Friday, September 20, 2013

Digital Humanities Roundup

E.H. and K.N.C., "Where nobleman and knave meet," Economist blog, September 7, 2013

IN THE print edition this week we look at “Kindred Britain”, an amazing digital humanities website that traces relations between 30,000 British people. Is it possible to resist frittering away hours in front of the computer screen while examining the remote relatives of George Washington (originally British, of course) or the literary friendships of Mary Shelley?

The project harnesses data about the ties among people in an innovative way. Historical individuals are presented as dots connected to each other on a network map. Colour-coding suggests how figures are linked, say, by marriage or profession. Rolling over the dots brings up a wealth of information about the people. A scrolling timeline across the bottom of the site lets users skim through the ages. A map of the world lets people scan by geography.>>>

"Rutgers to Host Lecture on Emerging Field of Digital Humanities," Rutgers Today, September 12, 2013

As the humanities continue to integrate computer technology and traditional methodologies, the evolving field of digital humanities signals a future of unlimited research implications. With this evolution, scholars invariably face the challenges of understanding, utilizing and incorporating these latest technological advances into their respective disciplines. Thanks to an informative lecture at Rutgers–Camden, these issues will begin to get a little clearer – byte by byte. [7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30.]>>>

Michelle K. Smith, "New online digital atlas of Derry includes maps and historic illustrations," Irish Central, September 11, 2013

The Royal Irish Academy has produced a new online atlas of Derry/Londonderry that includes maps and illustrated drawings. Mayor Martin Reilly will officially launch the online atlas at an event at the Tower Museum on Wednesday, September 11.

The digital atlas has received much praise ahead of its launch. The Londonderry Sentinel quoted him, “This is a fantastic way to view early plans and maps of key streets and areas within the walled city.”>>>

"New initiative teaches importance of digitalization," Daily Tar Heel, September 5, 2013

UNC has indicated through the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative that it is fully committed to creating programs that strive to meet and solve the complex problems presented in a constantly changing world.

Big data and technological trends have indicated that there is a strong need for people to understand the consequences of digitalization.>>>

"NSF and NEH support efforts to preserve languages threatened by extinction," NSF, September 10, 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today $3.7 million in awards as a part of a joint Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program. . . .

The 2013 DEL awards support digital documentation of over 38 endangered languages spread across 19 language families spoken in south, central and northern Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea and the Americas.>>>

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