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Digital Trends in Fairy-Tale Scholarship

Illustration by John D Batten for “Indian Fairy Tales” edited by Joseph Jacobs, 1892. From Wikimedia.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the “At …

Fairy Tales

DH 2015

These are my notes from DH 2015 at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney, Australia from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July 2015.

These notes …

Digital Humanities

The Machinery of the Universe

Poe’s vision of the cosmos and the art it inspired.

Since adolescence, Edgar Allan Poe had been picking fights with science. His second collection of poetry, published when he was all of twenty, opened with a mischievous sonnet needling what he called that “true daughter of Old Time”:

Why preyest …


The Tedious 10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Completed in 1660, Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family had seen better days. The 355-year-old family portrait was covered in …


When It Comes To Learning For The Deaf, 'It's A 3-D Language'

In a small, sparse makeshift lab, Melissa Malzkuhn practices her range of motion in a black, full-body unitard dotted with light-reflecting nodes. She's strapped on a motion capture, or mocap, suit. Infrared cameras that line the room will capture her movement and translate it into a 3-D character, …


Sleeping Beauties in Philosophy

Sat Jun 27, 2015

The other day at Daily Nous, Justin asked about so-called “Sleeping Beauty” papers in Philosophy:

“Sleeping Beauty” papers “lie …


Acceptances to Digital Humanities 2015 (part 1)


Part 1 is about sheer numbers of acceptances to DH2015 and comparisons with previous years. DH is still growing, but the conference locale …

Digital Humanities

Acceptances to Digital Humanities 2015 (part 2)

Had enough yet? Too bad! Full-ahead into my analysis of DH2015, part of my 6,021-part series on DH conference submissions and acceptances. If you …


Acceptances to Digital Humanities 2015 (part 3)


There’s a disparity between gender diversity in authorship and attendance at DH2015; attendees are diverse, authors aren’t. That said, the …


Why Do We Want 'The Web We Want'?

The British Library has just published its "Magna Carta for the digital age", created by asking young people to suggest clauses and getting the public to vote for their favourites online. The idea came from web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, as part of his Web We Want campaign to "defend, claim and …


Acceptances to Digital Humanities 2015 (part 4)


Women are (nearly but not quite) as likely as men to be accepted by peer reviewers at DH conferences, but names foreign to the US are less …

Digital Humanities

Humanities Data: A Necessary Contradiction

This is a talk that I gave at the Harvard Purdue Data Management Symposium on June 17, 2015, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The audience was mostly


Mapping Guanxiu's Travels, Part 2

This is a follow-up to my last post, where I showed my first attempt at mapping the travels of poet-monk Guanxiu 貫休 (832-913). In this version, I’ve …


The public has a right to memory

From broadcasting to libraries and museums, digitization is revolutionising the way we enjoy and share heritage. Parliamentary archives. Image: Matt …


This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

Source: slavevoyages.org

For the full interactive version, use a larger device. Interactive by Andrew Kahn. Background image by Tim Jones.

Usually, …


Data Looking At The Past | Articles | Analytics

The use of Big Data in the humanities has hitherto flown largely under the radar, the potential application uses for historians, however, is …

Big Data

Book to the Future - a book liberation manifesto

The Hybrid Publishing Consortium (HPC) is a research network which is part of the Hybrid Publishing Lab and works to support Open Source software …

Open Access

Sleuth Work Leads to Discovery of Art Beloved by Hitler

BERLIN — The recent startling recovery of long-lost artworks made for Adolf Hitler and his chief architect, Albert Speer, began with a telephone call to a Berlin art dealer.

Two large and imposing bronze horses by Josef Thorak — missing from a Soviet military base outside Berlin since some point in …

Adolf Hitler

Can An Algorithm Do The Job Of A Historian?

The Declassification Engine attempts to determine the most important events in American foreign policy.

“Can A Computer Algorithm Do The Job Of A Historian?” is the second article in a BuzzFeed series written with help from Columbia University’s History Lab. This team of historians and data

Jimmy Carter

Digital Humanities at the KB

As promised, a blog about our poster at DHBenelux, but I didn’t want to simply publish the poster, so here is the explanation that goes with in. The …


When a Bookstore Closes, an Argument Ends

When a Bookstore Closes, an Argument EndsThe demise of the Parisian shop La Hune, and of many other bookstores around the globe, is a loss to …

Generation X

Amazon will pay e-book authors per page when users rent books

Legend has it that Dostoevsky was paid by the word and Dickens was paid by installments, leading to great tomes heavy on description, or chapters …


Have Two Psychologists Found a Long-Lost Play by Shakespeare?


In April, two researchers at the University of Texas published an article in the academic journal Psychological Science, saying they could attribute a new play to William Shakespeare. The play in question, Double Falsehood, was long thought to have been written a century after Shakespeare’s …

Great Books

The Shakespeare Algorithm

In 1727, a writer and editor named Lewis Theobald was preparing to unveil “Double Falsehood,” a tragicomedy that he said was based on manuscripts of …


Vincent Van Gogh Found in a Photo from 1887

This group photo from 1887 is reportedly the first photo ever found of Vincent Van Gogh after he became an artist. If experts are correct, then the …

The Arts

Britain to pass new law to protect Middle Eastern artefacts from Isil

John Whittingdale, the Culture secretary, said the destruction was a 'shocking threat to the world’s heritage and an affront to our common human values”

Britain will pass a new law to commit Britain to protecting cultural artefacts during armed conflicts in the wake of the destruction wrought by the …

British History

American novelist James Salter dies

American author James Salter, who was often dubbed the "greatest writer you've never read," has died aged 90.

Several famous writers were among his fans, including Philip Roth and Joseph Heller, but he never converted critical acclaim into commercial success.

A former US fighter pilot, he flew in the …

James Salter

Facebook’s AI robot can generate images that look real to humans 40% of the time

Whether or not you think face recognition technology is creepy, it’s clear that tech companies around the world are continuing to invest in building better imaging intelligence.

From Microsoft’s How Old Bot to Facebook’s newest app that browses your phone’s gallery for photos of your friends and …


A living model 5 years on

Today we’re publishing a new White Paper on the enhanced Europeana Data Model (EDM). In this blog, we look back at how the EDM first became a

Data Modeling