Teaching Transcription (and Secretly Metaphysics)

As part of the Praxis program’s unit on pedagogy, each member of the cohort has developed a low-tech workshop on a digital humanities topic. Mine focuses on print-to-digital transcription, and the materials are freely available here: lesson plan and slides. Below, I share some reflections on how I came to this topic and what my…. Continue reading “Teaching Transcription (and Secretly Metaphysics)”.

A Toolkit […?] the Public Domain

January 1, 2019 is Public Domain Day. This means that all copyrighted works published in the year 1923 will suddenly become available for anyone to publish, distribute, or reuse in their own derivative creations. To seize the moment, our Praxis cohort will spend the next nine months constructing a “public domain toolkit.” Since the project…. Continue reading “A Toolkit […?] the Public Domain”.

Text Mining and Digital Humanities

I’m proud to join Praxis 18-19 cohort and pleased to begin blogging here. Nowadays, tremendous amounts of textual data are available, the volume and variety of data have exceeded the capacity of manual analysis. Computationally-driven text analysis, as a helpful tool for examining elements such as word frequencies, co-occurrence, and ‘topics’ of large corpus data,…. Continue reading “Text Mining and Digital Humanities”.

Building Ourselves Up to Build Things

I’m a Praxis fellow this year and a PhD student in Spanish. (You might also remember me as the one who really loves public writing; you’re going to be reading a lot of blog posts from me this year.) And I’m a coder, apparently. Some background on that last bit. To start off our inaugural…. Continue reading “Building Ourselves Up to Build Things”.

Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018

As a historian, when I think of charters, the first things I think of are royal charters. The first result when you Google charter, on the other hand, is Charter Telecommunications Company because of course. But as members of the new Praxis Fellowship cohort, my fellow fellows and I tried to chart (I’m sorry) a very…. Continue reading “Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018”.

Hello World!

My name is Spyros Simotas and I am a PhD candidate at the French Department at UVa. This year, I am also a Praxis fellow at the Scholars’ Lab. In this first blog post I would like to briefly introduce myself honoring Brandon’s ice-breakers. Brandon always comes to our meetings with an ice-breaker. Here are…. Continue reading “Hello World!”.

Congratulations to the Praxis 2016-2017 Cohort

On Tuesday, March 20th the Praxis 2016-2017 Cohort was awarded first place for their project “Dash-Amerikan: Keeping up with Kardashian Media Ecologies” at the 2017 Huskey Research Exhibition, hosted by the University of Virgina Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. They will be presenting their findings again in early May.  Until then, here is the abstract of…. Continue reading “Congratulations to the Praxis 2016-2017 Cohort”.

Fair Use, DH, and the Kardashians

This week, the Praxis cohort heard from Brandon Butler, UVA’s Director of Information Policy, who gave a fascinating talk on the evolution of copyright law and the meaning of intellectual property. He covered the U.S. Constitution’s intellectual property clause, the rolling boundaries of public domain, and the shift from monetary value to cultural value as…. Continue reading “Fair Use, DH, and the Kardashians”.

Topic Modeling Twitter

What is topic modeling? Topic modeling is type of statistical model that sorts through a large corpus of writing through language processing algorithms with the purpose of discovering the broad topics under discussion by grouping together words frequently used in tandem.  This method has been used in the past by scholars working on distant reading,…. Continue reading “Topic Modeling Twitter”.

Why Study Popular Culture? Why Study the Kardashians?

“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.” — Andy Warhol  “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes,” is without a doubt Andy Warhol’s most famous quote. Eerily predictive of the twenty-first century’s stars who are famous for “being famous,” this quote encapsulates…. Continue reading “Why Study Popular Culture? Why Study the Kardashians?”.

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