Monthly Archive: October 2014

Oct 24 2014

Reading Wars?

The battle lines are drawn, in one corner we have Stanley Fish, the “saving remnant” who “insists on the distinction between the true and the false”, and in the other Franco Moretti, who carries out research “without a single direct textual reading” and doesn’t care if his idea is “particularly popular” (48). Two extremes, dividing …

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Oct 16 2014

Data Visualisation – Country Statistics

Data can be beautiful. The tools we have at our disposal mean that we can visualise and explore data in ways that simply were not possible a decade ago. Hans Rosling, the Swedish statistician who founded Gapminder, demonstrates some of the possibilities in this video: Visualising Data The Gapminder world statistics cover a huge range …

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Oct 11 2014

Crowdsourcing – the ‘Ancient Lives’ Project

Crowdsourcing The term ‘crowdsourcing’ was first used by Jeff Howe in a Wired Magazine article, the word itself a portmanteau of outsourcing and crowd. Initially, the term focused on the business world and had connotations of profit, outsourcing jobs and cheap labour.   The term has been increasingly repurposed by cultural heritage and citizen science, …

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Oct 04 2014

Defining Digital Humanities

The intention behind this post, besides getting past the ominous blank page, is to synthesise my understanding of digital humanities based on the first week readings and lecture for AFF601 ‘Digital Humanities: Theory and Practice’. Day of DH One of my first forays into the world of Digital Humanities was taking part in Day of …

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