Focusing on a Key Project in Digital Humanities: Book Traces

booktracesSometimes what makes a project interesting isn’t what it is, but what it has the potential to be. This is what drove me toward exploring the (I think it’s fair to say “fledgling”) Book Traces project. Book Traces is the brain child of Andrew Stauffer, an Associate Professor in English at the University of Virginia and the Director of NINES – Nineteenth Century Scholarship Online – a DH project interesting in its own right. Continue reading

Citizen Science Meets Humanities

Before science became Science, before systematic principles of how one conducts research and the scientific method became part of the ideology of being a scientist, there were common people with curiosities about the natural world and how it works. Often, those curiosities were a direct result of what these average folk were observing in the world. These are the people who, without any formal scientific training, helped build the discipline as we know it today: Francis Bacon, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, Ada Lovelace… Continue reading