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May. 30, 2017

J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research, has been named a National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellowship awardee for the 2017-18 academic year. Faculty Fellows work with NCSA on specific projects aimed to help solve grand challenges facing all people, including deep learning, the internet of things, data analysis, volcano activity, and more.

Downie’s project is titled, “Modeling the Massive HathiTrust Corpus: Creating Concept-Based Representations of 15 Million Volumes.” Through this research, he hopes to make the HathiTrust collection—15 million books spanning multiple centuries—available for large-scale research use through optimized,...

Jul. 23, 2014

GSLIS doctoral student Peter Organisciak is among the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Contribution Award given by the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. The award recognizes a landmark contribution to the field of digital humanities made by a Canadian researcher or team or researcher(s) at a Canadian institution.

The 2014 award honors the group that created and initially maintained a project called A Day in the Life of Digital Humanities (Day of DH). Organisciak was recognized as one of the original creators of the project, along with Geoffrey Rockwall and Stan Reucker. Fellow award winners also included Megan Meredith-Lobay, Kamal Ranaweera, and Julianne Nyhan, who were instrumental in the maintaining Day of DH through it’s first four years.

The group, then colleagues at the...

Jun. 6, 2014

GSLIS faculty and staff have collaborated with the Oxford e-Research Centre to organize a five-day workshop to be held this July. The workshop, Data Curation and Access for the Digital Humanities, is part of Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School 2014 and will introduce data curation concepts and practices to a group of students, faculty, and information professionals who work with humanities research data. Registration is open through June 23.

Interim Dean Allen Renear, Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie, and Professor Carole Palmer will all travel to Oxford to present talks based on data curation research and education efforts in the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS...

May. 13, 2014

[image1-right]The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is pleased to announce the recipients of four Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) prototyping project awards. These projects represent a range of approaches to developing new tools and techniques designed to assist researchers and scholars in: (1) identifying and selecting resources from within the HathiTrust; and (2) creating worksets of these resources for scholarly analysis.

Each project will receive $40,000 to develop a prototype over a nine-month period beginning in spring 2014, for a combined total of $160,000 in project funding. HTRC received fifteen proposals in response to an RFP released in November 2013, and eight finalists were invited to present projects at a shortlist meeting in February 2014.

The following prototyping projects have been selected:


Apr. 28, 2014

The third and final in a series of Digital Humanities Data Curation workshops will be held April 30-May 2 at the Snell Library at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The series of three-day intensive workshops is hosted by Digital Humanities Data Curation (DHDC), a collaborative research project supported by CIRSS, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and Northeastern University that seeks to develop strong data curation practices within the digital humanities community through the workshop series as well as an online learning resource, the DH Curation Guide.

Instructors Trevor Muñoz (MS '11; MITH), Julia Flanders (Northeastern...

Aug. 23, 2013

What is HTRC?
The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library. The HTRC is developing computational research access to some 10 million volumes (3 billion pages!) in the HathiTrust corpus.

What is the UnCamp?
It is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, and a part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. To make UnCamp as affordable as possible for you to attend, we have set registration at $100.00.  Registration is due by August 31, 2013.

Who should attend?
The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to the digital humanities and informatics tool developers, researchers and librarians, and graduate students.

Learn more about the HathiTrust and the HathiTrust Research Center:

Aug. 23, 2013

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $437,000 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with Indiana University for an exciting new project in the HathiTrust Research Center. The “Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis: Prototyping Project” (WCSA) project will be directed by HTRC Codirector and GSLIS Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie, GSLIS-affiliated faculty member and Professor of Library Administration Timothy Cole (MS '89), and Beth Plale of Indiana University.

Requirements for creating scholarly worksets are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, both as humanities scholarship has become more interdisciplinary and as it has become more digital. Developing the ability to slice through the massive HathiTrust corpus and to construct the precise...