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DH and Mining History – Lessons from ASEH

This spring, environmental historians from around the world gathered in Columbus, Ohio for the American Society for Environmental History’s annual meeting (ASEH). The historical discipline has a complicated relationship with digital techniques dating back to the high optimism around cliometrics

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University Classrooms: Difficult to Escape or Tempting to Engage?

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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Documenting the Research Process: Keeping Track of Higher-Order Concerns

In a digital humanities project, the most important task is the one that is also the easiest to neglect: the documentation of the research process. Documenting the process is important because it preserves the hard-won insights, trials, and most importantly,

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Literature Reviews DH-Style!

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

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8 Simple Rules for Fixing Your GIS Imposter Syndrome*

*I don’t have eight separate rules, but I was told to create an “engaging title” so here we are. My name is Sam, and I’m a doctoral candidate in the History Department here at McMaster. I specialize in Cold War

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The Importance of Narrative

It has been a year since I first started working on my relational database. For those who have not been following my journey, I have used my time at the Sherman Centre thus far to construct a relational database that

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The new words of English – A computational approach

Imagine that every day, approximately 15 new words are introduced in the English language.  And some of them are rapidly adopted by speakers and added to dictionaries. For example, if you have not heard the word “infomania” yet, then check

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2018-2019 Graduate Residency – Call for Applicants

The Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship invites applications for the 2018-2019 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship. The residency program is designed to assist outstanding graduate students who are interested in developing digital scholarship as a component of

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Continuing Research On Local Networks

Since my last post, I have been continuing my research on offline Local Area Networks (LAN) in order to create new community bonds and circumvent some of the external pressures (commercial incentives and interventions) and violences (online bullying and aggression)

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So Long, Thanks for all the Fish, and Promises to Keep.

Today is my last day here at the Sherman Centre, and it’s a bit melancholy. I honestly believe the model of the Centre–where faculty and graduate students don’t hand the work off to be processed but are active participants in

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