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National Endowment for the Humanities

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is partnering with the Cultural Observatory team that developed the Google Books Ngram Viewer together with Google. The goal of this collaboration is to implement a greatly enhanced open-source version of the Cultural Observatory’s open-source “Bookworm” text analysis and visualization tool designed to assist scholars to meet the challenges posed by the massive scale of the HT corpus. We are calling our multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration, the HathiTrust + Bookworm (HT+BW) Project. Participating institutions include the University of Illinois, Indiana University, Northeastern University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Rice University.

Bookworm is a tool that visualizes language usage trends in repositories of...

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

This HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) project seeks to produce the first large-scale cross-cultural study of the novel according to quantitative methods. Ever since its putative rise in the eighteenth century, the novel has emerged as a central means of expressing what it means to be modern. And yet despite this cultural significance, we still lack a comprehensive study of the novel’s place within society that accounts for the vast quantity of novels produced since the eighteenth century, the period most often identified as marking the origins of the novel’s quantitative rise. Our aim is thus twofold: 1) to enliven our understanding of one of the most culturally significant modern art forms according to new computational means, and 2) to establish the methodological foundations of a...

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Music prints and manuscripts created over the past thousand years sit on the shelves of libraries and museums around the globe. As these organizations digitize their collections, images of these scores are increasingly accessible online. However, the musical content remains difficult to search.

Google Books and HathiTrust have already made it possible to search the content of text documents through Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which transforms digital images of texts into a symbolic representation that can be searched by computers. For digital images of musical scores, the analogous technology is Optical Music Recognition (OMR).

The research team is working to improve OMR technology so that computers can recognize the musical symbols in these images, enabling us...

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

“Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment,” better know as Publishing Without Walls (PWW), is a digital scholarly publishing initiative that is scholar-driven, openly accessible, scalable, and sustainable. PWW will directly engage with scholars throughout the research process. It aims to build publishing models that can be supported locally by a university’s library, while also opening new avenues toward publication through university presses and other publishers. PWW is here to help scholars navigate the new opportunities presented by collaborative, multimodal, and interim phase works. PWW is launching two new series: one focusing on the outcomes of the Humanities Without...

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HathiTrust

The HathiTrust has provided funding for the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), colocated at University of Illinois and Indiana University, to serve as the research arm of the HathiTrust and create an agile, technology-rich service for researchers in the digital humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and informatics. This service will help researchers conduct nonconsumptive research on the HathiTrust digital library database, a collection of just under 14 million digitized volumes, equating to 4.9 billion pages, 60% of which is under some copyright restriction. At the same time, center staff will develop and refine tools to aid in digital humanities and text mining research over large databases and will operate the secure, large-scale computation environment required by this...

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This project builds upon, extends, and integrates two developmental research threads within the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The first thread originates from work that was conducted in the Workset Collections for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA): Prototyping Project. The second thread continues the work of the Data Capsules (DC) project, previously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2011-2014). The primary objective of the WCSA+DC project is the seamless integration of the workset model and tools with the Data Capsule framework to provide non-consumptive research access to HathiTrust's massive corpus of data objects, securely and at...

IN THE NEWS

Aug. 7, 2017

Several iSchool faculty, staff, and students will present their research at Digital Humanities 2017, the annual conference of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. The event will be held in Montreal, Canada, on August 8-11.

Presentations, posters, and panels will include:

"Building Worksets for Scholarship by Linking Complementary Corpora"
Presenters include Professor J. Stephen Downie and faculty affiliate Timothy Cole

"Building Capacity for Digital Scholarship & Publishing: Three Approaches from Mellon's 2014-2015 Scholarly Communications Initiative"
Presenters include faculty affiliate Harriett Green

"Creating a Policy Framework for Analytic Access to In-Copyright Works for Non-Consumptive Research"
Presenters include Professor J. Stephen Downie; Eleanor F. Dickson, visiting HTRC digital humanities specialist; and Daniel G. Tracy, information...

Jun. 12, 2017

The iSchool is co-organizing a workshop on digital scholarship with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) Library on June 14-16 in Beijing. The workshop, Digital Scholarship Centers: Building Library Services for Data-Driven Scholarship, will instruct participants in library service models for digital scholarship and discuss concepts in digital humanities and computational social science. Dean Allen Renear will give opening remarks. Other iSchool presenters include J. Stephen Downie, professor and codirector of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC); Peter Organisciak (PhD '15), postdoctoral research associate; Eleanor Dickson, visiting HTRC digital humanities specialist; and Nic Weber (PhD '15), assistant professor at the University of Washington.

Downie will give the talks:

  • "Text Mining Concepts and Methods: HTRC and Non-Consumptive Research"
  • "Quick and Painless Introduction to Machine Learning"
  • "WEKA Machine Learning Tools: A Friendly...
May. 24, 2017

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner and Professor Ted Underwood will present at Cultural Analytics 2017, a symposium devoted to new research in the fields of computational and data-intensive cultural studies, which will be held at the University of Notre Dame on May 26-27.

Diesner will give the talk, "Impact Assessment of Information Products and Data Provenance," on May 26. Her talk explores the question of how we can assess the impact of information products on people beyond relying on count metrics and by analyzing the substance of user-generated content. Diesner also addresses how limitations with the collection, quality, and provenance of large-scale social interaction data impact research outcomes and how we can measure these effects. 

From the abstract: I present our work on developing new computational solutions for identifying the impact of information products on people by leveraging...

Jan. 24, 2017

J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research, participated in the Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH) seminar, "Big Data and Digital Humanities," on January 23 at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan.

Started in April 2016, the CODH will be formally established as a center in April 2017. It involves faculty from the National Institute of Informatics and The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, both in Japan, who collaborate with computer scientists and humanities scholars around the globe. CODH promotes research and development to improve access to humanities data, using the concept of open science along with the latest technology in informatics and statistics.

Downie gave the presentation, "Digital humanities using both closed and open data: Use cases from the HathiTrust Research Center":

The HathiTrust Digital...

Dec. 5, 2016

Unique in its sheer size and breadth, a new open dataset released by the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) will provide researchers with access to otherwise restricted information. The HTRC Extracted Features (EF) Dataset reports quantitative counts of words, lines, parts of speech, and other details extracted from each page of the more than thirteen million volumes found in the HathiTrust Digital Library. 

An earlier release of the EF Dataset, drawn from a subset covering only the five million volumes in HathiTrust's public domain collection, has enabled novel research from scholars in economics, history, linguistics, literary studies, and sociology, among other fields. The new EF dataset, released under a Creative Commons Attribution license, provides access to features drawn from the remaining eight million volumes that otherwise would be...

Nov. 9, 2016

Associate Professor Bonnie Mak has been invited to share her expertise at a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop on "Social Facets of Data Science." Organized by faculty from California Polytechnic State University, Cornell University, North Carolina State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Texas at Austin, the workshop will examine data science as an important and growing profession that sits at the intersection of the STEM fields and the liberal and creative arts. 

Topics to be covered include data and society; data infrastructures; the environmental implications of data science; as well as scholarly method and craft in data science, which will include discussions of art, design, and film. 

Mak is one of six scholars selected from the country's leading research and teaching institutions who will be featured at the workshop.  

"I am honored to be part of this exciting initiative that explores links between the arts and data...

Oct. 24, 2016

Associate Professor Bonnie Mak will return to The Pennsylvania State University to participate in the inaugural Information + Humanities conference on October 28-29. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Humanities and Information, where Mak was visiting senior fellow in 2015-2016

Mak is among twelve invited speakers from across the country who will offer their perspectives on a set of terms especially associated with information, including infrastructure, classification, interface, keyword, and design. In her presentation on the topic of metadata, Mak will discuss how the descriptive practices of natural historians in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries can shed light on questions about metadata in the twenty-first century. 

"I look forward to joining my colleagues to discuss how the notion of information...

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