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Humanist Archives: May 19, 2020, 8:39 a.m. Humanist 34.30 - now we can search

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 30.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: 2020-05-18 16:12:44+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: Humanist's searching function

Dear colleagues,

Brian Maher, Senior Research Software Engingeer & Systems Administrator
at King's Digital Lab, has just sent me the following:

> I have some good news to share amongst the gloom... I have now
> implemented a basic version of the archive search for Humanist! I
> have kept the styling in keeping with the rest of the site, and there
> is little we can really do to display “preview” results of HTML
> files, but it is now, at least, finally possible to perform a text
> search over the entire archive.
> E.g: https://dhhumanist.org/search.html?q=DH2008 or (going further
> back) https://dhhumanist.org/search.html?q=ICCH87
> The search index will be automatically updated at 23:00 UTC every
> day, so please don’t be alarmed if newly sent messages don’t show up
> in search results until the following day (it’s just more efficient
> to perform a daily index update, rather than updating on every sent
> email).

All our thanks to him for the fine work. Since Humanist has migrated
several times and so taken on several formats, the results of a search
cannot be homogeneous, but at least everything in the archive is now
within easy reach. From an historical point of view, this is quite a
horde, on the basis of which histories and sociologies of digital 
humanities from 1987 to the moving present can be written. We've not 
been good at paying attention to our own history; indeed, sometimes
I think that very few of us are aware that we have much of a past, 
that this past matters and that histories written from its record 
would greatly strengthen and clarify what the digital humanities 
are capable of.


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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