• Map of Mount Vernon in 1793

    Exploring the Mount Vernon Enslaved Community Using Network Analysis

    In 1799 George Washington wrote the most comprehensive slave list of enslaved people on his Mount Vernon estate. Three hundred and seventeen people are recorded on that document, living across the five farms that comprised Mount Vernon and beyond. Researching […]

     
  • Humanities Computing and Big History

    There were two main topics discussed this week: the argument over mathematical methods in Matthew Jocker’s Syuzhet package and humanities computing and the call for a return to the long duree of history and its relevance to public conversations in […]

     
  • Mapping and Historical Analysis

    The readings on mapping this week discussed many ideas and issues. Tim Cresswell’s Geographic Thought: A Critical Introduction, explains the history of geography as a discipline and the varying frameworks of geographical thought, including humanistic and Marxist geography. Various authors in […]

     
  • Visualization

    Visualizations are powerful, and I had never understood how powerful until this week. They are not just a nice picture of the Columbian Exchange, or a family tree. Visualizations are arguments themselves, as Johanna Drucker asserts in Graphesis, and they […]

     
  • Network Analysis

    A network is a visualization of connections between entities, such as people or places. In Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World, Easley and Kleinberg define networks as “a pattern of interconnections among a set of things,” […]

     
  • Textual Analysis Hysteria

    In the digital age, there exists an abundance of digitized sources. Text analysis deals with large corpora of sources and how to access this vast and mostly available historical record, from nineteenth-century British novels to Early American newspapers. Humanities scholars […]

     
  • Evaluating Digital Scholarship

    This week’s readings covered numerous issues in digital scholarship. Similar to the on-going discussions on the definition of digital history, digital scholarship can take many forms. Trevor Owens outlined suggestions for digital exhibits and even games as scholarship. The digital […]

     
  • Teaching Digital Humanities

    This week’s readings on teaching digital history discussed many important themes. Two themes stood out particularly and go hand-in-hand: navigating the different technology backgrounds of today’s supposed “digital natives” and designing college and graduate-level courses that utilize digital media effectively […]

     
  • Digital Public History

    This week’s readings on public history raised a number of issues, namely defining audience and the “public,” building and maintaining that community of users, and the ability of digital exhibits to promote access, to encourage historical research, and to preserve […]

     
  • Databases and Audience

    This week’s readings discussed the advantages and disadvantages of databases and searching in presenting and conducting historical research. One aspect of these web-based databases that intrigued me was the usability of the database’s interface and the intended audience. In his […]