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Digital Humanities

The Humanities Collaborative is sponsoring a new working group committed to the digital humanities that is aimed at humanists, librarians and graduate students with curiosity, interests, plans or projects related to the digital humanities.

News and Meetings

Starting in January 2022, we hope to foster an open community of digital humanities dabblers, novices, and practitioners who can share new and developing projects, discuss strategies for addressing the challenges of beginning and continuing digital humanities work, and find collaborators and colleagues across campus. This group will aim to address practical and intellectual concerns equally, with sessions devoted to topics that are likely to include publishing creative and critical research in multimodal formats, digital mapping, analyzing textual data, crowd-sourcing, geolocation, computational analysis, and any other topics that might be raised by participants.

Our meetings for Spring 2022 will generally be held Fridays at 11 a.m., with informal plans to continue conversations over lunch afterwards (weather and COVID permitting).  

Questions? Please contact co-organizers Jeanne Britton (jbritton@mailbox.sc.edu) or Kate Boyd (boydkf@mailbox.sc.edu)

In-person meetings occur in the Hollings Library Political Collections Room (The Hollings Library is accessed through the main level of Thomas Cooper Library at 1322 Greene Street, Columbia, SC)

Live virtual sessions for the events below can be accessed through this link.

  • [CANCELLED] Friday, Apr 8 at 11am: Stan Dubinsky - Stan Dubinsky (Linguistics) will discuss two projects: Wordification, an interactive online platform for spelling instruction, and the Language Conflict Project. The Wordification Project seeks to develop dialectally responsive, linguistically based spelling instruction provided through a computer based, gamified interactive instruction platform which will revolutionize spelling instruction in English Language Arts. As an instructional tool that is widely available and affordable, it will benefit both typical student and literacy challenged students in every community in which it is used.  The Language Conflict Project is an interdisciplinary collaborative across Political Science, Linguistics, Geography, and Digital Research studying the relationship between language and social conflict. The Project’s goal is to advance our understanding of how language differences and policies correlate with the onset, escalation, persistence, and de-escalation of intrastate conflict. In the pursuit of this goal, we seek to implement a workable typology of ethnolinguistic conflict, a set of distinct Linguistic Distance Measures, designed to distinguish the roles that different aspects of language play in different contexts, and a Language Freedom Index, to provide an objective measure of linguistic rights in each conflict state.

  • Friday, Apr 22 at 11am: Heather Heckman -Heckman discusses the methods behind her recently submitted paper "Shoot Today, Screen Tomorrow: A Quantitative Analysis of Elapsed Time from Production to Release by Color System in the United States, 1935-1975." She covers data mining from a commercial source, cleanup of semi-structured data in Open Refine, controlling for covariates (to the extent possible) and analysis in R. She also gives an introduction to non-parametric and paired-sample statistical tests, explaining what they are and why you might use them in your own quantitative humanities research projects. She promises that the talk will be much friendlier to absolute beginners than this paragraph has been, and hopes anyone interested in quantitative approaches (or the history of Hollywood film stocks!) will attend. 

  • Friday, Apr 29 at 11am : Second Meet  and Greet (tentative)

 

  • Friday, Apr 1 at 11am: Christian Cicimurri - Historic Southern Naturalists: Six Years of Digitizing Natural History
    The HSN project began in 2016, to facilitate both scholarly and avocational research by generating high quality digital images of objects and archives related to early southern naturalists and publishing them online. Images and metadata are published to several websites, including a dedicated HSN website, online catalogs of UofSC Libraries, McKissick Museum, and the Charleston Museum, as well as the SC Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America. Cicimurri will provide an update on the project with a focus on the recent pivot to publishing images and metadata to an online data aggregator.
  • Friday,  Mar 25 at 11am: Research Computing talk on storage - Research Computing will present storage options available for research at UofSC, including their storage and file size limits and the kinds of data which are appropriate to store on each.  Microsoft OneDrive, Research Computing’s Research Storage, the Carolina Enclave for Secure Research (CESR), as well as a brief overview of other cloud storage options will be presented. 
  • Friday,  Mar 18 at 11am: Amanda Wangwright - Amanda Wangwright (art history, School of Visual Art and Design) will discuss her in-progress digital humanities project, Nühuajia in the News, which serves as an extension of her recently published book, The Golden Key: Modern Women Artists and Gender Negotiations in Republican China (Brill, 2021). When finished, the digital humanities project will be an English/Chinese bilingual, public-facing, archival website of news coverage of women artists in twentieth-century China. Anna Morales, who assisted with the project in the fall of 2021, will share her experiences using the Omeka and Quire content management platforms. 
  • Friday,  Mar 4 at 11am: (online only) Jason Porter and Evan Meaney - Come share in a conversation about virtual reality’s potential to make historical research more immersive, visceral, and immediate. Jason Porter and Evan Meaney will share the Virtual Piranesi project, an annotated VR tour of the Pantheon according to Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings. They will discuss the design tactics and interpretation strategies that helped this digital humanities project find a remediated home for historical learning.
  • Friday, Feb 25 at 11am: Herrick Brown- Herrick Brown, Curator of the A.C. Moore Herbarium at UofSC, will speak on interdisciplinary, collaborative digital projects. He will showcase two projects that involved UofSC Libraries, Digital Humanities, McKissick Museum, and the A.C. Moore Herbarium and were completed at UofSC with support from NEH and IMLS. Discussion will address the challenges and successes of these projects and then expand into a broader dialogue about sustainability and emerging research topics likely to necessitate future collaboration. 
  • Wednesday, Feb 16: Lydia Mattice Brandt
    Project description:
    Digitizing Bull Street was created in spring 2014 by Dr. Lydia Mattice Brandt’s (art history, School of Visual Art & Design) graduate/undergraduate seminar in American Architecture. The digital humanities project documents 16 buildings and landscapes on the site of the South Carolina State Hospital at Bull Street, a 181-acre campus constructed between the early 19th century and the late twentieth century to house and treat the mentally ill. The project includes original histories by the students and a born-digital archive of more than 500 documents, drawings, and other archival materials related to the history of the site. Much of the Bull Street site has been demolished or renovated since the website was completed.
  • Wednesday, February 9, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Meet and Greet 
  • Friday, February 4 at 11 a.m. Hannah Alpert-Abrams of the National Endowment for the Humanities on NEH’s Digital Humanities funding opportunities. 
  • Friday, January 28 at 11 a.m. Amie Freeman, Scholarly Communication Librarian on Digital Content Management with University Libraries. An overview of the services the University Libraries offers to support digital projects. Digital content management and popular content management systems available to faculty and students, including WordPress, Scalar, and Omeka.

Below are tools and services available for starting and sustaining digital humanities projects. 

Where to start?  

  •  University Libraries offers CreateDigital, a free web hosting service for digital research and scholarship projects, to UofSC Columbia faculty, staff, and graduate students.  
  • The libraries also offer support, through Digital Research Services, for topics ranging from data management, analysis and visualization to digital publishing and archiving.  

Where to store?  

UofSC Columbia faculty can use up to 1TB for digital storage through Research Computing 

Internal grant programs sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research can provide start-up support for digital projects.  

The Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities offers competitive grants that support projects at early and advanced stages.  

 


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