Data Rich Sources, Where are They?

I have had amazing results from online Newspaper collections where data streams into my spreadsheets at over 20 entries per hour. Other sources have not been so fruitful. Textbooks and periodical collections include more steps to transcribe data and are often less...

A side-project on Dvorak

Though the main focus of this month has been on the life and music of Harry T. Burleigh, one of the common ways he is known is as a student of Antonin Dvorak at the National Conservatory of Music in the early 1890s. While studying with Dvorak, Burleigh would sometimes...

On the Media

Greetings from the final week of Music Geography 396 here at St. Olaf College! We’ve split into groups depending on our specialties in the spirit of efficient and equal work responsibilities for this project on H.T. Burleigh. I was in two groups at the start of...

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

While this phrase is the title to a classic Boyz II Men song, it doubles for my feelings on the phase of research I just finished ⎯ looking at the racial makeup of various places Burleigh performed or spoke at. At first, I was excited to add this element to our data...

Data, Data, and more Data!

As a data scientist (of sorts), I’m feeling quite at home in the layers and layers of spreadsheets that represent all the research we’ve done to date.  I’ve learned a few things during my time amongst the data, so I figured I’d share these...

Letter From an Editor

When we began this project, one of our first readings was parts of Mark Monmonier’s How to Lie with Maps1. Now that Jacob and I are working on our editing specialization, I’m reminded that his lessons apply to words as well. That might seem like a little bit of a...

Shoveling in a Blizzard

As our research project on H.T. Burleigh is beginning to come to a close, we’ve been assigned specialization tasks to divvy up the final work that has to be done in order to get the maps finished.  Alongside Ian, I’ve been given the role of a data...