We had a delightful workshop on network analysis using Palladio. Our next DH event will take place on May 20th, 2-4 p.m., in Hedco 146 (note the room change) and will feature a panel of scholars talking about incorporating digital tools into their teaching. We will hear from Tara Fickle (English), Emily Simnitt (English), Julie Sykes (Romance Languages), and Jim Tice (Architecture) about how they implement digital tools into their teaching and assignments. We anticipate a robust conversation and, as always, will offer coffee and snacks courtesy of the Oregon Humanities Center. We hope you will join us!
We are also planning to hold another workshop on R, a powerful and free programming language and environment in which many humanists have become increasingly interested. Unlike our last R workshop, this one will be offered to new users who have no experience using R. We will be meeting on May 24th, in Hedco 142, from 3-5 p.m. (RSVP HERE).
To prepare for our workshop on the R environment, we wanted to discuss the role of what’s been called “Big Data” in humanities scholarship. We will discuss the idea broadly in our Monday post and return to it more specifically on Thursday. Big data, loosely defined by Wikipedia, is the concept of sets of data that are so large and complex that they require complex analytic tools to analyze. An example of such big data might be the millions of syllabi that have been collected on the Open Syllabus Project or the visualizations generated from the digital materials held at the New York Public Library. Although big data are usually found more in non-humanities sectors and feature much larger datasets, humanists have increasingly become interested in the role big data can play in cultural analysis. What happens when we can read 30,000 books at the same time? Can we analyze such abstract concepts as style or sentiment in a more concrete way using computers? Can we better understand historical trends in culture and literature when we look at the bigger picture? Read MoreDH Monday Edition
Happy Monday! Mark your calendars for our exciting upcoming events in DH. We will be holding a workshop on social network analysis using Palladio tomorrow, from 3-5 p.m, in McKenzie 375, RSVP.
We are also featuring the third in our Digital Humanities Spring Events Series, “Digital Classroom Exercises,” which will be meeting on May 20th, from 2-4, in Hedco 146 (Note the unusual room). We will enjoy snacks and coffee and discuss some great digital tools that faculty at Oregon are implementing into their classrooms. Please join us for both events!
For the next several Monday posts, we will be focusing on a series of discussions that have been taking place in The Los Angeles Review of Books over the past few months. LARB has interviewed many of the prominent theorists and practitioners in DH, including controversial critiques of DH. We will discuss each of these interviews and position them within the more local context here at Oregon. Read MoreDH Monday Edition
We had a great roundtable discussion on Friday and are excited about the enthusiastic conversations happening on campus surrounding DH. Stay tuned for our upcoming workshops and roundtables.
On May 10, 3-5 p.m., in McKenzie 375, we will hold a workshop on social network analysis using the Stanford designed platform Palladio. This easy-to-use tool allows you to create network visualizations alongside geographic maps or timelines. If you are interested in network analysis, this workshop will cover the basics of both inputting data into a spreadsheet and using that data to produce a network.
We are also featuring our final roundtable discussion on May 20, 2-4 p.m., in Education 176. Our theme for the final event of the Spring Digital Humanities Event Series will focus on “Digital Classroom Exercises,” the unique tools we implement into our teaching. Whereas our first two roundtables covered distance learning and pedagogy, our last discussion will feature experts who use interesting tools in their classes. Please join us for an interesting and informative discussion that will cover topics from game theory to multimodal writing.
In other DH news, if you haven’t yet checked out Oregon Digital, you should take a look. Born out of a collaboration between University of Oregon’s Digital Scholarship Center and Oregon State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, Oregon Digital offers a range of interesting collections of digitized objects and manuscripts. We’ve already discussed one of them on the blog, the “UO Veterans Oral History Project,” but I wanted to draw your attention to the site as a whole so you can explore at will. We will be featuring other parts of Oregon Digital in future blog posts. Read MoreDH Monday Edition
The second event in our Digital Humanities Spring Events Series: “Collaborations with Teaching Effectiveness Program,” April 29th, 2-4 p.m., McKenzie 375.
We are also holding a workshop on social network analysis for the humanities using Palladio, a free web-based platform at Stanford University: May 10th, 3-5 p.m., McKenzie 375.
We hope to see you at one or both of these events!
Because we are conducting a workshop on social network analysis, I decided finally to explore a tool I’d encountered in my research for the Digital Humanities minor at Oregon. Because I wrote my dissertation on the networks surrounding modernism, I am always on the lookout for new social network software. Most people use Gephi, which offers a sophisticated and complex tool for network visualization, but I’ve never been able to keep Gephi working. I also quite liked Node XL, which builds on Excel and offers an easy-to-use and fun network program. But, it’s only available on PC, and I bought a Mac when mine crashed without thinking about Node XL. I use Palladio regularly, which I discovered in conversation with a National Endowment of the Humanities representative at my field’s annual conference, and it works well for creating basic networks, but it doesn’t allow too much in analytic tools or visual options. And I can’t figure out how to export the visualizations on my computer…it doesn’t work for some reason. Read MoreNetworking with Cytoscape
We’ve just held another successful Omeka workshop, led by Heidi Kaufman, which prompted a vibrant discussion of the uses of the platform for teaching and research. Our next event is the second meeting in the Digital Humanities Spring Events Series, which will take place April 29th, 2-4 p.m., in McKenzie 375 and will feature our colleagues from the Teaching Effectiveness Program discussing digital pedagogy. Join us for what will certainly be an inspiring and informative discussion of the possibilities for teaching with technology!
On May 10th, 3-5 p.m., in McKenzie 375, we will hold another workshop on social network analysis for humanities scholarship. Led by Matthew Hannah, whose current book project applies network analysis to modernist literature, this workshop will feature a discussion of network theory and will supply a data set for you to work with in the workshop. Please RSVP here. By the end of this workshop, you will be familiar with various tools offered by Palladio–a free web-based program developed at Stanford University–for creating timelines, maps, galleries, and networks. Read MoreMeditations on the Digital Humanities