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Videogames as Objects of Cultural Preservation

I've had the good fortune of being the graduate assistant for the Preserving Virtual Worlds (PVW) project for *mumble* years. The project is a partnership between MITH, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Stanford University, and the…continue reading

Starting Out

This blog describes my progress on a born-digital critical edition of the Mishnah. For the various audiences who might read this, let me break out the terms and discuss them further. Born-digital: An edition that uses or develops technology to record…continue reading

Transcribing The Shelley-Godwin Archive

I am pleased to report that the first phase of The Shelley-Godwin Archive is now underway. Wenfei (our intrepid intern) and I have begun to create electronic files for our diplomatic transcriptions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Percy Shelley’s…continue reading

Interedition Bootcamp Wuerzburg: Day 5

At the University of Wuerzburg Seminar building, the same place that the TEI Conference Workshops are occurring, the Interedition group is hard at work finishing up prototypes and proofs of concept for our individual projects. Today is the last day…continue reading

An English Professor Among the Archivists

My job is actually pretty simple. When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m an English professor who teaches archivists about computers. What’s not to understand? Okay, there’s more to it than that. The official story is that I’m an Associate…continue reading

Interedition Bootcamp Wuerzburg: Day 3 & 4

The past two days have been a flurry of coding, sometimes even going on to 1-2 in the morning. This group is highly enthusiastic about making progress in their individual groups. This energy has been pretty contagious and I've had less time for…continue reading

Interedition Bootcamp Wuerzburg: Day 2 (Cont'd)

After several hours of hacking away, we've decided to head out for food and drinks. I have to say it is an experience to stay in a fancy hotel lounge and see the looks of hotel guests as they pass by the table of DH hackers and their laptops. There…continue reading

Interedition Bootcamp Wuerzburg: Day 2

Our Bootcamp is continuing into its second day. This morning we broke up into two main hacker groups: those interested in Annotation tools and those interested in creating a (better) text editing tools. Due to my work with OAC, I'm in the Annotation…continue reading

Interedition Bootcamp: Day 1

After a long but pleasant flight, a shorter but even more pleasant train ride, and a scenic bus ride from the train station, I am finally at the University of Wuerzburg at the Interedition conference. It's exciting to be here with so many other…continue reading

MITH Sponsors THATCamp Games

I'm delighted to announce MITH as an official sponsor of the January 2012 THATCamp Games, a themed humanities and technology unconference covering the research, teaching, and playing of games of all kinds (read more about the idea of the unconference…continue reading

What's Happening at MITH?

Tuesday, September 20th kicked-off our Digital Dialogues for the 2011-12 academic year. We had an excellent turnout for our talk given by Aditi Muralidharan, doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley, who spoke on the methods and challenges of text-analysis…continue reading

Position Available: MITH Graduate Assistant

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is seeking a part-time Graduate Assistant to work on "BitCurator," a Mellon-funded digital humanities and archives project in collaboration with the School of Information and Library…continue reading

Announcing Our Fall Digital Dialogues!

Fall is here! And with the new semester brings a stellar list of speakers for our fall Digital Dialogues. Digital Dialogues is a speaker series hosted by The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). Talks are open to the public…continue reading

Introducing the MITH Monitor

As another academic year begins, I have the happy opportunity of welcoming you all back to MITH for what promises to be another exciting, event-laden year. In the past, I’ve taken this opportunity to review some of the highlights from the previous…continue reading

Reading the Topic Modeling Literature

As Sayan Bhattacharyya and I have discussed in several posts over the summer, the technique of unsupervised “topic modeling” or Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) has emerged in the humanities as one way to engage a text in “distant reading”. The…continue reading

Reflections on Scale and Topic Modeling

I recently came across a 1991 interview of the literary critic Harold Bloom (Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University) in The Paris Review, in the course of which Bloom remarks: "As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with…continue reading

Topic Modeling in the Humanities: An Overview

In a recent post to this blog, Sayan Bhattacharyya described his contributions to the Woodchipper project in the context of a broader discussion about corpus-based approaches to humanities research. Topic modeling, the statistical technology…continue reading