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November 20, 2017

Convocatoria para editor de contenidos en español de The Programming Historian

Maria José Afanador-Llach

Desde su conformación el equipo editorial de contenidos en español ha traducido 28 tutoriales del inglés al español con el apoyo de una red de colaboradores de países tales como Argentina, España, Colombia y México. Continuando con nuestro compromiso con la diversidad lingüística, The Programming Historian (PH) está buscando un nuevo miembro para contribuir al equipo de editores de contenidos en español. El editor o editora trabajará para hacer accesibles los tutoriales de PH al público hispanoparlante, facilitará los procesos de traducción de tutoriales y actuará como editor de los mismos. De igual forma apoyará las estrategias para construir una comunidad que ayude a aumentar el acceso y la colaboración de PH en el mundo hispanoparlante.

September 21, 2017

Corpus Linguistics in Action: The Fireplace Pose in 19th Century Fiction

Viola Wiegand , Michaela Mahlberg and Peter Stockwell

Here at the Programming Historian, we have a number of lessons focused on “distant reading.” These lessons pull from a variety of fields to demonstrate different ways to computationally surface patterns across a large collection of digital objects. But how do you build on those patterns as part of a research project? That question of what to do next is what the authors of this post have set out to answer.

July 31, 2017

Infrastructure for Collaboration: Catching Dead Links And Errors

Matthew Lincoln

The The Programming Historian has enjoyed a huge surge of new lessons and translations this past year. This work wouldn’t be possible without our ever-growing community of authors, reviewers, and editors. But as teams get bigger, one needs to take special care to organize around that size.

July 28, 2017

Our Lessons Page Overfloweth

Fred Gibbs

It’s been a busy year so far at the Programming Historian, and even reaching back into 2016, we’ve been editing and publishing more lessons than ever thanks to the great enthusiasm and energy of our authors and reviewers. Our original lessons index page that’s served us well for many years rapidly grew longer, denser, and considerably harder to use.

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.