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My Sentiments (Exactly?) Matthew L. Jockers

While developing the Syuzhet package–a tool for tracking relative shifts in narrative sentiment–I spent a fair amount of time gut-checking whether …

Sentiment Analysis

Hansen: Young digger finds gold in library

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The Complete n00b’s Guide to Gephi

Because my last tutorial, The Complete n00b’s Guide to Mapping in R, received a positive response, I decided to create another beginner’s guide to …



Abstraction is a concept familiar to programmers, and a term in common use. Abstraction is often discussed as a quality of code, but it can also …


Herrenhausen Big Data Lightning Talk: Finding Community in the Ruins of GeoCities

I was fortunate to receive a travel grant to present my research in a short, three-minute slot plus poster at the Herrenhäuser Konferenz: Big Data in


Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Are No Match For Medieval Potion

Recipe from Bald's Leechbook found to be highly effective against MRSA

Bloodletting, mercury cures, holes drilled in the head—many ancient medical remedies seem ill-advised based on our modern understanding of medicine. But researchers recently found that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon treatment …

Middle Ages

A master's in librarianship could enhance your shelf life

If you think that people in Britain want to achieve fame and fortune by treading the boards or having a number-one hit single then think again. A recent survey from YouGov found that 54% of people would like to be librarians.

Of course, part of the attraction is spending time with all the books your …


Bodleian Libraries | Bodleian Libraries joins with Wikimedia UK to share historic collections

26 March 2015

The Bodleian Libraries and Wikimedia UK have joined forces to support a year-long Wikimedian in Residence in Oxford.

The post provides …

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Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean


Man in Hole II: Man in Deeper Hole

Assigning emotional values to words.

Last month I wrote about Matthew Jockers’s research on the shapes of stories, which has since met with a welter of reactions within and without academe. His critics ask two questions, essentially: Is it really possible to assign every word a reliable emotional …


Mapping the Republic of Letters

In 1734, Voltaire fled Paris to the region of Champagne, trading the sophisticated and malodorous capital for acres of precisely plotted vineyards. …


Confabulation in the humanities

21 Mar 2015

It’s a tale as old as the “digital humanities” itself: skeptics rightly asking whether or not we are actually learning anything new by …


What you wanted to know about AI

Recently a number of famous people, including Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, warned everybody about the dangers of machine intelligence. …

Artificial Intelligence

Monet's painting confirmed genuine by using SPECIM's hyperspectral camera

The 1891 work 'A Haystack in the Evening Sun' was found to be a genuine piece of Claude Monet's work by researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in …


Validation and Subjective Computing

Like many others I have been following the debate between Matthew Jockers and Annie Swafford regarding the new syuzhet R package created by Jockers, …

A rich library of African-American poetry goes digital

The Knight Arts Challenge Detroit is now accepting applications for the best local ideas for the arts. Here, writer Julie Edgar catches up with past


Trust Report

The J. Paul Getty Trust 2014 Report

The Getty Research Institute
Thomas Gaehtgens, Director

The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering …


Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the …

Music Blogs

Joyce and the Internet: What Leopold Bloom Didn't Know

James Joyce's narration leads us through the difficulty of finding knowledge in a pre-Internet era, reminding us how lucky we are to have this technology, despite all its flaws.

Mr Bloom moved forward raising his troubled eyes. Think no more about that. After one. Timeball on the ballast office is …

James Joyce

century American West

The history of the settlement of the American West comes to life with Geography of the Post, a digital mapping platform that creates visualizations …

Stanford University

When were UK political leaders first mentioned in the Guardian?

On 2 April it will be 23 years since the UK prime minister, David Cameron, first appeared in the Guardian. Described as a 25-year-old “suave Old Etonian”, Cameron, the then prime minister John Major’s personal adviser, was one of several young staff showing potential during what looked like a …

UK Politics

The pedagogy of video games | uOttawa Gazette – Keeping our campus community informed

One of Schmitz' focus group meetings in World of Warcraft. Note the text bubble which highlights digital identities and the roles people play with …

Game Based Learning

Digital humanities won't save the humanities, digital humanists say

A series of critical articles have some digital humanists saying the trend has been oversold, particularly with regard to producing academic …


Why Artificial Intelligence Will Not Obliterate Humanity

It's not smart enough to turn sinister

Elon Musk is terrified of artificial intelligence (AI). The founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors predicts it’ll soon be "potentially more dangerous than nukes," and recently he gave $10 million toward research to "keep AI beneficial." Stephen Hawking has likewise …

Artificial Intelligence

Create UN force to protect ancient heritage from Isis, says Italy

Italy’s culture minister has called for the creation of a UN peacekeeping force to protect the world’s heritage sites, following the destruction of ancient cities in Iraq by Islamic State (Isis) militants.

“A sort of ‘blue helmets of culture’ are needed, as there are blue helmets that intervene to …


Poem of the week: The Beautiful Librarians by Sean O’Brien

The Beautiful Librarians

The beautiful librarians are dead,
The fairly recent graduates who sat
Like Françoise Hardy’s shampooed sisters
With cardigans across their shoulders
On quiet evenings at the issue desk,
Stamping books and never looking up
At where I stood in adoration.

Once I glimpsed the …


Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds

A new genetic map of Britain shows that there has been little movement between areas of Britain which were former tribal kingoms in Anglo-Saxon England

Britons are still living in the same 'tribes' that they did in the 7th Century, Oxford University has found after an astonishing study into our …

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Defining the humanities

In December 2014, added numerous new words and definitions to their database, and we invited experts to comment on the new …


Forever England? Gene Map Shows Divided British Isles

The first in-depth genetic scan of the British Isles shows their violent history of invasion after invasion lives on in the people.

The blood of Norwegian Vikings still flows in the residents of the Orkney Islands. The Welsh-speaking folk of northern Wales are distinct from their English-dominant …