After 12 years in McKeldin Library, staff expansion and research growth calls for a more robust space. We’re excited to transform our significantly larger, sunlit, open-floor layout in Hornbake Library, which neighbors the Digital Collections, Nonprint Media Services, and the iSchool, into the new digital humanities hub. Plans for a Zen garden in the outdoor courtyard are already in the works.
September 20: Aditi Muralidharan, Ph.D. student in Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, Large Scale Text Analysis in the Digital Humanities: Methods and Challenges.
September 27: David Mimno, postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science at Princeton University, Computational Historiography in a Century of Classics Journals.
With support from an iSchool and DH Centers grant, resident graduate interns Sayan Bhattacharyya and Clay Templeton have been working with software developer Travis Brown to perform computational analysis of a collection of texts from the American Civil War. They are attempting to build better topic models for this corpus by applying a form of supervised Latent Dirichlet Allocation that incorporates historical data such as casualty rates or bond rates. They plan to present this work in appropriate venues in the upcoming months.
Generously funded by the NEH, the Shelley-Godwin Archive is digitizing the manuscripts and early editions of Romantic writers Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, to make the texts available online to the general public. MITH is collaborating with a dynamic team from The New York Public Library, the Bodleian Libraries, the Houghton Library, the Huntington Library, and the British Library.
We very much look forward to working with three Maryland faculty professors as their research fellowships begin this Fall: Hayim Lapin (History, Jewish Studies); Carla L. Peterson (English); and Peter Mallios (English).
With support from an NEA grant, Music Theater Online is posting a libretto monthly of an important early American musical, with associated photographs, vocal scores, and the occasional audio file.
Jennifer Guiliano, Assistant Director, will manage our grant projects and supervise our project development teams. Trevor Muñoz, Assistant Dean of the Libraries for Digital Humanities Research and an Associate Director of MITH, will lead a series of digital curation and research initiatives on behalf of both the Libraries and MITH.
We’ve uploaded videos from the workshop on developing APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for the digital humanities, hosted by MITH on February 25-26, 2011.
The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.0. TILE is a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts.
Franklin J. Hildy, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Maryland’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, launched Theatre Finder, a peer reviewed online guide to historic theatre architecture. Additionally, the Visual Accent and Dialect Archive (VADA) is a crowd-sourced YouTube video archive of English-language accents and dialects gathered from around the globe, headed by Leigh Wilson Smiley, Head of the MFA in Performance in Maryland’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies.
We congratulate Associate Director Matthew Kirschenbaum as he begins his one-year Guggenheim fellowship this August. Matt recently co-taught a course on born-digital materials at the Rare Book School.