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First Steps with NLP and a Collection of Amiri Baraka’s Poetry

Amiri Baraka’s Black Magic, 1969 In this post I’ll discuss my initial foray into natural language processing (NLP)—cleaning up a corpus and prepping it for some basic text analysis techniques. I want to begin, however, with a note on the small textual corpus that I’m using in these preliminary explorations—Black Magic, a 1969 collection of…. Continue reading “First Steps with NLP and a Collection of Amiri Baraka’s Poetry”.

“All of the Questions:” A Recap of the 2017 Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Pre-Conference

In early October I was sent to represent the Scholars’ Lab at the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference and the pre-conference meeting. This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of students, teachers, scholars, librarians, and instructional technologists for a weekend of conversation about many aspects of digital scholarship including pedagogy, community outreach/social justice, and institutional…. Continue reading ““All of the Questions:” A Recap of the 2017 Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Pre-Conference”.

My Experience Leading a Workshop on Text Analysis at Washington and Lee University

[Sarah went to Washington and Lee University to give a workshop in Prof. Mackenzie Brooks’s DH 102: Data in the Humanities course through a Mellon-funded collaboration with WLUDH. More information about this initiative can be found here, and this piece is crossposted to the WLUDH blog.] As a graduate student participating in the University of Virginia…. Continue reading “My Experience Leading a Workshop on Text Analysis at Washington and Lee University”.

Learning to Augment Reality

The Praxis team is in the midst of defining its project, and for the past few weeks, we’ve been playing around with augmented reality (AR), specifically by using Vuforia and Unity. Learning about AR has been fascinating and, admittedly, a bit frustrating. I won’t go through the process of getting Vuforia and Unity to work…. Continue reading “Learning to Augment Reality”.

Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018

As a historian, when I think of charters, the first things I think of are royal charters. The first result when you Google charter, on the other hand, is Charter Telecommunications Company because of course. But as members of the new Praxis Fellowship cohort, my fellow fellows and I tried to chart (I’m sorry) a very…. Continue reading “Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018”.

/etc/rc.local

Hello again, my fine digital-humanist friends! It’s a delight to be back in the Scholars’ Lab this year! For those who don’t know me, my name is Christian Howard, and I am a PhD Candidate at UVA in English literature and one of the 2017-2018 Praxis Fellows. If you do happen to know me, you…. Continue reading “/etc/rc.local”.

About my research, computers and Digital Humanities

In my inaugural post a few days ago, I introduced myself to the world in kind of an oblique way. Some people may wonder what I am studying or what my research interests are. This post is here to mend this omission. In large brush strokes, I will talk about my dissertation and then about…. Continue reading “About my research, computers and Digital Humanities”.

CFP: PMLA Special Issue, Varieties of Digital Humanities

I want to call attention to the opportunity to publish your work in the leading journal in literary studies.  Miriam Posner and I will be co-editing a special issue on digital humanities, and we very much welcome varieties of approaches as well as topics.  PMLA has a very strenuous and blind peer review process that gives ample…. Continue reading “CFP: PMLA Special Issue, Varieties of Digital Humanities”.

Endangered Data Week

A range of Scholars’ Lab and Praxis folks are collaborating with Research Data Services and others in the Library for a series of workshops under the umbrella, Endangered Data, this week. Outline of events: Introduction to Libra Data (Dataverse at UVa) – Monday, April 17th 11am-noon, in Brown Library, Room 133. Introduction to Git/Github –…. Continue reading “Endangered Data Week”.

Topic Modeling Twitter

What is topic modeling? Topic modeling is type of statistical model that sorts through a large corpus of writing through language processing algorithms with the purpose of discovering the broad topics under discussion by grouping together words frequently used in tandem.  This method has been used in the past by scholars working on distant reading,…. Continue reading “Topic Modeling Twitter”.

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