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

Making Molehills of Mountains

After an extended hiatus, I’m back to blogging. I’m just settling into my postdoc in Digital History and Pedagogy with the Department of History at the University of Delaware. Over the summer, I corresponded briefly with one of my new colleagues, Barry Joyce, who inquired about the feasibility of building 3-D models from topographical maps so he could use them as a teaching aid in his … Continue reading Making Molehills of Mountains

GIFs for Everyone

[Parts of this post have been assembled out of earlier posts from 2012 and 2013] Last month,the Associate Press and British Movietone announced they were uploading 550,000 films and videos from their archive to YouTube. These new additions will join about 85,000 films uploaded a year ago by British Pathé. This is good news to any historian of modern Britain and the empire, as these films … Continue reading GIFs for Everyone

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

Into the Archives

The arrival of spring usually means one thing for graduate students in history: long sunny days spent indoors under fluorescent lights at the archives. With archives season upon us, this post offers some useful advice to those preparing for their first trip to the archives. There is a lot of preliminary research required before you make your first visit to the archives. A good knowledge … Continue reading Into the Archives