• Digital Archives and the Atlantic Slave Trade

    Digital Archives and the Atlantic Slave Trade

    Relational databases were an important business innovation because they finally allowed corporations to see what was actually going on in their company. Its predecessors, hierarchal databases were, brittle inflexible and hard to use. SQL and Oracle’s first commercial introduction of relational databases made it not only convenient but necessary for companies to compete. SQL allowed […]

  • Archives and Databases

    Archives and Databases

                First and foremost, I find Kate Theimer’s view that the definition of archives has become muddled and confused very convincing, if not for my disbelief that I have gone this long without truly understanding what the word means and how it differs from a database. Theimer posits that what defines an archivist’s work is […]

  • UX2 Group #1

    Post your UX2 assignment here.  This is your observations of Americans and connecting to Americans.

  • TEI Header XML tags

    TEI Header XML tags

    The file Header provides the critical metadata needed to identify and cite the file. It is composed of five major components. The fileDesc provides all the necessary information needed to write a conventional bibliography. It in many ways acts a bridge from the old, analog, paper world to the digital. The following four tags are […]

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  • Transcribing on the Other Side

    Transcribing on the Other Side

    Over the weekend I had an assignment to transcribe one of the non-fiction writings from a currently incarcerated American.  AKA, read a journal entry written by someone in prison.  I’ve seen movies about people in jail, I’ve heard about it from people who had a short stint behind bars, I’ve read about it, and I’ve […]

  • UX1

    Post your UX1 assignment here.

  • Books: Warning, Flammable

    Books: Warning, Flammable

    I love books! When I was younger I would read books at school, at home, in the car, anywhere I could. I loved holding books and hated having to change my position while lying in bed depending on whether I was reading the left page or the right. There is nothing like a printed book. […]

  • What to save from the fire: prioritizing texts

    What to save from the fire: prioritizing texts

    The library is burning to the ground, and you have time to save one thing: a book on a shelf, a digital photo of the book and its pages, or or the book or manuscript digitally transcribed (that is, typed into a computer file or files). Which one would you save and why? In imaging […]

  • What Would Digital Humanists Save?

    What Would Digital Humanists Save?

                I believe the choices presented in this scenario have parallels in our ongoing discussion of what constitutes the humanities, the digital, and the digital humanities. In other words, I would generally expect someone who greatly appreciates or is a student of the humanities to opt to save the book on the shelf. Similarly, I […]