Courses

  • Analyzing and Presenting Spatial Data

    This course will introduce students to a range of techniques for analyzing and presenting spatial data in the humanities. We’ll start with a survey of popular GUI-based tools (Neatline, Google Fusion Tables, CartoDB, QGIS, etc), exploring both their capabilities and their limitations. Motivated by the gaps in existing software, the last part of the course will consist of a basic introduction to web map programming in the browser, making use of popular open-source libraries like Leaflet, d3, and Turf.js. Along the way, we’ll touch on the basic concepts needed to get up and running with front-end software development – HTML, CSS, Javascript, and more. This course is designed for enthusiastic beginners who are looking to learn about new tools and and . . . More Details
  • Building and Sustaining a Digital Humanities Center

    Digital humanities centers are complex, situated ecosystems that operate within many different kinds of constraints. Starting one is difficult; running one is harder; keeping one going for the long term is hardest of all. This class will look at a range of different types of centers, considering a variety of institutional locations, staffing models, funding approaches, and research agendas. Using real-world cases drawn from the international digital humanities context and from class participants, we’ll investigate a series of practical challenges including communication mechanisms, data management planning, fundraising and fiscal strategies, engaging with students, and space planning. The course will give participants an opportunity to develop concrete plans for their own center (real or hypothetical), as well as a broader familiarity . . . More Details
  • Database Design for Visualization and Analysis

    Network graphs, charts, and maps are becoming essential and powerful tools for humanities scholars asking new questions about historical data. Visualization of digitized archives and source materials can reveal patterns previously unnoticed and provide a rich context for research questions. The intellectual work in information visualization begins before we see anything; it begins with the design of the underlying data model. In this course we will work with data from a range of sources and learn how to transform and enrich the data around specific research questions. Then we will engage in an iterative process of visualizing and refining the data. You will learn how to collect, create, manage and manipulate data, how to visualize data in the form of maps, . . . More Details
  • Digital Pedagogy and Networked Learning

    Many argue digital humanities is about building stuff and sharing stuff, reframing the work we do in the humanities as less consumptive and more curatorial—less solitary and more collaborative. In this workshop, participants will experiment with ways technology can be used to build learning communities within the classroom, while also thinking about how we can connect our students to a much larger global classroom. We’ll start at the level of the syllabus, thinking about how we organize and structure hybrid courses and digital assignments, before delving into specific tools and critical orientations to technology. Participants should expect that the workshop will be hands-on, collaborative, and iterative; we will be using and building, experimenting with the pedagogy we are learning, making . . . More Details
  • Embodied Computing

    *Please note this course has been cancelled for 2016* The goal of this class is to introduce students to a number of practices with associated maker culture in the humanities and to prepare to students continue to explore the issues surrounding humanities making at their home institutions. We will learn about ·      3D object acquisition via photogrammetry using Autodesk’s Memento (currently in beta) for stitching and cleaning of models, ·      3D printing with the goal of having each student print a model, ·      and fabrication with simple electronics and wearables/textiles. We will also engage in theoretical discussions related to making so that reflection is paired with action. Questions for consideration include: ·      What are best practices to employ in the . . . More Details
  • Exploring Humanities Textual Data with R

    *Please note this course has been cancelled for 2016* The application of computational tools to textual data is a growing area of inquiry in the humanities. Much of this work, however, relies on older techniques such as n-grams and bag-of-word models. Recent developments in computational linguists, which have attempted to mimic the complex process by which humans parse and interpret language, have so far failed to gain much wide-spread usage. A primary reason these methods have not enjoyed wider popularity is because many scholars have had limited opportunities to become exposed to them. This workshop introduces the basic components of modern natural language processing and illustrates how they can be used to extract latent information from a corpus of text. . . . More Details
  • Getting Started with Data, Tools, and Platforms

    Starting a digital humanities research project can be quite intimidating. This course is designed to make that process less so by exploring tools and platforms that support digital humanities research, analysis, and publication. We will begin by reframing sources as data that enable digital research. We will work throughout the week on approaches to (1) finding, evaluating, and acquiring (2) cleaning and preparing (3) exploring (4) analyzing (5) communicating and sharing data. Emphasis will be placed across all stages on how to manage a beginner digital research project in such a way that helps to ensure that your project remains accessible, that the process is well documented, and that the data are reusable. Throughout this course, we will examine several . . . More Details
  • High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship

    *Please note this course has been cancelled for 2016* There are hundreds of thousands of hours of important spoken text audio files, dating back to the nineteenth century and up to the present day. Many of these audio files, which comprise poetry readings, interviews of folk musicians, artisans, and storytellers, and stories by elders from tribal communities contain the only recordings of significant literary figures and bygone oral traditions. These artifacts are only marginally accessible for listening and almost completely inaccessible for new forms of analysis and instruction in the digital age. Participants will be introduced to essential issues that archivists, librarians, humanities scholars, and computer scientists and technologists face in understanding the nature of digital sound education and scholarship . . . More Details
  • Humanities Programming

    This course focuses on introducing participants to humanities programming through the creation and use of the Ruby on Rails web application framework. This course will introduce programming and design concepts, project management and planning, workflow, as well as the design, implementation, and deployment of a web-based application. Primary technologies covered in this course will include the command line, Git and GitHub, HTML, CSS, Ruby, Rails, and relational (and non-relational) data stores, though others will be touched upon briefly. Over the course of the week, we will work through the practical implementation of developing and deploying a small-scale web application. If you intend to bring your own laptop, you will need to have administrative rights in order to install software. Before . . . More Details
  • Text Analysis from Object to Interpretation

    While a range of freely available tools and excellent tutorials have made it easier to apply computational text analysis techniques, researchers may still find themselves struggling with questions about how to build their corpus and interpret their results. This course will approach text analysis from object to presentation. It covers not just the moment of feed-machine-text-get-results-back, but the process of managing materials and grappling with the meaning of results. Our class will be as much about the decisions and practices of text mining as about tools or step-by-step processes. Students who take this course will be able to: Find and prepare texts for analysis. Store, access, and document their text objects and data. Discuss their corpus-building decisions and textual data . . . More Details
  • Working with Scalar

    This 4-day workshop is intended for scholars, students and others who wish to compose a project or publication in Scalar and seek comprehensive training in the platform and in-depth support with editorial, technical and design decisions. The workshop will include basic, intermediate and advanced training sessions in Scalar, discussions of readings on multimodal scholarship, and both collaborative whiteboarding sessions and one-on-one design meetings devoted to each project. The aim of the workshop is to help participants think through the conceptual, structural and technical aspects of their projects as well as the project’s relation to the emergent field of digital media and scholarship overall. Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform designed for scholars writing media-rich, born-digital scholarship. . . . More Details
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