Category Archives: Digital Tools

Discovery and Justification are Different: Notes on Science-ing the Humanities

Computer Scientist: “You can’t do that with Topic Modeling.” Humanist: “No, I can because I’m not a scientist. We have this thing called Hermeneutics.” Computer Scientist: “…” Humanist: “No really, we get to do what we want, we read texts … Continue reading

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Do Less More Often: An Approach to Digital Strategy for Cultural Heritage Orgs

Everybody is trying to do too much at once. Find the low hanging fruit and pick it. Get the boxes off the floor. Release early and release often. Put things out there and find out how you should be doing things. I … Continue reading

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Are Online Communities Places or Artifacts?

I’m sympathetic to two ways of thinking about online communities that are somewhat inconsistent with each other. The web is a stack of communication technologies (both software and hardware) and should be studied in the same way that one would … Continue reading

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Glitch, Circuit Bending & Breaking as a Way of Knowing

A big idea in the digital humanities is that building is a hermeneutic, an iterative interpretive process that leads toward knowing and understanding. I saw this great video on The Art of Glitch toady that made me think a bit more about how … Continue reading

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The Key Questions of Cultural Heritage Crowdsourcing Projects

To sum up my series of posts on different considerations for crowdsourcing in cultural heritage projects I thought it would be helpful to lay out a set of questions to ask when developing or evaluating projects. I think if a project has good … Continue reading

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The Crowd and The Library

Libraries, archives and museums have a long history of participation and engagement with members of the public. In a series of blog posts I am going to work to connects these traditions with current discussions of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is a … Continue reading

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The New Aesthetic and the Artifactual Digital Object

I’ve had a lot of fun following The New Aesthetic and I think there are some neat parts of this that relate to digital preservation.  If you haven’t seen much on this neologism, the post colon part of the recent SXSW talk is a bit … Continue reading

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Explore and Share Cultural Heritage Collections with Viewshare.org: Notes for WebWise Talk

This is just a quick post to share the slides and links from the talk I am giving at WebWise today. Explore and Share Cultural Heritage Collections with Viewshare.org View more PowerPoint from tjowens The talk starts by explaining the … Continue reading

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The Value of Design Narratives: The Case of Environmental Detectives

In Please Write it Down: Design and Research in the Digital Humanities I suggested that there are some valuable ways of thinking about the connections between building/designing and creating knowledge and scholarship.  In particular, I suggested that those interested in learning through building in … Continue reading

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Deforming reality with Word Lens

If you haven’t checked it out already Wordlens is an amazingly cool iPhone app that will automatically translate text on the fly, as you see it. I’ve had it on my phone for about a month now, but I find that the … Continue reading

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