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News related to MITH’s in-house, collaborative, or grant-funded research projects.

18 Oct 2011

Diggable Data, Scalable Reading, and New Humanities Scholarship

By | 2011-10-18T08:59:05+00:00 Tue, Oct 18, 2011|Community, Research|

Later this week I will be attending the 2nd International Culture and Computing Conference at the University of Kyoto and presenting the paper "Diggable Data, Scalable Reading, and New Humanities Scholarship." Digital Humanities is rapidly gaining a foothold in Japanese academic scholarship, and this conference features a strand devoted to new methodologies, ideas and outcomes that arise from

19 Aug 2011

Reading the Topic Modeling Literature

By | 2011-08-19T13:40:19+00:00 Fri, Aug 19, 2011|Community, Research|

As Sayan Bhattacharyya and I have discussed in several posts over the summer, the technique of unsupervised “topic modeling” or Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) has emerged in the humanities as one way to engage a text in “distant reading”. The appeal of the technique lies chiefly in the minimal assumptions it makes about the structure

8 Aug 2011

Reflections on Scale and Topic Modeling

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:19+00:00 Mon, Aug 8, 2011|Community, Research|

I recently came across a 1991 interview of the literary critic Harold Bloom (Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University) in The Paris Review, in the course of which Bloom remarks: "As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less." Since coming here (to MITH)

1 Aug 2011

Topic Modeling in the Humanities: An Overview

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:20+00:00 Mon, Aug 1, 2011|Community, Research|

In a recent post to this blog, Sayan Bhattacharyya described his contributions to the Woodchipper project in the context of a broader discussion about corpus-based approaches to humanities research. Topic modeling, the statistical technology undergirding Woodchipper, has garnered increasing attention as a tool of hermeneutic empowerment, a method for drawing structure out of a corpus

26 Jul 2011

Digital Amphitheatres, Virtual Odea: Announcing the Launch of Theatre Finder

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:21+00:00 Tue, Jul 26, 2011|Community, News, Research|

As a young student at Oxford, Franklin J. Hildy, found himself returning to school after a six-week tour of Europe only to realize that he had often been within proximity of a historic theatre, but had inadvertently bypassed it without knowing it was there. In an effort to provide a comprehensive study to historic theatres

22 Jul 2011

Digging into Data with Topic Models

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:21+00:00 Fri, Jul 22, 2011|Community, Research|

I am a graduate student from the University of Michigan interning this summer at MITH, working on the topic modeling project that is underway here. In this post, I will describe the "what" and "why" of what I have been doing, and I will try to put it in the wider context of corpus-based approaches.

21 Jul 2011

TILE 1.0

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:22+00:00 Thu, Jul 21, 2011|Research|

The TILE team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.0. The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) is a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts. This version of TILE includes: Import/export of TEI P5, and the ability to easily create custom data importers Improved workflow and

15 Jul 2011

MITH Awarded Amazon Web Services Grant

By | 2018-02-22T14:34:56+00:00 Fri, Jul 15, 2011|News, Research|

We are pleased to announce that MITH has been awarded an Amazon Web Services research grant for $7,500 to support our use of cloud computing services over the next two years. We are currently using Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances to perform natural language processing tasks on large text corpora, including a collection of approximately

14 Jul 2011

Welcome Clay and Sayan

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:22+00:00 Thu, Jul 14, 2011|Community, Research|

We are excited to welcome Clay Templeton and Sayan Bhattacharyya as graduate interns in residence at MITH for six weeks this summer. Clay is currently a third year doctoral candidate in the University of Maryland’s iSchool. Sayan is a first year master’s student in the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and holds a PhD

1 Jul 2011

Project Bamboo: Building Shared Infrastructure for Humanities Research

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:23+00:00 Fri, Jul 1, 2011|Research|

Several MITH staff members are currently working on Project Bamboo, a partnership of ten research universities, led by University of California, Berkeley, and including Australian National University; Indiana University; Northwestern University; Tufts University; University of Chicago; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland; University of Oxford; and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Within Bamboo, MITH is