Author Archives: Elijah Meeks

So long and thanks for all the digital humanities

This site will no longer be updated after this. There will be no new blog posts, nor explorations of TVTropes or Topic Modeling or occasional interviews with indie videogame developers or webcomic authors. My first post here was back in … Continue reading

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Is Digital Humanities Too Text-Heavy?

Last week was the marvelous international conference for digital humanities, held this year at beautiful University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Over the course of 4 days, I tried desperately to meet people I only knew from tiny Twitter pictures or gitHub or … Continue reading

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How Collaboration Works and How It Can Fail

I’ve been working on research-oriented digital humanities projects ever since Ruth Mostern decided to pursue a database version of Hope Wright’s An Alphabetical List of Geographical Names in Sung China in 2007. The goals have varied–sometimes the purpose was to … Continue reading

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Software Development

I’m coming to the end of a long digital humanities project that involves much coding at the database level and with Javascript for the user-facing frontend. It uses D3.js heavily, and does a few things that I think are innovative … Continue reading

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With Matt Jockers’ new book out, and the reviews already coming in, I’m starting to find the macroanalysis/microanalysis framework a little lacking. It’s not that I don’t think it a good approach, and it takes many forms in digital humanities … Continue reading

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The Digital Humanities as a Big Data Conference

The IEEE International Conference on Big Data in July will feature a workshop on Big Data in digital humanities scholarship–which its organizers refer to as Big Humanities. It’s hard to tell what big data means these days. Is 30,000 British … Continue reading

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The Digital Humanities as a Movement Expressed in a Method Enshrined In a Tool

Today marks the release of the Journal of Digital Humanities 2.1, focused on topic modeling and with myself and Scott Weingart as guest editors. It is an excellent collection of material about topic models and topic modeling and their application … Continue reading

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The Cutting Room Floor

The recent release of City Nature leaves behind several static, dynamic, and interactive pieces that, for one reason or another, were not integrated into the final site. One of the reasons I created this blog was to showcase the work … Continue reading

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City Nature

Today we’re releasing City Nature, the results of work exploring natural environments in urban areas using topic modeling, GIS, and data visualization. The site has rich interactivity, including an amazing parallel coordinates plot that allows you to explore the greenness … Continue reading

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Toward a Connected Humanities

Zephyr Frank and Erik Steiner were kind enough to give me a chance to discuss networks in humanities scholarship for the Visualizing Evidence course here at Stanford. Here’s the talk.

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