Category: Blog

Call for Applications: 2019-2020 Graduate Residency

We invite applications for the 2019-2020 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship. The residency program is designed to assist outstanding graduate students to work on a research project in digital scholarship, broadly defined, which challenges and expands their respective fields. Residents

Posted in Blog

Resistance, Racialized Violence, and Database Design (Part 2)

My work creating a relational database on incidents of racialized violence in the postemancipation South has involved a great deal of thinking about how we define violence and resistance. Too often these terms are loosely defined – if they are

Posted in Blog Tagged with: ,

The Development of a Localized MediaWiki Server for Digital Archiving Using Community Based Democratic Content Moderation

  Systemic marginalization of communities of colour and the mirroring of this marginalization in online and digital spaces is a problem for civic engagement and more generally democratic process. My research seeks to use a Critical Race and Technology theoretical

Posted in Blog Tagged with: , , , ,

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

Posted in Blog

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

Posted in Blog

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,

Posted in Blog Tagged with: , , ,

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

Posted in Blog

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

Posted in Blog Tagged with: ,

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

Posted in Blog Tagged with: , ,

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

Posted in Blog