Reflections on my week at DHSI 2014

Posted on June 9, 2014 by

This was my first time attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, the first of what I hope will be one of many to come. DHSI is now in its 14th year and this year’s directorial group included Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), Constance Crompton (University of British Columbia, Okanagan), Jentery Sayers (University of Victoria), Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University), and Jason Boyd (Ryerson University). [Full bios and other members who helped make DHSI happen can be found here.] The purpose of this institute is to introduce and train scholars, students, librarians, and other professionals in the humanities, as well as other disciplines, to new computing tools and methodologies through an intensive, week-long training period. You can view the full course listings offered this year, as well as past DHSI course offerings.

I enrolled in the Understanding Topic Modeling course, led by Neal Audenaert a Senior Software Engineer (Texas A & M University, Texas Center for Applied Technology). This course introduced participants to the algorithms, models, and theories used in Topic Modeling, specifically LDA (latent dirichlet allocation), and a variety of topic models that can provide different understandings of your data, such as modeling topics over time (dynamic topic modeling). I’ll discuss my class experience in greater detail in a future post with examples of the material we covered during this course and some of the data that I worked with. In this post, I will provide a brief overview of my experience and discuss some of the projects, tools, and discussions, which interested me while at DHSI.  (more…)


Presentation given at Maria Szymanowska et son temps Symposium

Posted on May 16, 2014 by

On April 29, 2014, I gave a presentation at the second international Maria Szymanowska et son temps Symposium in Paris, France. The event was sponsored by the Polish Academy of Sciences and organized by Elżbieta Zapolska-Chapelle (Board President) of the Société Maria Szymanowska. My presentation was entitled: “Szymanowska Scholarship: Ideas for Access and Discovery through Collaborative Efforts,” and was meant to present examples of how libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions have been working to make their collections accessible, discoverable, and open to their users. I briefly explored ways in which the Szymanowska scholarly community could think about future research, which would make use of open data, linked open data, and tools associated with digital scholarship.  My slides can be viewed within this post or directly via Google Drive.

Here is the main body of my presentation: “Szymanowska Scholarship: Ideas for Access and Discovery through Collaborative Efforts”  (more…)


Growing a community: Reflections from a recent DH retreat

Posted on March 7, 2014 by

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At the end of January 2014, a group of UConn graduate students, faculty, librarians, and Institute for Teaching & Learning (ITL) staff met to share information about digital humanities activities at UConn, as well as brainstorm ideas for how to support and foster digital humanities work, as well as the people (i.e. graduate students, junior faculty) who are interested in some aspect of digital humanities. This meeting grew out of a conversation started by Brandon Hawk (PhD candidate, Medieval Studies) this past fall, in which he proposed that we bring together students, faculty, and staff who are in some way involved with digital humanities and craft a DH values statement.

There were two goals for this retreat, the first was to start a conversation about a digital humanities community at UConn with people who already were part of this community, but may not have realized it. Second, we wanted to begin a discussion about shared values amongst those working in digital humanities at UConn. We feel that it is important to consider the values shared by members in our community and also acknowledge that these are not static, but will evolve and even change as the community too will grow and change.  (more…)