Upcoming Fall 2022 Events

Join us for some exciting workshops and events this fall!

Fall Into Research Workshop Series

Join the Digi team as we present on digital tools and resources in R and the Command Line! Additional workshops on UGA Library resources are available throughout the week of 12-16 September.

 

DH Exchange: Sept 22nd, 3pm, in-person at the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

 

Intro to R for Text Analysis Workshop Series: Sept 23rd, September 30th, and October 7th at 3pm via Zoom

 

Excel Workshop Series: October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th at 4pm via Zoom

 

Intro to Python for Humanists: TBD

 

Data Office Hours

If you have any specific requests or need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out or request a Data Consultation with one of our team members.

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DH Exchange

Join us to learn more about collaboration opportunities and work in Digital Humanities and Scholarship at UGA. This event is free and open to all! Dr. Katie Ireland, DigiLab Outreach Coordinator, will speak to us about the DigiLab at the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts (1260 S. Lumpkin St). 

September 22, 3-4pm, in the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

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We are hiring!

We are looking for an hourly student worker this summer. If interested, please apply by emailing your resume and a paragraph (in the text of the email) describing your interest in the position to digi at uga dot edu. Applications due by 4/30/22. Details below!

The DigiLab is hiring a student assistant for the Extended Summer semester (May 18-August 3).

This position will serve as a research assistant on digital humanities projects for faculty members, provide technical support for ongoing DH projects, and aid in administrative tasks. They will gain hands on skills in digital exhibits, visual data presentations, and Digital Humanities software under the instruction of the Interim Head of the DigiLab.

This student must be registered at least half-time and will be expected to work 16 hours per week on-site in the DigiLab. The pay rate is $10 per hour. 

Requirements:

(1) have the ability to perform basic programming tasks in at least one computer programming language (such as Python or R)

(2) have an interest in learning Digital Humanities tools and methods related to text analysis, digital storytelling, data mining, or similar interpretive work

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DigiLab Colloquium Talk – Maureen Flint

Dr. Maureen Flint, an Assistant Professor in UGA’s Qualitative Research Program, will speak to us about audio recording methods. Her work is interdisciplinary and includes studies on LGBTQ+ issues, college students and higher education, post-human theories, and research ethics.

Join us on April 27, 1-2 pm, in the DigiLab (Room 300, Main Library).

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DigiLab Colloquium Talk – Monica Berg

Undergraduate certificate student Monica Berg will present the culmination of her research on tourism in Yellowstone National Park during the 19th-century. Her work combined historical research with Digital Humanities mapping presentation.

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Digital Presence for Academics Workshop

Join us as we discuss easy ways for academics to build a digital presence. We will cover why ORCiD is essential for any publishing authors; and how profiles on Google Scholar and researchgate.net can be helpful for circulating research and networking with other academics. In addition, we will go over some basics about copyright issues when uploading your research. Finally, we will discuss some options for building websites, including platforms that require no programming experience, as well as some minor programming for more customizable websites.

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Excel & LaTeX Workshops

We will be partnering with UGA Libraries’ Spring into Research series to offer workshops on Excel and formatting in LaTeX.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

11:00a – 12:00p – Using Formulas in Excel. Join our workshop to learn how to use some of the most useful Excel formulas for interpreting your data. Topics include how to count cells with specific content, how to find cells that match a string of text, and how to write if-then statements. Register

Thursday, March 24, 2022

11:00a – 12:00p – Making Pivot Tables in Excel. Do you know how to enter data into Excel, but have trouble organizing it to create tables and graphs? Learn how to use Excel’s Pivot Table function, which allows you to quickly summarize your results and easily break them down into categories. Register

Friday March 25, 2022

11:00a – 12:00p – Intro to Basic LaTeX Formatting. LaTeX provides a way to typeset documents in beautiful, clean ways. It can be used to create CVs, format journals, or input mathematics and tables of contents into documents. We will show you how to find LaTeX templates, input text, and handle common problems. To save time, create an Overleaf account before the workshop. Register

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Digital Map Making in QGIS

February 2, 2022, 3:30-4:30

Create a Simple Map with Latitude/Longitude Data

Need to create a map of locations for your poster, paper, or project and all you have are latitude and longitude for each point? This workshop will help you to create a simple map with a good resolution. No experience necessary.  

Register Here

Want to follow along? Download and install the Long Term Release (LTR) version of QGIS before the workshop

Data Link: Lat/Long

February 9, 2022, 3:30-4:30

Create a simple Map from Aggregated Data (like the census, or data at the county/state/country level)

Do you have data that is based on an area; like by city, county, state, or country? This workshop will help you join your data to the geometry of your areas so you can map them. No experience necessary (not even the previous workshop).

Register Here

Data link: aggregated data

Want to follow along? Download and install the Long Term Release (LTR) version of QGIS before the workshop

Data Link: Aggregated Data

February 16, 2022, 3:30-4:30

Design Considerations for Advanced Map Making

This workshop offers a more in depth look at the map design options than the previous two workshops in terms of labels, color, adding grid lines, and inset maps. A little experience would be nice (one of the earlier QGIS workshops would be fine) but not strictly necessary.

Register Here

Want to follow along? Download and install the Long Term Release (LTR) version of QGIS before the workshop

Data Link: Map Design

February 23, 2022, 3:30-4:30

Create a Basic Webmap with QGIS2web and GitHub pages

This workshop will show you how to create a basic webmap using the qgis2web plugin, that you can further customize and host using GitHub pages or another web hosting service. Some GIS experience necessary (experience gained through a prior class or workshop).

Register Here

Want to follow along? Download and install the Long Term Release (LTR) version of QGIS before the workshop

Data Link: WebMaps

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Women in Coding

The DigiLab co-sponsored a thoughtful panel discussion with R Ladies of Athens and UGA’s girls.code() on 1/26/22. Kora Burton, of the Honors College, facilitated the talk. Panelists found common ground discussing the experiences of women in computational coding. Many emphasized the importance of building community through clubs, within classes, and with professional women programmers.

Both groups welcome new members, including men and non-binary coders of all skill levels.

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DH Undergrad Certificate students present their final projects

Katherine Hoovestol and Juliet Gallegos completed the DH Undergraduate Certificate this semester and each presented their final projects which investigated their own research topics using DH tools and methods.

Katherine’s work centers on a central case study from her undergraduate thesis on Skam, a Norwegian teen drama. For her directed study in DH she worked on developing part of that thesis into her presentation on notions of piracy and ownership in “Exporting Shame: Competing Ownership Models in Transnational Media Flows.” This May she will graduate with degrees in Entertainment & Media Studies and German, and will begin her Master’s degree in media studies at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall. She will be presenting this same project at the 2021 Digital Humanities Summer Institute in June.

Juliet Gallegos’ research focuses on a central concept of digital reading, the multimodal text, “From Volume to Virtual: A Study on how Reading has Changed.” Her work explores notions of engagement and the receptions of multimodal reading. This May she will graduate with a degree in English and a minor in Business, and will begin working for N3, a technology sales and consulting firm, in Atlanta as a business development representative in July.

Congratulations to them both and we’re looking forward to their bright futures!

Check out their full presentations:

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Teaching Transatlanticism Website

 

Barbara McCaskill Professor of English, University of Georgia

Linda K. Hughes Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University

Sarah Ruffing Robbins Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University

Sofia Prado Huggins Ph.D. Candidate in Literature, Texas Christian University

March 26, 2021

In our latest Digi Colloquium, Dr. Barbara McCaskill hosted “DH, Public Humanities, and New Landscapes of Learning: Writing for the Teaching Transatlanticism Website,” in which Texas Christian University’s Teaching Transatlanticism team discussed their work on the Teaching Transatlanticism website, and graduate students from UGA and TCU showcased their research contributions for the site’s digital anthology.

In the first half of the colloquium presentation, the Teaching Transatlanticism team (led by Dr. Linda Hughes and Dr. Sarah Ruffing Robbins, and including Sofia Huggins, a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature at Texas Christian University) described their motivations in creating the Teaching Transatlanticism website.  Based on Dr. Hughes and Dr. Robbins’s textbook Teaching Transatlanticism: Resources for Teaching Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Print Culture and their current work on an anthology of transatlantic texts, the website is intended to be a fluid, collaborative resource.  Researchers are invited to contribute to the digital anthology by adding additional texts and ways of conceptualizing them, building a community that creates knowledge through social interaction.

In the second half of the colloquium, graduate students from Dr. Barbara McCaskill’s ENGL 6770 class and from Texas Christian University presented their own research contributions for the Teaching Transatlanticism Digital Anthology:

  • Ruth Myers and Chanara Andrews, Ph.D. students in English at UGA, described their work on a selection of sources written by and about Olaudah Equiano, and how these texts can show the narratives surrounding Equiano over time.
  • Ronika McClain, MFA candidate at UGA, and Catherine Maloney, MA student in English at UGA, are currently transcribing the college writings and early activism of Mary Church Terrell, with a particular focus on her poetry.
  • Abigayle Farrier, Ph.D. student in Literature at TCU, is digitally recovering The Carib, the first Antiguan literary journal. Her presentation for this colloquium focused on the challenges of transcribing and annotating “Scissors and Paste” by Frieda Cassin.
  • Alonzo Smith, Ph.D. student in English at TCU, discussed Frederick Douglass’s “Haiti and the United States. Inside History of the Negotiations for the Mole St. Nicolas” and the insights it offers into Douglass’s conflicting emotions toward his role as a diplomat in Haiti.

These presentations showcase how the Teaching Transatlanticism website provides a place for the collaborative efforts of researchers from a variety of backgrounds to contribute to the knowledge of transatlantic literature, which can then be carried forward into future classrooms.

Watch the full presentation.

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Digital Archive of Texas English Speech

 

Lars Hinrichs Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

Axel Bohmann Assistant Professor of English, University of Freiburg

In our latest Digi Colloquium, guest speakers Lars Hinrichs and Axel Bohmann presented “The Promise of Nine Decades’ Worth of Interviews: Building the Digital Archive of Texas English Speech”, in which they discussed the process of creating the Digital Archive of Texas English Speech, and how this archive can be used to map linguistic changes in Texas English over time.

The Digital Archive of Texas English Speech (DATES), a legacy archive containing recordings from 1934 to 2020, includes data that was originally collected using a variety of media: gramophone recordings in the 1930s to 1950s; reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, and survey forms in the 1970s and 1980s; and digital recordings in the 2010s.  The first stage of the DATES project therefore involved digitizing the older records.  All digital records were also prepared for linguistic analysis by aligning the audio with its transcript, allowing individual words and sounds to be extracted and measured.

In this lecture, Hinrichs and Bohmann discussed three changing features of Texas English that they have analyzed using DATES: including the vowel in price, the vowels in lot and thought, and the vowels in bit, bet, bat.  Using acoustic data from the recordings, they demonstrated that these first two features have consistently developed to become more similar to General American English between the 1980s and 2010s, and that the bit/bet/bat vowels are undergoing a shift that has also been seen in Canadian and California English.  They also raised the possibility that pronunciation changes in Texas English may not have developed in a linear way over time: in some cases, vowels from the 1950s were more similar to those from the 2010s than the 1980s, which may mean that Texas English developed to become more distinct from mainstream American English at some point in the 20th century.  These findings demonstrate the utility of a legacy archive like DATES for tracking linguistic change over time.

See Hinrichs and Bohmann’s full lecture here

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DH Certificate: Combining Humanities knowledge with digital skills

Active since 2016, our Digital Humanities Certificate has been a method for professors to incorporate digital projects into their courses and for students to use digital tools to ask new kinds of questions about humanities objects of study.

These projects have included work in all aspects of digital work from text analysis, network analysis, mapping, quantitative analysis, digital exhibits etc. Since 2016, our certificate has included over 50 courses in 7 disciplines.

The symposium celebrates the innovative teaching and learning done as part of our Certificate. The core classes for the certificate are taught by Librarians, including Meagan Duever’s “Intro to GIS” and Elliott Kuecker’s “Text Analysis” class. The praxis classes are those taught in other disciplines that incorporate a DH project as a significant portion of the class.

We embrace all kinds of explorations and the DigiLab is an active participant in these classes. We can help scope or design projects, offer instruction to students or instructors, and offer the Lab as a space to teach that is equipped with necessary technology.

The symposium highlights professors who share their experience in teaching these types of classes. First is Dr. Elizabeth Davis who is the coordinator of the Writing Certificate and Writing Fellows Program. Her presentation, “Data, Documentation, and Dialogue: A Pedagogical Intervention in the STEM/Humanities Divide” describes her novel coordination of her Technical Writing class with Dr. Shannon Quinn’s Data Science class in Computer Science.

Using a corpus of texts compiled from Project Gutenberg (the shared dataset between these two classes can be found in our GitHub repository), Davis’ class serves as the content experts and defined the questions Quinn’s students would work with using the text as data in their own area of expertise. Together these cross-disciplinary teams created, tested, and wrote documentation for their analysis.

Second, Dr. John Hale, Arch Professor of Linguistics, presented the “Text and Corpus Linguistics” class along with students Katie Kuiper and Keiko Bridwell.  Hale’s class utilized the Digital Archive of Southern Speech (DASS) to investigate questions of language use and how words change over time. The Linguistics Lab has also compiled a number of additional corpora, including LDC corpora, which are available to Cooperating Academic Units. This class introduces students to methods for exploring and using corpora for research and analysis.

Text & Corpus presentation PDF

Hale will be offering the Fall 2020 edition of Text & Corpus Analysis, an interdisciplinary course originally created by Professor William Kretszschmar. No programming skills are required!

Kuiper will offer her expertise in corpus linguistics as the TA for the class this Fall, and Bridwell will apply her skills as the RA for the DigiLab next year.

These classes are the epitome of the DH certificate. Each opens up students not only to digital methods but to give students the confidence in their own skills to be stronger collaborators and to recognize the strengths of their peers.

Watch the full symposium

Learn more about our certificate or add a class to our list for next year.

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Mapping Phonetic Difference in the American South

 

 

As the culmination of her time at UGA, Leah Dudley is graduating this semester with a BA in Linguistics and a certificate in Digital Humanities. Her CURO project focuses on analyzing a corpus of southern speech for her work in “Mapping Phonetic Variation in the American South.”

“The southeast region of the United States is arguably the most dialectally diverse area in the country. Though some would generalize that everyone from this region has a ‘Southern accent’, in reality these states are filled with smaller subsets of distinct and diverse regional dialects,” explains Dudley.  “As the south has an interesting history of both an agrarian economy and stratified settlement by different social groups, there is a strong possibility that these different regions developed different phonetic formants for certain vowels.” To further investigate the changes in vowels Dudley utilized the Digital Archive of Southern Speech (DASS) corpus, the largest corpus of Southern speech and analyzed the results using Digital Humanities tools, most notably RStudio and ArcGIS, to find dialectal trends in different regions of the South.

Watch her full presentation.

Dudley has been a great addition to our interdisciplinary DH classes which have influenced her thinking on analysis for her final project. She has also brought insight and productive conversation to our DH reading group.

We wish her all the best in the future and we’ve loved working with her!

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Georgia Prisoners in Black and White

Barry Godfrey Professor of Social Justice, Liverpool University

Recent analysis of Georgia Penitentiary records by Steven Soper and Barry Godfrey show that there was a significant rise in the number of formerly enslaved people who were imprisoned following the end of the Civil War. In Georgia before the war there was an average of forty people a year being sent to prison. One such person was prisoner Samuel W. Whitworth, described as ‘fair’ of complexion, blond, blue-eyed, 5 feet nine inches tall, from Jones County. The cotton farmer, originally from North Carolina, was gaoled for causing ‘mayhem’ (probably some drunken violence) on March 10th 1817, and sentenced to ten years imprisonment. He managed to escape on Christmas Eve 1820, and had three years on the run, before being re-captured and hanged in South Carolina in December 1823. As a white man, he was in the majority whilst he served his time in a Georgia prison. Between 1817 and 1865, the records of complexion reveal that four-fifths of inmates were described as ‘white’, ‘fair’, or ‘light’; and a fifth were described as ‘black’, ‘dark’, or ‘copper’ coloured. From 1868 the category of ‘race’ replaced ‘complexion’ in the records, giving the records a spurious pseudo-scientific gloss, though terms such as ‘ginger cake’ (used for nine hundred people) reveal the impressionistic and casually derogatory basis of the descriptors. 

Georgia Prison system reception by ‘race’, 1817-1923 (%)

Statistics can only take us so far. The digital composite photographs constructed by Jessica Liu and shown in the exhibition more dramatically capture the shift in prison demography. 

Pre and post average faces of Georgia convicts

In Georgia, the prison population reflected racist policies operated through the criminal justice system, and the legacy of the over representation of African Americans can still be seen in Americas prisons today. It seems we now have access to evidence which shows the long-standing use of prison as a tool of oppression against the poor, and particularly the African-American poor. 

Caroline Wilkinson, in her lecture which accompanies this exhibition, further explores cognitive and other biases which continue to play out in the criminal justice system, and in society.

Using methods developed in the “Digital Panopticon” (which provides huge amounts of data on British convicts) Steve Soper and Barry Godfrey have used digitised trial reports, census records, prison documents, and family histories in order to reconstruct prisoners’ lives, before and after they were imprisoned in the system. Some of these stories of people convicted of theft, murder, drug-and alcohol-running are revealed in the exhibition. However, wherever possible, our research tells the story of people after they were released. We believe that people should not be defined either by their status as formerly enslaved people, or as prisoners of the new Georgian penal estate. They spent time in prison, but, when released, they re-built their lives. For example, Claud Leavell, who was born the son of a farm laborer in Carollton, Georgia, 1903. During the First World War In WWI, he presented himself at Fort McPherson in Atlanta to enlist. Although he was only fifteen years old, he was allowed to join up as he had given his age as nineteen. He served his country until 1919, when he was given an honorable discharge. Three years later, struggling to find work after being discharged, he was convicted of transporting liquor contrary to Prohibition legislation, his first and only conviction. By the time WWII started, Claud was employed and living in Detroit with his wife Maria. Like many people, he worked hard to overcome the stigma of being a former-convict, and battled other forms of discrimination, to make a new life. The stories in this exhibition do as much to honor their struggle as much as condemn the system that made struggle necessary.

See Caroline Wilkinson’s full lecture.

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LaTeX Dissertation Template

The DigiLab is pleased to announce the creation of a dissertation template for LaTeX.

In addition to the Graduate School’s template for Word, the LaTeX template gives users another method for writing, editing, and compiling their dissertation. The template, authorized for use by the Grad School, sets up your margins, font size, sections, and page numbers within the template. The user can add their own content and be confident that the LaTeX file will handle all the basic formatting for you.

LaTeX is the industry standard for scientific writing. It is much better than standard word processing applications at writing mathematical and chemical formulae and is adept as incorporating and organizing figures and tables. Most importantly, it keeps track of all your references and automates your in-text citations and bibliography saving you a lot of time and stress. No matter the discipline, the template is flexible and adjustable to the user’s needs.

If you’re new to LaTeX it can be a steep learning curve. While it may require time spent learning and adjusting to LaTeX at the beginning, it will save time and frustration in the long run. To get you started in LaTeX, we’re offering a series of three workshops, each offered twice in February.  Recordings of the three workshops will be made available as well as supplemental material.


Introduction to LaTeX
How to best use LaTeX and learn its syntax and logic.

Video recording

Intro to LaTeX materials

The UGA LaTeX Template
How to apply the UGA LaTeX template to your thesis or dissertation.

Video recording

Friday, February 28, 2:30-3:20 p.m. in the DigiLab, 3rd floor Main Library |  Register

Advanced Topics in LaTeX
​Customize and use LaTeX for your own discipline.

Video Recording

Friday, March 6, 2:30-3:20 p.m. in the DigiLab, 3rd floor Main Library |  Register


For our full template and instructions on getting started with LaTeX, visit our GitHub repository

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Uncovering newspaper history with Chronicling America

Photo by Walter Lee Olivares de la Cruz on Unsplash

Deborah Thomas, Program Manager for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Library of Congress visited the Digital Library of Georgia and joined our Colloquium series to discuss Chronicling America, an online newspaper collection available through the Library of Congress, and their efforts to digitize and preserve America’s vast newspaper history.

The Digital Library of Georgia has been working on the Georgia Historic Newspaper project which has collected and digitized newspapers from every area of the state with issues dating from 1786 to 1986. This herculean effort is only surpassed in scope by the Library of Congress’ NDNP which holds 15.7 million pages online that were printed between 1789 and 1962.

Deborah Thomas demonstrating search strategies on Chronicling America

Thomas provided methods for sorting through this massive amount of data. This collection provides a glimpse into history including huge events like disasters or elections, and it can let users find a family member, a town, or a specific reference given a user’s patience and determination to find what they’re looking for. All of this information has the potential to shift a perspective or the historical narrative. All of the pages are made available through the hard work of hundreds of partner institutions and the Library of Congress.

UGA has contributed to this effort over the last three years by the work of Public History Interns in D.C. through a connection with Professor Akela Reason in the History Department.

Learn more about this project @Librarycongress #ChronAm on Twitter or read their blog series Headlines and Heroes for their latest newspaper discoveries.

See Deborah Thomas’s full talk.

 

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Next Level Data Visualization

We are surrounded by data everyday and we are becoming more adept at interpreting visualizations of this data. From graphs, to charts, to maps, to infographics, we are expected to quickly read and understand data as it is presented in articles and in the news. Joey Stanley, PhD candidate in Linguistics, reminds us to be skeptical of the method and delivery of this data as objective truth in his series of workshops on data visualization.

The initial goal of the workshops was help students and faculty make better visualizations. Using Edward Tufte‘s principles of design, Stanley advocates for simplicity and using Tufte’s concept of “proportional ink,” or the idea of being faithful to the data you have and using the amount of ink (pixels) proportional to the data you are representing. The best visualization will help the reader to quickly understand the data as directly and as faithfully as possible.

Joey Stanley demonstrating colors that are visible to those with color-blindness

Though adding a three dimensional graph or adding a lot of color may seem like the way to make a poster or presentation stand out, these additions might hide the strength of your argument behind unnecessary clutter.

Stanley and GIS Librarian, Meagan Duever, took up this point in their workshop “Send the right message: The dos and don’ts of color.” Building on Tufte’s principles they spoke against using unnecessary color and ensuring everything on the visualization has a function and that your argument is clear whether you’re using a map, graph, or other visualization.

Through both presentations Stanley and Duever advocated for transparency in how and what data you are using and in accessibility in your visualizations in making the argument clear. The audience saw what goes into creating a visualization. Far from objective, hundreds of decisions about which data to represent, how to illustrate that data, and even what colors to use, have a deep impact on the way we see and interpret data. The audience for these workshops is now well armed to evaluate any graph or map they encounter in the future.

Listen to a recording of “Fidelity, integrity, and sophistication: Edward Tufte’s principles of data visualization”

View the slides from “Send the right message: The dos and don’ts of color”

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Public History and Digital Storytelling

Jim McGrath, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Public Humanities at Brown University, gave a talk in our Colloquium series about his work in using public history and pop culture in the classroom. His talk, “Black Mirrors and Melting Wizards: Digital Storytelling Tools and Techniques,”discussed the branching structure of narratives that include an element of reader/user choice like those that create Choose Your Own Adventure stories and that form the basis of Bandersnatch, an innovative interactive episode of the dystopian British series Black Mirror. 

McGrath also focused on defining “public” and the audience for any project. In order to reach a population outside academia one must take into account the desired outcome, how any given public will access the material, and how a public would use that material. Addressing new publics also raises critical questions about the ethical concerns in representing human lives or reducing tragedy to mere data point. These are questions his team is in the process of addressing in his work with students on Monica Muňoz Martinez’s Mapping Violence project that is mapping violence on the Texas border between 1900 and 1930.

In practicing Digital Public Humanities, McGrath reminds us that these questions of audience and publics are not tangential issues, but are central concerns and need to be addressed at the earliest stages of any project, whether that be creating a digital story or working in larger projects that seek to reveal urgent histories.

Listen to McGrath’s talk

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Congratulations to our 2019 DH Undergraduate Certificate Recipients

Maggie Dryden and Ragan Foley successfully completed work in the Digital Humanities Undergraduate Certificate. Both were inspired by their work in DH classes and completed their certificates with their capstone as a CURO project as well.

Dryden was a member of the inaugural DH Summer Scholars Program. Inspired by her work with Professor Susan Rosenbaum on the Mina Loy project, Dryden worked on finding patterns in Modernist poetry using text analysis in the summer program. This semester,  she took the methods she applied to her summer program and has worked with DH Coordinator to examine poetry and editorial discretion through text analysis in her presentation “Poetics from a Distance in Modernist Magazines” Next year she will begin the MA program in English at UGA.

Ragan Foley started  her work in Dr. Elizabeth Davis’ Writing for the Web class and has furthered this work alongside of Professor Davis to examine Privacy Policies from some of the most common sites and apps on the internet using text analysis in her presentation “The Rhetoric of Privacy.” This project chooses 30 companies, including Instagram, 23 and me, and Venmo then divides these groups into three categories, social, biometric, and financial. Like Dryden, Foley uses Voyant Tools and text analysis in order to investigate how these companies define third party usage, data, and how they utilize user contributed information. She will graduate this semester with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish.

Congratulations to Maggie and Ragan!

Apply for our Digital Humanities Undergraduate Certificate for next year.

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GIS Day 2018

GIS Day at UGA is fast approaching!

As part of the celebration, any student, undergraduate or graduate, can submit a map to our annual GIS Day Map Contest. First prize in the undergraduate and graduate captions is $100. All maps will be featured at GIS Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14th in the Main Library from 10AM-2PM.

THINK IT
Do you have a map that you have made that you are particularly proud of?
Do you have an idea for a map that you have always wanted to showcase?
Now is your chance!

MAP IT
We are now accepting submissions from all students!

tinyurl.com/mapcontest18

Submit all entries by Wednesday, November 7th @ Midnight

SUBMIT IT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $100
Prizes given out in the captions of:
1) Undergraduate 2) Graduate 3) People’s Choice!

 

For information on how to submit your map see our flyer or if you have any questions, contact us at gisdayatuga@gmail.com

 

Guidelines for Submission
A single map document (multiple maps are acceptable as long as they are all arranged on a single page)
Length/X-axis = 24” (min) and 48” (max) | Width/Y-axis = 24” (min) and 42” (max)
Map must be in a PDF format, ready to print
Must have a cartographer’s statement describing the purpose, inspiration and take-aways (included in the sign-up link)
Judging criteria: Creativity, technicality and clarity of content

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Halloween Frankenreads Event

 

                                                             

The Frankenreads event was a huge success. With popcorn, pizza, candy, crafts, movies, a book reading, and more, how could you not have fun? The library played Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, The Curse of Frankenstein, and The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror. Over in the café, there was an epic reading of the novel Frankenstein. Hosted by Roxanne Eberle and Casie Legette of the English Department, the live reading lasted from 8am-6pm with a huge cast of readers including students and professors lending their voices to the 200 year old novel. (pictures on twitter)

They joined an international effort sponsored by the Keats-Shelley Association of America in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (source).

                        

 

Taking a break from reading, the audience watched Frankenstein movies including the 1931 edition of Frankenstein and Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks’ 1974 classic Young Frankenstein. While watching movies, the audience created their very own spooky monsters (picture above). Luckily, no one got quite as attached to their monsters as Dr. Frankenstein did!

The event ended with a screening of The Bride of Frankenstein at Athens Cine at 7pm.

Thank you Frankenreads, the English Department, and the Main Library for a chilling event! We had so much fun. Dm any pictures you have from the event to @digilab_uga. We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

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Brand Yourself: Taking Control of Your Digital Narrative

  

The Brand Yourself workshop was a huge success. We really hope you were able to make it. If you were not able, no need to worry- we are here to help! A detailed run down of everything the Brand Yourself Workshop covered can be found on Joey Stanley’s website.

Joey Stanley’s top three tips for creating your professional digital presence are using social media to build an online profile, building your own webpage, and joining your field’s conversation.
 
Joey discussed Academia.eduResearchGateGoogleScholarLinkedIn,  ImpactStory, and  Mendeley  for creating online profiles. Joey strongly emphasized sharing your work is one of the most crucial steps in creating a professional digital presence. He offered a solution to keeping up with numerous different profiles. He advised to only stay current on one profile and direct all traffic from your other profiles to the one current profile.
 
To organize all your created profiles, Joey advised to bring them together by building a personal website. On this, the numerous profiles become one solid profile. Joey offered Word Press, Wix, and Square Space as platforms for creating your webpage. He also mentioned Github or building from scratch for more experienced webpage builders.
 
Joey’s final step in creating a digital presence is to find your field’s conversation. He offered listservs, coffee breaks, Twitter, and Slack as possible mediums for where conversations may occur. To find your conversation, Joey gives 2 crucial steps: 1) find where your industry is talking 2) Join their conversation.
 
Joey Stanley’s notes from his workshop can be found on his website.  We hope you enjoyed the presentation and found it useful!

 

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DH Summer Scholars present their work

DH Summer Scholars Katie Curry, Jordan Miceli, Maggie Dryden, Bradley Comacho, Nellie Brunson, Trevor Talmadge

DH Summer Scholars Katie Curry, Jordan Miceli, Maggie Dryden, Bradley Comacho, Nellie Brunson, Trevor Talmadge

 

Digi’s Digital Humanities Summer Scholars, Katie Curry, Maggie Dryden, Bradley Camacho, Annelle Brunson, Trevor Talmadge, and Jordan Miceli, presented their summer’s work demonstrating the application of digital humanities to projects of their own design.

A Portrait of Bondage

Katie Curry, a senior majoring in English, did a textual “analysis of narrative styles exhibited in the two coming of age novels”[1] Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham and James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, investigating why the novels had vastly different receptions despite their similar themes ,. Curry studied the vocabulary density, word choice, and sentence structure of both works. She specifically focused on word usage surrounding certain words that appeared frequently in both novels; visually displayed using the text analysis program Voyant Tools. Curry proposed her future goals with hope to see how the novels affect current culture.

The Landscape Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Hart Crane

Maggie Dryden is a senior majoring in English and minoring in History with a certificate in Digital Humanities. For her project, Dryden was “interested to see what kinds of effects of a geographical location has on artistic generation, specifically in the realm of poetry”[2]). Like Curry she also used the text analysis tool Voyant. Dryden used these tools two very different poets to compare T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and Hart Crane’s “The Bridge” to investigate similarities in their word choices to communicate the contrasting themes of hope and desperation.

Exploring Borges in Translation

Rising junior, Bradley Camacho, majors in English and minors in Computer Science. Camacho’s project explores began with the question, is there “enough evidence to call Postmodernism simply a sub-genre of Modernism”[3] . As his question evolved he investigated whether the English translations of Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Library of Babel” impacted the way English readers viewed the text and where it was placed in the literary canon. He looked at three different translations of “The Library of Babel” by Hurley, Kerrigan, and Irby to study how different each translation compared to each other. Camacho looked specifically interested in the word usage among the three translations to observe the similarities and differences of each. By using sentiment analysis in R, a programming language, he was able to map out the positive and negative words within each translation to compare the overall trends while also observing specific emotions across each translation. http://litdiff.com/

Midnight Knell: Stillbirth and Infant Mortality in Athens 1919 -1928

Annelle Brunson is a master’s student in History with her B.B.A. in Accounting. Brunson pulled from her experience of using data visualizations to show how stillbirth and infant mortality manifested in a microcosmic southern town during the early twentieth century.  She dives deep into 1920s Athens using data from the digitized Clarke County death certificates to discuss women’s access to public health care and highlight the differences in race, sex and age. Brunson shows how reducing infant mortality and stillbirth was a twofold problem: first women needed better access to healthcare, and second, healthcare had to be extended to all women. Her visualizations also confirm that Athens stillbirth gender ratio mimicked the male dominant national average. Going forward, she would like to incorporate all available data (1919-1942) and expand the geographical scope of her project. Midnight Knell

Suicide and Mental Health

Trevor Talmadge, a senior majoring in Women’s Studies and Linguistics, is interested in the realm of mental health. The goal of Talmadge’s project is “to illuminate how societal norms that span but are not limited to gender, race, class, sexuality, and ability much exacerbate mental health issues across these boundaries but in different ways”[4]. Talmadge did a textual analysis on the top media’s coverage on Robin Williams’ suicide to dive into how identity has affected suicide and conversations about suicides. He wants to take media coverage and twitter posts to observe how both the media and the public responded immediately following his suicide. He also wants to investigate current-response trends after time has passed since his death. The goal of Talmadge’s project aims to begin a new era of mental health where there is more open discussion.

Women’s Political Participation in CEDAW states

Jordan Miceli is a senior majoring in International Affairs and double-minoring in Women’s Studies and History. Following school, Miceli “intend[s] to continue on to law school where [she] hopes to study Human Rights law as it pertains to the United States and the world, specifically concerning women and children”[5]. Miceli’s project investigates the political participation of women in each of the seven Convention on the Elimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty party states to see if an increase or improvement has been observed since ratification. Miceli’s project specifically focuses on article seven of the CEDAW treaty. jordanmiceli97.wixsite.com

 

These six scholars were incredibly successful this summer in applying the tools and methodologies of Digital Humanities to real-world investigations. Each of their projects  was impressive and will launch their research for their future.

 

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? Have you ever had a passion that you wanted to dive deeper into? Join Digital Humanities next summer in your investigation! Keep an eye out for next summer’s application and join your fellow Summer Scholars in the search!

 

[1] https://dhsummerscholars.wordpress.com/curry/
[2] https://dhsummerscholars.wordpress.com/dryden/
[3] https://dhsummerscholars.wordpress.com/camacho/)
[4] https://dhsummerscholars.wordpress.com/talmadge/
[5] https://dhsummerscholars.wordpress.com/miceli/

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Brady Moore: first to graduate with a DH certificate

 

Brady Moore finished his time at UGA with a BA in History and the first ever Certificate in Digital Humanities. Though History is already a rigorous discipline Brady chose to take on the additional certificate because he sees “DH as an upcoming discipline that will intertwine the fields of  humanities and programming. I want to be apart of the synthesis and see what becomes of it.”

As part of his course work he took several History classes with a DH project in addition to classes outside his discipline like Visual Anthropology with Professor Velazquez Runk and DIGI 2000, Intro to GIS for humanists, a core DH class taught by GIS Librarian Meagan Duever. According to Brady these interdisciplinary courses in the certificate taught him a broader perspective on his course of study that included “the skills and knowledge to use DH for historical research and better teaching methods through visualization tools.” For him the DH certificate was a worthwhile endeavor that he recommends for any student in the Humanities and Arts. “I believe DH is the future and learning these interdisciplinary skills will give students a great advantage,” explains Brady.

Congratulations to Brady and the entire class of 2018!

 

 

For more information about the certificate  visit digi.uga.edu/certificate or stop by the DigiLab.

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DIGI Workshops: Using and manipulating data in R Studio

Joey Stanley leading a lecture

Joey Stanley leading an Intro to R workshop

Linguistics PhD Candidate, Joey Stanley, is offering a series of workshops on the programming language R this semester. The workshop series will offer tutorials on R Studio, the open source software for use with R, as well as several packages used to perform specific tasks. A working knowledge of R and its components can make handling and analyzing data more accessible. R Studio and its packages can also create data visualizations on the fly and perform complex statistical analysis. These sessions are open to all and are intended for beginners. No experience necessary. Each session will include a different topic. Attend an intro session then choose the others that best fit your research agenda. All workshops are held in the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab (300 Main Library). Additional dates for Spring will include a repeat of the Intro class as well as additional packages including R’s Shiny App.

 

ggplot2 – Make compelling visualizations                                   October 12                2-3:00

Tidyverse – Clean and organize your data                                 November 10            3-4:00

 

For those who may have missed our first introduction session here is Joey’s detailed guidebook: 170912-intro-to-r-handout.

 

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Four at UGA awarded NEH grants for 2017

 

Congratulations to the four UGA recipients of August 2017 grant awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

  • Sheila McAlister, director, Digital Library of Georgia, UGA Libraries (project director)

Georgia Digital Newspaper Project, Phase One

Project Description: Digitization of 100,000 pages of Georgia newspapers published prior to 1963 as part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.

  • Emily McGinn, digital humanities coordinator, Willson Center DigiLab, UGA Libraries (co-director with Lauren Coats, Louisiana State University, project director)

Textual Data and Digital Texts in the Undergraduate Classroom

Project Description: A one-week in-person institute hosted at Mississippi State University on approaches to computational textual analysis and how these techniques may be incorporated into the classroom. This institute will be followed by a series of virtual sessions focused on digital pedagogy and the humanities.

  • Susan Rosenbaum, associate professor, department of English (co-director with Suzanne Churchill, Davidson College, project director, and Linda Kinnahan, Duquesne University, co-project director)

Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde

Project Description: A multimedia research project, including a public crowdsourcing component, exploring the work of early 20th-century artist and writer Mina Loy.

  • David Saltz, professor and head, department of theatre and film studies (project director)

Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies

Project Description: A two-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty on the impact of digital technologies on performance and on theater history.

 

Three of the awardees are leaders or co-leaders of Willson Center programs: McGinn the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab, Rosenbaum the Interdisciplinary Modernisms Research Cluster, and Saltz the Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) Research Cluster.

The support of the National Endowment for the Humanities is crucial to research in the humanities and arts. We wish these 2017 awardees success with their projects, and we encourage UGA faculty and scholars to seek NEH support for their future endeavors.

Originally Posted on Aug 11, 2017

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THATCamp Shakespeare

by Maria Chappell, English PhD candidate and UGA HASTAC scholar

On Wednesday, April 5, the UGA’s Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab and the Folger Shakespeare Library hosted the THATCamp Shakespeare “unconference.” THATCamps (The Humanities And Technology Camps) are informal conferences whose agendas and content sessions are determined by participants when they arrive at the event, which contrasts with the usual pre-structured and planned out format of most traditional conferences. THATCamp Shakespeare coincided with the 2017 45th annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, a scholarly organization that focuses on all facets of Shakespeare scholarship, from modern performances of his plays to studies of his contemporaries to virtually any topic connected to Shakespeare both in his time and today. Though the combination of the I-85 bridge collapse and the severe thunderstorm systems moving through Georgia made travel more challenging, several Shakespearians braved the tempest and traveled from the conference’s site in Atlanta to Athens to attend THATCamp Shakespeare.

After shaking off our umbrellas and coats, the conference began with the planning session where attendees both suggested topics they’d like to discuss and offered to lead sessions on these topics; the THATCamp topics do not necessarily have to be about Shakespeare, but with a room full of people preparing to participate in a major Shakespeare conference, the suggestions naturally had a Shakespeare and Early Modern flavor to them. After voting, the group decided on five sessions: learning how to tag essays and media in UGA’s own Borrowers and Lenders: the Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation; a series of “lightning talks” by participants about their current digital projects; split sessions on Early Modern paleography and using the ArcGIS mapping tool; and a discussion of digital humanities in the (Early Modern) classroom.

UGA English professors Dr. Christy Desmet and Dr. Sujata Iyengar led participants through the process of tagging essays and multimedia sources for their award-winning online academic journal Borrowers and Lenders. After that, Dr. Thomas Herron of East Carolina University, UGA graduate student Maria Chappell, Eric Johnson and Gabrielle Linnell of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Dr. Erin A. McCarthy of National University of Ireland, Galway presented short, 5-minute “lightning talks” on projects ranging from Centering Spenser: A Digital Resource for Kilcolman Castle to RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing 1550-1700.

The afternoon continued with simultaneous sessions on transcribing Early Modern styles of handwriting (also known as paleography) led by UGA graduate student Sarah Mayo and on using ArcGIS is research led by UGA librarian Meagan Duever. The unconference concluded with a a more informal talk about using DH in the classroom in which all the THATCamp Shakespeare attendees participated.

For a closer look at THATCamp Shakespeare, you can view highlights on the Storify story.

 

https://storify.com/machapp/thatcamp-shakespeare

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Be a Data Magician – An Excel Workshop for Humanists

A full house at the DigiLab’s Excel workshop

In our series of data tutorials, Joey Stanley, Linguistics Ph.D student, has put together a comprehensive Excel workshop for humanists. This workshop was well attended by a diverse cross-section of the campus community including students, faculty, staff and librarians. Joey provided a broad overview of the basics of Excel and moved into more specific, complex tasks suited for the kinds of work we do in the humanities.

Joey has compiled a user-friendly guide book that covers: (1) different versions of Excel; (2) the absolute basics; (3) useful stuff like search & replace and sorting & filtering; (4) the awesome power of pivot tables; (5) getting started with functions; (6) lookup tables (7) visualizations and how to make some simple graphs and charts; and (8) some miscellaneous little tips and tricks.

Download the guide book and sample datasets below.

Excel Guide Book

Datasets

vowels_oneSpeaker

vowels_1%

cowlitzData

 

If you would like the DigiLab to host a workshop for your class or department please email digi@uga.edu for more information.

 

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Georgia Digital Humanities Summit meeting

Brennan Collins of GSU demonstrates the ATL Maps project

The first Georgia Digital Humanities Summit took place on December 9, at Georgia State’s CURVE data visualization lab. The summit, sponsored by the University of Georgia with support from a Mellon Foundation New Director’s Grant, and hosted by Georgia State, brought together 35 hand-selected participants from 10 colleges and universities around the state, from Georgia Tech to Georgia Southern. The participants represented an array of skills and specialties and ranged in rank and position to include librarians, instructional technologists, research faculty and digital humanities practitioners. This summit meeting was the first in what we hope is a continued and sustained dialogue that will keep us connected with the broad range of DH work already happening in the state.

Lauren Klein of Georgia Tech discusses DiLAC

This connection will make all of our endeavors stronger. With further communication we can more easily identify common needs like those found in the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections collaborative grant, co-authored by the Digital Library of Georgia, Spelman College Archives and Morehouse College. Their project “Our Story: Digitizing Publications and Photographs of the Historically Black Atlanta University Center Institutions,” was awarded funding to increase accessibility and interoperability of materials currently held in the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library. Connecting these materials through the DLG will make the history of African American higher education more discoverable and accessible for future scholars and our entire community can benefit from these collaborative projects that leverage the combined skills and expertise of each institution.

From this meeting, the group has created Georgia DH a site that includes a list of practitioners, skill sets, and locally focused projects. Our goal is to open opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration on both research projects and classroom endeavors that can draw on the collective skills of the group. Georgia State’s ATLMaps project, one that layers historic maps of the city and allows researchers to create collections, pin locations, and investigate the spatial history of the city, is an example of how such a collaboration can work in a regional context using a broad base to which innumerable projects can be attached. Several institutions have provided historic maps to the collection and a number of projects are already underway using these materials. We aim to identify other platforms and topics that can be simultaneously investigated from multiple perspectives.

If you would like to participate in the consortium, visit  Georgia DH and add your information to our directory. For more information, please contact Emily McGinn UGA’s Digital Humanities Coordinator at digi at uga dot edu or Spencer Roberts, the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Georgia State at sroberts63 at gsu dot edu.

 

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