Digital Humanities

Applying computing or using digital media in the humanities disciplines

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Broadening Access to Text Analysis by Describing Uncertainty

Time frame
2020-Present
Investigator
Ted Underwood
Total funding to date
$73,122.00
Funding agency
National Endowment for the Humanities

A project to study errors and paratextual noise in optically transcribed digital library texts, and the consequences of these errors on historical and humanistic conclusions measuring trends across time.

The noise associated with digital transcription has become an important obstacle to humanistic research. While the errors in digital texts are easily observed, the…

describing uncertainty in research

Data Capsule Appliance for Research Analysis of Restricted and Sensitive Data in Academic Libraries

Time frame
2017-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$32,500.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Indiana University, in partnership with eight other academic libraries, will enable new kinds of computational research while ensuring librarians remain expert stewards of information collections. In the last decade, there has been a nearly exponential increase in the volume of digital content, much of which could be valuable for computational research. However, not all datasets can be made…

Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library Resources

Time frame
2015-2018
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$398,844.00
Funding agency
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Librarians and digital humanities scholars from the University of Illinois in partnership with colleagues at Indiana University, Northwestern University, Lafayette College, the University of North Carolina, and the HathiTrust Research Center will develop a shared curriculum for use in academic libraries and a train the trainer series designed to assist librarians in getting started with the…

HathiTrust + Bookworm Project

Time frame
2014-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$504,373.00
Funding agency
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…

HathiTrust + Bookworm project

HathiTrust Research Center Phase 2

Time frame
2019-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$535,292.00
Funding agency
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…

HathiTrust Research Center: New Opportunities through Computational Analysis of HathiTrust Digital Library 2014-2018

Time frame
2014-2018
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$1,000,000.00
Funding agency
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…

Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$15,000.00
Funding agency
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…

Text Mining the Novel: Establishing the Foundations of a New Discipline

Time frame
2014-2020
Investigators
Ted Underwood, J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$142,000.00
Funding agency
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…

Textual Geographies

Time frame
2016-2019
Investigator
J. Stephen Downie
Total funding to date
$15,536.00
Funding agency
National Endowment for the Humanities

Textual Geographies uses named entity recognition and geolocation to extract place names from multilingual (English, German, Spanish, and Chinese) printed volumes held by the HathiTrust digital library and to associate those names with detailed geographic information. The project corpus currently includes about 10 million volumes published between 1700 and the present day.

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Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Allen Renear
Total funding to date
$1,000,000.00
Funding agency
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…

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