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Resource: How Can a Collaborative Online Syllabus Address the Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues? – The #ImmigrationSyllabus, Part I

From the resource: One of my undergraduate colleagues at Rutgers, now Dr. Evan Taparata, revealed that he and numerous other scholars had collaborated at the University of Minnesota to develop the #ImmigrationSyllabus website about immigration concerns in history. As I read through the online resource, I realized that these scholars had already achieved many of…

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Resource: How to build a website with Blogdown in R

From the resource: Want to build a website right in RStudio? blogdown is an R package that allows you to create websites from R markdown files using Hugo, an open-source static site generator written in Go and known for being incredibly fast. You can read more about the differences between WordPress and Hugo (and other…

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Resource: Dynamic Maps Using CSV, Google Earth, KML and ArcGIS Online

From the resource: In Fall 2018, Professor Molly Ball’s History 252: Immigration in the Americas students developed original research based on archival and primary sources to explore how Rochester’s own immigrant history can not only enrich our understanding of the city’s history, but also further our understanding of transnational immigrant experiences throughout the Americas. One…

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Resource: How to access APIs in R

From the resource: APIs, or application program interfaces, are a way for people to access data in a plain text format using multiple programming languages. Many websites, organizations and services offer APIs for accessing their data, like Twitter, Wikipedia, Reddit and OpenSecrets. This tutorial will walk you through accessing APIs from DataUSA and OpenSecrets in…

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Resource: DH Unplugged

About the resource: Think you need a computer to understand or practice the Digital Humanities? Think again! (And again.) We have built a collaborative card game, taking inspiration from tabletop games such as Pandemic, Ammonia, and Kate Compton’s Generominos. The principal act is the creative combination of DH tools and other technologies directed towards solving…

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Resource: Postdoc Bill of Rights

From the resource: Postdoctoral positions in the humanities have changed significantly in the past two decades. The traditional model, which assumes that the majority of one’s appointment is directed at individual research, has largely been superseded by labor-intensive positions embedded in a department, library, center, institute, etc. These positions can be highly rewarding for institutions…

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Resource: Possibilities for Digital Humanities at Community Colleges

About the Resource: I was pleased to present today at Houston Community College’s Spring 2019 English & Humanities Colloquium on “The Digital Classroom: Humanities, Literature & Composition.” Thanks to Dr. Helen Graham for the invitation. Here are my slides. Much of the presentation is built on Dr. Anne McGrail’s work on DH and community colleges….

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Resource: Getting Started in Digital Archaeology

From the resource: Digital archaeology, as I have conceived it here, is not about computation in the service of finding the answer. It is about deforming, and thinking through, the various networks and distributed agencies that tie us to the past and simultaneously make it strange, that enchant and confound us. There are any number…

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Resource: University Classrooms – Difficult to Escape or Tempting to Engage?

From the resource: It’s unnerving that I have been teaching for 4+ years at a University level but was never taught how to teach. I certainly am competent enough to google “tips for effective lecturing”, and yet that never crossed my mind. Until now. It is with great wonderment and delight that I experience the…

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Resource: Create A Rich Multimedia Narrative with ESRI Story Maps

From the resource: A few years ago when I was taking a class in advanced cartography, I was introduced to ESRI Story maps, a webapp that allows you to blend text, maps, 3D scenes, images, and videos in order to tell your story and engage your audience. While Story Maps were initially made by ESRI…

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