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Playing The Past: Gaming As Public History

Playing The Past: Gaming As Public History

When I first came across the above quote, it made me think back to several successful video games that have been marketed as “historical games,” and really question the accuracy of their historical narratives. As Whitaker explained, many games that are marketed as historical games, even as historical fiction, are disconnected from historical scholarship. As I am…

“Place Names Are Powerful”: Counter-Mapping Indigenous Spaces & Place Names

“Place Names Are Powerful”: Counter-Mapping Indigenous Spaces & Place Names

Colonialism & Erasure Walking around the streets of Toronto, it is difficult to see traces of its long Indigenous history. As a direct result of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing and naming place were replaced with European knowledge systems. While Indigenous place names convey local knowledge about physical landscapes and their histories as a means for navigation, colonial place…

More Than Just A Meme: How To Make Animated GIFs

More Than Just A Meme: How To Make Animated GIFs

I came across a tweet by The Archivist that displays a time lapse GIF made from layered historical photographs of Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. I found it very  interesting to watch as GIFs are typically used as memes to provide humour. However, as “flip books of the Internet,” GIFs can, and have, functioned beyond memes to illustrate tutorial…

Rethinking Social Media Use As Personal Archiving

Rethinking Social Media Use As Personal Archiving

I came across an article that made me rethink Facebook as merely a platform for sharing and searching information. Published by Cornell University, The Many Faces of Facebook: Experiencing Social Media as Performance, Exhibition, and Personal Archive argues that people experience Facebook through performing and reflecting on their life experiences and identity. It was found that users curating…

R. Luke DuBois: Visualizing Data As Art

R. Luke DuBois: Visualizing Data As Art

For Digital Historians, data visualization is an important means for understanding and interpreting data. When analyzing large datasets, visualization tools can be used to reveal patterns, see connections, and find holes within research. Visualization also offers an effective way to present complex data in a clear and visually appealing manner. For artist R. Luke DuBois, data visualization goes…

Module 5 Exercise 2: Visual Communication With Typography

Module 5 Exercise 2: Visual Communication With Typography

Does Font Type Matter? The purpose of this exercise is to help me understand the importance of text font in visual communication. Text, as well as the appearance of its words, both convey a message to the reader. Text font creates a mood and atmosphere, and gives the reader clues about how to understand the…

Module 4 Exercise 6: Visualizing Data With Voyant

Module 4 Exercise 6: Visualizing Data With Voyant

Seeing Patterns Why Visualize Data? It can be very useful for seeing holes in research, and also for analyzing data further to understand how a dataset is interconnected. This article by S. Graham, I. Milligan and S. Weingart  explains the role of visualization in research. There are many different tools to approach visualizing data, here…

Module 3 Exercise 4: Text Mining With Stanford NER

Module 3 Exercise 4: Text Mining With Stanford NER

Name Entity Recognition Stanford Name Entity Recognizer (or Stanford NER) looks at patterns in metadata, and identifies and tags/labels words in a text which are the names of places, people, organizations, time, date, etc. The results can be extracted and visualized. Dr. Graham recommended a very useful tutorial by Michelle Moravec on how to use…

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