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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

Jul. 2, 2018

iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, which will take place from July 2-6 at the University of Oxford. The annual summer school offers training in the digital humanities through hands-on workshops and lectures.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will be a guest lecturer for the workshop, "Digital Musicology," which will introduce participants to computational and informatics methods that can be, and have been, successfully applied to musicology. He also will take part in a roundtable discussion on applying digital musicology in research. Downie will lecture on linked data and digital libraries at another workshop, "Linked Data for Digital Humanities."

Lecturer Elizabeth Wickes and Postdoctoral Research Associate Katrina Fenlon will be leading the workshop, "Hands-On Humanities Data Curation," which will provide an...

Jun. 26, 2018

Megan Senseney, research scientist for the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), and Daniel G. Tracy, information sciences and digital humanities librarian at the iSchool and assistant professor at the University Library, will present their research at Digital Humanities 2018, which will be held on June 26-29 in Mexico City. The theme for this year's conference is "Puentes/Bridges," which reflects the crossing of cultural, technological, political, and ideological borders towards the creation of an transnational and inclusive digital humanities community.

Senseney will present "Audiences, Evidence, and Living Documents: Motivating Factors in Digital Humanities Monograph Publishing," which includes iSchool coauthors Postdoctoral Research Associate Katrina Fenlon and...

May. 16, 2018

Everyone is welcome to this public event on the future of the historical record. The symposium features speakers from Michigan State University, the University of Lincoln-Nebraska, and the University of Illinois, who will present their ongoing work related to digital and public history, and its uses in the classroom and beyond. The event will be simulcast.

The Classroom and the Future of the Historical Record is a three-year grant supported by the Humanities Without Walls Consortium.

9:15am: Opening Remarks: John Randolph (Illinois)
9:45-10:15 a.m.: Historical Thinking with Data: Reading, Contextualizing, Transforming and Interpreting by Sharon Leon, Brandon Locke, and Alice Lynn McMichael (MSU)
10:15-10:45 a.m.:...

Feb. 15, 2018
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While the issue of gender equality is more prevalent in modern times than in the Victorian era, a new study shows that in literature, the number of women characters and women authors has declined rather than grown over the years. Professor Ted Underwood led the research, which used machine learning to analyze the presentation of gender in more than 100,000 novels from 1703 to 2009 in the HathiTrust Digital Library. 

According to Underwood, "By 1960, women had lost half the space they occupied in nineteenth-century fiction, even though gender roles had become more flexible."

He and his fellow researchers, David Bamman, assistant professor of information science at the University of California, Berkeley, and Sabrina Lee, a graduate student in English at Illinois, recently published their findings, "The Transformation of Gender in English-Language...

Jan. 12, 2018

The Humanities Without Walls Consortium, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research, teaching, and scholarship in the humanities, sponsoring new areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation. On December 14, the Consortium announced the results of its latest research challenge initiative, "The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate." It awarded one of these grants—a multi-year investment of $138,360—to a team of humanists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The award will support their multi-year research project, titled "The Classroom and the Future of the Historical Record." 

This project will investigate recent, profound shifts in how the sources of our knowledge about the past are made. Mobile digital...

Nov. 2, 2017

Master's student Sara Benson, copyright librarian and assistant professor at the University Library, and Harriett Green, affiliated faculty member and head of scholarly communication and publishing at the University Library, have been invited to present at the 2017 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI 2017).

SCI 2017, which will be held from November 5-9 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a forum for teams of individuals from diverse backgrounds to come together to define challenges, explore strategies, and establish collaborations in the domain of scholarly communications. This year's theme is "Scholarly Storytelling: Compelling Research for an Engaged Public."
 
Benson and Green's project, "A New Framework for Sharing and Reflecting Non-Textual Cultural Narratives," explores how researchers, cultural heritage institutions, designers, and communities can collaborate to design...

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...

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