What We’re Reading: March 29, 2012

Read articles on analyzing text in historical documents, watch videos on digital innovations in the humanities from the 2012 WebWise conference, meet the winners of the 2012 Lukas Prize, and more in this week’s “What We’re Reading.”

Digital History

  • New York Times - Avalanches of Words, Sifted and SortedAvalanches of Words, Sifted and Sorted
    Using computers to analyze keywords in digitized text has “enormous implications” for historians searching for big changes, patterns, and relationships within an archive, according to former AHA President Anthony Grafton, who tells the New York Times, “You can’t do this by using older, conventional means of reading books and taking notes.” Still, he notes, only humans can do the work of interpretation and careful reading.
  • Illusionary Order: Cautionary Notes for Online Newspapers
    In the same vein as the article above, Ian Milligan explains the downside of searching for keywords in digitized newspapers.
  • WebWise 2012 WebcastsWebcast of WebWise 2012
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced last week that video of the 2012 WebWise conference, which included talks on crowdsourcing data, data visualizations, DIY archives, and more, is now available online. Be sure to click on each tab, Pre-Conference, Day One, and Day Two, to see all the videos.

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Contributors:  Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Allen Mikaelian, and Robert B. Townsend.

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