Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Digital/GIS Resource: “Machines in the Valley” Project

Detail, pastoral view, Santa Clara Valley, California
Jason Heppler, a Ph.D. candidate in western and digital history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and academic technology specialist, Department of History and Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR), Stanford, has released an early "digital component" of his dissertation. "Machines in the Valley: Growth, Conflict, and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley, 1945-1990" "examines the environmental, economic, and cultural conflicts over suburbanization andindustrialization in California’s Santa Clara Valley–today known as Silicon Valley–between 1945 and 1990. . . . The project will go through iterations as I finish my written dissertation. The project will house several features, including interactive visualizations, dynamic narratives and analysis that extend upon themes covered in my chapters, and access to certain primary sources." A work-in-progress, the website features data (freely available), maps and other digital visualizations of Heppler's research. The project was chosen for an Editor's Choice Award by "Digital Humanities Now."