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Debates in the Digital Humanities
Welcome to the open-access edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print/digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. Choose an edition below. via Pocket
books  debates  dh  theory 
22 days ago by kintopp
Why I still won’t review for or publish with Elsevier–and think you shouldn’t either – [citation needed]
In 2012, I signed the Cost of Knowledge pledge, and stopped reviewing for, and publishing in, all Elsevier journals. via Pocket
debates  open  access  publishing 
4 weeks ago by kintopp
Better Language Models and Their Implications
February 14, 2019Better Language Models and Their Implications We’ve trained a large-scale unsupervised language model which generates coherent paragraphs of text, achieves state-of-the-art performance on many language modeling benchmarks, and performs rudimentary reading comprehension, machine tr via Pocket
algorithm  debates  ethics  ml  text 
4 weeks ago by kintopp
On the perceived complexity of literature. A response to Nan Z. Da « CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics
At the center of Nan Z. Da's article is the claim that quantitative methods cannot produce any useful insights with respect to literary texts: via Pocket
analysis  debates  methodology  text 
7 weeks ago by kintopp
The Semantic Web identity crisis: in search of the trivialities that never were | Ruben Verborgh
For a domain with a strong focus on unambiguous identifiers and meaning, the Semantic Web research field itself has a surprisingly ill-defined sense of identity. via Pocket
debates  dev  linkeddata  semantic 
11 weeks ago by kintopp
Computational Literary Studies: A Critical Inquiry Online Forum
Beginning on 1 April, this Critical Inquiry online forum will feature responses to and discussion about Nan Z. Da’s “The Computational Case against Computational Literary Studies.”
analysis  chicago  debates  dh  forum  methodology  text  usa 
may 2019 by kintopp
Digital History und die archivische Fachdiskussion: Ein blinder Fleck? – Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft
Warum wird die nun schon über zwei Jahrzehnte währende intensive, sich in vielen Publikationen niederschlagende Fachdiskussion der Archivarinnen und Archivare (v. a. via Pocket
archives  debates  germany  history  research  review 
march 2019 by kintopp
Shirky: Ontology is Overrated -- Categories, Links, and Tags
Today I want to talk about categorization, and I want to convince you that a lot of what we think we know about categorization is wrong. via Pocket
classification  debates  methodology  ontology 
february 2019 by kintopp
Better Language Models and Their Implications
We’ve trained a large-scale unsupervised language model which generates coherent paragraphs of text, achieves state-of-the-art performance on many language modeling benchmarks, and performs rudimentary reading comprehension, machine tr via Pocket
algorithm  debates  ethics  text  ml 
february 2019 by kintopp
After years of dealing with REST APIs, when I first learned about GraphQL and the problems it’s attempting to solve, I could not resist tweeting the exact title of this article. via Pocket
api  debates  dev 
february 2019 by kintopp
In July, 2015, Epstein and Robertson published a widely acknowledged study on how much a biased search engine result ranking can shift undecided voters towards one candidate [1]. via Pocket
algorithm  debates  ethics  ml  policies 
january 2019 by kintopp
REST vs. GraphQL: A Critical Review
Are you building an API? Here is the idea: If you have never heard about the REST architectural style constraints and their implication on the properties of the resulting distributed system and you do not want to (or can’t) educate yourself, use GraphQL. via Pocket
api  debates  dev 
november 2018 by kintopp
Should I Major in the Humanities? - The Atlantic
People have been proclaiming the imminent extinction of the humanities for decades. A best-selling volume in 1964 warned that a science-focused world left no room for humane pursuits, even as Baby Boomers began to flood the English and history departments of new universities. via Pocket
academy  debates  humanities 
november 2018 by kintopp
Characterizing the Google Books Corpus
"Characterizing the Google Books Corpus: Strong Limits to Inferences of Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Evolution" Just read the introduction. Please.
paper  data  google  methodology  debates 
november 2018 by kintopp
RfII-Diskussionsimpuls 2018: Auf dem Weg zu einem Netzwerk mit Kanten aber ohne Knoten? | DHd-Blog
Im März 2018 hat der Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen (RfII) den „zweiten Diskussionsimpuls zur Ausgestaltung einer Nationalen Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI) für die Wissenschaft in Deutschland“ unter dem Titel „Zusammenarbeit als Chance“ veröffentlicht. via Pocket
debates  funding  germany  infrastructure 
may 2018 by kintopp
Models of Infrastructures for the Humanities | Max Kemman
Last week I was at ECHIC 2018 in Leuven, which focused on infrastructures in the humanities. The conference was small, allowing very integrated discussions in a single-session format, combining participants with backgrounds in the humanities, as well as a large number of librarians. via Pocket
debates  europe  infrastructure  research 
may 2018 by kintopp
The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete. Here's What's Next. - The Atlantic
Here’s what’s next. The scientific paper—the actual form of it—was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Before it was developed in the 1600s, results were communicated privately in letters, ephemerally in lectures, or all at once in books. via Pocket
debates  interactive  management  python  wolfram 
april 2018 by kintopp
Digitale Texterfassung und Sicherung | dhmuc.
Am 22./23. März findet in der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften der dhmuc. Workshop „Freud‘ und Leid mit digitalen Editionswerkzeugen“ statt. via Pocket
debates  editing  editions  tei  text 
march 2018 by kintopp
Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble — Emacsen's Blog
I was a contributor for OpenStreetMap for a long time, and I advocated for OpenStreetMap for a long time, but the project has stalled while the proprietary mapping world has continued to improve in data quality. For those of us who care about Free and Open data, this is a problem. via Pocket
collaboration  crowdsourcing  debates  geo  management  maps  open  data 
march 2018 by kintopp
HuMetricsHSS – Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences
Welcome to the home of the Humane Metrics in Humanities and Social Sciences (HuMetricsHSS) initiative. Want to learn more? Get a quick overview, reach out to individual members of the team, read our blog, find us at conferences, follow us on Twitter, or e-mail us! via Pocket
academy  datasets  debates  discussion  humanities  survey 
february 2018 by kintopp
A response to some responses … | Katherine Bode
It’s been a heartening (and in my career to date, a unique) experience to receive so much feedback on my MLQ article “The Equivalence of ‘Close’ and ‘Distant’ Reading; or, Toward a New Object for Data-Rich Literary History” (preprint). via Pocket
data  debates  dh  methodology 
december 2017 by kintopp
Frontiers | The Logic of the Big Data Turn in Digital Literary Studies | Digital Humanities
The Digital Humanities, and especially the literary side of the Digital Humanities, i.e., Digital Literary Studies, propose systematic and technologically equipped methodologies in activities where, for centuries, intuition and intelligent handling had played a predominant role. via Pocket
books  debates  dh 
december 2017 by kintopp
After a decade of investment and hype, what has the field accomplished? Not much After a decade of investment and hype, what has the field accomplished? Not much. via Pocket
academy  debates  dh  humanities  usa 
november 2017 by kintopp
Against Cleaning
Practitioners, critics, and popularizers of new methods of data-driven research treat the concept of “data cleaning” as integral to such work without remarking on the oddly domestic image the term makes—as though a corn straw broom were to be incorporated, Rube-Goldberg-like, into the design via Pocket
data  debates  metadata  quality 
july 2017 by kintopp
Historical place names | GeoNames Blog
Improving the way GeoNames handles historical names is a popular feature request. GeoNames is now beginning to address this question. There are two new flags in the alternate name edit tool: isHistoric for names of the past that are no longer used. isColloquial for slang and colloquial names via Pocket
debates  gazetteer  geo  history  time 
july 2017 by kintopp
DSHR's Blog: Blockchain as the Infrastructure for Science?
Herbert Van de Sompel pointed me to Lambert Heller's How P2P and blockchains make it easier to work with scientific objects – three hypotheses as an example of the persistent enthusiasm for these technologies as a way of communicating and preserving research, among other things. via Pocket
archives  blockchain  debates  preservation 
may 2017 by kintopp
Against Digital Art History - Franklin Humanities Institute
First, let me clarify that I am not talking about digitized art history (i.e. via Pocket
arthistory  computing  debates  dh 
may 2017 by kintopp
Stephen Wolfram’s new programming language: Can he make the world computable?
The British scientist and polymath Stephen Wolfram has always had big ambitions. He wrote four book-length works on physics by age 14. He earned a Ph.D. in particle physics from Cal Tech by age 20. By 22, he won a MacArthur “genius grant. via Pocket
debates  wolfram 
april 2017 by kintopp
Historyonics: Research Infrastructure and the Future of National Libraries
In my role as a member of the British Library Advisory Council, I was recently asked to present a few thoughts on how research infrastructure might change in response to the changing demands of academics. This post records my notes for that discussion. via Pocket
debates  infrastructure  research  uk 
february 2017 by kintopp
How Not to Reform Humanities Scholarship - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Modern Language Association—the principal organization representing the disciplines of English and foreign languages—held its annual convention in January, and while the event was in session, I received calls from a handful of deans and department chairs. via Pocket
academy  debates  diss  humanities  open  access  publishing 
february 2017 by kintopp
An Empire Built On Sand: Reexamining What We Think We Know About Visualization | Robert Kosara
If we were to design Information Visualization from scratch, we would start with the basics: understand the principles of perception, test how they apply to different data encodings, build up those encodings to see if the principles still apply, etc. via Pocket
cognition  debates  methodology  visualization 
december 2016 by kintopp
Nutzerschnittstellen als Aushängeschild oder Achillesferse digitaler Editionen | dhmuc.
Digitale Editionen in ansprechender Weise im Internet zu präsentieren, ist eine Herausforderung. Einiges kann dabei schief gehen: Die Navigation kann unübersichtlich ausfallen, die Gestaltung unattraktiv wirken, die technische Umsetzung fehlerhaft sein und die Performanz dürftig bleiben. via Pocket
api  debates  editions  report 
december 2016 by kintopp
Text analysis of Trump tweets | Mathematica for prediction algorithms
This post is to proclaim the MathematicaVsR at GitHub project “Text analysis of Trump tweets” in which we compare Mathematica and R over text analyses of Twitter messages made by Donald Trump (and his staff) before the USA president elections in 2016. via Pocket
analysis  debates  learn 
december 2016 by kintopp "Hurra! Digitale Kunstgeschichte"
Digitale Kunstgeschichte muß integraler Bestandteil des Faches werden – wenn Digitale Kunstgeschichte nicht überhaupt die Zukunft des Faches ist. via Pocket
arthistory  debates  germany 
november 2016 by kintopp
Whither TEI? The Next Thirty Years | Scalable Reading
In the next fifty years the entirety of our inherited archive of cultural works will have to be re-edited within a network of digital storage, access, and dissemination (Jerome McGann, 2001) You have to put the corn where the hogs can get at it (Bill Clinton) Only the paranoid survive (Andrew Grove via Pocket
debates  tei 
september 2016 by kintopp
Johanna Drucker: Visualizing Interpretation: A Report on 3DH – 3DH
Johanna Drucker gave a special lecture on June 6th that reported on the state of the project and where we are going. She started by giving some history to the 3DH project. We went from “create the next generation of visualizations in the digital humanities?” to a more nuanced goal: via Pocket
debates  theory  visualization 
august 2016 by kintopp
Network visualisations and the 'so what?' problem - Open Objects
This week I was in Luxembourg for a workshop on Network Visualisation in the Cultural Heritage Sector, organised by Marten Düring and held on the Belval campus of the University of Luxembourg. via Pocket
debates  methodology  networks 
june 2016 by kintopp
Artificial intelligence service gives Wikipedians ‘X-ray specs’ to see through bad edits « Wikimedia blog
Illustration by Mun May Tee, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Today, we’re announcing the release of a new artificial intelligence service designed to improve the way editors maintain the quality of Wikipedia. via Pocket
debates  editing  wiki  ml 
december 2015 by kintopp
Linked Data Caution | Bibliographic Wilderness
I have been seeing an enormous amount of momentum in the library industry toward “linked data”, often in the form of a fairly ambitious collective project to rebuild much of our infrastructure around data formats built on linked data. via Pocket
debates  libraries  linkeddata 
december 2015 by kintopp
Sources, Empathy and Politics in History from Below | the many-headed monster
Our opening post in The Voices of the People symposium (full programme here) comes from Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex. via Pocket
debates  history  methodology 
august 2015 by kintopp
Historians are becoming computer science customers – postscript | Digital History Seminar
Historians are becoming the clients of computer science departments. It’s a quiet conspiracy to steal our research funding and push out employment opportunities for our junior historians whose skills just don’t fit the needs of these projects. via Pocket
debates  funding  history 
june 2015 by kintopp
The problem with Angular - QuirksBlog
In the last six months or so I talked to several prospective clients that had a problem finding front-end consultants in order to help their dev teams get a grip on their Angular projects. via Pocket
debates  webdev 
may 2015 by kintopp
What Would Digital Art History Look Like? | Big Think
Can the study of art history stop looking like ancient history itself? Can it transcend the old approaches and embrace the digital world? As digitized as art history has become in terms of merely creating online repositories of texts and images, it still lags in going fully digital in terms of usi via Pocket
arthistory  debates 
february 2015 by kintopp
Why the Digital, Why the Digital Liberal Arts? (Middlebury College, December 2014) | William G. Thomas III
Why the Digital? Why the Digital Liberal Arts? Middlebury College December 8, 2014 William G. Thomas III via Pocket
centers  colleges  debates  humanities  research  teach 
february 2015 by kintopp
The digital humanities postdoc | Miriam Posner's Blog
In the last few years, I’ve noticed a certain kind of job ad appearing with more and more frequency. I think of it as the “make digital humanities happen” postdoctoral fellowship. via Pocket
centers  debates  postdoc 
february 2015 by kintopp
How Not to Teach Digital Humanities | Ryan Cordell
The following is a talk I’ve revised over the past few years. via Pocket
debates  teach 
february 2015 by kintopp
The future of the book | The Economist
FINGERS stroke vellum; the calfskin pages are smooth, like paper, but richer, almost oily. The black print is crisp, and every Latin sentence starts with a lush red letter. One of the book’s early owners has drawn a hand and index finger which points, like an arrow, to passages worth remembering. via Pocket
books  debates  ebooks  publishing 
january 2015 by kintopp
Historyonics: Big Data, Small Data and Meaning
This post was originally written as the text for a talk I gave at a British Library Lab's event in London in early November 2014. In the nature of these things, the rhythms of speech and the verbal ticks of public speaking remain in the prose. via Pocket
debates  distant  reading 
december 2014 by kintopp
Datavu: Statistical Modeling vs Machine Learning
I have often used the terms Statistical modeling techniques and Machine learning techniques interchangeably but was not sure about the similarities and differences. So I went through few resources and sharing my findings here. via Pocket
debates  statistics  ml 
december 2014 by kintopp
Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts - IEEE Spectrum
The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges. Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand. via Pocket
debates  ml 
december 2014 by kintopp
Digital Dimensions at CAA 2015 - Matthew Lincoln
I was inspired by Mark Sample’s post on the digitally-inflected panels at MLA 2015, to write a (much shorter) roundup of those panels at the College Art Association’s Annual Conference in New York, February 2015. This was supposedly the year that “digital art history [took] off. via Pocket
arthistory  debates 
december 2014 by kintopp
Debates in the Digital Humanities
Welcome to the open-access edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities, which brings together leading figures in the field to explore its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions. via Pocket
books  debates  theory 
october 2014 by kintopp
DH in den Medien: Die FAZ über Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft | DHd-Blog
Wenn in den Medien über DH berichtet wird, startet meine Rezeption immer mit gemischten Gefühlen: Freude, dass wargenommen wird, woran man arbeitet und was einen selbst interessiert; Sorge, ob ein sinnvoller Bericht dabei herauskommt und ob der Journalist oder die Journalistin auch verstanden hat, via Pocket
debates  germany 
october 2014 by kintopp
The Most Thorough Summary (to date) of MOOC Completion Rates -e-Literate
How many times have you heard the statement that ‘MOOCs have a completion rate of 10%’ or ‘MOOCs have a completion rate of less than 10%’? The meme seems to have developed a life of its own, but try to research the original claim and you might find a bunch of circular references or anecdote via Pocket
debates  mooc 
october 2014 by kintopp
The future of PhDs | The University of Chicago Magazine
There have long been more doctoral candidates than tenure-track positions available. In the humanities especially, landing an academic job has gotten more difficult. via Pocket
academy  altac  debates  diss 
october 2014 by kintopp
In evaluating digital humanities, enthusiasm may outpace best practices @insidehighered
Jump to Navigation | Follow us: Get Daily E-mail Sunday, April 22, 2012 Home › News Related Stories Advertisement January 4, 2012 - 3:00am By Steve Kolowich via Pocket
debates  evaluation  methodology  review  tenure 
october 2014 by kintopp
Difficult Thinking about the Digital Humanities | SAMPLE REALITY
Five years ago in this space I attempted what I saw as a meaningful formulation of critical thinking—as opposed to the more vapid definitions you tend to come across in higher education. Critical thinking, I wrote, “stands in opposition to facile thinking. via Pocket
debates  theory 
october 2014 by kintopp
Mathematica « Another Word For It
In a blog post on Computational Knowledge and the Future of Pure Mathematics Stephen Wolfram lays out a vision that is in many ways exciting and challenging. via Pocket
debates  mathematica 
october 2014 by kintopp
Apple and the Digital Textbook Counter-Revolution
Well here we go, after months of speculation -- beginning with the publication of Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve jobs -- we now know about Apple's plans to "transform the textbook industry. via Pocket
ibook  publishing  debates 
september 2014 by kintopp
How much more could art history be about? | Object Oriented
The art historian Dr. Griselda Pollock, best known for her work on feminist art history, recently published a short essay in response to a computer vision research paper written by Babak Saleh, Kanako Abe, Ravneet Singh Arora, and Ahmed Elgammal. via Pocket
debates  analysis  theory  images 
september 2014 by kintopp
Content and Context: Visualizations for the Public? » [bracket]
[Cross-posted from the Visualizing the Past blog for the NCPH2012 working group "Graphs, Maps, and Trees: Imagining the Future of Public Interfaces to Cultural Heritage Collections"] In the very useful survey of the “history web” in their 2005 book Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserv via Pocket
public  rhetoric  visualization  maps  debates  books 
september 2014 by kintopp
Academic E-Books: Innovation and Transition
There is a growing crisis in the academic monograph marketplace. via Pocket
academy  publishing  open  access  debates 
september 2014 by kintopp
Game Change: Digital Technology and Performative Humanities | Found History
“Game changing” is a term we hear a lot in digital humanities. I have used it myself. But try, as I was asked to do for a recent talk at Brown University’s Ancient Religion, Modern Technology workshop, to name a list of truly game-changing developments wrought by digital humanities. via Pocket
september 2014 by kintopp
How Not to Reform Humanities Scholarship - Run Your Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Modern Language Association—the principal organization representing the disciplines of English and foreign languages—held its annual convention in January, and while the event was in session, I received calls from a handful of deans and department chairs. via Pocket
academy  diss  humanities  open  access  publishing  debates 
september 2014 by kintopp
Giving It Away: Sharing and the Future of Scholarly Communication – Planned Obsolescence
The last talk I gave at MLA 2012 was a keynote for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, the text of which is below. I’d love any feedback you might have to offer. via Pocket
academy  publishing  open  access  public  debates 
september 2014 by kintopp
Stanley Fish and the Digital Humanities | Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation
Ed note: we are very pleased to welcome this guest post by Martin Mueller, professor of English and Classics at Northwestern University. Read more from Martin at his Scalable Reading blog. via Pocket
academy  debates 
september 2014 by kintopp
Debates in the Digital Humanities
Welcome to the open-access edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print/digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. Choose an edition below. via Pocket
books  debates  dh  theory 
august 2014 by kintopp
What Is Public? — The Message — Medium
Someone could make off with all your garbage that’s put out on the street, and carefully record how many used condoms or pregnancy tests or discarded pill bottles are in the trash, and then post that information up on the web along with your name and your address. via Pocket
debates  privacy  public 
july 2014 by kintopp
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