Author: Katherine Eaton

Why is it so hard to get data, when data is everywhere? We live in the Golden Age of the Internet, with millions of web-pages instantly accessible to provide a steady stream of services and entertainment. Not only has this …

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It’s unnerving that I have been teaching for 4+ years at a University level but was never taught how to teach. I certainly am competent enough to google “tips for effective lecturing”, and yet that never crossed my mind. Until …

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So you’ve got a new topic and a new project and you’ve no idea how to get started. And by you, I mean me, and by topic, let’s say specifically the ‘novel’ discipline of Digital Anthropology. For my first blog …

Literature Reviews DH-Style! Read More »

An important foundation of my dissertation is the acquisition of metadata from online repositories. I often spend my time working with records of infectious disease outbreaks where the metadata can take the form of: Date a pathogen was isolated from …

Database Programming for Automated Metadata Retrieval Read More »

It has recently been argued that the modern pandemic of plague is unambiguously and exclusively caused by strains of bacteria dispersed out of Hong Kong in 1894 (Achtman, 2016). This statement appears to hold true for epidemics with socio-historical links …

Preliminary Mapping of Global Disease Data Read More »

Little Hitchhikers Humans are more than just singular beings, we are “Superorganisms”: vessels for thousands of small life forms that make up our microbiome. We have complex relationships with these resident microbes, ranging from beneficial to parasitic, which are influenced …

Plotting a Plague Pandemic Read More »