Manovich – 2012 jun 19

Digital Humanities

Almila Akdag Salah 

“Far reading” (looking at many pieces of data)  vs “Close Reading”

Digital Division of the NEH – Digital Humanities 

Now that we have massive databases of materials used by scholars in the humanities and social sciences — ranging from digitized books, newspapers, and music to transactional data like web searches, sensor data or cell phone records — what new, computationally-based research methods might we apply? As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these everyday materials.

Parallel expansion of professional cultural universe 

Literary and non-literary diction

Data Revolution

Google Trends

Google Insights


Gap Minder 

Art Stor

BlogPulse – NMincite

Info Chimps

Visual Complexity

History Flow

Social Media

Global Style – Global Digital Culture 

International style of the 21st Century 

Data Visualisation

Lee Byron

Vernacular Visualisation

Photomapping / Photographic Culture 

Media Analytics

Mapping the World’s Photos

A Measurement-driven Analysis of Information Propagation in the Flickr Social Network

Locals versus Tourists

Cinemetrics – projects

Software Studies

Cultural Analytics Powerpoints

Evening Lecture

Culture Vis


New Aesthetics (?)

Minimalist art – Kazimir Malevich as something which compresses better 

Statistically Improbable Phrases

The development of find-ability and semantic web structures 


Statistics / Data Mining

Descriptive statistics



Steve Ramsay on “The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around”

A Measurement-driven Analysis ofInformation Propagation in the Flickr Social Network

Mondrian Software

Chronicling America

Louis Menand: “Once our attention is redirected to the individual, we need another way of making generalizations. We are no longer interested in the conformity of an individual to an ideal type; we are now interested in the relation of an individual to the other individuals with which it interacts. To generalize about groups of interacting individuals, we need to drop the language of types and essences, which is prescriptive (telling us what finches should be), and adopt the language of statistics and probability, which is predictive (telling us what the average finch, under specified conditions, is likely to do). Relations will be more important than categories; functions, which are variable, will be more important than purposes; transitions will be more important than boundaries; sequences will be more important than hierarchies.”

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