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

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 | 2017-02-05T21:15:22+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

23 Jun 2011

You Say Tomayto, I Say Tomahto: Announcing the Visual Accent and Dialect Archive (VADA)

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:23+00:00 Thu, Jun 23, 2011|Community, Research|

Why do residents in the Italian neighborhood of Philadelphia pronounce words like “home” and “hoagie” in a Scottish dialect? Questions such as these have long drawn the curiosity of linguistics and language scholars. Up until now, audio recordings served as the primary source material for those studying accent and dialect history. Now, thanks to Leigh

7 Jun 2011

Frankenstein Goes Digital: Recent NEH Award to Build Shelley-Godwin Archive

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:24+00:00 Tue, Jun 7, 2011|Community, News, Research|

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, also titled The Modern Prometheus, stands as one of the most widely read novels of the Romantic era since its publication in 1818. No more so than now may Frankenstein be called the modern Prometheus, or rather, the digital Prometheus (bringing intellectual fire without the unpleasant ending). Maryland Institute for Technology