Digital Humanities and the Visual World Program, Saturday Oct 12

Thanks to everyone who came! And sorry about delays and glitches. We will soon post slides from all speakers who agree to provide them. 

We are ready to rock’n’roll! Below, we proudly present the DH and the Visual World program. Please note that anyone is more than welcome to attend only part of the day, there’s no obligation to stay from beginning to end (though of course we hope you will)!

Please register!! The event is free, but just so we know how many people roughly are coming. If you have to cancel, nothing lost, but we’d appreciate a rough head count. The registration form also asks you a few questions that aim to help us organize a better symposium day for you.

(Also, perhaps of relevance: The day before, there’s an English+Media event, with quite a line-up, organized by the English Department at CU Boulder.)

Here’s an overview; more detail below.

when what
9:30-10:00am Coffee available until 11am
10:00-10:45am Concurrent sessions
Session 1: Maps and visualizations (CBIS)
Session 2: Assignments and tools (N410 )
10:45-11am Load up on coffee
11:00-12:00pm Visual DH Common Session (CBIS)
12:00-1:30pm Lunch at local restaurants
1:30-2:45 pm Keynote by Lauren Tilton (CBIS)
2:45-3:00 pm Coffee break
3:00-4:00 pm Concurrent workshops & roundtable (all contingent on interest):

  • Alicia Cowart, Mapping Outside the Box (E206)
  • Kim Pham: Transkribus (E260A/B) (cancelled due to low interest)
  • Discussion table run by participants on topics of interest (details TBD, CBIS)
  • Potentially another roundtable/workshop (N410)
4:05-4:06pm Goodbye! (CBIS)

Detailed program

All presentations are 10 minutes, each followed by a 5-minute Q&A.

10:00-10:45am: Concurrent Session 1: Maps and visualizations

Room: Center for British and Irish Studies room
Chair: TBA

  • Carrie Osgood: Data Atlas of the World
  • Zane Cupec: Esri Story Maps: Yoruba and Fon Heritage Abroad: A Listening Guided Journey
  • Medellee Antonioli: Visualizing Shipwreck Data

10:00-10:45am: Concurrent Session 2: Assignments and tools

Room: N410
Chair: Vilja Hulden

  • Mostafa Purmehdi: Case Study: Moving Towards Video Assignments
  • Kim Pham: Handwritten Text Recognition on Historical Medical Records from the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society
  • Ellwood Colahan: Low-and-Medium Barrier-to-Entry Tools for Data Visualization and Sonification

11:00am-12:00pm: Visual DH Common Session

Center for British and Irish Studies room
Chair: TBA

  • Robin Douglas Burke: Reading Chicago Reading: A Data-intensive Study of Civic Reading
  • Lynn Schofield Clark: Exploring outcomes of the Colorado Migrahack as a community engaged effort in visual journalism and the digital humanities
  • Danielle N. Szafir: Enabling Close-to-Distant Reading on Large Text Collections using Mixed-Initiative Visual Analytics
  • Sarah Stanford-Mcintyre: Mapping Working Class Discontent Through Oil Union Newspapers

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch

Some lunch options include Ado’s, Aion, Sink, Khow Thai, The Corner… We aim to coordinate reservations and groups; choose a restaurant when you register.

1:30-2:45pm: Keynote: Lauren Tilton, The Visual Turn in DH

Room: Center for British and Irish Studies room

We are pleased to welcome Lauren Tilton, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Richmond and co-director of the Distant Viewing Lab and of Photogrammar!

Abstract: How can we use computational methods to study visual culture? How can we use visual culture to communicate DH scholarship? In this talk I will offer a brief genealogy of visual digital humanities, demonstrate how computer vision is opening up large scale image analysis, and explore how data visualization is shaping how we know what we know in DH. Examples are drawn from work on 20th and 21st century United States visual culture currently being conducted by the Distant Viewing Lab.

3:00-4:00pm: Workshop 1: Mapping Outside the Box

Alicia Cowart
Norlin E206

Maps can be powerful tools for visual communication and for understanding spatial relationships, patterns, and movements. However, the novice mapmaker may not realize the importance of choosing an appropriate map projection. Map projections are methods of representing the three-dimensional, spherical Earth on a two-dimensional plane and require distorting size, shape, distance, or direction.

Many easy-to-access mapping technologies use a base map based on the familiar Mercator projection, a map projection which flattens the geographic grid into a rectangular shape and distorts the sizes of land areas with increasing latitude. This rectilinear projection is well-suited to computation, display on a computer screen or wall poster, and of course its original purpose for sixteenth century sea navigation. However, its overuse in mapping tools today limits the mapmaker to a one-size-fits-all base for geospatial data and may even promote inaccurate or misleading representations of spatial phenomena.

In this workshop, we will consider the influence of the Mercator projection on how we perceive different places around the globe and discuss the reasons why we should carefully choose our base map as an essential component of communicating spatial information. We will discuss the capabilities of different geospatial platforms and experiment with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools which allow us to select different map projections.

3:00-4:00pm: Workshop 2: Transkribus

(canceled due to low interest, sorry!)

3:00-4:00pm: Participant discussion table(s)

Center for British and Irish Studies room

This is an opportunity for participants (at least those not attending a workshop) to engage in (additional) informal conversation about their DH research and pedagogy or anything else related that they’ve been thinking about or that has arisen during the day.

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