UnderstandingSociety: New tools for digital humanities:

One of the innovative papers I heard at the SSHA last week was a presentation by Harvard graduate student Ian Miller, with a paper called “Reading 500 Years of Chinese History at Once”. (In the end Ian apologized for only getting to the last 188 years of the Qing Dynasty.) I won’t mention the details, since Ian hasn’t yet published any of this work. But it was a genuinely fascinating exploration of emerging tools in the “digital humanities,” to apply topic analysis to a 188-year series of Imperial memoranda. Ian’s goal was to identify spikes of interest in topics such as rebels and bandits, and the work was really fascinating to hear about.

(Via UnderstandingSociety.)