Digital Projects

Tweets of a Native Son

A website featuring data visualizations about James Baldwin’s 21st-century digital afterlives that can be explored by students, fans, and scholars: #BlackLivesMatter tweets, popular YouTube videos, library circulation data, and more.

Link: http://tweetsofanativeson.com/

Mapping the Librotraficante Movement

An interactive “story map” of the 2012 Librotraficante caravan that combines a geographic map with a corresponding multimedia narrative. The multimedia narrative contains textual descriptions of stops along the route as well as snippets of some of the digital content produced there, including YouTube videos, photos, and social media posts. When users scroll through the multimedia narrative along the right-hand side of the page, the map responsively zooms to each corresponding location, helping to capture the simultaneity of these digital and physical networks.

Link: https://melaniewalsh.github.io/mapping-the-librotraficante-movement/

Sample Social Network Datasets For Teaching With Gephi (and Other Tools Like It)

Network datasets include: characters in the Game of Thrones universe; modernist authors who published together in journals; characters in the Marvel Universe; seventeenth-century Quakers; books about U.S. politics that were co-purchased around the 2004 presidential election; and people in TrumpWorld. A sample Gephi project created with the Game of Thrones network data can be viewed and explored as an interactive web network here.

Link: https://github.com/melaniewalsh/sample-social-network-datasets

Mapping the Birth (and Death) Places of Nobel Laureates

Geospatial dataset for the birth and death places of Nobel Prize Winners from 1901-2017. Find the dataset; a sample QGIS/Leaflet project; and a sample Google Maps project.

Link: https://github.com/melaniewalsh/geospatial-lab

Lil’ Microfiction Generator

A React application that tells randomly-generated stories about Academia 📚, Hollywood ⭐, and the NBA 🏀.

Link: https://melaniewalsh.github.io/lil-microfiction-generator/

Twitter Bots

@SoSweetBot

A Twitter bot collaboration with John Ladd that retweets parodies of William Carlos Williams’s 1934 poem “This Is Just to Say.”

Link: https://twitter.com/sosweetbot

@TweetsNativeSon

A Twitter bot that retweets mentions of “James Baldwin.”

Link: https://twitter.com/tweetsnativeson

@SongofKanye Bot

A Twitter bot that tweets Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” from Kanye West’s perspective, line-by-line, twice every day.

Link: https://twitter.com/SongOfKanye

@SignBunnyBot

A Twitter bot that retweets #HistorianSignBunny memes.

Link: https://twitter.com/signbunnybot