Arclight is a data mining and visualization tool for film and media history that allow users to analyze millions of pages of digitally scanned magazines and newspapers for trends related to a chosen subject.

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A collaboration among interdisciplinary researchers at Concordia University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Project Arclight enables and encourages the study of 20th century American media through comparisons across time and space.

The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities, edited by Charles R. Acland and Eric Hoyt, is an open access book that explores what media historians are doing with digital tools and methods.

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ARGUMENTS

 
5 Things Data Cannot Do

5 Things Data Cannot Do

Generally speaking, to illuminate what data can do and how we can effectively employ big data in our research, we need to address its limits.

The Arclight Guide: Getting Started

The Arclight Guide: Getting Started

Welcome to the Arclight Guide!  This guide will help you get started by introducing you to the basic functions and options Arclight offers. Performing a Search Performing a search in Arclight is easy and fast.  In the query box in the

Teaching with Arclight and POE

Teaching with Arclight and POE

Project Arclight began two years ago with an idea. If researchers can use Twitter analytics to study trends in discussions of contemporary media, then what if we treated historic trade papers and fan magazines like a giant Twitter stream and

PROJECT NEWS

Arclight Software Code Available for Reuse on Github

The code that powers the Arclight web app is available for download and reuse in our Github directory. None of our software development work would have been possible without the contributions of open source software developers. We were grateful to be able

Book Launch: The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities!

We are delighted to announce that our open access e-book, The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities, is officially available today. Across the book’s seventeen chapters, media historians and digital humanities scholars reflect on what digital tools

Coming Soon: The Arclight Guidebook!

We are proud to announce the forthcoming Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities! Placing the field of media history into dialogue with the digital humanities, the book explores and raise new questions about researching media history within

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