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...currently beta testing
@Lance Conzett Matt does good work & emailed me to say The Hip Hop Word Count was an inspiration for his projects. Don't be bummed - take a look at the Hip Hop Word Count project updates here: http://staplecrops.com
If you contributed to this Kickstarter and are bummed out that it still hasn't come to fruition more than three years after being funded, maybe you'll enjoy this bit of hip-hop data visualization: http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/
Any update on this?
What is the status of the database? I'd love to check it out.
I just searched for a temporary login and password. No can find. Have I missed it?
Tahir has assured me that the project is *not* vaporware, and is still actively being developed. I'd love to see more regular updates, but I'm happy to hear the project is not stalled just the same. Looking forward to beta site access some time soon.
Way late notice, but I wanted to close the loop and let you know I receive the etching. Sick!
Thank You and congrats on your new fellowship,
Ironically, as result of the project's success, the Summer launch has been pushed back.
I was awarded a research fellowship from Harvard that starts next month.
I've switched focus this Summer to presentation and relocation.
The good news is that these new resources will yield a greater launch.
VAPORWARE. How disappointing!
I'll be thrilled if you prove me wrong, Tahir.
hi Tahir - when is beta site opening. Any updates?
Any news on when there will be access to the beta site? I can't be the only one itching to play around with it!
Lance. Reemski. You guys should read the Updates section. Next batch is going out EOW. Thanks!
I never received my drawing either, nor have I heard anything about Beta access. What a bummer. I'm glad my $50 is going towards something that I think is cool, I just wish I had something to show for it.
Hmmm, never received my drawing? Is that on purpose?
This is an incredible project. You are utilizing the capability of code and applying it to something you are interested in. This is FANTASTIC!
And your list is soooooooo extensive. If you have Pop the Brown Hornet on there you probably have every rapper... ever.
Now I have a question; With the way media is changing and migrating towards the internet what qualifications does a "rapper" have to meet in order to be included on this list?
You see... I'm a rapper and I'd like to be included lol
@ Jess Thanks! You can support the project here: http://staplecrops.com
sorry I did not find this until you got funded. let us know how we can contribute later...
Congrats!!! Can't wait to get my laser etched drawing and to see how this thing works!!!! :-)
Wow congrats! This documentary here: http://kck.st/hS0Sk5 is similar to your project! Check it out!
@ Josh I'm working on it. If you have a direct link please email it to him or pass it on to me.
I just wanted to recommend emailing/calling KRS-One -- I think he would be interested in being involved in some way (funding, promo, sourcing, etc).
Thanks so much for clarifying! I was under the mistaken impression that the $1000 donation was the only way that permanent access to the database would be guaranteed.
@Kyle McDonald The raw data will be accessible on the Public site.
congratulations :) just curious: will the raw data be open for other people to work with as well?
Yes, Yes Y'all!
Thanks! Jonathan. Jason. Jason. da'shon.
@Christina Masden The $10,000 pledge is an opportunity for an individual or institution to give support on a foundation level. An individual or institution that may have some data need that sits outside the scope of the public website.
@iedonor Yes indeed. And don't leave out mathematics & social studies. The pilot curriculum covers both. As far as "appropriate selections" yes if it will be used by public schools cuss words will have to be BLEEPED out. But I do find it ironic that the students have the uncensored songs on their iPods in their bookbags while class is being taught.
$7K! Loosen the cork!
I really hope this makes it's goal. I would love to see this thing hit 100% at least.
All I can do is chuckle. It's brilliant and necessary.
I want to contribute, but can you please explain why it will cost $1,000 dollars for a lifetime license to the database?
I see questions about curriculum. Some work would have to be done to find appropriate selections, but higher levels of learning start with the learner - interests, prior knowledge, etc. We can use these lyrics to learn about and teach figurative language, bias, meter, rhyme, vocabulary and maybe even have an enter into a well reasoned conversation with young adults about word choice and the power and influence of language. Word.
Jillian. Thanks! Now I know how I'll be spending this weekend O_o
Jacob. I'm glad the project resonates with you like it does. I hoped that it would. Good luck with your project.
Eira. Sub-genre isn't in the database yet but it won't be terribly difficult to get that info. Thanks for reminding me of next steps.
Gabriel. Joey. Thanks for your support!
CFP: Digital Humanities + American Studies NEH Summer Institute at USC!
Call for Proposals: Applications are due 1 February 2011
USC’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, Institute for Multimedia Literacy, Center for Transformative Scholarship, and the electronic journal Vectors are pleased to announce a NEH Fellowship Program for summer 2011 designed to address the intersection of the digital humanities and American and Ethnic Studies. The Institute will offer scholars the opportunity to explore the benefits of interactive media for scholarly analysis and authorship, illustrating the possibilities of multimodal media for humanities investigation within the context of American Studies. Fellows participating in the program will learn both by engaging with a variety of existing projects as well as through the production of their own draft projects in collaboration with the Vectors’ team. The projects that fellows create will at once enrich their understandings of the digital humanities and model the field for other scholars.
For full information, see:
Tahir -- This is totally awesome. It's 2:30 AM, and I'm uploading the final bits of my kickstarter campaign to launch in the morning. Having a tour around the site for the umpteenth time. I just realized I backed your project the first moment I read about it, from top to bottom, without watching the video. So now, at this late hour, I watch the video. So rad, so so def. Very excited to watch it happen. Cheers.
Really happy to be able help a little with this project. Keep grinding, man. Truly an inspiring project.
As an archivist with an interest in metadata, I am THRILLED by this project and wish y'all the best. How will you represent sub-genres in the database (e.g. New Orleans bounce)?
@ Rukednous Yes. The analysis uses the Flesch-Kindcaid and SMOG readability tests. We customize the algorithms so they map better.
This is a pretty amazing project. I really can't wait to get my hands on it, not because I love hip-hop, but I also love the incredible, expansive database that you're doing. It's exciting!