Citing Databases

I did not have much luck in finding use of databases in the most recent articles in The Journal of Southern History. While searching through footnotes, the most highly utilized sources were books, followed by scholarly articles. I am interested to know if the authors found those scholarly articles via databases, because if they did, … [Read more]

The Great Structures of Information Known as Databases

As a librarian and a historian, I find databases to be incredibly helpful. What is a database? At the most basic level, it is a structure of collected data. As Lev Manovich points out in “Database as a Genre of New Media,” there are different kinds of databases: hierarchical, network, relation- and object-oriented. Databases have completely revolutionized how … [Read more]

The Shocking Truth About OCR

Google OCR – page three of Pinkerton files Pinkerton – vertical Pinkerton – cropped Pinkerton – contrast At first I left the image horizontal and attempted to run it through Google OCR. It did not recognize any of the characters and thus I didn’t have any text to examine. I manipulated the image so it was vertical, … [Read more]

Research Division Reflection

Read the original post on the DH Fellows’ blog It’s hard to believe that the first year fellows have already completed our first rotation within a division. I was nervous to begin the fellowship in the Research Division, since I’m not super-technical (I was rightly told that I can no longer claim to not be a “technology person”), but … [Read more]

Digital Campus Podcast: Back to the Future of Digital Humanities

This past Friday, I co-produced a Digital Campus Podcast with help from my digital history mentor and second-year Digital History Fellow at the Center, Anne Ladyem McDivitt. Stephen Robertson hosted, and Dan Cohen, Amanda French, Mills Kelly, and Tom Scheinfeldt joined the discussion. Of particular interest to me was their debate about the use of Twitter as an academic … [Read more]

Digitization: Accuracy, Integrity, and Transparency

When I was working on my Master’s degree, I had the opportunity to work on a fairly large-scale digitization project. The Archive of European Integration is digitizing and putting online official European Union documents. As a part of the project, and together with other Master’s students, I disbound documents; scanned them using a scanner with an automatic sheet feeder; and … [Read more]

Digital History Resources for 20th Century Southern Women Historians

Our practicum for this week is to assess the digital history in our field of study. To begin with, I typed “20th century Southern women” into Google. I received many results that were either faculty pages at universities, books for sale on Amazon, and essays, both scholarly and non-scholarly in nature. I found a section of The Gilder Lehrman … [Read more]

The Challenges of Abundance

The topic for this week’s class is “What is Digital History?,” which is the very same question I get asked when I tell people about the Digital History Fellowship. I was unsure of how to answer that question, and despite this week’s readings am not yet confident enough to espouse my own definition. My goal is to have … [Read more]

My Professional Online Presence

The day is finally here. I have held out for as long as I could, but knew that I would have to give in eventually. Not only have I created my own blog but I also have a Twitter account. Previously I had a Facebook page and tried my hand at starting a blog and a … [Read more]