Most readings are hyperlinked directly from this page. If there isn’t a link to the reading, you’ll find it in our class’s CCLE site, under the appropriate date.

Lecture slides will appear here as they become available, but please note that they’re not really an adequate substitute for what we do in class.


Monday, September 28


Wednesday, September 30

The Humanities and the Digital Humanities

William Franke, “Involved Knowing: On the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities,” The European Legacy 16:4 (2011), 447-467.

McPherson, Tara. “Introduction: Media Studies and the Digital Humanities.” Cinema Journal 48, no. 2 (2008).

Burdick, Anne, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. “Chapter One: From Humanities to Digital Humanities.” In Digital_Humanities (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012).

Friday, October 2

Project Critiques


Monday, October 5

The Question of History
White, Hayden. “The Value of Narrativity in the Representation of Reality.” Critical Inquiry 7, no. 1 (October 1, 1980): 5–27.

“Roger Ekirch on Segmented Sleep,” Backstory Radio. 

Wednesday, October 7

Power and the Archive. Michelle Caswell, Guest Lecturer.

Caswell, Michelle. “Seeing Yourself in History: Community Archives and the Fight Against Symbolic Annihilation.” The Public Historian 36, no. 4 (November 1, 2014): 26–37.

Noriega, Chon A. “Preservation Matters.” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 30, no. 1 (March 22, 2005): 1.

Friday, October 9

Project management discussion; formation of groups


Monday, October 12

The Humanities Research Question. Renee Romero, Guest Lecturer.

UC Libraries Research Tutorial

Sarah Morehouse, “Using Citation Chaining to Enhance Your Search,” SUNY Empire State College, August 20, 2015.

Wednesday, October 14

Categorization: How the World Becomes Data. Claudia Horning, Guest Lecturer.

National Information Standards Organization, “What is Metadata?” (Bethesda, MD: NISO Press, 2004).

Stanford University Libraries, “Creating Metadata.” (Please follow the links to Part I: A Basic Approach to Metadata and Part II: Advanced Metadata.)

Friday, October 16

Cleaning and Refining Data with OpenRefine


Monday, October 19

The Power to Name: Complicating Categorization

Wallack, Jessica Seddon, and Ramesh Srinivasan. “Local-Global: Reconciling Mismatched Ontologies in Development Information Systems.” 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2009.

Duarte, Marisa Elena, and Miranda Belarde-Lewis. “Imagining: Creating Spaces for Indigenous Ontologies.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53, no. 5–6 (July 4, 2015): 677–702.

Look through “Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject Headings.”

Wednesday, October 21

Introduction to Data Visualization

Yau, Nathan. Data Points: Visualization That Means Something. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, chapters three and four (99-200). (Don’t worry, it’s mostly pictures.)

Tableau, “Which Chart or Graph is Right for You?”

Look through Data + Design: A Simple Introduction to Preparing and Visualizing Information.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Intro to data visualization tools and techniques


Monday, October 26, 2015

How the Web Works: Basic HTML and Intro to Content-Management Systems

Krug, Steve. Don’t Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. Berkeley, Calif: New Riders Pub., 2006. (Read as much as you can; it’s fun!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Making Connections: Basic Social Network Analysis

Scott Weingart, “Demystifying Networks, Parts I & II,” Journal of Digital Humanities1:1 (Winter 2011). 

Franco Moretti, Network Theory, Plot Analysis (Stanford Literary Lab Pamphlet No. 2, May 1, 2011).

Friday, October 30

Purchasing server space and getting stuff on the web


Monday, November 2

Complicating Social Network Analysis. Scott Weingart, Guest Lecturer.

Scott Weingart, “Networks Demystified 8: When Networks are Inappropriate” (November 5, 2013) and “Networks Demystified 5: Communities, PageRank, and Sampling Caveats” (September 8, 2013).

Wednesday, November 4

Intro to Mapping. Albert Kochaphum, Guest Lecturer.

Alan McConchie and Beth Schechter, “Anatomy of a Web Map” (give it a second to load and click each slide to advance).

Jim Detwiler, “Introduction to Web Mapping.”

Friday, November 6

Mapping Tools


Monday, November 9

Mapping Project Clinic

We’ll have mapping experts on hand to meet with your group and help you strategize a plan for getting your maps done. No extra reading for today; focus on your project and your blog post.

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans’ Day. No class.

Friday, November 13

Project work


Monday, November 16

The Interface. Francesca Albrezzi, Guest Lecturer.

Grudin, J. (2011). Human-computer interaction. In B. Cronin (Ed.), Annual Review of Information Science & Technology (ARIST), vol. 45, pp. 369-430. Medford, NJ: Information Today, for ASIS&T.

Jesse James Garrett, Elements of User Experience

Ben Shneiderman, Eight Golden Rules


Wednesday, November 18

“The reification of misinformation”: Complicating Data Visualization. Johanna Drucker, Guest Lecturer.

Johanna Drucker, “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 5, no. 1 (2011).

Friday, November 20



Monday, November 23

Data in Action: the LA Times‘s Homicide Report and Data Journalism



The Homicide ReportLos Angeles Times. Please investigate this section of the LA Times, paying particular attention to “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Nicole Santa Cruz and Ken Schwencke, “South Vermont Avenue: L.A. County’s ‘Death Alley,'” Los Angeles Times,  January 19, 2014.

 “Introduction,” in Jonathan Gray, Liliana Bounegru, and Lucy Chambers, ed., The Data Journalism Handbook(Open Knowledge Foundation).





Monday, November 30

Intro to 3D. Lisa Snyder, Guest Lecturer.

Lisa Snyder and Scott Friedman. “Software Interface for Real-Time Exploration and Educational Use of Three-Dimensional Computer Models of Historic Urban Environments.” National Endowment for the Humanities, September 16, 2013.

Diane Favro, “Meaning in Motion. A Personal Walk Through Historical Simulation Modeling at UCLA,” in Visualizing Statues in the Late Antique Forum.

Wednesday, December 2

Review session


Friday, December 4

Final exam


Monday, December 7