Providing resources and trai­ning in the practices and tools of the digital humanities

Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon – March 10

The Murphy Art & Architecture Library will be hosting an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 10 from 12-5pm. Art + Feminism edit-a-thons aim to make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art-related subjects on Wikipedia. The all-day edit-a-thon will include tutorials for beginner Wikipedia users, ongoing editing support, and reference materials. This event is free and open to all, and no prior experience is required. If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, feel free to contact Paul Thomas (

Frederick Douglass' 200th Birthday: Transcribe-a-thon on the Freedmen's Bureau Papers

Federick Douglass Birthday Transcribe-a-Thon Flyer


Join us to celebrate Frederick Douglass' 200th Birthday with a Transcribe-a-thon on the Freedmen's Bureau Papers!

Wednesday, February 14
11AM -  2PM
​Watson Library 455

To celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, the Colored Conventions Project , the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Transcription Center are gathering communities across the US and abroad to transcribe the Freedmen's Bureau Records.
KU Libraries and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) will be hosting a local group here at KU on February 14, 11AM - 2PM in Watson Library 455.
The Colored Conventions Project will be providing an online program about the Freedmen's Burueau Papers via livestream during the event, and IDRH/Libraries staff will be on hand to assist in using the transcription website. Participants may join the event at any time. A birthday cake (while supplies last!) and refreshments will also be provided, starting at 11am. 
This event is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the larger community. 
To help us in planning for the event, please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Livestream: Digital Blackness in the Archive Symposium

On Monday, 11 December, IDRH is livestreaming the opening talk and first panel from the Digital Blackness in the Archive Symposium organized by DocNow. The symposium addresses issues at the intersection of archival practice and the existence of Black people on the web and social media. Join us in the DH Studio (Watson Library 410A) to watch and discuss the talks.

We are livestreaming the opening talk at 10:15am by Marissa Parham (Professor in English, Black Studies, and Film and Media Studies and Director of Five College Digital Humanities).

We are also livestreaming the first panel, "The Ferguson Effect on Local Activism and Community Memory" (with presentations by Alexis Templeton, Kayla Reed, Brittany Ferrell, and Aleia Brown) from 11:15am - 12:30pm.

More information about the event is available here

Event Description

Digital Blackness in the Archive

December 11-12, 2017 | St Louis | #BlackDigArchive

The second Documenting the Now symposium, to be held in conjunction with our advisory board meeting, will address issues at the intersection of archival practice and the existence of Black people on the web and social media. Invited speakers will discuss their work on the Black experience in online spaces including research on joy and creativity expressed by Black people on the web, cultural and social expression, activism and other acts of resistance, the Black experience with state sponsored online surveillance, and racism and bias in algorithm and social media platform design.​



Digital Humanities, Social justice and US Latina/o literature: A Roundtable Discussion - November 29

Digital Humanities, Social Justice, and US Latina/o Literature: A Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, November 29
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Pine Room, Kansas Union

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and IDRH welcome visiting scholars from the University of Houston, Gabriela Baeza Ventura and Carolina A. Villarroel, who were awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latinx digital humanities. They are also a part of the "Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage" at UH/Arte Público Press. There will be a Roundtable Discussion on U.S. Latinx presence and representation in digital humanities, literature, culture, and language. Students and faculty are welcome to attend this event.

Carolina A. Villarroel holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature with a specialization in U.S. Latino Literature and Women's Studies.  She is the former archivist in charge of the Mexican American and African American Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Houston Public Library and in 2011, she became a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists.  Her expertise in U.S. Latino culture and literature has been fundamental to her positions at the University of Houston (UH), where she is the Brown Foundation Director of Research of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, a national program whose goal is to identify, preserve, study and make accessible the written production of Latinos/as in the United States from the colonial period until 1960. Dr. Villarroel also teaches literature at a graduate and undergraduate level in the Hispanic Studies Department at UH. She and her colleague, Gabriela Baeza Ventura, were recently awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latino/o digital humanities.


Gabriela Baeza Ventura is Associate Professor of Hispanic Literature in the Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston, where she teaches courses on US Latina/o literature for graduate and undergraduate students.  She is also Executive Editor for Arte Público Press, where she supervises the production of up to thirty books a year.  Her publications include a monograph on the representation of Mexican women in Spanish-language newspapers in the United States, two anthologies on US Latina/o literature, and an edited volume on the poetry of a renowned Chicana poet, Angela de Hoyos. She has also translated over 30 books for children and young adults from Spanish to English. She and her colleague, Carolina Villarroel, were recently awarded a Mellon Foundation planning grant to start the first program on US Latino/o digital humanities.

Digital Humanities classes in Spring 2018

Two Digital Humanities courses will be offered in Spring 2018 for students interested in learning about the field.

Whitney Sperrazza, DH postdoctoral researcher at the Hall Center, is teaching a course titled ‘Digital Approaches to Early Women Writers' (crosslisted as ENGL 301 and HUM 300). The class focuses on women writers in England between 1550 and 1700, and how these writers engaged with topics like gender, class, race, and power. Students will adopt emerging digital humanities practices for reading and analyzing texts. The class meets Tuesday/Thursday from 2:30pm - 3:45pm in Watson Library. Contact for more information.

Dhanashree Thorat, DH postdoctoral researcher in IDRH, is teaching a course titled ‘Methods in Digital Humanities’ (crosslisted as HUM 500, ENGL 590, and HON 492). The course introduces advanced undergraduate and graduate students to interdisciplinary methods and practices in DH, and explores topics such as data mining, digital mapping, data visualization, and digital cultural studies. The class meets on Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm in Watson Library. Please send queries to



Talk on Sexuality and Social Media by Dr. Vlad Strukov

Dr. Vlad Strukov (Associate Professor of Film and Digital Culture at the University of Leeds) is giving a talk on "The Trauma of Digital Coming Out: Sexuality and Social Media in the Russian Federation" on Nov 14 from 12pm - 1pm in Bailey 318. The talk will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing digital humanities based on the example of this topic/research.

Description: What does it mean to be gay in contemporary Russia? How do Russians come out, if at all? Can social media help people deal with the trauma of coming out online? In this informal talk, I will explore complex interactions between sexuality and social media in the Russian context by scrutinizing the concept of digital coming-out. By exploring how members of a few online communities use social media to construct their sexual identities and deal with traumatic experiences, I will demonstrated how traumas associated with digital coming-out are translated into activism and social awareness. The talk will also challenge some assumptions about using big data in research. I will discuss alternative modes of doing research in humanities digitally. 

Upcoming Talk (September 18) on HathiTrust Research Center: Strategic approaches to opening research opportunities on closed data

HathiTrust Research Center: Strategic approaches to opening research opportunities on closed data

Hall Center Seminar Room

Monday, September 18, 3:30pm 

Abstract: The HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) contains some 15.8 million volumes (over 5.5 billion pages). Unfortunately, roughly 10 million HTDL volumes are under copyright restrictions and cannot be shared with users. To overcome this problem, the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is creating a set of "non-consumptive research" services to make these closed materials more open and thus more useful to scholars.  This talk introduces such non-consumptives services as "Data Capsules," "Extracted Features" and the "Bookworm + HathiTrust" tool. Each HTRC service is designed to open new points of access to otherwise closed data while still respecting all copyright limitations. Examples of real-world Digital Humanities research projects and services that have been using the HTRC data and resources will be highlighted. Future research ideas, building on recent grant-funded projects, will also be discussed.
Speaker Bio: J. Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Downie is the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). Downie is the leader of the Hathitrust + Bookworm (HT+BW) text analysis project that is creating tools to visualize the evolution of term usage over time. Professor Downie represents the HTRC on the NOVEL(TM) text mining project and the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project, both funded by the SSHRC Partnership Grant programme. Professor Downie is also the Principal Investigator on the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis + Data Capsules (WCSA+DC) project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All of these aforementioned projects share a common thread of striving to provide large-scale analytic access to copyright-restricted cultural data. Downie has been very active in the establishment of the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community through his ongoing work with the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conferences. He was ISMIR's founding President and now serves on the ISMIR board. Over the past year, Professor Downie has been working with Dunhuang Academy on the "Digital Dunhuang" project to help connect Digital Humanities scholars with the high-resolution digital materials capturing the Mogao Caves. Professor Downie holds a BA (Music Theory and Composition) along with a Master's and a PhD in Library and Information Science, all earned at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

Python Text Analysis Workgroup

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Do you want to learn digital text analysis? Are you puzzled by terms like digital humanities and text mining? Then join the 2017-18 PYTHON TEXT ANALYSIS WORKGROUP! This workgroup is designed for anyone who wants to learn digital text analysis and integrate it into their research. In the Fall semester, we will work through a series of tutorials in the Python programming language to teach everyone the basics of digital text analysis. In the Spring semester, we will work together to develop more advanced projects. Participants may use their own computers, or they may use loaner Macbooks made available by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH). Everyone is welcome in this group; no prior programming experience is required. When: Every other Friday at 12pm. (8/25, 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, and 12/1) Where: Watson 410A, the Digital Humanities Instruction Lab Who: the workgroup is coordinated by Jonathan P. Lamb, Assistant Professor of English and CRMDA Faculty Fellow


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