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Final Report of Mapping the dynamics of digital humanities


Mapping the dynamics of the Digital Humanities

Digital humanities have experienced an amazing boom in last several years. Some fields, which were parallel with digital humanities a couple of years ago, have become inter-sectional or even integrative with it. As a result, increasingly number of subjects are raised every year. And the coverage of digital humanities has stretched so far away that sometimes we want to figure out how large this scientific discipline is and what the most hottest topics in this area are. So we have done such a mapping in digital humanities and try to find out the most popular things which people are studying in.

1. Research question

Firstly, we want to find out the most frequently studied keywords in digital humanities as well as the most fruitful researchers, which only means he or she has published the more number of papers that we found. Secondly, we want to map the relationship between those…

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Connecting Digital Humanities Data With The Scholarly 3D Toolkit

now what can’t one do in Minecraft??? Reminds me of this..

‘Danish government creates entire country in Minecraft, users promptly blow it up and plant American flag
This is why we can’t have nice things.’



Abstract. In the past decade, the application of 3D computer-based visualising technologies to cultural heritage has been widely accepted by archaeologists, architectural historians, and cultural authorities in general. During the years, the never-ending improvement of graphics technology allowed the quantity of archaeological models to sharply increase, as well as the quality of their 3D visualization. The aim of this paper is to argue that the importance of 3D modelling techniques for the rendering of buildings and ancient architectures has not to be assessed in relation to the degree of 3D graphic aesthetic quality [1], but as a powerful tool for scholars to combine 3D data with further documentation, sources and metadata.


Figure 1. An aerial view of the Flavian Amphitheater (“Colosseum”) seen from the south [2].

As Marie Saldana claims in his paper [3]An integrated approach to…

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Virtual Serendipity: Can your sources surprise you ?

love that this course is online – great share!


With the massive digitization of our society and the penetration of technology in all areas of our everyday lives, sciences and education, many of today’s researchers find themselves working in virtual environment. Many consider that exploring sources online is less efficient then browsing shelves in a library, since in the digital world you only find what you’re looking for.

This topic is discussed in the article Designing the next big thing: Randomness versus serendipity in DH tools [1] . The article is focused on the new wave of initiatives to enhance the research practice of humanities scholars, as it compares multiple tools that are designed to generate unknown, but relevant links to existing documents in order to surprise the researcher and improve her research with a fact or a source she was not aware of: this is what we call serendipity. But what is serendipity? By definition, it’s the occurrence…

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Research Blogging: Links and Resources

Another terrific resource!

Electronic Textuality and Theory at Western

Below is a list of online and print resources, articles, and posts relating to the use of blogs for research work. These are intended as a supplementary resources for those taking the workshop on “Getting Started with Scholarly Blogging: Blogs as a Research and Teaching Tool in the Humanities.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive; suggestions as to worthwhile additions would be gratefully accepted.

Blog Posts

Bessette, Lee. “To Blog or Not To Blog?” “College Ready Writing.” Inside Higher Education. 30 September, 2012. Accessed 1 October, 2012.  <http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/college-ready-writing/blog-or-not-blog>

Clarkin, Patrick. “Why Academia Should Be More Social.” Impassion. 19 September, 2012. Accessed 22 September, 2012. <http://impassion.co/2012/09/academia-social/>

Dunleavy, Patrick, and Chris Gilson. “Five minutes with Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson: ‘Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now.'” Impact of Social Sciences

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Instructional Blogging: Links and Resources

A really terrific resource – bookmark!

Electronic Textuality and Theory at Western

Instructional BloggingBelow is a list of online and print resources, articles, and posts relating to the use of student blogs for instruction. These are intended as a supplementary resources for those taking the workshop on “Getting Started with Scholarly Blogging: Blogs as a Research and Teaching Tool in the Humanities.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and will be supplemented over the course of the next few weeks as needed. Suggestions as to worthwhile additions would be gratefully accepted.


Blog Posts

Albrecht, David. “Tips on Collegiate Student Blogging.” The Summa. WordPress Blog. 10 August, 2012. Accessed 22 September,  2012.  <http://profalbrecht.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/tips-on-collegiate-student-blogging/>

Bellinson,  Adam. “Comments of Gold: Advice on Giving and Receiving Comments.” Blogging for Learning. Michigan State University. 15 November, 2006. Accessed 22 September, 2012. <http://blogsforlearning.msu.edu/articles/view.php?id=10>

Brauer, James. “Blogging vs Threaded Discussions in Online Courses.” Connected Principles. Sharing. Learning.Leading

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Send Money to Friends in Messenger

of course it will

Stumbled on Voisins: a New Montreal Webdoc


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Just stumbled on this webdoc – Montreal based with an intriguing description

“The Saint-Laurent borough uses Picbois Productions to document the process of Integrated Urban Revitalization (IUR) underway in the Chameran neighborhood. The web documentary “Neighbors” allows to follow the evolution of this sector through neighborhood life and especially through the eyes of the citizens of Chameran the heart of this major project on a human scale.”

Our Class Project: PrufrockDescending.com

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Our class project, PrufrockDescending is now live & interactive! Big thanks to all of the fantastic students in ENG 287 The Digital Text. Your passionate, engaged debates on the micro and meta aspects of tagging a digital text were inspiring!

Intro to the project:

“Prufrock Descending documents an investigation of mood shifts in T.S. Eliot’s modernist poem, “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock.” From Conrad Aiken’s early 1916 review, Eliot’s dramatic monologue has had almost a century of being read as a psychological character study exploring the fluent mutability of an anxious, indecisive self-consciousness. Key to this interpretative approach is the dynamic interplay and range of emotions that Prufrock voices and which are readily discernible to both the scholarly and common reader (to borrow Virginia Woolf’s term). Undertaken as a collaborative TEI encoding project by the students in The Digital Text, a second year English course (University of Toronto, Fall 2014), our initial question approaching this text was whether we could map the moods articulated in the poem as we as readers perceived them? What would the aggregate of our collective readings look like? Would we see a marked convergence of opinion in our close readings? Or would we see striking divergences? What we discovered was both…”

How social media affects protest movements: It’s complicated

really interesting – bookmarking so I can find this later


If you mention social-media platforms like Twitter or Facebook in the context of political uprisings in places like Turkey or Ukraine or Egypt — or even the Occupy movement in the United States — the person you’re speaking to will likely either a) agree that they can be very powerful tools, or b) argue that they are just sound and fury, signifying nothing, and have had no real effect on the outcome of these movements.

But the truth is actually much more complex, according to sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, who has spent her career studying the effects of such social platforms on political behavior.

In a paper published in the Journal of International Affairs, Tufekci looks at this question in detail, based on her observations of and interviews with protesters in her native Turkey and elsewhere. And her conclusion is that while social platforms can have a positive impact on…

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