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  1. Aug 2017
    1. the RezoViz tool to create a graph where people, places, and organizations that appear in the same documents (and across documents) are connected (you can find 'rezoviz' under the cogwheel icon at the top right of the panel)

      I don't see the gear symbol. I looked up Rezovis, I can't tell if it's a seperate voyant tool or if I should be seeing it when I copy the text into the Voyant text box in the first page or in the results?

    1. “Interdisciplinary Studies” and “Historical Studies” (☹),

      I truly believe that interdisciplinary studies is the way of the future. With many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) buildings and clubs being built and created, and even some of them being renamed to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), I think that class discussions and learning in general will become more profound than only learning what you need to in order to graduate. Learning from people who have different perspectives and ideas is how people get inspired and create things that have never been thought of before. It also allows them the opportunity to collaborate with people that they would perhaps never have met before.

      I remember when I was studying for my Film Studies midterm in the Engineering building at Uottawa, and someone sat down and started asking me what class I was studying for and if she could join. When I said Film Studies, she asked why I was in the engineering building and before I could answer, she walked away. I found this really odd and all of a sudden felt like because I was in Arts, I was not welcomed in this building, which is something that I hope will change soon.

    1. These words, which have very high frequency in most corpora, are extremely valuable for the historian because they allow us to view complex relationships within corpora that looking only at nouns and verbs does not.

      as in reading the words as a sentence (with all the necessary parts to understanding)?

  2. Jul 2017
    1. python program

      I took a programming class last year and we learned Python. I wish the class had been taught differently. I'm not an engineering student and had no background in programming, which I thought was fine since it was an intro class. However, it seemed that the prof was not capable of teaching in "beginner mode". I don't feel like I learned anything at all.

    2. cleaning data is 80% of the work in digital history.

      If this is the case, then why don't historians keep a better record of the data cleaning process?

    1. This is the most embarrasing to admit. I did not back things up regularly. I am not ever making that mistake again.

      Maybe the use technology for historians is relatively new enough that backing up isnt engrained yet into the minds of historians and the "ease" of using technology is still new and outweighing the risks?

    2. gone. Destroyed. Erased. No longer present.

      this is a scary thing i'm sure for digital historians or for anyone who's career relies greatly on the internet. lot's of money and time is probably spend on external hard drives and backing up all your files externally.

    3. artificial intelligence

      this is what I mean about technology always evolving and how historians will have to evolve with it and there's no doubt that even 10-15 years from now historians will be doing things very differently.

    4. I’ve only been at the ‘digital’ part since about 2005… and my experience of ‘digital’, at least initially, is in social networks and simulation

      I wonder what the most challenging part about being a digital historian is. I would think that it's constantly having to transfer files/data to new platforms because of updating technologies? Maybe there's also the aspect of having to weed out data/notes that are no longer relevant to what you're currently studying? If a better platform is created that meets your needs it would make sense to transfer your data there even though it may be a pain at first - it's just park of the job!

    5. It takes a lot of trial and error, and sometimes, just dumb luck. I kept poor records of this period

      I think that it is important to keep a log of everything you do when doing a big research project, so that others can get a clear idea of your thought path and why certain choices were made. Your trials and errors could reduce other's errors!

    1. Second, there's a bigger problem with "owner controls": what about people who use computers, but don't own them?

      Like my pervious comment, when working on a government computer, I'm careful with what I say in personal emails about my job or the people I work with.

    2. the division between property rights and human rights.

      property rights as in while your "here" you have certain rights, but human rights are always yours (or should be, at least). No matter where you are, who you are, you should always have your human rights.

    3. If that's not clear, think of it this way: a "war on general-purpose computing" is what happens when the control freaks in government and industry demand the ability to remotely control your computers

      I work in government and I guess the human equivalent is an ATIP request. At any point, you may be asked to provide information on someone or something. It stands for Access to Information and Privacy. The access to privacy throws me off a bit, but I suppose using government servers kind of takes away your privacy.

    4. Moreover, since the bootloader determines which OS launches, you don't get to control the software in your machine.

      Why is this a positive aspect of having a TPM?

    5. Or your optic nerve, your cochlea, the stumps of your legs.

      Are we talking about robots here? or maybe artificial, mechanical joints or nerves implanted as a kind of transplant during a hip replacement or something?

    6. But there's a problem. We don't know how to make a computer that can run all the programs we can compile except for whichever one pisses off a regulator, or disrupts a business model, or abets a criminal.

      Science will never FULLY take over the social roles of humans because of the important nuances that make individuals non-programable or not 100% decipherable/predicable by computers.

    1. type $ git commit.

      I type this and it says that git cannot auto-detect my email address...I can't write any more commands now

    2. EXERCISE 2: Getting familiar with DHBox

      do i hit enter after each command line? there's always an error message when I get to the pandoc -v part. Plus, I just tried to start from the beginning and now it wont lit me log in in the command line

    1. My project remains stuck as the digital and the editorial teams decide whether this will be mounted in original UMP platform, used in the Digital Culture Books series you’re probably familiar with, or the new Fulcrum platform, which to-date has only published online collections that serve as addenda for print books.

      I think that any online publication that is free for students or researchers to access (even better free for the public) is what is 'generous' in publishing. Anyone that is willing to have their work available for free simply for the benefit of those wanting to learn more about whatever it is you wrote about.

    1. paying attention, of listening, of reading with rather than reading against.

      I totally get that, in school it was about trying to make up our own opinions and guessing why the curtains in Giovanni's Room were blue, for example, as opposed to actually reading and appreciating the flow of the story.

    1. Australian Feminist Studies

      Never heard of this/what it would be compared to American/Canadian feminist studies.

    1. Rather than dozens of us all flying to Library and Archives Canada, taking our own photographic record of RCMP/CSIS records, say, wouldn’t it better if we cooperated more?

      Are there not already online copies of books and articles? It seems kind of "old school" to travel to another city to find a book or article.

    2. it’s our data, we collected it, and if somebody else wants the data, they should collect it themselves.

      this is what I meant about having open research, the last person who contributes to the project, for example, get's credit for everything that everyone else did before him even though he used their findings.

    1. research notes public

      Would a research project ever be complete if this were to be the norm? if anyone can constantly add too it, then will there ever be a real conclusion?

    2. In most cases, though, open source software (OSS) is code that anyone can inspect and change even while the software is in active development. It’s software that encourages collaboration and sharing at the earliest stages of a project’s life.2

      would this mean that id a historian is researching something and another historian or anyone, for that matter, is researching the same thing that the second person can modify the first's research/findings?

  3. www.trevorowens.org www.trevorowens.org
    1. “ability to think outside the professional norm.”

      This is so important to do, because technology changes so fast and society needs people who are able to mold to the changes and find new ways of doing things.

    1. But most importantly, change is coming whether historians like it or not.

      As a communications and digital humanities student, the way that the humanities are evolving is very essential in order to keep up with more traditional "techy" areas of study. Technology, social media and the expectation/need to access what you're looking for in an instant is real and isn't going anywhere. Plus. the "humans" that the humanities are observing, studying, working with are all influenced by technology in one way of another so it only makes sense to understand the technology that shapes us as people in a shared technological society.