June 5, 2017

Coding? But You're a Historian

When I went away to start my undergrad I was not only a pretty socially awkward person (alert: still am), but I had my own computer for basically the first time in my life. Prior to getting a Dell laptop to start college I had always used desktops everyone in the family shared. But the combination of having a computer I could muck around with as much as I wanted and a willingness to lock myself in my dorm room when I should’ve been interacting with humanity left me with tons of time to catch up on all the computer stuff I missed most of my life. Read more

November 22, 2015

Review of Gardiner and Musto's Digital Humanities

Gardiner, Eileen and Ronald G. Musto. The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Students and Scholars. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. No grad student would blink twice about seeing a book from 2005 on the list of assigned reading for a class. Yet because of the pace of technology over the last decade, Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig’s milestone book Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web is far more outdated than most other academic monographs published that year. Read more

September 15, 2015

Where'd the Death Come From? Editing Wikipedia's Wounded Knee Entry

According to Alexa, the English language version of Wikipedia is the seventh ranked site on the Internet and the only vaguely academic site besides the omnipotent Google on the list. Yet even though Wikipedia and its five million articles have become a ubiquitous part of how we figure out the answer to life’s vexing questions, most people know little about how the content actually gets on Wikipedia. While most theoretically know anyone can edit Wikipedia and contribute additional information or fix errors, few people outside of Wikipedia’s inner circle of active volunteer editors regularly contribute to the site and understand the intricacies of the process. Read more

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