Letter Rip

At the beginning of the year, I resolved to experiment more with Gephi to explore the possibilities of network analysis in historical research. Prompted largely by the need to organize some classroom activities for my course on the First World War, I delved back into the Canadian Images and Letters Project (CLIP) to scale up my efforts. In my first attempt, I explored the letters of … Continue reading Letter Rip

Hashtag Commemoration

It’s been fun to observe the centenary of the First World War through twitter and other social media. These forms of communication allow people to experience and share commemorative events in new ways. Attendees at ceremonies can broadcast their thoughts, perspectives, and reactions and people unable to attend the ceremonies in person can use social media to participate from the other side of the world. Tapping … Continue reading Hashtag Commemoration

Getting into Gephi

I don’t think this counts as a New Year’s resolution, but I’ve been meaning to play around with Gephi for a while now. The biggest hurdle for me was finding sources that were conducive to network analysis. My research does not rely heavily on personal correspondence, so I turned to the Canadian Letters and Images Project, based at Vancouver Island University. The project has build a corpus of … Continue reading Getting into Gephi

Playing with Fusion

At the moment, I’m writing a chapter on voluntary contributions from Indigenous communities in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand during the First World War. Any discussion of First Nations enlistments in Canada is bound to include a discussion of the 114th (Brock’s Rangers) Battalion, raised in Haldiman County in Southwestern Ontario. The 114th included two companies of First Nations soldiers, recruited mainly from the Six … Continue reading Playing with Fusion

Canadianagram

This post combines one of my earlier posts on Google Books’ Ngram Viewer and my bash script that built a search engine for the Early Canadiana Online database. Google Books probably has the best-known Ngram Viewer, but Tim Sherratt has produced a similar ap called QueryPic to search the Trove and Papers Past newspaper databases and graph the number of articles containing a keyword. The advantage … Continue reading Canadianagram

Tineye of the Tiger

This happens a lot on Twitter. Someone posts an archival photo that would make a great visual for a lecture. But tweeted images are not of sufficient quality to be effective in a Powerpoint presentation and not everyone includes the source in their tweets. For instance, @CambsHistory tweeted these two pictures of elephants used as draught animals during the First World War. These engaging images that … Continue reading Tineye of the Tiger

Canadiana in Context

Early Canadiana Online is one of the largest repositories of digitized Canadian periodicals. Its website boasts 3,500,000 pages of word-searchable content that users can access for a subscription of $10 per month or $100 per year. I cannot deny that this collection places a lot of material at one’s fingertips, but I have always found it difficult to sort through the website’s search results. The search … Continue reading Canadiana in Context

Anzac and the Ngram

I’ve been struggling to find a suitable topic for a second blog post, but a recent Twitter exchange with @JennyMacleod and @DavidUnderdown9 gave me the idea to write something up about Google Books’ Ngram Viewer. For those not familiar with the Ngram Viewer, it is a tool offered by Google Books that allows you to view the frequency that a word appears in Google Books’ enormous corpus of digitized texts. This … Continue reading Anzac and the Ngram