Introduction to Digital Humanities

RELI/ENGL 39, Fall 2015, University of the Pacific

Author: What Would Hunter Do

Google tables

This table was done through google fusion and

Palladio!!!!

I imagine it would be fun yelling the word “Palladio” at a bar or in a random area for no reason. Palladio isn’t just a cool sounding fun word, it is a mapping program online that I used to make the map below! Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 2.39.49 PM

Palladio was very simple to use and with the sample information we had I charted the years 1940-1942 and 1950-1952 (that highlights on the time line).

Top Secret Vs Secret

For past few months I have been doing some (lazy) research into the, “Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program”. Pretty much a declassified document that was made publicly available last year including details of the treatment and conditions detainees were put in under the CIA’s custody. It is a 712 page document that you can download to PDF by google-ing the title above and personally I think it is a great read. Sadly it is only 712 pages of a 6700~ document, the rest being still classified. The link at the bottom will take you to a blog, “EVERYTHING ON PAPER WILL BE USED AGAINST ME” on Quantifying Kissinger. In the video it uses a text analysis program to look over classified documents like the one I am researching. Being foolish I used AntConc to look through the text in the PDF document and it almost ruined the entire thing for me. Searching terms like inhumane or cooperative brought me to discovering the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” and even other terms too disgusting to post about when tagging my course. This document is full of things like torture, interrogation discussions, and a lot of black bars which makes me curious. In the text analysis of the classified documents in the video on Quantifying Kissinger, what did they search for? Were there language barriers in documents that were not English? How did they get around those barriers? What did they find similar about the documents researched? Personally, reading through my first declassified document is cool enough but I would find it extremely difficult translating all of the information if the program was not able to itself.

 

Quantifying Kissinger

Have you heard of Omeka?

Sorry for the absence recently, I was planning on posting a lot more but my apartment is having electrical issues after it rained. I think a mouse decided to bite one of my power lines because only my refrigerator is running at the moment. An electrician is suppose to be coming Thursday but he said it may be a few visits but because of the inconvenience I have moved my schedule around to have a minimum of 3 hours at the library everyday for some post class studying/blog post. I’ll be honest its hard to live without the internet and the schedule change was also influenced by the lack of Netflix.

Similar to my previous post on Archives, I am going to talk about my experience with Omeka. This past week I researched in a lot into the religion and artifacts relating to the story of Perpetua and Felicitas for the Digital Humanities course I previously posted about. I wont go into too much detail about their story but feel free to look it up! There is actually a short animated show about it if you are like me and prefer watching instead of reading, #Dyslexia. Long story short, Perpetua and Felicitas were martyrs that had a very intense and romantic tale by refusing to give up their faith. Typical religious story inspiring people to stand up for what they believe in. The class built an online exhibit that I will link at the bottom of the post with Omeka that gave us a semi user friendly format to collect the metadata and organize an online exhibit. This exercise gave me a great insight on website/exhibit design, legal online sharing, and the in depth research on religion and historical traditions. Omeka was a little difficult to use at first but after a few entries it became more familiar. The website and exhibit layout was made a lot more simple with the help of Omeka.

The experience in creating the online exhibit reminded me of many different readings but mostly got me thinking about sharing on the internet. All of the material in the exhibit was found on the internet and doing researching the copyrights on sharing or reusing that material was enlightening into how copyrights work but I think we made a great site. Between the “Setting the Stage” reading by Anne Gilliland on metadata and an earlier one on internet sharing I think back to my experience being a private investigator in training. My father was my mentor and taught me the business I want to take over in the future. With the things my dad taught me in finding people, I was able to find some pretty interesting things for the exhibit. My favorite item being the animated film and comic book about Perpetua and Felicitas. Collecting metadata to include in the exhibit personally was the hardest part because I felt as if somehow I was going to mess things up or get emailed about copyright infringement.

Along with the research I was doing for the exhibit I was doing my own research on a site I regularly visit. The title “World’s most expensive hard disk made of sapphire will last 1 million years” caught my eye and got me thinking of how it could be used for archiving purposes. The 20cm industrial sapphire disks cost about $30,000 and can hold around 40,000 miniaturized pages. Two of these disks are then molecularly fused together and all you will need to view these pages is a microscope! The concept of this is incredible that we can bury this CD somewhere and a million or even thousands of years from now people could see whatever is documented on it. One of the problems with archiving is that computing and technologies are forever evolving eventually leaving behind the programs used to read that code. This simple disk takes that one problem and throws it out the window… But it is much more expensive and only holds 40,000 pages which isn’t much in my opinion.

 

Link to Omeka Exhibit: Exhibit

Link to Sapphire CD article: Article

Heres a young deer discovering a ball! Video

 

What are Digital Humanities?

So I am taking a class on Digital Humanities and at first look I thought it was just going to be another tech course analyzing media outlets like Facebook or movies. I soon realized this is not what the course would be like. As a student I tend to banish a healthy diet, focus on studies rather than cleaning, and concentrate on the quality of my school work. This is the culture of a hardworking student attending a small university. Now how would you digitize something like culture? Preserving our culture and traditions in the digital form to some is very important. Internet archives are one way digital humanities preserves cultures and also the people from that age. In my studies I learned a lot of interesting things through Shelley-Godwin archives or the Invisible Australians archives. Through my minimal understanding of Australian culture or history I found incredible information from these websites (link at bottom) that really surprised me. I never knew that Asian Australian’s were oppressed in such a way and on the archive they have all kinds of records that I find very interesting. I am weirdly into really old photos and this archive has plenty of them. The Shelley-Godwin Archive holds the original workings of multiple english writers. To me it’s something most high school students might despise, the original notes of Frankenstein are stored on this archive. I would really enjoy creating my own archive of college work I have done and seen how my personality and culture changed over these four years. Including all my papers, grades, notes, and other creative works I may be able to identify what I felt at the time. Maybe find out something about my writing or my college identity that I did not know about myself. All in all I would find it easier to relate to the course if I comprise a digital humanity for myself

Invisible Austrialians

Shelley-Godwin Archive

About Me!

Hi! My name is Hunter, a student at the University of Learning Stuffs and this website is for me to share my beliefs and experiences about pretty much anything.  As I post new things you will soon realize that I am a pretty weird guy that has a interesting way of looking at things.  A few things to know about me are that I grew up near Santa Monica, California, I have a few learning disabilities like ADD and dyslexia, I am a realist, I can not wait for the zombie apocalypse, my spirit animal is Curious George, and during times of stress like midterms or finals my insomnia hits me like a freight train so I don’t sleep until I feel prepared or finish a project.  My posts may seem a bit different when I am a few days without sleep because I turn into a robot running on Windows 95.  In my free time (don’t have much) I like to exercise, rarely play video games when I’m feeling nostalgic, and I really enjoy researching things I’m interested in.  I usually pick something to research once or twice a month and I may post a bit about what I’m researching.  I will also end my posts with a link to a video or picture I find funny or whatever I’m feelin.

Thanks for visiting my website and I look forward to posting more! Heres a mischievous kitten!

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