Decommissioning Making Publics

Over the past month or so I've had to prepare for the coming expiration of the makingpublics.org domain. Though the project officially concluded in 2010, a remainder of funds was allocated to re-imagine its website, and see whether discussions could continue. In short, though we received some traffi
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Thinking about Names

Building parsers for Nanohistory has involved quite a bit of thinking about what's in a name. I'm going to leave organizations, places, and things and outline how I've approached the issue for prosopographical data. Let's get some basics out of the way first - just so we're clear on what's going on
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Templates for People, Places, and Organizations

Open Data is great - despite the fact most historians have no idea what it is or how to use it. It uses standard vocabularies, namespaces, and taxonomies to describe data, allowing researchers to move data from one context to another easily. Yet it's also rather complicated for the average humanitie
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EEBO-TCP Phase I Metadata Mashup revision II

I'm releasing a revised version of the EEBO-TCP Phase I metadata mashup I created last fall. There were some issues with nested elements in the which needed addressing. These new headers will soon make their way into DREaM. Here is the revised version: EEBO TCP Phase 1 DREaM Metadata Headers - May
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New NanoHistory Tools - Weave & Scribe

I've been busy migrating two new tools for NanoHistory. Both are geared towards making life easier for users, as the main problem for NanoHistory is the density of data entry and connections which need to be made quickly, easily, and accurately. This work focuses on rapid creation of new events or c
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NanoHistory Tools: Radar

Is it possible to build a kind of fingerprint of a given historical source or text using discreet parameters, and compare it with others? Radar is an experimental tool that seeks to do just this. Whereas text analysis tools and software allows scholars to extract named entities, parts of speech, or
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NanoHistory Tools: Webs

NanoHistory's use of graph or network models immediately lends itself to creating the usual force-directed representations of networks that we've grown accustomed to over the past decade or so. For the inhouse network visualization tool, which I'm calling 'webs' for lack of a better name, I've opted
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NanoHistory Soft Launch

So the lid is off on the new platform - http://www.nanohistory.org, as a manner of speaking. I've taken down the .htaccess to the site, allowing the outside world to take a look (finally) at the public side. It's preoccupied much of my time since mid-November, as I'd been focused on the internal la
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EEBO TCP Metadata Mashup

Over the past year I've spent some time recreating the metadata of Phase 1 and 2 texts from the Text Creation Partnership's hand coded SGML files of Early English Texts Online for the Early Modern Conversions digital humanities project 'Distant Reading Early Modernity' (DREaM). It's been an interest
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So What & Digital History

While there are an increasing number of Digital History projects out there, I'm constantly caught by the larger 'So What?' question that always seems to come up. I don't mean 'so what' in terms of specific content of a given project or field, or area of study. Rather, 'so what?' for history itself
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VARD and EEBO TCP

For the past few months or so, when I've had the chance in between teaching, research, and my own work, I've been assisting the Early Modern Conversions project here at McGill in building a corpus tool for Early English Books Online using the data from the Text Creation Project (EEBO TCP). It's been
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Visualizing Sensory Studies Scholar Tags with D3

I'm constantly looking for ways to combine my sensory history research and digital humanities. SensoryStudies.Org has a great resource - a list of researchers who are working in the field, and tags which they use to describe their work. It seems like a good thing for a D3 visualization, no? So I did
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CrowdSourcing a Timeline in a History Survey Course

For a number of years now I've long wondered if we could use digital tools that handled events and dating in the history classroom to help teach both historical methodology and construct a course's basic historical narrative. Last fall I grabbed the bull by the horns and did just that: crowd-source
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Food and the Senses: Honey in the Reformation

This week I'm off to Tours, France to participate as an invited lecturer for the Summer University on Food hosted by the IEHCA. Here's the brochure. I'm presenting on the use of honey in religious polemic in the English Reformation. It's a paper I've wanted to work on for a while, and I see it conne
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Wanley Partbooks Project

I'm working through the men's pieces of the Wanley Partbooks (Bodleian Music School MSS e.420-422) this summer with the men of One Equall Musick. It's pretty interesting stuff - musicologically and culturally. It's a mixed bag, even when it comes to the four-part anthems we're trawling through. Ther
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New Appointment

Happy to announce that I've landed a several year contract here at McGill as an Academic Associate in the Department of History and Assistant Director of the proposed Centre for Digital Humanities. The position however is due to the gracious support of the McGill Library, where I'll be running digit
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German Review and Most-Read Articles

So this afternoon has been a nice surprise - finding out about my first non-English review of The Senses and the English Reformation in Sehepunkte and finding out the Holy Oats article is currently ranking the top read article for JMEMS from 2013. It's at #42 on the hit-list, but considering everyth
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Music in the Time of Tallis

This past weekend One Equall Musick presented a concert that traced the development of English Choral Music between 1530 and 1580. It was a great opportunity to work through some of the repertoire that often gets overlooked because it lies in between the two pillars of 'Tudor' church music - Eton an
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Visualization, Twain & the Senses

I've been running a very short two-session Visualization Workshop this week at McGill. We needed data-sets built on Open Access resources for Open Access tools. I opted for some Mark Twain novels from Project Gutenberg. More on the workshop (and other things - I'm so behind in writing blog posts it
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Historical Performance and Authenticity

On Dec. 5th one equall musick and McGill's Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR) co-hosted a Restoration Evensong to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. It was a great success - we had c. 100 people in McGill's Birks Chapel at 530 on a cold wednesday night at the end
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SCSC and Sense-motional Things

Just back from Sixteenth-Century Studies 2012 in Cincinnati, despite the Sandy / Frankenstorm. On the whole a good conference; my plenary panel on Thursday night went well considering that we really didn't have an idea about the format. At the end of it, it became clear however that there is a theme
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Voyant Tools and the Book

I decided (during my lunch) to see what Stefan Sinclair and Geoff Rockwell's Voyant Tools would tell me about my monograph. I guess some kind of self-discovery over a sandwich is OK - especially when it combines two aspects of your own work. Here are some visuals generated by Voyant: So my book
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RDF Project Meeting

We survived - it was intense, but actually quite productive. And I think that we didn't have to wrangle as much about terminology and miscommunications between c. 4 distinct academic cultures as much as I had thought. Perhaps that speaks volumes for me nagging my student researchers all summer about
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Holy Oats Update

It looks like the holy oats article is going to make it into the 2013 open issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies: fingers crossed, it's going through post-revision reviews at the moment. If it makes it in, I'll be extremely happy. The project has been a long haul from finding som
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Senses, Religion, and Renaissance

Most of my attention at the moment is on finalizing the draft chapter on The Senses and Religion for the forthcoming volume on The Senses in the Renaissance (Berg). Wrestling with these two vast topics is proving interesting for a chapter length piece. I'm happy to say that previous research interes
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SSHRC Grant

I've received a SSHRC Grant for the coming year! I'm quite pleased about this - it will give me funds (shared with four co-applicants) to pursue developing the new Making Publics website into a RDF resource. In short, the work will examine how humanities research might be disseminated into the world
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THE Article

The Holy Oats article is finally submitted to the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Fingers crossed it will be accepted for their 2013 open volume.
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