Current faculty: Catherine De Rose

This course will introduce you to digital humanities methods and workflows by applying them to questions from literary studies and history. We will begin by examining the process by which written and printed materials become digital, considering what is gained and lost along the way. What kind of claims can we make about the “data” as a result of the transformation? What questions can we ask when we increase our scale of study to hundreds or thousands of texts? Over the week, we’ll work closely with texts and their accompanying metadata, seeing what new information we might glean by incorporating digital tools into our practice.
Digital humanities is an expansive, rapidly developing area of research. This course is designed to give you a foundation, introducing you to approaches and resources you can continue to draw on after the week concludes. You will gain hands-on experience working with popular open source tools used by digital humanities practitioners. You will also learn best practices for developing your own digital humanities projects, from curating a dataset and identifying a suitable method of analysis to creating effective and compelling data visualizations you can share.
This course is intended for students, faculty, and library staff who are interested in taking on or supporting digital humanities projects, or who are just looking for an introduction to the field. No prior programming experience or project is required. Sample data will be provided, but there will also be open “lab” times for participants to develop their own projects or continue experimenting with the sample data.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Introducing digital humanities methods and theories
  • Processing data in OpenRefine and with optical character recognition software
  • Visualizing data in Tableau Public
  • Automatically extracting person and place names from text with Named Entity Recognition
  • Identifying linguistic patterns in a collection of texts
  • Creating network graphs in Gephi and maps in ArcGIS Online
  • Georeferencing historical maps with Georeferencer
  • Combining textual, visual, and spatial information in a StoryMaps web application
  • Scaffolding and managing a digital humanities project

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop (Windows or Mac) with them to the workshop. Prior to the workshop, the instructor will send a list of software with installation instructions.