Rethinking the Republic of Letters: Two Perspectives on the Early Modern Learned Community

"Early modern scholars oftentimes emphasised the ideal of sharing knowledge beyond confessional and national borders. But was the learned community of early modern Europe truly as open and accessible as these intellectuals proclaimed? Or did the Republic of Letters in action perhaps comprise a number of “sub-republics” divided along the lines of religion, discipline, region, and/or gender? And how did one enter the Republic of Letters in the first place?

Salty: Turn Clean Data into Messy Data

"When teaching students how to clean data, it helps to have data that isn’t too clean already. salty is a new package that offers functions for “salting” clean data with problems often found in datasets..."

Source: Matthew Lincoln blog, September 19, 2018, https://matthewlincoln.net/2018/09/19/salty-turn-clean-data-into-messy-data.html

On the Importance of Web Archiving

Michele Weigle, a professor of computer science at Old Dominion University, where she co-leads the Web Science and Digital Libraries (WS-DL) research group, published an article in Parameters (the Social Science Research Council's  forum for its Digital Culture program, "focusing on transformations in the social sciences brought on by the digital age"):

"...how can social science scholars and researchers take advantage of web archives?

‘Making Such Bargain’: Transcribe Bentham and the Quality and Cost-Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Transcription

Article of interest:

Tim Causer, Kris Grint, Anna-Maria Sichani, Melissa Terras.  "‘Making Such Bargain’: Transcribe Bentham and the Quality and Cost-Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Transcription." Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 33 no. 3 (Sept. 2018): 467–487. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqx064


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