists, but I see no reason why it can’t serve historical/archaeological ends as well. It does recursive adaptive k-means clustering rather than topic modeling, as I’d initially assumed (more … Continue reading ?
I’m running a workshop next week on getting started with networks & gephi. Below, please find my first pass at a largely self-directed tutorial. This may eventually get incorporated into the Macroscope. Data files for this tutorial may be found … Continue reading ?
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the FutureFunder campaign in honour of my grandfather, to create an undergraduate research fellowship in digital history, achieved its funding goal. I wanted to thank everyone who contributed. Whether that contribution was through donations, through sharing … Continue reading ?
A Guest Post by Tom Brughmans, PhD Student, University of Southampton Here is a common plot in sci-fi literature and movies (based on a popular physics model): the world you know is but one in an endless range of parallel … Continue reading ?
I’m playing with NodeXL, looking at the ways ‘Canada’ (and Canadian history) are tagged on Flickr photos. Above is a pretty first pass. Here’s the zoomable pdf for your enjoyment.
In my HIST2809, Historian’s Craft this term, I’ve been asking for students to maintain a repository of their learning using Omeka.net. Every time we do an assignment or an exercise, that work is meant to go into their repository. The … Continue reading ?
I’m continually fascinated by ways digital media can expand who gets to be a historian, who gets to be an archaeologist. Crowdsourcing expands our readership, too.Open peer review projects allow the potential readership for a volume to have a dialogue … Continue reading ?
I’ve played with topic modeling inscriptions before. I’ve now got a very effective script in R that runs the topic model and produces various kinds of output (I’ll be sharing the script once the relevant bit from our book project … Continue reading ?
I discovered the pdf with all of the abstracts from #dh2013 on a memory-stick-cum-swag this AM. What can I do with these? I know! I’ll topic model them using Paper Machines for Zotero. Iteration 1. 1. Drop the pdf into … Continue reading ?
How do you coordinate something as massive as a book project, between three authors across two countries? Writing is a bit like sausage making. I write this, thinking of Otto von Bismarck, but Wikipedia tells me: Laws, like sausages, cease … Continue reading ?
More thoughts on this later, but I just ran my announcement of our book through the #owot Serendip-o-matic serendipity engine. This is what I got: Writing 2.0: Using Google Docs as a Collaborative Writing Tool in the Elementary Classroom:...Show More Summary
I’ve just signed a book contract today with Imperial College Press; it’s winging its way to London as I type. I’m writing the book with the fantastically talented Ian Milligan and Scott Weingart. (Indeed, I sometimes feel the weakest link – goodbye!). It seems strangely appropriate, given the twitter/blog furor over the AHA’s statement recommendation … Continue reading ?
At Carleton University, we have a number of essay awards for undergraduate history students. We do not have any awards geared towards writing history in new media, or doing historical research using digital tools, or any of the various permutations that would broadly fall within big-tent digital humanities. So I decided to create an award, … Continue reading ?
I tried a new tact in my quest to data mine archaeological records. Stuart Eve sent me the csv from the Prescot Street excavations, where each record was a unique context. I fed this into the vanilla java gui for MALLET (so no tuning, just the basic settings, looking for 25 topics) to see what … Continue reading ?
Previously, I was trying to consider the geography of Roman Britain as a corpus of documents – individual geographic (modern) areas – where the records in the Portable Antiquities Scheme database formed the words of the document. Today, I inverted that process. I treated each individual row in the entire PAS database as an individual … Continue reading ?
Elijah Meeks and Mat Jockers both have used word clouds to visualize topics from topic models. Colour, orientation, relative placement of the words – all of these could be used to convey different dimensions of the data. Below, you’ll find clouds for each of my initial 50 topics generated from the Roman materials in the … Continue reading ?
Previously, I ended up with a map of UK districts, coloured by the five groups that Gephi’s modularity routine suggested were present, in the network of districts to districts based on shared patterns in the underlying topics (the topic model generated from the total dump of the Portable Antiquities Scheme database). I asked on twitter … Continue reading ?
I’ve got a Github account. My first repository may be viewed at https://github.com/shawngraham/historicalfriction. Took a bit of tinkering, but I think I’ve got the idea. Other humanities github type projects can be found via a simple search.
Inscriptions are complicated beasts. Frequently quite small and incomplete, epigraphers are able to extract an enormous amount of information from inscriptions – especially when they have other inscriptions with which to contrast and compare. Show More Summary