PDF Index Generator

PDF Index Generator is a powerful indexing utility for generating the back of your book index and writing it to your book in (4) easy steps. PDF Index Generator parses your PDF, collects the index words and their location in the PDF, then writes the generated index to a PDF or a text file you specify. The main target for PDF Index Generator is to automate the process of generating the book index instead of doing the hard work manually.

I didn’t get to try this out, but I had it bookmarked. (UPM was very kind to do the indexing for me since the moment it needed to be done was also the moment that my father died.)

DH@Guelph Summer Workshops

The University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, is hosting a collection of workshops May 9-12. A lot happens in those 3 to 4 days:

  1. Getting Going with Omeka with
    Lisa Cox, Adam Doan, Melissa McAfee, Catharine Wilson.
  2. You’ve Got Data!: Introduction to Data Wrangling for Digital Humanities Projects with Paige Morgan.
  3. Text Encoding Fundamentals and Their Application with Jason Boyd.
  4. Minimal Computing for Digital Humanists with Kim Martin and John Fink.
  5. 3D Modelling for the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences_ with
    John Bonnett.
  6. Spatial Humanities: Exploring Opportunities in the Humanities Jennifer Marvin and Quin Shirk-Luckett.
  7. Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practicies (A CWRCshop) with Susan Brown, Mihaela Ilovan, and Leslie Allin.

Full details are here.

Simpler URLs

Occasionally I think about simplifying the URLs for jl.o because I find that the date as an 8-number preface is cumbersome, but I worry about losing readers and links that have come to depend on a number of posts. It turns out there is WordPress plug-in that can manage this process, as [Tom Ewer notes on WPExplorer][]: “To easily create the redirects on your WordPress website I recommend the [Simple 301 Redirects][] plugin.”

Ewer also offers the following bit of advice for after you have made the change: “You may still have the odd broken link 404 error, so it may be worth thinking about creating a custom 404 page with information about the permalink change. That topic is for a whole other post though.”

[Tom Ewer notes on WPExplorer]: http://www.wpexplorer.com/change-permalinks-wordpress/
[Simple 301 Redirects]: http://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-301-redirects/

How to Learn

A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest has evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and offers some conclusions. [BigThink’s coverage](http://bigthink.com/neurobonkers/assessing-the-evidence-for-the-one-thing-you-never-get-taught-in-school-how-to-learn).

New Journal: History of the Humanities

The [University of Chicago Press][] is starting a new journal:

> The University of Chicago Press is pleased to announce the launch of _History of Humanities_, a new journal devoted to the historical and comparative study of the humanities. The first issue will be published in the spring of 2016. _History of Humanities_, along with the newly formed Society for the History of the Humanities, takes as its subject the evolution of a wide variety of disciplines including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments, through their formalization into university disciplines, and to the modern day. By exploring these subjects across time and civilizations and along with their socio-political and epistemic implications, the journal takes a critical look at the concept of humanities itself.

It might be something for Jonathan Goodwin and me to think about, or at least Goodwin himself as he continues his graphing of various intellectual histories. I wonder how dominated the journal is going to be by historians.

[University of Chicago]: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/pressReleases/2014/October/1410HOH.html