CShapes: Historical Country Boundaries →

Thanks to my colleague (and co-host) Elijah Meeks for pointing me to a project by Nils Weidmann, who has put together CShapes – an R package and GIS shapefile of country boundaries and capitals between 1946 and 2008.

Syllabus for Digital History

This fall I am teaching an undergraduate/graduate colloquium called “Digital History,” joining the lineup of the History Department’s stellar Visualizing Evidence, Spatial History, and The Digital Historian’s Toolkit. My aim is to get students familiar with various approaches to digital history – data mining, spatial history, visualization, and so on – and how to apply these approaches to historical questions.

The main outcome for the course will be a beta project that serves as an equivalent to a capstone paper. To get there, the undergraduates in the course are spending our time focusing on the history of Silicon Valley and exploring questions and issues relevant to this region’s history. That means I’ll have students working in the university archives, digitizing material, creating historical data, and building visualizations. I have some additional ideas for the graduate students in the course, which I will share soon. I cannot wait to see what we all come up with over the course of the quarter.

Here is the syllabus for the course.

First Draft Podcast: Liberation Technology →

This week: We talk about the accessibility of computational tools, systems, networks, data-driven decision making, neotopology, and pushback from specialists.