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Juliet Larkin-Gilmore: Frederick Douglass Day 2018

Feb. 15, 2018—Although Frederick Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14.  Members of the Vanderbilt community gathered to celebrate Douglass’ elected birthday and his legacy by transcribing documents from the Freedmen’s Bureau Papers, making these important records more accessible to researchers worldwide, in a multi-institutional event organized by the Colored...

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Jenifer Dodd: Data Curation: Simple Tools for Starting Projects

Jan. 15, 2018—The first step for much digital humanities work is data curation: collecting data, putting it into a format that makes sense for your project, and making sure it doesn’t contain any mistakes. While some DH technologies have steep learning curves, data curation can be done by anyone. Data Curation: Simple Tools for Starting Projects ArcGIS,...

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Gabriela Ore: To Code or Not To Code

Dec. 4, 2017—As archaeologists, do we need to code?  No.  Will it help our research, or will it make a substantial difference?  Mmm …, no. Do we need to collaborate?  Will it help our research, will it make a substantial difference?  Yes. To code or not to code This is the question that I posed as part of one...

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Ted Dawson: On Cyber Monday I turned off my router: Slowness in the Digital Humanities

Nov. 29, 2017—On Cyber Monday I turned off my router: Slowness in the Digital Humanities I’ve never shopped on “Black Friday.” Maybe it’s that I don’t like waiting in lines, but I like to think it’s because the celebration of consumer capitalism isn’t my thing. I prefer spending the Friday after Thanksgiving relaxing, taking walks, enjoying the...

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Kellie Cavagnaro: Announcing a New Digital Humanities-Enhanced Course for Undergraduates!

Oct. 11, 2017—Anthropologist Kellie Cavagnaro is a Mellon Graduate Fellow in Digital Humanities and a Fellow in Vanderbilt’s Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP) joint-PhD program.  Building on her Digital Humanities and CMAP experiences, she will offer a new undergraduate course this Spring, that will integrate a series of curricular and instructional designs that connect students with on-campus media experts, and...

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Angela Sutton: Digital Initiatives for Public Engagement: Storytelling and Oral Histories of the Descendants of Fort Negley

Sep. 27, 2017—  Digital Initiatives for Public Engagement: Storytelling and Oral Histories of the Descendants of Fort Negley There is a fortification on St. Cloud Hill, right next to Nashville’s Adventure Science Center, called Fort Negley. Beneath it are buried countless stories untold that we may never get a chance to recover. This fort played a pivotal role...

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When Communication Is Key – Honing In On Online Platforms Of Communication For Alternative Black America

Dec. 2, 2016—The social impact that the internet provides its users opens doors (or Windows) for building a community which would otherwise struggle to connect. As a Mellon Digital Humanities Graduate Fellow, I have been given the opportunity to continue some of the digital work that I started prior to my admission to Vanderbilt University in 2015...

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Reflections on GIS Day 2016

Nov. 16, 2016—On GIS day (and please, do visit us at the Center for Digital Humanities Open House this November 16th, from 1:00-3:00 pm), I wanted to take a closer look to the role of GIS in the current stage of development of the Digital Humanities. I am looking forward to celebrating GIS day as any other...

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Laura Hagele-Strömbergsson: Vanderbilt 2016 THAT Camp

Nov. 2, 2016—Every year, the Vanderbilt digital humanities community looks forward to fall not just because of the promise of slightly cooler weather, but also because of our annual THAT Camp. Short for “The Humanities and Technology”, this two-day un-conference for digital humanists across the Vanderbilt campus provides a wonderful opportunity to come together and learn as...

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What Does it Mean to Connect?

Nov. 1, 2016—With the gigapixel imaging of the Google Art Project, you can get closer to Van Gogh’s Starry Night through your computer than you could by visiting the MoMA. Although this is totally cool–and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet–the novelty of digitization has worn off for many of us. We know...

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