DHC Weekly 2/15: JSTOR Text Analyzer

Hello DH-ers! Do you remember a few weeks ago, when I introduced you to a new tool from JSTOR? In that post, I mentioned that JSTOR’s other tool in beta, the Text Analyzer, hadn’t been working for me. Well, after many emails exchanged with an infinitely patient project manager at JSTOR (thank you Michael!!), the issue has been sorted, and I am so excited to tell you all about the Text Analyzer!

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DHC Weekly 2/1/19: Maps!

This semester, the DHC and me (postbacc Sylvia) in particular have the profound joy of working with Art History professor Elizabeth Hutchinson and her class American Monuments. An early assignment for the class is inspired by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report “Whose Heritage?: Public Symbols of the Confederacy” (read the report here). The report, which tracks and accounts for over 2000 monuments, commemorated schools, courthouses, and roads, and other public symbols of the Confederacy, is a masterclass in the power of data visualization, from timelines plotting the consecrations of these symbols against major events in the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Eras to a map with each monument, park, and building plotted onto it. This is only one example project of the kind of power a map can have. But how can you or I make a map with as much power as those created by the SPLC?

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