From Slate‘s history blog, The Vault, Rebecca Onion features five digital collections and/or historical websites:
“2014 brought us a wealth of new digital archives and document-rich historical websites to peruse. Here, in no particular order, are five of the best such sites I saw this year.”
Follow the link to enjoy. She promises a link to five more sites tomorrow.
Historical documents online: Five best digital archives from 2014.
The current issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly examines definitions and understandings of “The Literary” as inflected by the digital humanities.
Digital data and databases have become indisputable resources for literary study, not just for archival research but also literary interpretation, and the amount of data available in text form — think Google Books, Project Gutenberg, and UPenn’s Online Books Page — continues to grow at an astonishing rate. Big data is big news, and visualizations have attracted the attention of those usually focused on text. This situation begs the questions: What constitutes literary data, and what is the role of the literary in the digital humanities? These questions inspire this special issue of the DHQ.
DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: The Literary And/As the Digital Humanities.
Conrad First: Home Page.
Here is another fascinating digital collection, this time on the works of Joseph Conrad as they were first published in periodicals, by the English Department at Upsalla University.
Call For Conference Proposals
Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library
June 20-22 2014, Charleston, SC
Guidelines for Submission
Lightning Round/Paper/Panel deadline: 01 December 2013
Workshop proposal deadline: 01 February 2014
“Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library,” sponsored by the South Carolina Digital Library, the College of Charleston and the Charleston Conference, invites submissions for its 2014 conference, on all aspects of digital humanities in the library. This includes but is not limited to:
- Digital scholarship
- Humanities & library collaborations on DH projects
- GIS and/or data visualization projects
- Text mining & data analysis
- Digital humanities librarianship
- Digital project management
- Knowledge lifecycle, including production & collaboration
- Creating or using tools & services for the production, editing and/or analysis of DH data
- Metadata and linked data in DH
We particularly welcome collaborative panel and paper submissions from librarian and humanities scholar-based teams and/or graduate students. We strongly encourage any proposals relating to the theme of the conference.
CFP: Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library | HASTAC.
The Shelley-Godwin Archive.
The Frankenstein manuscript comes alive in this digital archive!!
THIS is what the digital humanities is about, in my opinion. Big data is important, yes; but what really jazzes me is when materials that have been hidden away in museums and libraries make their public appearance in ways that are beautiful, useful, and open access!
This is a fascinating searchable digital collection of library records from the Muncie Indiana Public Library from 1891 to 1902. The database collection formed the backbone of a book project.
What Middletown Read – Home.
The King James Bible Virtual Exhibit : The King James Bible.
Here is an interesting DH project from Ohio State libraries about the King James Bible. It was developed as part of a pilot project, as the developer describes below:
The exhibits pilot innovation grant project was a partnership of three departments, Digital Content Services (formerly SRI), Rare Books and Manuscripts, and the Web Implementation Team (nowApplications, Development and Support). The Preservation and Reformatting Department (Amy McCrory) and the Copyright Resources Center (Sandra Enimil) were also heavily involved. The grant was “to develop a new model for creating and delivering digital exhibits at the Libraries.” The project was developmental in scope, and the specific goals were to create a polished digital version of a physical exhibit, and to gather information about what would be required to develop an exhibits program in the Libraries.
The King James Bible exhibit, curated by Eric Johnson, is indeed a polished exhibit. We learned a great deal from working on it, such as the need to create a glossary of terms as reference for all people on the project. We also identified the strengths and weaknesses of the Omeka software for our environment. The research into what it would take to build a sustainable program took many forms. We looked at existing digital exhibits at OSUL, as well as curator expectations for exhibit functionality, and the use of Omeka at other institutions. We tracked information on the time it took to create the exhibit.
What’s next? The report is done and has been given to the Executive Committee. The suggestions in the report are just that – suggestions. We were not charged to develop a program. We applied for funding to explore the possibilities; the report is what we discovered. It is also worth noting that the environment has changed since the report was written. Most important, is that the Libraries have hired an Exhibits Coordinator. However, many of you have expressed interest in our results.
Read Report Here (docx).
Created by Professor Janine Barchas and her team at the University of Texas at Austin, this is an example of a simple but effective digital humanities project that provides a recreation of a museum exhibition that Jane Austen visited during May 1813. View an article here that describes the process of creating this digital project.
On 24 May 1813, Jane Austen visited an important and much-talked-about art exhibit at the British Institution in Pall Mall, London. The show was a retrospective of the works of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), England’s celebrated portrait painter.
No visual record of this show is known to have survived, although it attracted hundreds of daily visitors during its much-publicized three-month run. However, many details of the exhibit can be reconstructed from the original 1813 “Catalogue of Pictures,” a one-shilling pamphlet purchased by visitors as a guide through the three large rooms where hung 141 paintings by Reynolds. Armed with surviving copies of this pamphlet, narrative accounts in nineteenth-century newspapers and books, and precise architectural measurements of the British Institution’s exhibit space, this website reconstructs the Reynolds show as Jane Austen (as well as any Jane Doe) saw it.