Initial Thoughts on the Google Books Ngram Viewer and Datasets

First and foremost, you have to be the most jaded or cynical scholar not to be excited by the release of the Google Books Ngram Viewer and (perhaps even more exciting for the geeks among us) the associated datasets. In the same way that the main Google Books site has introduced many scholars to the … Continue reading Initial Thoughts on the Google Books Ngram Viewer and Datasets

Searching for the Victorians

[A rough transcript of my keynote at the Victorians Institute Conference, held at the University of Virginia on October 1-3, 2010. The conference had the theme "By the Numbers." Attended by "analog" Victorianists as well as some budding digital humanists, I was delighted by the incredibly energetic reaction to this talk—many terrific questions and ideas … Continue reading Searching for the Victorians

Digital Campus #52 – What’s the Buzz?

The flawed launch of Google Buzz, with its privacy nightmare of exposing the social graph of one's email account, makes me, Tom, Mills, and Amanda French consider the major issue of online privacy on this week's Digital Campus podcast. Covering several stories, including Facebook attacks on teachers and teachers spying on students, we think about … Continue reading Digital Campus #52 – What’s the Buzz?

Digital Campus #45 – Wave Hello

If you've wondered what an academic trying to podcast while on Google Wave might sound like, you need listen no farther than the latest Digital Campus podcast. In addition to an appraisal of Wave, we cover the FTC ruling on bloggers accepting gifts (such as free books from academic presses), the great Kindle-on-campus experiment, and … Continue reading Digital Campus #45 – Wave Hello

Digital Campus #34 – Extra, Extra!

For the Thanksgiving Day Digital Campus podcast, Mills, Tom, and I covered a cornucopia of news, including  more on the Google Book Search settlement, some academic challenges to Google's main search engine, some trouble in the virtual worlds (in a new segment, “We Told You So"), and the end of email service for students at Boston … Continue reading Digital Campus #34 – Extra, Extra!