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Digital Tools & Perspectives for New Graduate Students in History

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Shawn Graham

on 28 November 2011

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Doing Digital History
Read distantly Write without
distractions Clip, scrape,
file, organize some things you should know
Build as a
way of
knowing. Try different things. Make mistakes.*
Share! But remember:
everything is theory-laden.
make a habit of writing
every day.
take breaks. your computer is your servant. Topic Models & Text Mining Shawn Graham,
Assistant Professor,
Digital Humanities
Carleton University
http://bitly.com/tQtLck Invest in a distraction - free writing environment.
Word is great for the final touches, but for
getting your ideas out on paper,
shut everything else out. Scrivener's killer app
is its cork-board &
writing-in-chunks style.
Oh, and you can put all of
your research in it too. Scrivener comes in both Mac
and Windows versions. WriteRoom
is a Mac product. Even Wordpress
can be used for distraction free
writing - see Dan Cohen:
http://bit.ly/qVmrEu Outwit Hub is an add-on
for Firefox, for scraping
data from websites. It can
export as csv. evernote.com
In conjunction with its
mobile apps & ocr, you can
capture text from books, articles,
websites, screenshots, whiteboards,
voice memos, images, library refs...
...index and search too. Add search extensions
to your browser, eg
Internet Archive
Project Gutenberg
Deeper Web
(thanks Bill Turkel!) Evernote Search. Clip. Cite. your Manage research Scrape. Visualize
patterns Network Analysis,
GIS Voyant Tools
(formerly, 'Voyeur') Farms Factories Document 1: cows fields plough brownfield grow Document 2: mill make smoke dark green men cows, fields,
plough, grow,
green mill, make,
smoke, dark,
men, brownfield See 'Topic Modeling for Digital Libraries' for a good quick primer on the basics, http://odai.yale.edu/node/195/attachment

See http://j.mp/start-topic-modeling
for a tutorial on installing & using Mallet. Visualized topic model:
topics & authors in Writing History
in the Digital Age Gephi - gephi.org
excellent visualizations;
import, export, network statistics For extremely large datasets,
or complicated analyses,
http://www.analytictech.com/ucinet/ Engage with
the wider DH
world Blogs & Twitter http://beta.voyant-tools.org/ http://mallet.cs.umass.edu/ I've bundled a number of links together that can
help you jump into the wider DH world
(plus a few links to some useful software):

Get a blog. Blog your research, your problems,
your questions, your successes.

Use an 80-20 rule where 80% of the time you're
'on topic'. Ditto for Twitter. Dan Cohen maintains
a twitter list of digital humanists. Follow them.

QGIS is a good place to
start, if you're interested
in historical GIS applications.
http://www.qgis.org/ ‘Buried Beneath the Waves’: Using GIS to Examine the Physical and Social Impact of a Historical Flood - Mathew Novak and Jason Gilliland
http://www.digitalstudies.org/ojs/index.php/digital_studies/article/viewArticle/174/218 I'd show you a great pic here,
but I can't load it into this
prezi, so we'll have to go to: zotero.org http://graeworks.net/topic-model/output_html/all_topics.html Image cc Pashasha http://www.flickr.com/photos/f7oor/564663403/sizes/m/in/photostream/ Mining the Dispatch by Rob Nelson
http://dsl.richmond.edu/dispatch/pages/home size of node = centrality
colour = modularity visualizing topics in the
ancient historians -nb
this is probably most certainly wrong: a first pass! * It can be helpful to plot
out your digital workflow.
Here's mine.
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