New Directions for Digital Scholarship


New Directions for Digital Scholarship – November 2013

Friday, 15 November 2013
Whitney Humanities Center Lecture Hall

3:00Susan Gibbons Welcome: Susan Gibbons

Susan Gibbons is University Librarian at Yale University. She earned an MLS and M.A. in history from Indiana University, professional MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Rochester.

Claire Warwick
Keynote Speaker: Claire Warwick
Making Ourselves Indispensable:
The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities at Three Years Old

Claire Warwick is a Professor of Digital Humanities at University College London; Deputy Director of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership; and Graduate Tutor for the UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Her research is in the area of digital humanities. She is particularly interested in the way that digital resources are used in the humanities and cultural heritage; in the use of social media in these areas; and in reading behaviour in physical and digital spaces. She has led, or collaborated on several digital humanities research projects, for example the INKE project and the QRator project. She also serves on various advisory boards, for example Digital Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E), and she is a member of the Comite Scientifique du Fondation Campus Condorcet . She was chair of the International Programme Committee for the Digital Humanities 2009 conference and a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College for Librarianship, Information and Museum Studies from 2009-2012

Respondent: Holly Rushmeier (Chair, Computer Science)

4:00-4:10 Brief break
4:10-5:30 Showcasing Yale Projects
Michael Dula EliScholar: A Platform for Open Access Scholarly Publishing at Yale University
Michael Dula (Chief Technology Officer, Yale University Library)

A service of Yale University Library, EliScholar provides a platform for Yale research and scholarly output, including journals, conference proceedings, and scholarly papers. It also offers simple portfolio pages for faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Mark Turin
Trip Kirkpatrick

Teaching Across and With Yale's Himalayan Collections:
An Experiment in Crowd Cataloguing

Mark Turin (Program Director, Yale Himalaya Initiative)
Trip Kirkpatrick (Senior Instructional Technologist, Yale ITG)

Himalayan Collections at Yale emerges from a hands-on collaborative course at Yale University. Led by Mark Turin but co-taught with colleagues from Yale ITG and two Library staff, and made possible by the generous support of a McCredie Fellowship, the course explores Yale’s network of exceptional collections from and about the Himalayan region as well as technology's role in preserving and presenting or obscuring these collections.

Working with web-based presentation tools and both digital and tangible media, students uncover the material histories and contexts of art objects, photographs, and personal archives, and help to enrich the collections through collective cataloguing. In this brief presentation, two of the instructors report on an investigation into the opportunities and challenges of using technology to teach with Yale's collections.

Lindsay King
Peter Leonard
Mining Magazine Archives
Lindsay King (Public Services Librarian, Haas Family Arts Library)
Peter Leonard (Librarian for Digital Humanities Research)

What can large-scale digitized collections of historic magazines, such as 400,000 pages from the Vogue Archive, offer to humanities scholars? Scholarship using these kinds of digital archives will require new technical tools, visualization strategies, and engagement with quantitative data — while not losing sight of the humanistic questions that drive research in fields from gender studies to the history of photography. Pushing us beyond the “keyword query” model and toward exposing latent patterns in texts and images, these archives offer challenges and rewards to scholars and librarians alike.

Lindsay King New Image Analysis Tools for Manuscripts
Holly Rushmeier (Chair, Computer Science)

Digitally Enabled Scholarship with Medieval Manuscripts is an Andrew Mellon Foundation funded project to create tools for supporting research in digital manuscript collections. One aspect of the project is using advance image analysis techniques to segment and label manuscript pages to enable scholars to locate sections of interests in collections of thousands of manuscript pages. A great deal of previous work has been done in this area, but the methods are either not robust, or require significant user interaction. We will discuss new approaches we are developing, and what sort of results scholars can anticipate.

Photogrammar Photogrammar: A Yale NEH DH Start-Up Grant Project
Taylor Arnold (Co-Director, Photogrammar; ’13PhD Statistics)

The first Yale project to be funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Start-Up Grant, Photogrammar is a Public Humanities Project that offers an interactive visualization platform for the one-hundred and sixty thousand photographs created by the federal government from 1935 to 1943 under the Farm Securities Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). The images constitute an archive of American life that is a resource for students, academics, and the public at large, mapped over historical county and census data. Photogrammar is directed by Professor Laura Wexler, who has a joint appointment in American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and is founder and director of the Photographic Memory Workshop, a cross-disciplinary working group of Yale faculty, staff and students that explores the intersection and interplay of photography and memory. Taylor Arnold and Lauren Tilton (Graduate Student, American Studies) are the co-directors of the project.

5:30-7:00 Reception
Whitney Humanities Center Room 108