What We’re Reading: May 3, 2012

Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes H-Net’s updated platform, digital projects in the humanities, historic photos from the New York City Department of Municipal Records, and more.

News

  • H-Net 2H-Net 2.0
    H-Net, an online discussion space for historians, is moving over to a new platform, which offers a sleeker design and more functionality.
  • NEH Accepting Nominations for 2013 Jefferson Lecturer
    The National Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting nominations of an outstanding scholar for next year’s Jefferson Lecturer. Previous lecturers include Drew Gilpin Faust, Jonathan Spence, and a number of other notable speakers. This lectureship is a distinguished honor and carries an honorarium of $10,000. In other NEH news, the NEH website has undergone a redesign.
  • Rome Prize Winners 2012–13
    Congratulations to Joshua Colin Birk and Dominique Kirchner Reill, AHA members who are among the winners of the 2012–13 Rome Prize.

Digital Humanities

  • The Humanities, Digitized - Harvard Magazine
    The Humanities, Digitized
    Harvard Magazine explores a number of humanities digitization projects and considers the “impact of communication revolutions.” One of the scholars featured in the article, historian Jo Guldi, discusses the importance of involving historians in analyzing data.
  • MLA Urges Evaluators to “Give Full Regard” to Digital Work
    The Chronicle reports on the Modern Language Association’s recently revised “Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media.”
  • Data Journalism Handbook
    Solid introduction to how to turn a large amount of data into a story. Includes visualization, queries, crowdsourcing, acquiring data, and how to “become data literate in 3 simple steps.” Free and open source.

Insights

History

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Matthew Keough, Allen Mikaelian, and Robert B. Townsend

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