Nov. 11: Saavy Researcher Workshop—ABBYY Finereader: An Introduction to OCR

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

Victoria Henry

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.

Nov 11: Savvy Researcher Workshop — Principles of Text Encoding in the Humanities using TEI

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

Eleanor Dickson

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.

Nov 3: Savvy Researcher Workshop—Introduction to the HathiTrust Research Center Portal for Text Mining Research

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

Eleanor Dickson

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.

April 22: Scholarly Commons Digital Humanities Lunch Forum on GIS

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

Register for the Illinois Digital Humanities Symposium, Feb. 27-28

Register now for the 2015 Illinois Digital Humanities Symposium on February 27-28!

The symposium is hosted by the University Library’s Scholarly Commons and the Institute of Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS).

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Guiliano, assistant professor of history at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, who will deliver the keynote address, “Challenging the Academy: the Future of the Humanities in a 21st Century Digital World.”

Hands-on workshops will be held on the evening of Friday, February 27th at the Main Library, and will feature leading digital humanities practitioners from UIUC teaching on topics such as text analysis, geographical information systems, and data visualization.

A day-long research symposium on Saturday, February 28th at 1000 Lincoln Hall will feature the keynote by Professor Guiliano, followed by research presentations by leading UIUC researchers in digital humanities presenting on current digital research and methodologies.

Learn about digital humanities tools and research methods from UIUC faculty and experts, and join us in building a research community for digital humanities practitioners at Illinois.

This event is made possible thanks to generous support from the Graduate College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Department of Communication, and the Department of English.



For more information, visit

CFP: Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives conference, April 2015

CFP: “Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives: Filling the Void”

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA)

April 11, 2015

The Graduate Student Association of Modern Languages (GSLMA) at Vanderbilt University has released a Call for Papers for its inaugural conference titled “Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives: Filling the Void.” Held on April 11, the conference, hosted at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Carl Blyth, an applied linguist at University of Texas at Austin.

According to the organizers, “the title of the conference problematizes Scott Prensky’s 2001 terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant.” Although these terms attempt to explain the generational gap and its technological divide, our conference looks to the ways in which the reality of technology in the language classroom and in our research defies such classifications.”

Conference organizers welcome submissions related to:

  • Digital Humanities and the arts
  • Digital Humanities in dissertations
  • Digital Humanities and pedagogy
  • Digital Humanities and race
  • Digital Humanities and disability
  • Digital Humanities and gender studies
  • Digital Humanities as multicultural and multilingual
  • Applying specific instructional models in CALL
  • MOOCS and other open online courses for language learning
  • Outcome based frameworks in CALL design
  • Gaming and virtual worlds
  • Online Intercultural Exchanges
  • CMC and OCMC in the language classroom
  • Specific CALL tools and their implementation in the classroom
  • CALL project designs (and evaluation)
  • The direction of Digital Humanities as a field
  • Crowdsourcing scholarly research

Proposals may be submitted in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Proposals should be sent to with an abstract of 250-350 words and a separate title page that includes name, email, phone and university affiliation. For more information on the conference, please see the GSMLA blog’s Call for Papers.

Abstract submission deadline: January 26, 2015

New Book: The History Manifesto

A new book from Cambridge University press explores the issue of long-range historical study. The History Manifesto, by Jo Guldi and David Armitage, makes the case for long-term historical study through digital humanities tools, such as topic modeling and text mining, alongside traditional scholarship practices. The Cambridge UP website includes the following description for the manifesto:

How should historians speak truth to power – and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history – especially long-term history – so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Leading historians David Armitage and Jo Guldi identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasing specialization, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated. This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age.

The History Manifesto is available for free access at the Cambridge University Press website.

See also: review at Inside Higher Ed.

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September 17th: “The Future of Scholarly Communications”

The Scholarly Commons and IPRH are co-sponsoring a panel on “The Future of Scholarly Communication” with Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association), Seth Denbo (Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives, American Historical Association), and Maria Bonn (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, UIUC).

DATE: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TIME: 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana)

See for full details!