Author Archives: Elijah Meeks


The Journal of Digital Humanities came out with Vol. 1 No. 3 today, which includes three articles about ORBIS. Two of these are written by Karl Grossner and myself, and consist of an introduction to ORBIS and an examination of … Continue reading

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The Digital Humanities as a job at Stanford

Stanford has been hiring digital humanists for some time now, though only occasionally by name. It’s currently looking for another, though the title is technically Academic Technology Specialist for History. I’ve heard some trepidation about this position, and positions like … Continue reading

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On blogging

more people have read my shirt than read your blog -a t-shirt Criticism of blogging is nothing new. As a self-published platform, the medium itself connotes a lack of standards, editorial control, or peer review. And, while it makes sense … Continue reading

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Accessing Data

The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted an interactive network diagram of institutions. The data is based on the reports given to the Department of Education indicating a list of peer institutions for each university. It’s an interesting little exploration … Continue reading

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A few networks

Documents–in this case aggregated based on city–connected to topics based on the strength of representation of that topic in that document (or in this case, meta-document, since its a collection of documents tagged with a city name). The above image … Continue reading

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  The topography of a corpus, as represented with topic modeling to produce 100 topic clouds.

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Using Word Clouds for Topic Modeling Results

A year ago, I painstakingly formatted the topic modeling results from MALLET so that I could paste them, one by one, into Wordle. I was happy with the results, if not the workflow: First, an aside. There are folks who … Continue reading

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Finish my PhD in 13 months?

The University of Nebraska at Lincoln, not content with stealing Matt Jockers from Stanford, is hiring more Digital Humanities faculty. That’s pretty cool.

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The Thermal Conductivity of Tungsten is an Argument

We all have our favorite pieces of information visualization, and many have been presented by Edward Tufte, but I prefer this more than any other, and more for the content than the representation. For those unfamiliar with Tufte’s The Visual … Continue reading

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My Information… Not Quite That Beautiful

The Information is Beautiful Awards has released their shortlist. Though none of my own entries made it onto the short list, it is not surprising given the quality of work they were up against.

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