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Upcoming Event This Saturday 4/14: Theorizing the Web Conference

This Saturday, April 14th the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities will be co-sponsoring the second annual Theorizing the Web Conference along with the Department of Sociology, Cyborgology, and the iSchool. It should be a fantastic event. Come on out!

THEORIZING THE WEB CONFERENCE
APRIL 14, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
cyborgology.org/theorizingtheweb #TtW12

On Saturday April 14, the University will host the second annual Theorizing the Web conference in the Art-Sociology building, where emerging and established researchers, activists, educators and artists from around the world will meet to explore the social implications of the Internet. . . . Continue Reading

OCR, XML, Topic Modeling, and Braille Accessibility: Coming Soon Thanks to the NEH!

MITH is delighted to announce four awards from the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities Start Up Grant Competition:

Active OCR: Tightening the Loop in Human Computing for OCR Correction, led by Assistant Director Travis Brown, received a Level 2 start up award in the amount of $41,906.

ActiveOCR proposes a proof-of-concept application that will experiment with the use of active learning and other iterative techniques for the correction of eighteenth-century texts provided by the HathiTrust Digital Library and the 2,231 ECCO text transcriptions released into the public domain by Gale and distributed by the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) and 18thConnect. . . . Continue Reading

MITH Associate Director Participating in “Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities” Workshop

This week I will be one of the participants at a three-day workshop on “Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities” co-sponsored by the Centre for Digital Editions at the University of Würzburg and the Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship, and hosted by Brown. The workshop was organized by Julia Flanders (Brown University) and Fotis Jannidis (University of Würzburg) and is being supported through generous funding from the DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program. . . . Continue Reading

MITH Associate Director Speaking at DC Public Library Panel Discussion on History of Reading

This Saturday from 2:00-4:00PM, Matthew Kirschenbaum, MITH Associate Director and professor of English, will be participating in “From the Stone Age to the Digital Age,” a panel discussion about the history of reading — past, present and future. The event will be hosted by the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library. Matt will be joined by panelists Erik Delfino, professor of history at Catholic University and Kari Kraus, professor of information science at University of Maryland. . . . Continue Reading

Announcing MITH’s Newly Launched Website!

MITH is excited to announce the release of the newest iteration of our website. As you browse through the site, you will see revised content and a fresh design that we hope will make it easier for you to navigate through our projects, staff pages, and blog posts. We’ve added in new sections highlighting DH culture and resources, our partners and affiliates, and generally just freshened up our web presence. . . . Continue Reading

MITH Faculty Fellow to Speak at UM Libraries’ Campus Author Series

Wednesday, March 7th at 4:30pm Carla Peterson, Ph.D, professor of English, MITH Faculty Fellow, and director of the Black Gotham Archive, will be giving a talk as part of the University of Maryland Libraries’ Speaking of Books… Conversations with Campus Authors series. Carla will be speaking on her recently published book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale UP, 2011). . . . Continue Reading

From Digital Humanities to Neuroscience to Speculative Realism: A Day in the Reading Life of Neil Fraistat

Our own Neil Fraistat, MITH Director, is featured in today’s The Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Read column. While Neil finds food for thought in The New Yorker’s investigative profiles, and brilliant digital humanities scholarship in Kathleen Fitzgerald’s Planned Obsolescence, he still manages to keep his sense of humor by reading The Onion and his son and daughter’s joint blog, Sibling & Charybdis: Two Siblings Who Love the Funny. . . . Continue Reading

MITH Faculty Fellow Carla Peterson in the News

Carla Peterson

In celebration of Black History Month, this week the University of Maryland is profiling Carla Peterson, professor of English and MITH Faculty Fellow, on her research project, Black Gotham Archive. In “Online Archive to Share Stories of 19th Century Free Blacks,” Karen Shih, University Editor, interviews Peterson on her family history, 19th century black New Yorkers, and the origins of her digital archive. . . . Continue Reading

Part 2: MITH Faculty Fellow Answers Readers’ Questions on Times’ “Taking Questions”

Last week, Carla Peterson, professor of English and a MITH Faculty Fellow, was featured by The New York Times City Room “Taking Questions” series on her book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale University Press, 2011). Over the course of the week, readers submitted their questions to Dr. . . . Continue Reading