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batch renaming archive photos

As I’ve written about on a number of other occasions (here and here), I love using a digital camera for archival research. I’m an evangelist with graduate students, undergrads writing honors theses, and any of my colleagues who will listen

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Posted in Digital History, Processes, programming, Research and Writing

tei, xslt, wordpress

I’ve been struggling recently with how I want to encode the transcriptions of the very many digital facsimiles of my documents. I decided even before I wanted to construct a digital project with my current work that I wanted to

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Posted in Digital History

what’s the future of this book?

Over the course of the past year, I’ve been developing my second project with an eye towards digital curation. The project will analyze the roll of state surveillance of sexuality in the modernization of Spain’s Empire under the Bourbon King

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Posted in Books, Digital History, Latin American History, Research and Writing

another transcription setup

A few weeks ago I posted this screenshot of transcribing documents using DEVONthink’s sorter and Lightzone. I’ve been working the past week or so on “transcribing” some jail census material from the 1780s that doesn’t lend itself to the sorter, and

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Posted in Apps for Research, Latin American History, Processes, Research and Writing, Uncategorized

Transcribing Documents in DEVONthink 2.0

In neglecting this blog for, really, a couple months, I let pass mention that Devon-Technologies officially released DEVONthink 2.0 at the end of February. I’m still in love with DT, which I’ve written about on a number of occasions in

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from google books to a digital humanities/digital history divide?

The combination of Dan Cohen’s comments (posted here on his blog– read the comment section too) and those of Paul Duguid, and the evasions of Google’s Brandon Badger highlighted a dynamic that I think is, in a certain way, related to the sparring over digital humanities and new media studies going on over twitter and in the blogosphere (here’s a list of recent posts on the subject). … And, with Badger, this was highlighted by his allusions to what he was reading on the plane (a book on how to improve one’s short game in golf) as an example of the perceived limitations of Google’s ability to get good metadata on their scans, and to “sharing what Sally’s reading” on the social media side. … I was struck in reading Ian Bogost’s manifesto on the future of DH, and even more so in the comment section as the discussion quickly evolved into a debate on whether or not New Media Studies and Digital Humanities were synonymous, by the extent to which digital humanities as a concept is used in the blogosphere actually as a synonym for some for or another of literary studies, criticism, rhetoric.

… I think it may be the case, though, that the difference between Digital History and Digital Humanities described here goes deeper than an interest in building audience (which all too often is far from the radar of practicing professional historians), and more to do with notions of how we historians read and what we are trying to represent, particularly in the post-narrative age of historical writing.

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Posted in Conference Reports, Digital History

the hiatus ends

I have been derelict in my blog duties this summer– really since my last week in Quito. I started a long post on spending a day in Quito’s Centro, and how much has changed since the last time I was

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Posted in Latin American History, Processes, Research and Writing
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