Are you a doctoral student interested in digital scholarship, but don’t know where to start?
The University Library’s Scholarly Commons is now accepting applications for two new paid graduate internship positions for doctoral students in humanities or social sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students currently in the third year or later of their doctoral program who have completed all required coursework are eligible to apply.
One internship will focus on the digital humanities, and the second internship will focus on the digital humanities or computational social sciences.
The two paid graduate interns will be “in-residence” in the Scholarly Commons for 10 hours per week during the 2017-2018 academic year: Interns will spend the majority of their time on a digital scholarship research project of their choosing that draws upon Scholarly Commons and University Library resources, and may intersect with their dissertation research. The Interns also will contribute time to the training and research support services of the Scholarly Commons in an area of digital scholarship of interest to them.
Interns will be assigned a mentor from the University Library throughout their internship. Interns also may work with Library staff outside of the Scholarly Commons depending on the digital scholarship projects they pursue during the internship.
The full position description and application criteria are available here:
Application materials must be submitted to Emilie Staubs (estaubs [at] illinois [dot] edu) by May 30, 2017.
Please contact Harriett Green (green19 [at] illinois [dot] edu) or Eleanor Dickson (dicksone [at] illinois [dot] edu) with any questions.
Niko Pfund, president of Oxford University Press USA
“A Career in Publishing: What You Need to Know”
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana
Sponsored by the Department for Asian American Studies, University Library, and the IPRH.
Please join us on Monday, February 6, for a lunchtime talk by Niko Pfund, president of Oxford University Press USA, on “A Career in Publishing: What You Need to Know,” at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street. Cookies and coffee will be provided.
All are welcome to attend the Savvy Researcher Workshop on ABBYY Finereader on Wednesday, November 11th in the Main Library. Register for the event on the Savvy Researcher Workshops website prior to attendance here.
ABBYY Finereader: An Introduction to OCR
November 11th, 1-1:50pm
314 Main Library
ABBYY FineReader is an Optical Character Recognition Software (OCR) that is able to scan and convert images and scanned documents into editable, searchable formats. OCR helps your computer to recognize letter shapes in a scanned document and turn them into text you can copy and edit as needed. This allows researchers to extract information from documents quickly and easily. OCR also enables these texts to be used in key data and text mining projects. This workshop will give attendees a basic understanding of how they could use optical character recognition software in their research as well as give them a chance for some hands-on experience using ABBYY FineReader in the Scholarly Commons.
All are welcome to attend the Savvy Researcher Workshop on the principles of text encoding using TEI on Wednesday, November 11th in the Main Library. Register for the event on the Savvy Researcher Workshops website prior to attendance here.
Principles of Text Encoding in the Humanities using TEI
November 11th, 3-3:50pm
314 Main Library
The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is the humanities-centric XML standard for encoding digital text. Participants will learn the principles of text encoding with the TEI Guidelines, and receive an introduction on how to start creating transcriptions for digital humanities projects focused on scholarly editions and textual analysis. All experience levels welcome, though beginners should consider attending the introductory XML workshop to prepare.
All are welcome to attend the Savvy Researcher Workshop on the HathiTrust Research Center and its uses in text mining on Tuesday, November 3rd in the Main Library. Register for the event on the Savvy Researcher Workshops website prior to attendance here.
Introduction to the HathiTrust Research Center Portal for Text Mining Research
November 3rd, 11-11:50
314 Main Library
Students and researchers today have access to massive amounts of digitized text from the world’s research libraries. Access to this growing digital record of human knowledge provides researchers with an unprecedented opportunity, but working with such material requires new tools to effectively analyze digitized text at so large a scale. This workshop will introduce cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure that are being developed at the Hathi Trust Research Center (HTRC)* to meet these needs in the context of the digitized text collection of the Hathi Trust Digital Library, currently comprising more than 11 million digitized volumes.
Come lunch and learn at a digital humanities-focused brown bag event. And if you’d like to explore the topic more deeply, consider attending this month’s Digital Humanities Reading Group the week before.
Black Women Big Data: Utilizing Topic Modeling to Understand Black Women’s Lived Experience
November 2nd, 12-1
308 Main Library
Nicole Brown, postdoc at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, will talk about a recently completed research project that used topic modeling to examine over 1,000 documents in the HathiTrust digital library to identify general discourse in sources by or about African American women. She will discuss the process the team used to create a corpus for analysis; integrate theory with methods, specifically how they trained the topic model algorithm while incorporating Standpoint Theory; interpret quantitative results; and bridge disciplinary boundaries. Bring your lunch and learn about the innovative research happening at Illinois!
Mark your calendars!
The next meeting date for the IPRH’s Digital Humanities Reading Group will be on Thursday October 29th. This month we will be discussing the intersection of cultural criticism and topic modeling within Digital Humanities in anticipation of Nicole Brown’s DH Brown bag “Black Women Big Data: Utilizing Topic Modeling to Understand Black Women’s Lived Experience” on November 5.
Date & Location:
Thursday October 29th from 2:30-4:00PM
Room 341 of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Building
DH Brownbag “Black Women Big Data: Utilizing Topic Modeling to Understand Black Women’s Lived Experience” on November 5.
Readings for discussion:
DiMaggio, P., Nag, M. and Blei, D. “Exploiting affinities between topic modeling and the sociological perspective on culture? Application to newspaper coverage of U.S. government arts funding”, Poetics 41 (2013): 570-606
Lui, A. 2012. “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?”, In M. Gold (ed), Debates in Digital Humanities, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis (2012). Available at http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/20
New to the group?
We are interested in developing critically grounded perspectives on what it means to do digital humanities work in various institutional contexts. As a starting point, we will examine some prominent pieces that discuss themes related to defining, critiquing, practicing, and teaching “digital” humanities. We hope to supplement these readings with additional perspectives informed by the interests, scholarship, and work of those who do digital humanities on campus. Visit our webpage at http://cirss.lis.illinois.edu/Group/group.php?id=1 or view past reading selections at https://www.zotero.org/groups/reading_dh/
[Posted on behalf of the DH Reading Group.]
Scholarly Commons Digital Humanities Lunch Forum: “Getting Going: DIY GIS in Scholarship and the Classroom”
John Randolph, professor, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Place: 308 Library
Join us in the Scholarly Commons on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:30 a.m. for a Digital Humanities Lunch Forum session with John Randolph, professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. John Randolph will describe his efforts to use spatial analysis techniques, as a non-GIS specialist, in the study and teaching of Russian history.
Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.
Hosted by the Scholarly Commons, University Library, with thanks to a generous gift from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Questions? Contact Harriett Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now have a brand-new shiny listserv for getting the word out about digital humanities! Click or copy this link to join the DH @ Illinois listserv:
If you have questions about the listserv, contact Harriett Green.
The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture has announced a series of free “Introduction to Scalar” and “Intermediate Scalar” webinars.
From the announcement page:
Out “Introduction to Scalar” webinars will cover basic features of the platform: a review of existing Scalar books and a hands-on introduction to paths, tags, annotations and importing media. Our “Intermediate Scalar” webinars will delve into more advanced topics including the effective use of visualizations, annotating with media and a primer on customizing appearances in Scalar.
There are currently three dates with openings:
Intermediate Scalar: March 26, 4pm-6pm (PST)
Introduction to Scalar: April 9, 10am-12pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: April 30, 10am-12pm (PST)
Space is limited. Register here!