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Introducing Literary Topologies

chloroquine phosphate south africa I’d like to introduce a site dedicated to the new kinds of experiments I’ve been working on with my collaborator, Mark Algee-Hewitt. We’re interested in trying to visualize the lexical networks that comprise our literary past, what we call reading “topologically.” To do so, we’re developing quantitative techniques that try to …

Flatlining in Class

This graphic should give us as teachers serious pause. It shows how the periods of the lowest nervous activity for students occurred…during class. Ouch. The good news is that “lab” seems to have been far more stimulating. Here is the full paper by Ming-Zher Poh et al.

The Humanities and the Public

An event the other night at McGill called “The Public Digital Humanities” was indicative of much recent concern about the “relevance” or public mission of the humanities today (see for example the new initiative 4Humanities or the new book series by Iowa, “Humanities and Public Life”). Publicness, it seems, is …

Sustainable Publishing

This is my new watchword for the open access debate as it concerns academic publishing. A new spot on “On the Media” addresses the outrageous costs of academic journals, largely in the sciences. The comments by the representative for Elsevier are disturbingly demonic, not to mention insulting to people who …

Piracy and the Historical Record

A nice piece at The Technologizer on the importance of piracy for the preservation of digital materials. Like an ant that works as part of a larger system it doesn’t understand, the selfish action of each digital pirate, when taken in aggregate, has created a vast web of redundant data …