[This post is a version of a message I sent to the listserv for CenterNet, the consortium of digital humanities centers. Google has expressed interest in helping CenterNet by providing a (limited) corpus of full texts from their Google Books program, but I have been arguing for an API instead. My sense is that this … Continue reading Why Google Books Should Have an API
The Nora text analysis and visualization project has a screencast out explaining how to use a new web interface to their server-based software.
Dave Lester provides an interesting visualization of the history of American Studies over the last fifty years by running Lucy Maddox's Locating American Studies: The Evolution of a Discipline through a tag cloud creator and then putting it on a slider timeline. Note the rise and fall of Leo Marx's influence on the field, among … Continue reading American Studies Tagline
May has been a month of travel for me (thus the light posting in this space). I gave a talk about Zotero and related developments in the humanities and technology at the Stanford Humanities Center, and spoke at the annual meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies about how digital research is a major … Continue reading Million Books Workshop Wrap-up
I went to the first of these last November and it's well worth attending. This year's theme is “exploring the scholarly query potential of high quality text and image archives in a collaborative environment.” The colloquium will take place on October 21-22, 2007, with proposals due July 31, 2007.
One of my favorite Woody Allen quips from his tragically short period as a stand-up comic is the punch line to his hyperbolic story about taking a speed-reading course and then digesting all of War and Peace in twenty minutes. The audience begins to giggle at the silliness of reading Tolstoy's massive tome in a … Continue reading It’s About Russia
Look at the bottom of this page for Illustrated New York: The Metropolis of To-day (1888), digitized by Google at the University of Michigan Library. Using the natural language processing of Google Maps to scan the text for addresses, the locations and surrounding text are placed onto a map of lower Manhattan. A great example … Continue reading Google Book Search Now Maps Locations in the Text