Best of the Blog

Since 2005 I’ve written hundreds of posts on this blog. Many of these posts are about ephemeral matters and are soon forgotten, while others have more lasting value and continue to garner new readers and links years later. Here are the best from that latter category.

Digital Humanities: Theory & Practice

Digital Journalism and Digital Humanities
The Ivory Tower and the Open Web: Introduction: Burritos, Browsers, and Books
Searching for the Victorians
Digital Ephemera and the Calculus of Importance
Eliminating the Power Cord
The Last Digit of Pi
Initial Thoughts on the Google Books Ngram Viewer and Datasets
The Wikipedia Story That’s Being Missed
Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica for Digital Research
Wikipedia vs. Encyclopaedia Britannica Keyword Shootout Results
The Perfect and the Good Enough: Books and Wikis
When Machines Are the Audience
What Would You Do With a Million Books?
Rough Start for Digital Preservation
The Single Box Humanities Search
No Computer Left Behind
Mapping Recent History
Mapping What Americans Did on September 11
Intelligence Analysts and Humanities Scholars
It’s About Russia
Digital Humanities Summit Wrap-up
The Vision of ORE
The Pirate Problem
Sarah Palin, Crowdsourced
Introducing Digital Humanities Now

Scholarly Communication and Publishing

Catching the Good
The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing
Introducing Anthologize
Professors, Start Your Blogs
The Perils of Anonymity
The Idealization of the Book
Errol Morris Understands What Academic Blogging Could Be
The Digital Critique of “To Read or Not To Read”
Leave the Blogging to Us
What Will Happen to Developmental Editing?
Introducing PressForward
Digital Humanities Now 2.0: Bigger and Better, with a New Review Process
Some Thoughts on the Hacking the Academy Process and Model

Mass Digitization, Google Books

The Digital Public Library of America: Coming Together
Is Google Good for History?
What Scholars Want from the Digital Public Library of America
Impact of Field v. Google on the Google Library Project
Clifford Lynch and Jonathan Band on Google Book Search
The Flawed Agreement between the National Archives and Footnote, Inc.
A Closer Look at the National Archives-Footnote Agreement
Million Books Workshop Wrap-Up
Google Books: Champagne or Sour Grapes?
Why Google Books Should Have an API
Still Waiting for a Real Google Book Search API
Mass Digitization of Books: Exit Microsoft, What Next?
First Impressions of the Google Books Settlement
The Digital Public Library of America: First Things First

Creating a Blog from Scratch

Part 1: What is a Blog, Anyway?
Part 2: Advantages and Disadvantages of Popular Blog Software
Part 3: The Double Life of Blogs
Part 4: Searching for a Good Search
Part 5: What is XHTML, and Why Should I Care?
Part 6: One Year Later
Part 7: Tags, What Are They Good For?
Part 8: Full Feeds vs. Partial Feeds
Part 9: The Conclusion

Art and Life

The Maddening Crowd
The Artistic and the Digital
Sol LeWitt and the Soul of Creative and Intellectual Work

Web Development and Design

Thoughts on One Week | One Tool
Using AJAX Wisely
Search Engine Optimization for Smarties
Measuring the Audience of a Digital Humanities Project
Design Matters

Conference Wrap-Ups

Using New Technologies to Explore Culture Heritage Conference
THATCamp Was All THAT, And More
Digital Humanities and the Disciplines, Day 1
Digital Humanities and the Disciplines, Day 2
Smithsonian 2.0
Smithsonian 1.1 and 2.9

Center for History and New Media

Remembering Roy Rosenzweig
Introducing Omeka
Zotero and the Internet Archive Join Forces

Open Source and Open Access

Treading Water on Open Access
Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Values
A Conversation with Richard Stallman about Open Access
2006: Crossroads for Copyright
Understanding the 2006 DMCA Exemptions
Nineteenth-Century Open Source
The Case for Open Access Books

Technology and Academia

The Strange Dynamics of Technology Adoption and Promotion in Academia