[Humanist] 26.559 pubs: graphical representation; Critical Inquiry 39.2

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 559.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (37)
        Subject: Critical Inquiry 39.2 (Winter 2013)

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (83)
        Subject: the power of graphical representation

        Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:10:45 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Critical Inquiry 39.2 (Winter 2013)

[Note esp. Jerome McGann's article, below -- it is wonderful. WM]

The “Return” of 3-D: On Some of the Logics and Genealogies of the Image 
in the Twenty-First Century(pp. 217-246)
Thomas Elsaesser

Vernacular Metaphysics: On Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line(pp. 
Robert Pippin

The Autobiography of Video: Outline for a Revisionist Account of Early 
Video Art(pp. 276-295)
Ina Blom

Notes from Babel: Toward a Colonial History of Comparative 
Literature(pp. 296-326)
Siraj Ahmed

Philology in a New Key(pp. 327-346)
Jerome McGann

The Poverty of Philosophy: Realism and Post-Fordism(pp. 347-366)
Alexander R. Galloway

What Counted as Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance? The History of 
Philosophy, the History of Science, and Styles of Life(pp. 367-401)
Christopher S. Celenza

Critical Response

The Little Magazine and the Theory Journal: A Response to Evan Kindley's 
“Big Criticism”(pp. 402-411)
Jeffrey J. Williams

Response to Jeffrey J. Williams(pp. 412-418)
Evan Kindley

Books of Critical Interest(pp. 419-424)

Notice to Contributors(p. 425)
Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

        Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:06:18 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: the power of graphical representation

The following will explain the origins of the Bombsight Project. But 
first, knowing that it represents the bombs dropped on London during the 
Blitz of World War II, simply go to http://bombsight.org/ and try to 
take in what you see. This is of course not the only instance of now 
simple, off-the-shelf technologies being deployed to represent something 
whose effect rather than the means used to deliver it is the point. My 
point isn't, I hasten to add, partisan, though I live in the place 
represented. Googling "bombing of Dresden" will give you quite 
impressive results as well, for example. Rather it is the power all out 
of proportion to those red dots overlaid on a map that the 
representation calls forth. From where?


-----Original Message-----
 > From: A JISC announce list. [mailto:JISC-ANNOUNCE at JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On 
Behalf Of Victoria Reeve
 > Sent: 07 December 2012 10:01
 > Subject: News release: Interactive map shows where Blitz bombs hit

News release
7 December 2012

Interactive map shows where Blitz bombs hit

A new interactive map of London showing where German bombs landed over 
the course of eight months during World War II gives new meaning to the 
word Blitz.

Visit the website at  http://bombsight.org/ 

The entire greater city from Egham in the west to Dartford in the east, 
and from Potters Bar in the north to Caterham in the south appears to be 
obliterated by the red bomb symbols used to illustrate where a dropped 
bomb landed.

The year-long Jisc-funded mapping project, called Bomb Sight, has just 
been launched and was devised by geographer Dr Kate Jones, of the 
University of Portsmouth.

She said: "When you look at these maps and see the proliferation of 
bombs dropped on the capital it does illustrate the meaning of the word 
Blitz, which comes from the German meaning lightening war. It seems 
astonishing that London survived the onslaught.

"The Bomb Sight project demonstrates the clustering together of lots of 
different data using the power of geography."

Dr Jones chose to focus on the period of the most intensive bombing 
period in London during WWII, the Blitz. In that period, Germany's 
Luftwaffe killed thousands and destroyed more than a million homes. The 
Blitz ended, and with it the fear of a Nazi invasion, in May, 1941 when 
it became apparent that Britain's spirit would not be broken.

The Bomb Sight project uses a slightly longer time-frame for mapping 
what bombs fell where because it uses maps of the London WWII bomb 
census, taken between October 1940 and June 1941 and until now only 
available to view in the Reading Room at The National Archives.

The locations of the bombs have been combined with geo-located 
photographs from the Imperial War Museum and geo-located memories from 
the BBC's WW2 People's War Archive.

Users can manipulate the map and zoom into specific streets or boroughs 
as well as find out what type of bomb was dropped where.

Dr Jones won funding from Jisc to establish the project and has made the 
website and app available for public use to allow everyone, particularly 
students and teachers in schools and universities and citizen 
researchers to discover where the bombs fell and to explore memories and 
photographs from the period.

Paola Marchionni Jisc programme manager said: "Bomb Sight is a fantastic 
resource and it shows the power of what is possible by mashing up 
content that resides in different places. The original Blitz maps have 
been scanned and geo-referenced thanks to the National Archive and 
testimonials from the BBC have been incorporated together with 
historical images from the Imperial War Museum to create an interactive 
teaching and learning resource that is similar to a map sat nav. There 
will be an augmented reality and mobile version available in December 
making the resource even more interactive."

The website allows people to find out where and what sort of bombs fell 
in their area, and explore photos and stories from those involved or 
affected by the war.

The associated Android app also gives users an augmented reality view 
which allows users to point their phone at a street scene and, using the 
phone's camera and GPS, the app will display the bombs that fell nearby.

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