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Lumio lamp

One holiday gift arrived early this year — a Lumio lamp:

Lumio lamp

This LED light unfolds from something that looks like a book, automatically turning on when the covers are opened. Interestingly, it uses a lightweight and long-lasting lithium battery and recharges over mini-USB. These are two technologies that owe their widespread use to the modern smartphone; they are now spreading to portable lights.

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Microfilm scanner arrives

Only a few days after the book scanner, the Lab’s Mekel Mach 10 microfilm scanner was delivered.

Mekel Mach 10 delivery

Much like the book scanner, this device will allow users to rapidly scan an entire microfilm reel in about 5 minutes. The resulting strip, a long digital image, will be sliced up into discrete document frames and processed using OCR to create textual corpora.

Microfilm reels for testing scanner

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Book Scanner arrives

The Zuetschel OS 15000 Advanced book scanner for the DHLab arrived:

Zeutschel OS15000 arrives

The biggest box in the photo below is actually for the table to hold it (some assembly required):

Zeutschel table, ready for assembly

The book scanner will allow folks to digitize print collections in our library — not to redistribute, but rather to create corpora for text mining.

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DHLab Status Board

We’re experimenting with using the Status Board software (from veteran Mac developers Panic) to display updates and other information in the DHLab. Here’s a preview of how it looks:

Status Board test

Eventually we’d like to add information from Slack, Basecamp, and other associated services… as well as a feed of our growing book collection we maintain in LibraryThing.

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New DH Books

Just got a new shipment of books into the Digital Humanities Lab at Yale…

New shipment of DH books!

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We’re maintaining an informal catalog of these books, which are non-circulating desk copies in the Lab, on LibraryThing.

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ESRI UC 2015, Continued

This weekend was spent both at the ESRI Education User Conference…

ESRI Ed show floor

…as well as at various local taco places:

Chicken Verde, Tuna Asada, Cochinita Pibil at Puesto

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ESRI UC 2015

Education User Conference keynote

I’m in San Diego for the next week for a GIS conference put on by ESRI, the maker of ArcMap and other geo-spatial software. ESRI’s programs are sort of like the Photoshop of the GIS world: expensive, difficult-to-learn, encumbered by decades’ worth of legacy interfaces and workflows — but also incredibly capable. Nearly any task you can think of with a map is accomplishable, if you can figure out how.

In my Digital Humanities work, I more often work with geo-spatial software at the web browser level: Leaflet.js, CartoDB, and similar. These technologies, among others, help power some of the maps on Yale’s Photogrammar project. But there’s no question that some problems and datasets require the kitchen-sink tools and computational power of ESRI’s Windows-only software stack. So I’m at ESRI User Conference to learn more about these tools, and bring any knowledge I can back to the Yale Digital Humanities Lab when I return.

San Diego Convention Center

I have to admit I was also looking forward to a different class of Mexican food in San Diego, and Común Taqueria did not disappoint. They put Marita chili ash on top of their chips, which can led you to wonder exactly what the black stuff is on the chip you’re about to put on your mouth — but which is ultimately delicious.

Común Taqueria

Común Taqueria

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Macworld magazine recently ceased print publication, but an earlier victim of the shift to online news was MacWeek, a restricted-circulation industry broadsheet that was passed around at user group meetings and tech offices alike. Between 1987 and 1999, this weekly tabloid-size glossy was one of the best ways for Mac fans to keep up with the latest news from Cupertino.

I’ve scanned the cover of the first issue, from April 1987, below. Inside are some interesting tidbits, including the launch of PowerPoint (Mac-only, and not yet owned by Microsoft) and the first piece from gossip columnist Mac the Knife.

MacWeek first issue

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Digital Preservation

While home over the holidays I was interested in seeing what the earliest digital document I could find would be. I think the best contender is this circa-1985 5.25” floppy disk, which probably holds WordStar files:

I have a few machines with disk controllers that can use such a floppy disk drive — the drives themselves go for about $10-$30 on eBay. The problems I’m likely to encounter are both media failure due to physical degradation, and/or random electromagnetic radiation from the sun having flipped some of the bits. Both of these could turn part or all of the files into gibberish. In that case, there’s an modern floppy controller called KryoFlux that hooks up to a modern PC and uses more advanced/heroic techniques to try and read the bad parts of the disk repeatedly, hundreds of thousands of times. With luck, even badly-damaged disks can give up some of their secrets.

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Charleston Conference 2014

In early November I had a chance to travel to South Carolina to attend the Charleston Conference.

Together with colleagues from Yale and ProQuest, I presented a panel on Data Mining on Vendor-Digitized Collections. We focused on our analysis of ProQuest’s Vogue Digital Archive — a collection of every issue since Vogue’s inception in 1892 — as a case study of what libraries and scholars can do with vendor data. Our examples were mostly drawn from our public website that showcases various visual and textual experiments with the Vogue data:

Robots Reading Vogue 1600

Here’s how we framed the larger issue:

This session delves into the rapidly emerging topic of text and data mining (TDM), from the perspectives of a digital humanist, a librarian, a collection development officer and a product manager for a major vendor of digitized content. We will show concrete examples of TDM on a large vendor-digitized in-copyright collection: the Vogue Archive from ProQuest, with over 400,000 pages of text and images dating from 1892 to the present. Several projects in progress at Yale have illuminated the appeal of TDM applications on Vogue to researchers across disciplines ranging from gender studies to art history to computer science. We will address issues of copyright and licensing, file formats and research platforms, new forms of research enabled by TDM, and how vendors and librarians can work to support digital humanities projects. Session attendees who are new to this topic will learn what TDM is and how they might engage with it in their own work. Audience members who have familiarity with TDM will be encouraged to share their experiences and insights.

After the conference was over I had a chance to enjoy a day in the city free of presentation responsibilities. The weather was very pleasant and the sky cooperated to show off the architecture in its best light:

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Vogue project coverage

Some nice coverage — both online and in print — of the data-mining project I’ve been working on at Yale.

We have a page on our project site that talks about these “cover averages” in more detail.

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DH 2014 Lausanne

Lausanne

Just got back from the 2014 Digital Humanities conference, held this year in Lausanne Switzerland.

DH2014

As you can see from that interior shot of the auditorium, the facilities were more than adequate. Here’s a shot of the SwissTech Convention Center from outside:

SwissTech Convention Center

The natural setting was dramatic as well, although the mountains were shrouded by clouds when we were there:

Lausanne

Together with a grad student, I presented on a project to map the 170,000 Farm Security Administration photographs taken during the 1930s-40s:

Photogrammar presentation
Thanks to Miriam Posner for this picture

I also co-presented a poster with Mats Malm from Gothenburg, about ways of surfacing related content in large digital literary collections:

Poster presenation
Thanks to Jenny Bergenmar for this picture

We were pretty busy during the week, but there was some time to view the sights in town, such as the Escaliers du marché:

Escaliers du marché

One of the things I am trying to do is take spur-of-the-moment street photographs, alongside more traditional tourist shots of city halls and churches. This couple was sitting in front of the (very impressive) entryway to the cathedral:

Outside the cathedral

Around the corner, a young girl was amusing herself by jumping off of a low wall:

Jumper

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