1. Of scavenger hunts, great cities and Descartes

    I have recently been involved in a scavenger hunt for the correct attribution of a quote that has been circulating unchecked in anglophone books over the last 20 years. Here is the storify'ed tale of this hunt. …


  2. Spring of DH - THATCamp Florence

    Considerate la vostra semenza: fatti non foste a viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza. Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto XXVI (English translation here) …


  3. Golden Eagles in the Alps

    This is the poster I presented at the ASEH Meeting in Phoenix, April 12-17, 2011. I would greatly enjoy comments and feedback also from online viewers. Comment, email me or tweet with the hashtag #askaneagle. …


  4. Wikipedia and academic usage

    OCLC Vice President Lorcan Dempsey (@LorcanD) in his blog makes many very good points about the use of Wikipedia, its addressability and the possibility to cite it in academic work. …


  5. Map of the world with literal place names


  6. ThatCampFlorence2011 - An issue in word choice

    Since the call for ThatCampFlorence came out, or better since I discovered what a ThatCamp is, I have been thinking about the need to discuss within DH about issues such as the construction of crowdsourced historical gazzetteers (in particular for countries lacking such tools as free resources, such as Italy), the legal and technical and legal limits of the digitization of historical maps, the use of free/open GIS software within historical scholarship.…


  7. My Lunchtime Colloquium

    via slideshare.net …


  8. Tony Judt: "Bring Back the Rails!"


  9. Antelitteram WikiLeaks

    According to historian and geographer David Lowenthal, George Perkins Marsh, post_author of Man and Nature, kept his position as the first, and most enduring, American ambassador to Italy (1861-1882) "notwithstanding the scandalous leak of a secret dispatch flaying the Italian cabinet for reneging on promised reforms" (Introduction to Man and Nature, p. xxii, http://ow.ly/1...rWvYV). It seems that leaks of so-called "diplomatic secrets", and the inability of Italian governments to accomplish reforms, are not a novelty at all in the end... …


  10. Europe and China