Week 5: Analysis


Post your visualization with the Category Visualization to the website by 9am, Friday, July 6. This can be a link to a map, timeline, network diagram, text analysis, annotation … really, anything that will bring some sort of visual, interactive element to your final project. If you really want to use one of the text or network analysis tools introduced on Monday or Tuesday, and think you may need more time, let us know.

Reflective Essay #4

Post by 9am, Monday, July 9

As digital humanities practitioners at a small liberal arts college, it’s important to be aware of criticism of digital humanities work, as well as negative perceptions of liberal arts schools. Read the following article:

Neoliberal Tools (and Archives): A Political History of Digital Humanities” By Daniel Allington, Sarah Brouillette, David Golumbia

Given what you have learned so far about digital humanities and digital scholarship, what is your reaction to this article? Do you agree with the authors, disagree, or somewhere in between? Make sure you are acquainted with the concept of neoliberalism. The article “The Neoliberal Arts: How College Sold Its Soul to the Market” by William Deresiewicz may provide some additional context. Once you’ve read the article and formulated some thoughts, check out some responses. Feel free to incorporate their arguments into yours, or refute them.

Monday, July 2

9am-9:30am: Sharing and Planning (Library 014)

9:30am-Noon: Text Analysis (Library 014, Public Session)

Text analysis in digital scholarship takes large bodies of texts (corpora) and uses digital tools to find relationships between words and concepts. This sort of analysis has been happening for decades, to the point where the first thing many scholars think about when discussing digital humanities is text analysis. While it is difficult to learn, projects like Google’s Ngram Viewer has made working with texts easier. Today, we’ll look at some text analysis projects and the tools behind them, including Voyant Tools.

Before the Workshop

  • Visit Project Gutenberg and find a few texts that interest you.  We’ll be using Voyant Tools to examine them during the lab.

If You Want to Learn More

Tuesday, July 3

9am-11am: Network Analysis (Library 014, Public Session)

Similar to text analysis, network analysis is a way to find relationships between things. Think of it along the lines of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon … if you’ve ever played this, you’ve already done network analysis! Today we will look at a few different ways network analysis is part of the Digital Humanities conversation and develop a basic network visualization with the Onodo tool.

Before the Workshop

If You Want to Learn More

Noon-1pm: DSSF Lunch (Library 018)


2pm-3pm: WordPress Walk-Up Workshop (Library 014)

We will hold a brief WordPress workshop that will be driven by your needs. Bring questions and problems you want to solve!

Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day, paid day off!

Thursday, July 5

1pm-4:30pm: 3D Printing (West Building)

And now for something completely different … today we will take a field trip to the West Building to have a 3D printing workshop with Eric Remy from Educational Technology. This is a chance to have fun, but also to think about the idea of making in the humanities, and how prototyping, creating, failing, and revising are all important lessons to learn.

Friday, July 6

9am-10am: Digital Scholarship in Context (Library 014, Public Session)

For this installment of DH in Context, we will be looking at how the creators of digital projects articulate the value of their work and justify the choices they make regarding subject matter, methodology, and digital tools or platforms. This week we will focus on the disciplines of English Literature, History, Art History, and Archaeology.

Review the Following Projects

DH in Context, July 6, 2018

10am-11am: Sharing and Planning (Library 014)