Developing High- and Low-Tech Digital Competencies

Digital Humanities, NULab
Last week, Ben Schmidt gave a talk at Northeastern, part of which was about developing technical competency in digital methods. This semester, I’ve had the chance to develop my technical competency in working with data, mostly by jumping in with both feet and flailing around in all directions. The task I was given in the NULab has allowed me to play with several different digital methods. The base project was this: turn strings such as these 10138 sn86071378/1854-12-14/ed-1 sn85038518/1854-12-07/ed-1 8744 sn83030213/1842-12-08/ed-1 sn86053954/1842-12-14/ed-1 8099 sn84028820/1860-01-05/ed-1 sn88061076/1859-12-23/ed-2 7819 sn85026050/1860-12-06/ed-1 sn83035143/1860-12-06/ed-1 7792 sn86063325/1850-01-03/ed-1 sn89066057/1849-12-31/ed-1 into a usable representation of a pair of newspapers who share a printed text. This snippet is 5 lines of a document of over 2 million lines, so obviously doing the substitutions by hand was not really an option.…
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