Mining Eleanor Roosevelt’s My Day Columns

This post is co-written by Amanda Regan and Joshua Catalano. It is cross-posted on Mandy’s blog. Two weeks ago, Amanda Regan and I participated in the Collections as Data Hack-to-Learn event sponsored by the Library of Congress, George Washington University, and George Mason University. For the event, George Washington University, the Library of Congress and the …

Scholarly Communication: What does it take to fix a broken system?

This post was originally published on 11/30/2015 as part of the Clio I class at George Mason university. Reading this week’s selections of the state of scholarly communication, I was disturbed. It appears that academia and the history profession in particular is in desperate need for change. As the AHA statement on embargoing dissertations and …

Sharing Authority is not a Zero-sum Game

This post was originally published on 10/03/2015 as part of the Clio I class at George Mason University. For the better part of the past one hundred years, museums have mirrored education in schools and favored an “empty vessel epistemology.” This understanding of knowledge posits that students are empty containers waiting to be filled. The …

What in the Digital Universe Should We Call It?

This post was originally published on 9/28/2015 as part of the Clio I class at George Mason University.  Every academic discipline has a different relationship with the digital humanities. Some disciplines have had a long lasting and productive relationship that has weathered the period of post honeymoon bliss. Meanwhile others have had off and on …

Deceptive Data

This post was originally published on 10/10/2015 as part of the Clio I class at George Mason University. People often perceive data as unbiased evidence. As Trevor Owens points out, this is a dangerous practice. Just like any other set of primary sources, data needs to be questioned. It had an author with an agenda …

Digital Resources for Early Americanists

This post was originally published on 9/15/2015 as part of the Clio I class at George Mason University.  Below is a sampling of the digital resources that are available to those who study and/or teach Early American history. The list is by no means inclusive, and sometimes the best place to start is a simple …

Prying the Discipline from their Cold Dead Fingers

This post was originally published on 9/12/2015 as part of the Clio I class at George Mason University.  After sampling the scholarship (or debates) concerning digital history over the past fifteen years, several things stand out: There is confusion regarding what constitutes digital history There is a need to move scholarship forward and stop rehashing …

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