Archive | October, 2012


Day of Digital Archives

Thanks to the power of Google I found the blog Day of Digital Archives ( We just missed this year’s day–October 12, 2012, but the blog still seems like an interesting resource nonetheless. Its posts and about sections are heavily sourced and hyperlinked. The organizer of the Day of Digital Archives is Gretchen Gueguen, the […]

Archive-It! Tool Review

At the end of yesterday’s class, I gave a PowerPoint presentation on the DH tool Archive-It!. This particular tool is of prime importance to the field of digital humanities because it is primarily used by various entities to maintain and organize digital archives and collections. These entities include academic institutions (such as college/university libraries and […]

Digital Archives–more is better

The usefulness of digital archives has become very clear to me over the past couple of years, and even more clear after this week’s readings and our session with Steve Brier.  That certain documents, sources, and resources can be found in minutes rather than years is truly amazing.  And yet, even more amazing is the […]

The Digital Archive as Process

In exploring the archives related to this week’s readings, I was struck less by the experience of using them, than by the materials they captured. Certainly, I don’t mean to underplay the differences in using a traditional archive and something like the 9/11 Digital Archive. When I was doing work at UPenn last summer, I […]

Very First Thoughts on Digitial Archiving: The Sonic Memorial Project, Democratizing History, & Everything & the Kitchen Sink

When I hear “digital archives” the very first thing that pops in my mind is The Sonic Memorial Project. Before moving to New York, I led an Urban Studies study group and created a week-long educational trip to the city about its cultural landscape, largely focusing on its changing neighborhoods and historic, far reaching impact. […]

Archives and Access

Ben Vershbow talks about “subverted hierarchy” when explaining how comments for a book writing project were along side text instead of following the structure most blogs use in which primary text, for lack of a better description” dominates a primary space and response are subordinated to a position separate form, often below, the primary text […]

DH and Archiving: A Killing Combination

For the past few days, I have taken time out of my busy schedule to inform myself on the role archiving is currently playing in the fresh new field of digital humanities. First I took a gander at the two videos of Ben Vershbow explaining his DH work in creating online archives. I found it […]

Opening: Narrative Theory and Reading Machines

As the featured speaker at the first Narrating Change seminar several weeks ago, Jerome Brunner talked about narrative.  At one point he explained that when he teaches narrative to his law students, he teaches them how to open narratives, allowing them to cast doubt on the narrative “taking the stand.”  Opening up narratives is also […]

Grad School Reform

First of all, let me state quite unequivocally that I think it is a shame and it is wrong that tenure-track positions are evaporating.  I also decry other signs of the corporatization of the academy, and, while I’m at it, of the corporatization of everything else as well. But let’s step back and take a […]

Short List of New York Literary Maps & Trees (Links)

“A Literary Map of Manhattan” from The New York Times By Randy Cohen and Nigel Holmes “Here’s where imaginary New Yorkers lived, worked, played, drank, walked an looked at ducks.”   “Literary Map” of Brooklyn from the Brooklyn Public Library “The Literary Map of Brooklyn seeks to place Brooklyn’s impressive literary tradition into […]

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