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For all of you - but especially those of you thinking about new editions of old novels, digital and paper - check out the soft launch of Thresholds.

And I'm looking forward to reading your new project outlines!

Named Entity Recognition and the Rise of the Novel

A formatted and basically complete version of my first Theory Thursday writeup!

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The Indexical Imagination*

A thesis by Sierra Eckert, Swarthmore class of '13 and former END researcher.

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Companion site to Voyant, with some good examples; see also the published book with the same title by Stéfan Sinclair & Geoffrey Rockwell.

Voyant Tools

As mentioned at the beginning of Scott Enderle's text analysis presentation today.

mapping Robinson Crusoe using natural language processing tools

As mentioned during Mitch Fraas's overview of mapping projects today.

Alan Jacobs, Attending to Technology: Theses for Disputation

"Digital textuality, especially within a flourishing digital commons, offers us the chance to restore commentary to its pre-modern place as the central scholarly genre."

Platform Creep — The Awl

"Our feeds and home screens — the ones filled with and by people we’ve followed or befriended using the mechanisms of the platforms — are the basis of the platform economy. They are incredibly compelling and demanding of attention. In the context of these large, central, diverse feeds and home screens — the perpetually refreshed interfaces that generate billions of dollars in advertising revenue a year — outside publications, posting as brands, offer a solution to two problems: that, in order to be good, engaged, ad-viewing platform citizens, people need a strong supply of things to talk about; and that our personal networks, as interesting as they might be, aren’t always the best or most complete sources of anything except news and information about, and projections of, themselves."

data organization

Nice tutorial on best practices for organizing and formatting data in spreadsheets.

In Unix, how can I split large files into a number of smaller files?

Good, simple instructions for splitting a file into even sized chunks (by line or byte) through your terminal - I used this to put my files into Mallet, might be useful for other things as well!

Interesting visualizer for metadata from the New York Public Library's archives and manuscripts.

Unremembering the Forgotten

"Amongst the enthusiasm for open data there’s perhaps a tendency to overlook the opening of data – the way that hackers, tinkerers, journalists, activists and others have been stretching the limits of access...Access will never be open. Every CSV is an expression of power, every API is an argument. While I would gladly take back the time I’ve spent wresting data from HTML I recognise the value of the struggle. The bureaucratic structures of the White Australia policy live on in the descriptive hierarchies of the National Archives. To build our wall of faces we had to dismantle these structures – to drill down through series, items, documents and images until we found the people inside. I feel differently about the records because of that. Access can never simply be given, at some level it has to be taken." Tim Sherratt's (@wragge on Twitter) keynote for the recent DH conference in Sydney.