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
[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
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?
[These are my prepared remarks for a talk I gave at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, on January 7, 2010, in San Diego. The panel was entitled "Is Google Good for History?" and also featured talks by Paul Duguid of the University of California, Berkeley and Brandon Badger of Google Books. Given my propensity … Continue reading Is Google Good for History?
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
The latest edition of the Digital Campus podcast marks a break from the past. After three years of our small roundtable of Tom, Mills, and yours truly, we pull up a couple of extra seats for our first set of "irregulars," Amanda French and Jeff McClurken. I think you'll agree they greatly enliven the podcast … Continue reading Digital Campus #44 – Unsettled
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!