How might “Big Data” change the way we study things in the humanities? For Tuesday, let’s talk about Dan Cohen’s view of things in his essay, “Searching for the Victorians.”
In the meantime, write a blog post describing Phase II of your Voyant experience. As you used questions inspired by Hoover’s essay, what new things have you noticed about your corpus? about the Voyant tools? Can you describe a hypothetical research project based on Voyant tools?
In the wiki-world – – you should have collected five or six good sources and posted these – – with citations – – in your wiki sandbox. This week, you want to start drafting your Wikipedia article/edits in your sandbox.
you want to find five or six sources for your Wikipedia editing project. Enter the texts and their bibliographical citations in your sandbox and use a sentence or two to explain why/how they’ll be helpful to your editing work.
For Thursday, first head over to gutenberg.org and find a text you’re interested in analyzing. The text should be fairly long, i.e. try a novel or a collection of short stories, etc. Pro tip: download the text as a .txt file.
you have posted an entry to your blog that links to your chosen Wikipedia page, that explains the content gaps you’ve found on this page, and that sketches out the kind of work you’ll need to do to edit your page;
you have posted an evaluation of your chosen Wikipedia page to your Wikipedia sandbox (see Week 5 on our timeline for specific questions and heuristics helpful to your analysis, or check out Angelo’s sandbox).
Next week, we’ll start looking at “algorithmic criticism.”
For Tuesday, let’s read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1837 essay, “The American Scholar.” As you read the essay, think about its relation to the two essays we’ve read on “digital reading” and on the digital reading and writing that you’ve been doing.
Thursday, we’ll meet in the computer lab (HUM 401). Before we meet, you should make sure you do a couple of things:
Create a blog post that indicates the Wikipedia page you’ve chosen to work on. In the blog post, explain where the content gaps are on your chosen Wikipedia page. (The Wikiedu module for this week on “Evaluating Wikipedia” may help you think more specifically about content gaps etc. on your page.) Having pointed to the content gaps on the page, write up a short sketch of the kind of work that you think needs to be done – – editing, adding, formatting, etc. – – on your page.
On our Wikiedu dashboard, make sure you complete the “training” on “Evaluating Articles and Sources.” Use your sandbox to note what tasks you need to do to edit/improve/create your page. As you work on your page, use the sandbox to update your progress.
And, whatever you do, don’t visit the five creepy Wikipedia pages noted in the video above. Please. Don’t.