Voyant Tools is a digital text analysis that helps historians quickly analyze large bodies of paragraphs to find specific word structures or phrases. This tool can help generate a quick and easy use of finding anything related to the text, from finding consistent words or patterns. Voyant tools is a great tool for all historians because it enhances the reading through different analysis methods like frequency lists, frequency distribution plots and KWIC displays. Not only does this tool help historians, but also other users such as teachers, who would want to analyze poetry or paragraphs that are needed for teaching purposes, so they can find patterns quickly, compared to them actually reading through it. This engine is something that can be found through actual reading and analysis of a paragraph, however this tool enables us to quickly find patterns. The efficiency of finding this information quickly is a huge advantage for anyone who needs to find quick analysis and not spending a lot of time actually going through the text. Reading skills have been enhanced throughout the years, as everyone once they attend school, begin to understand, write and learn paragraph analysis. This tool takes all those skills and computes that information in a matter of seconds. Now users wont be using these skills due to the huge advantage of finding the information in seconds compared to hours of analyzing paragraphs. Voyant tools is a great engine for everyone to use, from historians to teachers to even us students, to find quick analysis of texts.
For this blog assignment we are assigned to speak about one HGIS project that can be found on the GeoSpatial Historian. The project that I have chosen for this blog is the voting of the US elections from the years of 1840-2008. This project speaks and shows the statistics of American voting within a numerous amount of years. Once entering the website, we are shown with 4 different maps with different voting by Americans, including presidential, congressional, individual and population. Once clicking on the presidential, it shows different maps regarding different parties, presidential votes, and turnouts. By clicking one of the following, we are shown a time lapse throughout the years. These allow viewers to see the various amount of changes and how different parties affect the voting system through various tactics. This project enables users to view American voting at the most convenient method to view changes in voting patterns, followed by the amount of voters that are slightly been increasing through the years. They use the map of America and differentiating all of states by different color schemes and using a various amount of tools to differ the parties or population. These maps are filled with detail and also shown a legend on the side with the time bar at the bottom, all following in the same sequence.
This project is shown as a very resourceful and highly recommended service for those who are in search of high statistics of American voting. This enables user to see various changes with different years and different scenarios all under one project. The maps are heavily detailed from the brim. Also, not many websites have to vast amount of information regarding the voting system in America, so this website enables users to not only view the numbers, but also see the detailing of the graphing and the time lapse shown.
The disadvantages to this project is the lack of written information to the graphs. The numerical and graphing system is great for the project, however if more available information regarding how the numbers were shown in certain patterns or why there would be high numbers in population. This information would be very useful for a user who is describing basic trends in American voting, however wouldn’t know the precise reasoning to why the numbers are fluctuating in these certain trends.
The assignment that we have been assignment requests us to speak upon the three archives which were discussed in class. Digital archives can be explained as collections of digital information objects which are intentionally used for long-term access. These archives can be used as a huge advantage for the general public as they are easy to access since they can be used as long as there is a internet connection. The first archive I will analyze is the German History in Documents and Images. This archive is filled with information regarding German history from the 1500-present. This archive is very good in the means of locating and analyzing historic figures and events that have occurred within numerous periods of German history. This is a great archive for students as well as professors, to dig deep into German history with the convenience of it on a computer. This website provides high level of information for historians, as they are capable of researching and achieving quick information regarding German history. The limitation of this archive is that the formatting of this website is minimal, and not all the information we want to obtain can be gained through here. More information about German history can be gained through other website, but it would’ve been more convenient if all that information was stored into one archive, that way historians and students alike can cite to one source of information rather than various.
The next archive I would like to speak upon is the Darwin Correspondence Project. This project is filled with complete information, letters and such of Charles Darwin. This enables historians to read and analyze numerous letters and timelines of Charles Darwin, as well as numerous of other correspondents. The archive is setup in such a way that allows the viewer to easily find information through different tabs from letters, commentary, people and resources. This is a huge advantage for historians as they are able to view old letters of Charles Darwin that cannot be found on other websites and is rarely available online. The limitation of this archive is that it is owned by the University of Cambridge, and copyrights and such are owned by them so that outside sources cannot obtain the information so easily. However, the limitation is quite marginal, as citation and such are not, overall this archive is quite good and enables us to view more history from all the use of a computer.
Hello! My name is Adrian Marioselva and I am a third year Business Economics student at Brock University. I am from Whitby, Ontario and once I have completed my undergraduate degree, I would like to further my education in the masters program at Brock. Brock offers many opportunities for students and post-graduates alike to further there skills to better prepare for the future. After I have completed my masters program, I would like to pursue a career in management consulting or financial analyst at RBC. Outside of school, basketball is my burning passion on and off the court. From watching basketball games to playing on the court, anything revolving that environment will be a comfortable atmosphere for me.
Sports in general have found a spot in my heart always, especially if it means to represent Toronto.
So, what does Digital History mean to me? Digital History reminds me of where all things from sources of information from Google to how a computer was built. In today’s world everyone has access to a huge variation of information due to the superpower of the internet. People are capable of now learning new languages or cook new recipes that can be learnt from a professional chefs based on one click of a button.
Communication has become a the very necessity to human society as a way to interact with people all across the world. From Canada to Germany to Australia, everyone is capable to obtain access to the powerful feature that can be used in different forms of communication. To online dating, business emails, and most important emailing your professor, digital communication has never been so easy.
What also comes to mind with Digital History is the understanding of the historians and how they were able to approach to such an advancement in technology. Not even a decade ago, the introduction of the internet was still relatively new, however now the internet is seemly used as a daily necessity. I would like to learn how historians were able to interact and influence the further understanding of digital studying and how so many people were able to adapt to this huge progression in such a quick process. Studying this material enables us students to further engage and appreciate methods of digital understanding and how everything all began.
I am excited and anxious to begin this interesting course with my fellow classmates and learn new things I would’ve never knew about in Digital History!