the month of julius

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The past few months have been a whirlwindalbeit, a good one. In February, I began working full-time at ECDS as the digital projects coordinator. I won’t bore you with my job description (that’s what CVs are for, y’all), but I’ve expanded my work with Southern Spaces to focus on the Center’s open access publishing initiatives.

We’re doing some exciting work to develop a suite of publication tools. In addition to our Drupal-based publishing at SSp, we’re about to launch a new open access publication called Atlanta Studies that willyou guessed it—produce and highlight scholarship and resources about the city of Atlanta. June also saw the launch of our new OpenTourBuilder platform for developing mobile tours. The Battle of Atlanta tour was the inaugural project on the platform, which is open source and available for free on GitHub.

I was also privileged to work with over twenty librarians from historically black colleges and universities for the ECDS/HBCU Summer Institute for Digital Scholarship. The Emory Report had a nice write-up on the Institute, and I’m excited about the possibilities for further collaboration down the road.

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A representative denizen of Victoria. Photo by Tracy Lee.

I was also fortunate enough to make it out to Victoria, British Columbia for the 2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute. I will return next year to learn more about databases + DH. Many thanks to DHSI and its sponsors for the generous tuition scholarships! (Applications have just opened, so be sure to sign up early!)

Up next: some exciting announcements from the Open Access Button, applications for an exciting new conference, and, of course, the endless march of dissertation writing…


Happy 2014!

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I have some thoughts that have been percolating about digital humanities, spurred by a great series of panels at the American Studies Association this year. I’ll be putting a call for collaborators out later in the year, but I find myself a bit snowed under at the moment. So I’ll leave 2013 with this:

Author with HTML 4 bookMay your World Wide Web be filled with clean HTML.

Happy New Year,




On Stereogranimator

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Super cool: Chris Sawula explains the NYPL’s Stereogranimator, a new tool that allows you to create your own 21st century-style stereoscopic photos. (Spolier alert: animated .gifs are involved.)

Originally posted on Christopher P. Sawula:

In the last two weeks, I’ve been working with two digital projects that I think are incredibly useful for both teachers and historians. The first, from NYPL Labs, is the Stereogranimator. Developed in response to the large body of stereoscopic photographs at the New York Public Library, the Stereogranimator allows you to create either anaglyphs or animated gifs of the 3D images originally captured by stereographs. In the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, stereography soared in international popularity and allowed viewers to feel as though they stood in front of landmarks, battlefields, local and national celebrations, and the wreckage of natural disasters.

Ruins of Great Fire in Boston, 1872

While many of these stereographs have been preserved at archives and libraries around the world, the images require a stereoscope to be viewed properly. These devices function in a similar manner to the View-Masters many of us grew up with…

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“White supremacy has its uses…”

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From Teju Cole’s reflection on Mandela in The New Inquiry:

White supremacy has its uses. Because of its great care and its thoughtful strategy, because of the tireless way it hoards its hatred, it is good at making heroes. Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Desmond Tutu: what would our lives have meant without theirs? No wheel moves without friction. Without the obscenity of white supremacy to resist, they might have been mere happy family men.

Rest, Madiba, the First Accused.