- A Quantitative Literary History of 2,958 Nineteenth-Century British Novels: The Semantic Cohort Method (PDF) — This project was simultaneously an experiment in developing quantitative and computational methods for tracing changes in literary language. We wanted to see how far quantifiable features such as word usage could be pushed toward the investigation of literary history. Could we leverage quantitative methods in ways that respect the nuance and complexity we value in the humanities? To this end, we present a second set of results, the techniques and methodological lessons gained in the course of designing and running this project. Even litcrit becoming a data game.
- Easy6502 — get started writing 6502 assembly language. Fun way to get started with low-level coding.
- How Analytics Really Work at a Small Startup (Pete Warden) — The key for us is that we’re using the information we get primarily for decision-making (should we build out feature X?) rather than optimization (how can we improve feature X?). Nice rundown of tools and systems he uses, with plug for KissMetrics.
Underground Map Viz, Teaching Programming, Humanities Visualization, Mobile Browser Test
- Subway Map jQuery Plugin — create your own London Underground-style maps. (via Chris Spurgeon)
- Webcraft and Programming for Free Range Students — a p2pu class for teachers of web stuff and programming.
- Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks 2012 — CFP for a conference in Chicago, looking for visualization and data-analysis papers with a background in the humanities.
- How to Go Mo — clever idea. Everyone at a company should be able to say “hey, our site looks like crap on mobile browsers!”, bringing pressure to fix it. 1/3 of people browse the web on their phone.
The names may change, but the friction between science and art goes back centuries.
Whether we're discussing ancients vs. moderns, scientists vs. poets, or the latest variant, computer science vs. humanities, the debate between science and art is persistent and quite old.
- CanvasMol — molecular visualization in HTML5. (via Aimee Whitcroft)
- Docvert 1.5 — new version of the code to convert Office files to DocBook and HTML.
- Seven Important Digitization Projects in the Humanities (BrainPickings) — check out The Republic of Letters from Stanford, a very nifty visualization of relationships between Enlightenment thinkers. It has a pretty demo.