How do we make things meaningful? How do we make meaning?
I engage in digital humanities work with historical data to explore these questions from the perspective of a public historian.
Here are some projects I've worked on:
It's silly to create a dataset and then keep it to yourself. Everything here is free for the taking with attribution (CC BY-NC 4.0
Handbook of Settlements (1911)
Descriptions of over 150 social settlement houses operational in the United States as of 1911. From the Handbook of Settlements
, eds. Robert A. Woods and Albert J. Kennedy.
Image: 'State House with a View of Chesnut Street Philadelphia' by William Birch via Wikimedia Commons
The Prospect of Philadelphia [city directory] (1795)
Image: 'Fac simile of Holmes' Map of the Province of Pennsylvania' by Thomas Holme via Digital Commonwealth
Once you've got some data, you can start to analyze it.
Mapping certain kinds of data can help to impart spatial understanding.
Rough-hewn side projects for the purposes of my own amusement and education.