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Mobile History

Sean Kheraj: Over the next year, we will be working on this application development project and we hope to get help and feedback from the community along the way. What kind of features would you use in a mobile application for environmental historians? Are there important blogs, podcasts, and news sources that we should include in this app? What should we call this app? Please post your comments and suggestions to this page or contact me directly through Twitter at

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Cathy Davidson: Jeopardy operates on far clearer linguistic rules than ordinary speech and ordinary conversation.   A 5th grader, even a smart one, doesn’t have Watson’s data base so cannot begin to know all those answers to all those clearly formulated, explicit questions.   However, Watson doesn’t remotely have a 5th grader’s life-long “data base” of language formations, colloquialisms, neologisms, and grammatical errors that still “compute” (i.e. you can figure out what is meant despite the error–if you are a 5th grader, but probably not if you are Watson).   Watson “hears” questions by anticipating the sentence patterns of the Jeopardy questions and,…

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Programming Guides

The programming historian, William Turkel, provides a good list of resources (they appear to be various blog posts) for any humanities scholar interested in learning programming.

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Colleague in ProfHacker

Ryan Cordell at ProfHacker: Next—and more directly germane to digital humanities work—is “The Rubyist Historian.” Jason Heppler, a graduate student in the history department at the University of Nebraska, recently began using his blog “to write an accessible introduction to Ruby and demonstrate not only how to write small programs but also think about ways programming can help scholars in their everyday tasks.” Jason’s guide is accessible, even to a complete novice like me. Another well deserved shout out for my colleague Jason Heppler, who has just completed an e-book guide to introduce programming to historians. Another interesting side note…

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