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The Programming Historian 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 in the real world. Subscribe to the RSS feed for new blog posts.

June 19, 2017

Sonic Word Clouds - a Digital History Project

Daniel Ruten

My name is Daniel Ruten, and I have just finished my undergraduate studies majoring in History at the University of Saskatchewan. During my last term, I took a course on Digital History (HIST396) with Dr. Jim Clifford. In it, I became familiarized with the various emerging digital tools and methodologies that are becoming increasingly important for historians to learn. The course also required that I create some kind of digital history project myself. For my project, I took inspiration from one lesson in particular featured on the Programming Historian website: historian Shawn Graham’s lesson on data sonification. Building off of what this lesson taught me, I developed my own method to represent and analyze textual data through sound, which I have termed Sonic Word Clouds. In this post I will briefly explain this method of sonification, while reflecting a bit on the learning process that both inspired the idea for this project and allowed me to make it a reality.


June 12, 2017

Programming Historian highlights from the first half of 2017

Adam Crymble

We've been busy publishing so far in 2017

March 31, 2017

Programming Historian supports research on history of protest

Adam Crymble

The Northern Star newspaper, 9 February 1839.

March 30, 2017

Two New Editors Join Project Team

Adam Crymble

Jessica Parr and Brandon Walsh have joined the Programming Historian

March 14, 2017

Matthew Lincoln joins Project Team

Adam Crymble

Matthew Lincoln has joined the Programming Historian

March 5, 2017

¡Bienvenidos a The Programming Historian en español!

Maria José Afanador-Llach

Programming Historian lanza su sitio en español.

March 2, 2017

Welcome to The Programming Historian en Español!

Maria José Afanador-Llach

Programming Historian launches its Spanish site.

March 2, 2017

DH2016 Award - Thanks to our contributors!

Adam Crymble

Programming Historian is DH 2016 Award Winner - Best Series of Posts.

February 22, 2017

Vote for Us in DH Awards

Adam Crymble

Please support The Programming Historian in the Digital Humanities Awards.

February 3, 2017

Call for Subject Specialist Editor

Adam Crymble

The Programming Historian is looking for a new team member.

January 29, 2017

Highlights from 2016 - Programming Historian New Additions

Adam Crymble

A toast to our authors! Eleven new tutorials published in 2016.

January 21, 2017

The Five Lessons No One's Yet Written (but need writing)

Adam Crymble

The Programming Historian Needs YOU...to help historians digitally analyse!

December 3, 2016

The Programming Historian is People

Adam Crymble

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.


October 18, 2016

#ColorOurCollections: Promoting Digital Archives

Jeanette Sewell

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.


September 19, 2016

#teachDH: Distant Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom

Evan Taparata

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.


August 25, 2016

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

Evan Taparata

¡The Programming Historian tiene el placer de presentar su nuevo equipo de editores de contenidos en español!


August 22, 2016

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

Evan Taparata

The Programming Historian is proud to announce its new team of Spanish language editors!


July 20, 2016

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

Elizabeth Venditto

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? 


July 5, 2016

Seeking Spanish Language Editor

Adam Crymble

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.


June 10, 2016

Add The Programming Historian to Your Library's Catalogue

Amanda Visconti

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.


May 10, 2016

The Programming Historian's Commitment to Diversity

Adam Crymble

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.


March 28, 2016

Welcome to the Programming Historian Blog!

Evan Taparata

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.


June 2, 2015

Programming Historian Live, British Library

James Baker

19 October 2015, the British Library, London.


May 17, 2015

Python Workshop in Edinburgh

Adam Crymble

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’.


November 5, 2014

How We Moved the Programming Historian to GitHub Pages

Caleb McDaniel

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.


August 24, 2013

New navigation — and some hiccups

Miriam Posner

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.


June 27, 2012

Welcome to PH2!

Miriam Posner

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.