Elijah Meeks

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First name: 
Elijah
Last name: 
Meeks
Brief Bio: 

I'm a digital humanities specialist at Stanford, working on the production of scholarly digital media. Before that, I was a graduate student at the University of California, Merced, where I've been exploring the connections between Nature and Society, as well as representing and analyzing such knowledge using digital means. Alongside Ruth Mostern, I've recently completed the Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty, which utilizes MySQL and ArcGIS to visualize and analyze political change in medieval China.

Full Bio: 

My interests in the Digital Humanities reflect my own understanding of this growing field, primarily in that I focus on databases, spatial analysis, modeling and representation of processes using abstraction and animation. To that end, I've found myself using a variety of toolsets to create interesting visualizations or analysis, which include GIMP, Inkscape, ArcGIS, MySQL, ActionScript, PHP, et cetera.

My biggest concern with the current state of production of humanities digital media is the scant attention to peer review in the evaluation of such media. Combined with questions of long-term data integrity, I think this is the biggest hurdle for the Digital Humanities to overcome.

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