The 12th Street Project
The 12th Street Project is a major collaborative effort of the students and faculty at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Hosted by the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab, 12th Street collects the history, culture, and contemporary voices of those living in Erie, PA. The project takes its name from a major street in Erie that has been lined with factories and businesses throughout the region’s history. We take 12th Street as a microcosm of the social, cultural, and economic forces that have shaped the region since the mid-19th century. Together we are charting the history of the region in an effort to imagine its potential futures.
The relatively new genre of legalese called the EULA or End-User Licensing Agreement is as ubiquitous as it is unread. While the EULA for iTunes is a relatively small 1,974 words, the EULA for PayPal is currently 27,435 words in length. There are new online services being made available by large and small corporations every day, and nearly all of them require you to “agree to the terms of service” by clicking a button or checking a box. Many users tend to assume that we are forgoing some portion of our online personal privacy in exchange for a service. This latest incarnation of Franco Moretti’s “great unread” represents an opportunity to offer a text analysis tool using many of the techniques and methods used by the digital humanities.
The EULA Tool is in the development stages and a working prototype will made available by the winter of 2016. Follow our progress on this site or on Twitter @dhpsu.
The Behrend History Project
Digitalizing the history of the Hammermill Paper Company and the Penn State Behrend campus with XML/TEI.
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