The Programming Historian Blog

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The blog is our space to share news about the project, ideas for how you might use technology in your work, and exciting examples of the Programming Historian applied out in the real world. Our blog manager is Evan Taparata.


The Programming Historian is People

Adam Crymble

December 3, 2016


Heatmap of Contributors to The Programming Historian since launch. Map produced using Google Fusion Tables.

It sounds cheesy, but projects like the Programming Historian don’t exist without people freely giving their time, energy, and passion. Part of our sustainability plan has always been to ensure the project wasn’t reliant upon grant funding, and that means we’ve had to work hard to entice volunteers to sustain our efforts. To ensure our relationship was mutually beneficial rather than one-way, we’ve always tried to make sure contributors were properly credited for their efforts. Read the full post! »


#ColorOurCollections: Promoting Digital Archives

Jeanette Sewell

October 18, 2016


Libraries and digital archival repositories are getting in on a popular new trend. Since 2015, the adult coloring book market has exploded. Featuring everything from cats to science fiction TV shows and more, these exquisitely detailed coloring books aren’t just fun—they can also be an accessible way to raise interest in a variety of topics. Archivists and librarians, for example, are using them to transform their digitized archival materials into free, downloadable coloring pages and books that promote their unique collections. Read the full post! »


#teachDH: Distant Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom

Evan Taparata

September 19, 2016


Close reading of primary sources is one of the most valuable skills historians can cultivate with their students. But as teachers, researchers, and students face unprecedented access to historical material in our “culture of abundance,” computer-assisted analysis of text is an increasingly viable and attractive skill. An insightful close reading of a single text, combined with a “distant reading” of a body of texts too large to comprehend on one’s own, can together offer students and researchers powerful new ways to understand historical documents. Read the full post! »


Presentando al nuevo equipo de editores de contenidos en español de The Programming Historian

Evan Taparata

August 25, 2016


¡The Programming Historian tiene el placer de presentar su nuevo equipo de editores de contenidos en español! Read the full post! »


Announcing The Programming Historian’s New Team of Spanish Language Editors

Evan Taparata

August 22, 2016


The Programming Historian is proud to announce its new team of Spanish language editors! Read the full post! »


Getting Started in the Digital Humanities with Digital Storytelling and the Immigrant Stories Project

Elizabeth Venditto

July 20, 2016


So you’re interested in the digital humanities. You’re considering a new skill or tool, maybe through a lesson here at the Programming Historian. But your research involves working with individuals and the stories they tell, rather than abstract data. Is there a place for you in the digital humanities?  Read the full post! »


Seeking Spanish Language Editor

Adam Crymble

July 5, 2016


Building on our commitment to diversity and access, The Programming Historian is seeking a new team member to help us bring the project to 400-million Spanish speakers worldwide. We envisage this to include both cultivating of a Spanish-language community of users and contributors and facillitating the translation of existing resources. There is significant scope to make this role your own. This is a voluntary academic service position. Read the full post! »


Add The Programming Historian to Your Library's Catalogue

Amanda Visconti

June 10, 2016


One of the suggested ways to help The Progamming Historian (PH) out in Adam Crymble’s recent post, The Progamming Historian’s Commitment to Diversity”, was adding PH to your library’s catalogue. Doing so not only helps legitimize the efforts of PH’s authors as the scholarship it is, it also increases public access to a strong, free resource for exploring the digital humanities (DH). By listing PH in library catalogues, we can help anyone using library search engines to seek DH knowledge find PH and have know it’s been vetted by librarians as a trustworthy resource. Read the full post! »


The Programming Historian's Commitment to Diversity

Adam Crymble

May 10, 2016


If you spend too much time inside a project, you soon become unable to see its faults. At The Programming Historian, I suspect we fell victim to that problem. Read the full post! »


Welcome to the Programming Historian Blog!

Evan Taparata

March 28, 2016


The editorial board of The Programming Historian is thrilled to welcome you to our blog—or perhaps more accurately, to welcome you back to our blog. The PH blog has previously been used to provide readers with the occasional update or to promote PH related events. In the coming months, you can expect regular posts in this space with material that complements and expands upon the growing body of lessons that form the heart of The Programming Historian. Read the full post! »


Programming Historian Live, British Library

James Baker

June 2, 2015


19 October 2015, the British Library, London. Read the full post! »


Python Workshop in Edinburgh

Adam Crymble

May 17, 2015


Programming Historian editor, Adam Crymble, will be leading a free ‘Python for Humanities Research’ workshop at the University of Edinburgh on 26 May 2015 as part of the ‘Digital Day of Ideas’. Read the full post! »


How We Moved the Programming Historian to GitHub Pages

Caleb McDaniel

November 5, 2014


Earlier this year, the editors of The Programming Historian decided to move the site from a Wordpress installation to a static website hosted on GitHub Pages. This post is a brief overview of how we made the switch, using some of the same tools and computational methods featured in our lessons. Read the full post! »


New navigation — and some hiccups

Miriam Posner

August 24, 2013


As you may have noticed, we’ve changed the way we’ve structured lessons on the Programming Historian. We’ve been working to include lessons about a wider range of topics than our initial all-Python, all-the-time version, and so we’re experimenting with ways to organize them. Read the full post! »


Welcome to PH2!

Miriam Posner

June 27, 2012


We’re so excited to launch the Programming Historian 2! This newest version is updated and fine-tuned, but it also reflects a different, more distributed and inclusive way of thinking about teaching code. In addition to a solid set of core Python tutorials, we’re soliciting material from our friends around the web — all of which will be peer-reviewed and credited. You’ll be able to use the tutorials sequentially, but you should also be able to “fork” the lessons, following paths that suit your interests and the needs of your project. Read the full post! »