Tag: Founders Online

Reflections on Founders Online: Early Access

Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, a Canadian digital humanities journal, just published my article on Founders Online: Early Access. Written back in 2015, I recount my experiences as one of Early Access’s project managers and also make recommendations for others hoping to launch their own large-scale, multi-project, or crowd-sourced projects. Here is the article abstract: Founders Online, a digital… Read more →

Founders Online Adds Thomas Jefferson Memorandum Books

In December of last year, Founders Online finally added the Thomas Jefferson Memorandum Books (hereafter TJMB) to its collection of over 175,000 primary sources related to the founding era of the United States. While some digitized versions of the original handwritten books are available through the Library of Congress or the Massachusetts Historical Society, the two-volume annotated and edited edition… Read more →

Wrapping up Founders Online Early Access

Founders Online, a website giving free access to over 170,000 documents and letters from the founding period of the United States, has seen tremendous user growth since its launch in the summer of 2013. With well over one million visitors to date, it has proven to be popular and useful for academics, government researchers, and the general public alike. Getting… Read more →

Retaking the High Ground of Digital History for the Civil War (Part 1)

From the beginning of digital history in the 1990s, Civil War scholars have led the way in creating ambitious digital projects. By far the most famous was Edward Ayers’s Valley of the Shadow project, a digital archive that gave many of today’s leading digital historians their first experience in using computers to answer historical questions. Valley of the Shadow has… Read more →

Text Analysis for Everyone

The Digital Humanities (DH) can be intimidating to those just getting started. Can I just specialize in one thing and be a digital humanist or do I have to know XML, GIS, text analysis like topic modeling, and everything else? Do I have to be able to program? What do the techniques and tools of DH do for me that… Read more →

Google Ngram Weighs in on the Founding Fathers

Google Ngram Viewer is a useful tool that unfortunately was used as a whipping boy for a rather strong attack on the digital humanities written by Adam Kirsch in The New Republic back in May 2014. The DH community has since responded in force in too many responses to link here. So what is Google Ngram? From the website: When… Read more →

Upcoming Projects

My first blog post on wkurtz.com. In the next few days, I will add old blog posts I originally wrote for DocumentsCompass.org demonstration how one can easily use digital tools like Voyant and Google NGram viewer to study the Founding Fathers. Founders Online is a wealth of primary sources and contains many, many texts, perfect for more advanced digital humanities… Read more →

Founders Online: Early Access

As an Assistant Editor and Project Manager at Documents Compass, Founders Online: Early Access is my current project. As a graduate student, I worked on the pilot project in 2009. Back then, we worked on proofreading or transcribing only 5,000 letters from the Papers of James Madison and Papers of John Adams documentary editions. From 2012-2014, however, we have worked… Read more →