[via NPR] Let’s Weigh The Internet (Or Maybe Let’s Not)

by ROBERT KRULWICH It’s an odd question, but the answer is startling. A few years ago, a physicist named Russell Seitz asked himself, “How much does the Internet weigh?” By which he meant, how much does the whole thing, this vast interlocking web of content pulsing through 75 to 100 million servers staggered all over the […]

Documenting the American South project

So far this semester we have discussed many digital History topics. From the discussions of digitalization of Civil War records in the article Crowdsourcing the Civil War and digital collections during our trip to the library to listen to a lecture from the university’s archivist on searching those collections to Rosenzweig’s article Scarcity or Abundance? […]

Show and Tell: Google Docs Text Conversion

Aside from doing (and knowing) everything, there is a neat feature on Google Docs that you might find immensely helpful if you find yourself doing archival research. When researching at the archives, most people take digital photographs of the documents they’re looking at. At the end of a day you’re left with hundreds of photographs […]

Show and Tell: The National Archives – DocsTeach

As we’ve seen throughout this course, there are various ways to connect the public to history using digital resources. Along with this, teachers are progressively acknowledging the significance of using online tools in the classroom to keep up with today’s generation of tech-savvy students. Perhaps a resource they may find useful is the National Archives’ online teaching […]

Kirschenbaum’s Mechanisims Chapters 1 & 2

The first two chapters of Kirschenbaum’s book engage in an in-depth study of not only how digital storage works, but more importantly, how we interact with it. Although highly technical, Mechanisms outlines much interesting information and raises many thought provoking questions. Ever since the first public debut of the UNIVAC computer in 1952 (which tipped […]

Kirschenbaum’s Mechanisms: Chapters 3 & 4

In presenting the complex discourse, terminology, and debates surrounding the issue of text, Matthew Kirschenbaum’s purpose of writing this monograph is didactic in that he hopes to add “to the repertoire of activities we are able to perform as scholars of electronic literature and digital culture” (115). Chapter 3 is a case study about the […]

The Corpus of Historical American English and Google Books

The Corpus of Historical American English and Google Books/Culturomics   Let me first start off by defining a corpus. A corpus is a large or complete collection of words and writings. This blog post is about three recently created resources which serve as a corpuses of American English words. The Corpus of Historical American English […]