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TM, DHBox - HIST3814o Crafting Digital History

http://bridge.library.wisc.edu/hw1a-Rcoding-Jockers.html

This link is not working any more. I could not find the code on http://www.matthewjockers.net/

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MappingTexts_WhitePaper.pdf

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I think there will be many who cling to older methods. There are some barriers around digital history. To do DH, technology is needed and it's expensive. Specialized skills are needed and hopefully these will spread and be accepted by historians as worthy of being learned. Yet I wonder if DH is at risk of being a specialized discipline with insiders who get how DH is used and outsiders? (Example, Cliometrics) (Hopefully not.) One other thought about clinging to older methods: I hope digital historians are among that group. Thinking about your last question of leaving something behind when using technology, DH combined with other methods must produce history based on more solid evidence than history written from one group of techniques, old or new.

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Exercises - HIST3814o Crafting Digital History

shit+cmnd+rightarrow, on Windows shitf+crtl+rightarrow

Only noting a typo in case Dr. Graham is looking for these. The content is clear.

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Methods | "Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me:" Quantifying Kissinger

This data was scraped and converted into a table with a document for each row, and a column for every available metadata property.

Great open notebook sample for a DH project.

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Podcast: Micki Kaufman on Quantifying Kissinger | Scholars— Lab

accompanying slides on the Quantifying Kissinger website.

Broken links for me. (Not unexpected, content keeps changing) As an aside, this is a good example of rot in digital sources and perhaps a need for digital historians to take into account version controls in the raw information we process and also the idea that having a more reliable digital source of history from a point in time means backing it up along with information that is linked to it.

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Podcast: Micki Kaufman on Quantifying Kissinger | Scholars— Lab

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I agree, both constrained and challenged. What type of data is available (how has it been manipulated) and also can we deal with huge volumes of data. I think of former cabinet minister Alphonse Gagliano who (according to a story in the Globe and Mail) gave orders verbally unless it was necessary to sign a document.

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Podcast: Micki Kaufman on Quantifying Kissinger | Scholars— Lab

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There is also the challenge of DH of finding information hiding in plain sight. Sort of like a request for evidence ends up with the other party sending huge amounts of information in the hope that the crucial piece of evidence won`t be found. I guess that is a promise of reliable distant reading tools to help look through multiple haystacks at once.

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Visualizing Gender in HIstory of Woman Suffrage

Using the metadata from ASP

I would like to see the data, at least samples of it to get the structure of what went into the visualization tool. (Maybe it is linked from somewhere here.) This goes back to the positive of open notebook DH.

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Visualizing Gender in HIstory of Woman Suffrage

data visualization

I recommend the short blog at this link, it led to http://app.rawgraphs.io/ It looks like a neat tool for visualization. It`s used in the diagrams above.

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Topic Modeling the Colonial Newspaper Database

ibrary(rJava)

I was wondering if library(rJava) would be library('rJava'). They both work in R studio though.

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Git - HIST3814o Crafting Digital History

git pull -u origin master

When I did this a second time (git pull origin master), it said Everything up-to-date.

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Git - HIST3814o Crafting Digital History

git pull -u origin master

For me (Windows 10) git pull -u origin master gave me error error: unknown switch `u'. git pull origin master worked.

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‘Q i-jtb the Raven’: Taking Dirty OCR Seriously

Ryans-MacBook-Pro

This is the transcriber's computer name? - Follow up: No, I think this is the article's author Ryan Cordell.

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Exercises - HIST3814o Crafting Digital History

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I agree. Is the why don't historians keep better records of the data cleaning process about fear of sharing techniques they worked hard to develop, fear of flaws being exposed in work, the idea that the process may not interest historians, "efficiency" (it takes effort). Why should we publish the process?: If there are flaws in the cleaning process, they need to be discussed and corrected for the good of history; repeating results and building on them; sharing techniques. Probably much more?

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Writing History in the Digital Age

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I now see the point below - "Building your crowd is key"

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‘Q i-jtb the Raven’: Taking Dirty OCR Seriously

and cite—digitized sources as transparent surrogates rather than new editions.

Caution in how I will cite digitized sources is noted. As items are digitized, are corrections made? New notes added?

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What is XML and why should humanists care? An even gentler introduction to XML

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A serialization of a document would be just a long line of the characters that make it up, each character or group of characters meaning nothing special. <place> or <h1> would be no more significant than zzzz. The xml processor recognizes tags in a serialization and then imposes structure and organizes the document. HTH.

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XMLing My Way to Data Management; or, What should I do with all my old notes

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I agree with your point on the flexibility of xml, I can see it providing DH work with some future proofing and also being adapted to work done with other historians. I also like that xml is human readable, if need be.

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Writing History in the Digital Age

ystems of rewards,

The game for genealogists is to learn more about their family. I think the game for many local historians is to learn more about a place.

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Writing History in the Digital Age

Crowdsourcing should not be a first step

What if bringing the crowd together is the first step? The historical resources of a locality that are available digitally are probably the tip of the iceberg compared to what exists on paper: photos, school records, deeds, wills, contracts, cemetery diagrams, diaries or family bibles to name some examples. Also oral history. Knowing where things happened. This is probably more true in an area that only recently received high speed internet. The crowd when brought together also brings their knowledge of paper or oral resources that likely few other people have and perhaps no one on the Internet yet.

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