Author: Jim Ridolfo

Jim Ridolfo is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. His personal website is

Last month I released  an OCR  edition of the Modern Language Association Job Information List (MLA JIL). After two years running and batch geocoding the weekly MLA JIL, I’ve looked for new ways to visually understand the current geography and past history of the field. Rhetmap started, first and foremost, as a technology exercise for myself. I wanted to learn more about geocoding large data sets in order to help me with other research projects. Later, rhetmap’s data turned out to be useful for  graduate students in a research methods seminar as a meaningful data set for them to…

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