Updated Feb 5

Thursday 1/23 The Ghosts of Digital History Past


Tuesday 1/27 Research workshop with Jesus, History Reference Librarian

Graduate students:

Thursday 1/29 Research workshop with Jesus, History Reference Librarian

Graduate students:

Tuesday 2/3 


Thursday 2/5

NO READINGS we will be catching up and getting back to speed today

PhD students:

  • Take a look through The Historian’s Macroscope and think about if any of the methods discussed would work for a project in your dissertation field.  You don’t have to read the whole thing and you don’t have to settle on a project, but start thinking about the kinds of sources available in your field and some possible final projects for this course.

Tuesday 2/10 Theory and Silence

Graduate students:


  • Post about your general interests for the final project and some possible sources available in the finding aids for the University’s archival material on University administration and faculty/alumni.  This doesn’t have to be very specific or profound–I just want a sense of what you’re interested in so that I can help point you towards things as we move forward in class.  For example, in 1921 the Normal School cafeteria served more than two tons of sweet potatoes at faculty/student luncheons and teas–why? And why did the school newspaper write about it?

Thursday 2/12 Networks and Dataviz

Graduate students:

PhD students:

  • Look through the student projects from HIST696 at GMU and write a  review of one or several related to your dissertation area (in method or topic)

Homework for the weekend:

  • Choose one of the sample datasets in RAW and make at least three visualizations of the same data set.  Try playing around with different dimensions for the same chart type.  Post about what difference chart type and dimensions make to your data visualization.  Embed all three charts in your post.

Tuesday 2/17 Workshop Day

Thursday 2/19 Workshop Day

Tuesday 2/24 Omeka and Copyright

We’ll go over Omeka in class; the homework will be due on Thursday after we’ve worked with Omeka in class on Tuesday.


(We did these in class)

  • Create a collection in Omeka with your username (collections will only be visible from the admin side) and set it to public
  • Create and complete a spreadsheet of your data in Google Drive and share with Dr. Kane, or save a csv file into the shared Dropbox folder
  • If we have time on Tuesday 3/3, Dr. Kane will run a geocoding demo with your data and auto populate the collections in class

Thursday 2/26 Maps

Update 2/25: Read through these, but we’ll discuss them Tuesday 3/3

Tuesday 3/3 Maps

Make sure to look through the links above for 2/26.  If you’re interested in using images for your final project exhibit, start identifying photos available through the links above for 2/26.

Thursday 3/5 Maps

Tuesday 3/10 Workshop Day

Thursday 3/12 Workshop Day


Tuesday 3/17 Spring Break

Thursday 3/19 Spring Break

Tuesday 3/24 Text Mining

Thursday 3/26 Text Mining

Tuesday 3/31 Omeka and History in the Public Eye


  • Review and explore at least two (undergrads) or four (grads) other Omeka sites from the list provided.
  • Posts this week should thoughtfully critique your chosen sites–what do they do well, what audience are they aimed at, do they serve that audience well, is there anything that could make them more user friendly
  • Suggest at least one change we could make to our Omeka site.  Explain what change you would make and why.  We’ll discuss these in class and vote on which to implement.

Thursday 4/2 Building a Twitterbot and History in the Public Eye

Tuesday 4/7 Advanced Text Mining

Thursday 4/9 Workshop Day 

Tuesday 4/14 Cool Junk Week

For this week, please read the following and select one group of sites from Interactive Text, Physical Computing or 3D Printing.  Blog posts this week should summarize what each technology is and offer some creative thinking on how history projects in this class or in other contexts might be extended.  Be prepared to summarize and discuss in class.

Interactive Text

Physical Computing

3D Printing

Thursday 4/16 History, Games and Public History

Tuesday 4/21 Workshop Day

Thursday 4/23 Workshop Day

Tuesday 4/28 Workshop Day

Thursday 4/30 Presentations

Tuesday 5/5 Presentations

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