Why is Digital Humanities?

Submitted by Sarah Stanley on Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:42

Why does the “what is DH conversation” seem to never die? I have been subjected to it throughout my (admittedly short) career in the digital humanities, and it has never actually done anything to change the scholarly practices that I engage in from day to day. Actually, I take that back: it changes my day-to-day work by by making me rage-blind, and compelling me to write hasty blog posts on my lunch break. You, my dear reader, have already probably guessed this, but I should say that I am very tired of the “What is DH” debate.

On Being Translucent

Submitted by Sarah Stanley on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 21:26

For my work on the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, I've helped to create some interesting elements, meant to tag various phrase-level and division-level textual elements. The ones that my fellow encoders and I were most interested in were a subset of elements meant to describe commodities, food, flora, and fauna. Our original intent was to use these tags to track the circulation of commodities in various stages of production, sale, and use.


Visualizing the Reception of Women's Writing with Gephi

Submitted by Sarah Stanley on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 21:21

For my Gephi practicum, I took data from the Women Writers Project Cultures of Reception project (forthcoming) to visualize the relation between 18th/19th century women writers and the literary journals that reviewed them. I looked at five different journals and made a list of all of the women they reviewed. These comprised the nodes in my graph.


Submitted by Sarah Stanley on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:17
This blog post is based off of the idea of “change logs” in Jentery Sayers “Tinker-Centric Pedagogy in Literature and Language Classrooms.” I'm not following the prompt he gives in his article. However, I do wish to "chronicle specific moments in the process when the shape of an idea is notably altered," as he puts it.¹ I want to use this post as a way of "versioning" my own thoughts on digital research, which I haven't really done thus far in my studies. I’m writing it like a TEI changelog because I’m a big ol’ nerd.

Deep Medieval Mapping

Submitted by Sarah Stanley on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:15

I started off this unit wanting to work on a Neatline exhibit for the ECDA, with the intent of working it into my later final project. But the recent Will Noel lecture inspired me to “get medieval” as it were, and work with a pre-modern text. My first problem arose when I tried to decide whether I should bother geo-rectifying a map. I mean, who would want to geo-rectify this?

The Theory/Praxis Feedback Loop

Submitted by Sarah Stanley on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:13

My first experience bumping up against the complexities of space/place happened (unsurprisingly) while I was working on a DH project. Over the summer, my colleagues at the Early Caribbean Digital Archive were trying to figure out how to handle contextual encoding (e.g. personographies and placeographies) for our texts. The Text Encoding Initiative had so many possible ways of recording information about people, places, organizations, etc., and we wanted to use those to their fullest extent.

Against all ODDS: Hacking and the TEI

Submitted by Sarah Stanley on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 20:06

This is my reflection for Lab 1 of #f14tmn.

I find it strangely appropriate that we completed our TEI practicum after a class discussion about hacking in the digital humanities.

Now, I don't think I would have made this connection before doing this lab. Before, TEI was... just a way to mark up documents. You put tags around things, you made sure your encoding practices reflected your project's goals, you published. Pretty simple once you get used to it, really. And of course, the small assignment for class should be even simpler.