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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.

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.