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Resource: Social Scientific Applications of Historical GIS, Part 2

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 15:00

In Part 1 of this exercise we went over how you may import a digitized image, georeference it and record administrative boundary information contained in the map. The shapefiles that we created now have geographic information ascribed to them. Yet, this is all they have. In Part 2, I will go over how one might add population information to these shapefiles and how we can visualize this information. Central to accomplishing this goal is making sure we can identify each shapefile accurately.

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Resource: GIS at Scale with Google Earth Engine

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:30

Sometimes your GIS project needs some extra oomph. Maybe finding the data you need to understand deforestation in Brazil is giving you a headache. Or, you need to run a machine learning algorithm on 50 gigabytes of weather station data and your poor laptop is melting the finish off of your dining room table. Google Earth Engine (GEE) is here to help.

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Report: DARC Open Meeting Recap

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:00

Over the past couple of years, the Digital Archive Research Collective (DARC) has created resources and fostered community among digital archivists and researchers at The Graduate Center. As part of our effort to build a community of practice around digital archival work, we created a Wiki with articles on various resources for archival research, led an event series, and hosted monthly Open Meetings, inspired by the models offered by PUG, RUG, and the GIS working groups.

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Editors’ Choice: Dating Problems? Ask the Princeton Geniza Project Team

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 12:00

At the Center for Digital Humanities, we are committed to diversifying DH by working in many languages. This summer, we wrapped up work on the Princeton Ethiopian Miracles of Mary Project, which features miracle stories written in Gəˁəz, or Classical Ethiopic. Starting in spring 2021, the CDH will host a series of workshops, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with the aim of creating Natural Language Processing tools for under-resourced languages.

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Editors’ Choice: How we used math to explore racial segregation in Pennsylvania public school districting

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 11:00

American life is based on American thought. American thought is based on American values. And American values have a foundation in the public school system. So what happens when the American public school system is flawed?

Although the “separate but equal” school system was deemed unconstitutional in the 1954 ruling Brown v. Board of Education, America’s racist history remains prevalent in many of today’s school districts. This issue has not gone unnoticed: In October of 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released a press release stating that “Black students [are] to be afforded equal access to advanced, higher-level learning opportunities” in a New Jersey school district.

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HELDIG Digital Humanities Summit 2020 | Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities | University of Helsinki

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 15:00

Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG) was launched by a kick-off symposium in 2016. The first HELDIG Digital Humanities Summit in 2017 provided a snapshot of activities within the centre, in 2018 the conference theme was Infrastructures for Digital Humanities, and in 2019 From Text to Knowledge.

HELDIG’s initial four year phase 2016–2020 funded by the Academy of Finland and University of Helsinki as a profiling action is ending. The goal of HELDIG Summit 2020 is to shed light on where Digital Humanities (DH) and HELDIG in particular stand today, and to point out directions for next steps ahead for research, education, societal impact, and infrastructure building.

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Job: Digital Humanities Research Facilitator, University of California, Santa Barbara

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 14:00

The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system data Services, the Digital Humanities Research Facilitator is responsible for the planning and implementation of scholarly initiatives in support of data-intensive research and digital scholarship in the humanities on campus with the goal of ensuring the high functionality, discoverability, and preservability of digital research data throughout its lifecycle.

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Opportunity: Learn More About Data, Design, and Tech at Wintersession!

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 12:30

For the first time in Princeton University’s history, and in response to student surveys and interest, the 2020–2021 academic calendar will include a new Wintersession that will take place over the winter break from January 18 to January 31, 2021. Princeton’s Wintersession is a two-week experience in which the entire Princeton community—including undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty—is invited to participate in non-graded learning and growth opportunities.

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Resource: Thinking with Sound: Starting a Podcast Project

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 12:00

As we start to settle into the rhythms of our new normal, many of us have taken this opportunity to also think about the different ways to disseminate information. There has been a renewed interest in exploring digital sound and audio as this has become key to our means of communication. From teaching and learning online to data collections (e.g. interviews) to audio publishing, sound and audio projects are being integrated in a variety of new avenues… and this is really exciting to me!

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Report: CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative Lightning Talks

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 14:30
Welcome to the blog of the CUNY DHI, an effort to build momentum and community around Digital Humanities practitioners at CUNY. We hope you’ll join us at our upcoming events and that you’ll follow this blog to hear about the latest news in the field.

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Call for Proposals: Consultant on Structural Racism

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 15:00

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across arts and humanities disciplines. In doing so, it draws together humanists engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, creation, dissemination, and beyond, in all areas reflected by its diverse membership.

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Job: Head of Digital Scholarship and Communication Services job with Northern Kentucky University

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:00

Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

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Announcement: Meet the CDH University Administrative Fellows!

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 12:00

This fall, the Center for Digital Humanities welcomed three new team members. Hannah Stamler, Dylan Principi, and Gyoonho Kong join the CDH as part of the Graduate School’s University Administrative Fellowship Program, through which current Princeton graduate students gain work experience throughout the University.

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Editors’ Choice: Social Scientific Applications of Historical GIS

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:00

In a previous piece in the Digital Orientalist, Giulia Buriola went over geo-referencing examples in QGIS. Here I would like to introduce readers to another common geographic analysis software they might encounter on the market: ArcGIS, and show how this software might be applied to social scientific historical research. Readers may be familiar with this software from Ahmet Yusuf Yuksek’s recent post entitled “Simple Map-Making with ArcGIS Online.” Many of the principles presented here can also be applied to QGIS and other GIS software. Although ArcMap is a paid software, some universities may offer access to it.

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Editors’ Choice: Social Media and the Distribution of Knowledge about Missing Syriac Manuscripts

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:00

A few months ago, I noticed a plethora of posts on social media about the discovery of the hidden library of a former ISIS member who had stolen dozens of Syriac manuscripts from Churches and hidden them in the kitchen of his house in the city of Mosul, Iraq. This discovery and reactions to it can remind us of the importance of the role of social media for tracking and learning about the fate of numerous missing Syriac manuscripts, which were thought to be lost in times of war.

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Resource: Digital Resources for Japanese Palaeography

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 15:00

This year I have had the pleasure of being involved in the “Tackling Pandemics in Early Modern Japan” transcription project organized by the University of Cambridge in collaboration with the AI platform Minna de honkoku みんなで翻刻. During the project, participants have been posting resources useful for engaging with historical Japanese documents and cursive Japanese to a channel on the project’s Slack. In this contribution, I share a list of some of the free, digital resources that participants in the project have found useful.

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Job: Assistant Professor, Public & Applied Humanities

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 14:00

The Department of Public & Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The top candidate will be able to contribute expertise, leadership, and imagination to the department’s efforts to theorize and prefigure responses to the future of the human being.

The Department works to translate the personal enrichment characteristic of humanities study into public enrichment and the direct and tangible improvement of the human condition. Through research-driven, collaborative, and publicly facing projects built to explore and enhance life in the community and beyond, our students and scholars convert understanding into action for the measurable betterment of society.

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Resource: Expanding R Horizons: Integrating R with Plumber APIs

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 13:00

In this webinar we will focus on using the Plumber package as a tool for integrating R with other frameworks and technologies. Plumber is a package that converts your existing R code to a web API using unique one-line comments. Example use cases will be used to demonstrate the power of APIs in data science and to highlight new features of the Plumber package. Finally, we will look at methods for deploying Plumber APIs to make them widely accessible.

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Announcement: “Startwords,” an Experimental Publication from the CDH

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 12:00

This week, the Center for Digital Humanities launched something new and a little…irregular.

Startwords, an online publication, made its debut on Tuesday, and it aims to be anything but commonplace. With an emphasis on exploration and creativity in both content and presentation, Startwords is “a forum for experimental humanities scholarship” that invites a broad audience to think about new or underexplored aspects of DH work. The title has three meanings: it references a computer science term for the words used to start a programming sequence, a literary term for the first time a genre appears in print, and a cheeky alternative to “stop words,” words discarded in the course of natural language processing.

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Editors’ Choice: Mapping the Effects of COVID-19

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 11:00

In March 2020, when the COVID-19 virus started to spread throughout New York City, former Digital Fellow Javier Otero Peña and I got together to think about the ways mapping could be used to identify some of the challenges produced by the pandemic. At the time we were co-coordinating the GIS /Mapping Working Group on the CUNY Academic Commons and over the years we had seen the many ways that GIS users throughout CUNY were constantly trying to use mapping to address some of the most current and urgent social issues.

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