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Letterpress Goes 3D: Reprinting the Past for the Present: 2020-2021 Report and Overview

Written on February 2, 2021 at 4:14 pm, by

Introduction In order to share the activity of the Letterpress Goes 3D, or LG3D, we first must share the definition and potential of “letterpress.” Letterpress was the dominant printing technology from the 16th century to the early 20th century, and continues to be used today for educational, historical, and artisanal purposes. In letterpress printing, individual  Continue Reading »

Speed Data-ing Fall 2020

Written on February 2, 2021 at 10:59 am, by

On November 18th, 2020, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks hosted the fifth annual “Speed Data-ing” event, a research showcase that brought together potential collaborators to discuss a range of digital humanities and computational social science research questions, methodologies, and data sets. This year, Speed Data-ing was held in collaboration with the Digital Scholarship  Continue Reading »

What do the data tell us about election 2020? Panel Re-cap

Written on December 17, 2020 at 10:16 pm, by

On Friday, December 11, 2020, the NULab hosted a virtual panel, “What do the data tell us about election 2020?” The panel consisted of four speakers with expertise in political advertising and communication, online disinformation, and election history. The invited guests were Dr. Erika Franklin Fowler, Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and director of  Continue Reading »

NULab Grant Recipients Lightning Talks

Written on November 25, 2020 at 1:08 pm, by

On October 28, at a special session of DH Open Office Hours, recipients of NULab Seedling and Travel Grants shared their exciting projects in a round of lightning talks. Weekly DH Open Office Hours are organized by the Digital Scholarship Group. The panelists were Jay Cephas, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Justin Haner,  Continue Reading »

“Data, Activism, and Intersectionality”: Panel Re-cap

Written on November 23, 2020 at 10:36 pm, by

Image credit: A screenshot from the Black Living Data Booklet, discussed by panelist Faithe Day.  On Thursday, October 19, 2020, the NULab hosted a virtual panel, “Data, Activism, and Intersectionality,” with three panelists whose work in digital humanities, both within and outside the academy, engages questions of process, power, and representation. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Professor of   Continue Reading »

Social Dimensions of the Pandemic

Written on October 28, 2020 at 10:48 am, by

Image credit: Screenshot showing results for “masks” and “reopen” from the COVID-19 Tweets Project, developed in collaboration between the Lazer Lab and Aleszu Bajak. On October 15th, the NULab had the pleasure of hosting the “Social Dimensions of the Pandemic,” panel where David Lazer (Northeastern University), Andrea Parker (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth  Continue Reading »

NULab and DSG Host Fall Scholarship Celebration

Written on October 23, 2020 at 1:39 pm, by

By Caroline Grand and Julianna Wessels The NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and the Digital Scholarship Group hosted a Fall Scholarship Celebration on October 6, 2020 to welcome new graduate students and faculty members to the digital humanities community and showcase new and ongoing projects in the field.  Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Amanda Rust  Continue Reading »

If it Bleeds, it Leads: Disaster Information Dissemination and Media Usage

Written on April 30, 2020 at 1:25 pm, by

When disasters strike, media responses serve multiple functions. Media can focus the general public’s attention on a disruptive event, disseminate potentially lifesaving information to those in the disaster area, inform those not in the area of how they can help, provide information to the public on how they can better prepare for a potential similar  Continue Reading »

Day of DH 2020: Snapshots of our daily lives

Written on April 29, 2020 at 4:32 pm, by

Day of DH 2020 was organized by CenterNet as a way to encourage digital humanists “to communicate what they do on Twitter, what they are working on and the rhythm of their life in DH.” The Digital Scholarship Group and the NULab have collaborated on this post, bringing together some brief snapshots from the perspectives  Continue Reading »

Tackling 3D Modelling in the context of “Visualizing Colonial Philadelphia”

Written on April 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm, by

Courtesy of the Geography and Maps Division, Library of Congress   By Molly Nebiolo, PhD Candidate, History 3D modelling as a digital humanities tool has existed for a while, with very detailed projects like the Pudding Lane Production of Tudor-Era London, 3D Saqqara, and Virtual Angkor. But how can it be used on a smaller  Continue Reading »

Data Feminism with Visiting Speaker Catherine D’Ignazio

Written on March 26, 2020 at 4:20 pm, by

  Catherine D’Ignazio presented on Data Feminism, the new book she co-authored with Lauren Klein, on Wednesday, March 11th in Snell Library. D’Ignazio’s talk was also livestreamed by the NULab on Twitter and the archive can be found here. Klein and D’Ignazio’s book illustrates “a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics  Continue Reading »

Collaborative Society with Dariusz Jemielniak

Written on March 11, 2020 at 9:35 am, by

We live in an age of technological disruption where sharing economy firms like Uber, AirBnB, and WeWork are trying to transform our everyday services and commodities like transportation, lodging, and working spaces. Uber is an example of a technology-based application moving into a sector of the economy and changing the established process of how people  Continue Reading »

Suffrage Transcribe-a-thon with DH Hub and National Parks of Boston

Written on February 7, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

This post is written by Katie and Megan Woods, recent Northeastern graduates of the Masters of Arts in History with a Concentration in Public History program. To commemorate the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks along with the DH Hub, the Digital Scholarship Group, and the  Continue Reading »

Viral Texts at ACH2019: The Reprinting of Fiction in American Periodicals

Written on January 13, 2020 at 11:15 am, by

The Association for Computers and the Humanities conference that was held in Pittsburgh last July was an incredible event. Having the opportunity to present the research that I have been working on through the Viral Texts project was really exciting professionally, and it gave me the opportunity to speak with other academics whose work I’ve  Continue Reading »

NU Books from the NULab

Written on December 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm, by

  On November 19th at Northeastern University’s Alumni Center, five NULab faculty members presented on their new books, discussing their reasons for writing and the roles of the NULab in their work. These books are on a variety of subjects that include hashtag activism, deliberative democracy, and the urban commons, but they all share common  Continue Reading »

Romantic Cartographies with Visiting Speaker Asko Nivala

Written on December 6, 2019 at 4:34 pm, by

In October, NULab/DSG Visiting Speaker Asko Nivala presented on his ongoing project, Romantic Cartographies: Lived and Imagined Space in English and German Romantic Texts, 1790–1840. In this project, Nivala maps the spatial networks of place in English and German Romantic texts using the Stanford Named Entity Recognizer (NER) and historic maps to carefully georeference locations  Continue Reading »

A Book Discussion on Digital Activism with Jen Schradie and Brooke Foucault Welles

Written on December 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm, by

We are in an age where the internet has become a dominant tool utilized by various groups to leverage power and influence in the social world. One question that looms on the minds of many, in the midst of contemporary social movements and the resurgence of the American Right and Left, is who can use  Continue Reading »

“Misinformation Sharing” with Visiting Speaker Miriam Metzger

Written on November 21, 2019 at 1:30 pm, by

After the 2015 Brexit Referendum in the United Kingdom and the 2016 presidential election in the United States, so-called “fake news” has been a central component of political discourse. Fake news stories have proliferated online through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and the abundance of fake news has led to numerous congressional hearings  Continue Reading »

Makandal Text Network: NULab Project

Written on November 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm, by

As a 2018–2019 NULab Fellow, I worked with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) to investigate disability and slavery in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts, studying how we can read, represent, and understand this complex history. The ECDA focuses on decolonizing the archive through remix and reassembly, using the affordances of a digital archive to create  Continue Reading »

Digital Scholarship Group & NULab Fall Welcome 2019

Written on November 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm, by

  Introduction On October 30th, 2019, the NULab and the Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) hosted the sixth annual Fall Welcome event, featuring an exciting group of lightning talks from Northeastern graduate students and faculty, as well as a keynote lecture by Professor Laura K. Nelson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.   Lightning talks In his  Continue Reading »

“Frenemies” with Visiting Speaker Jaime Settle

Written on November 3, 2019 at 3:50 pm, by

  Would you be upset if your child (or hypothetical child) wanted to marry someone from the opposing political party? Americans have responded more negatively to this inter-party marriage question in recent decades. In the 1960s, less than ten percent of Americans responded “no” to the question. Today, more than thirty percent of Americans respond  Continue Reading »

“Eruptive Art” with Visiting Scholar Melissa Schlecht

Written on October 10, 2019 at 9:03 am, by

  Commencing the DH Open Office Hours for this academic year, Melissa Schlecht—a NULab/DSG Visiting Scholar from the University of Stuttgart—presented her project, “Eruptive Art: The Depiction of Atmospheric Anomalies after Major Volcanic Eruptions in American Artworks of the 19th Century.” Inspired by a 2004 article by Norwegian astronomer Donald W. Olson which proposes that  Continue Reading »

Public Historians on Digital Humanities: NCPH Reflections

Written on June 10, 2019 at 10:09 am, by

  Katie and Megan Woods recently graduated with their Master of Arts in History with a Concentration in Public History. They also obtained a Certificate in Digital Humanities with their project From Grateful Friends. Their travel to the National Council on Public History’s 2019 annual meeting was partially supported by a NULab travel grant. As  Continue Reading »

Digital Public Humanities Panel

Written on May 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm, by

On March 21, the NULab and Humanities Center co-sponsored a panel, “Digital Public Humanities”, featuring presentations by four scholars who work in the digital public humanities: Alex Gil (Columbia University), Roopika Risam (Salem State University), Caroline Klibanoff (MIT Museum), and Jim McGrath (Brown University). Throughout their presentations, these scholars explored the public impact of digital  Continue Reading »

The Emotional Arcs of Television: NULab Project

Written on May 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm, by

Stories are a vital part of the human experience. Narratives and tales communicate comedy, mystery, and drama to inform and entertain readers, listeners, or viewers. In search of a final project for our natural language processing (NLP) class, my collaborator (and fellow Network Science PhD student) Jessica Davis and I wanted to use NLP techniques  Continue Reading »

DH Projects at the National Council on Public History

Written on May 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm, by

  Katie and Megan Woods recently graduated with their Master of Arts in History with a Concentration in Public History. They also obtained a Certificate in Digital Humanities with their project From Grateful Friends (a screenshot from the project is above). Their travel to the National Council on Public History’s 2019 annual meeting was partially  Continue Reading »

Visualizing French Muslims: NULab Project

Written on May 14, 2019 at 2:41 pm, by

France has the largest populations of Muslims in the Western world, making up an estimated 7.5% of the population. The Muslim population has been steadily growing in France since the end of the Second World War, a trend further intensified after the end of the Algerian War for Independence in 1962. Since their arrival, the  Continue Reading »

NULab Spring Conference 2019 on “Digital Storytelling”

Written on May 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm, by

On March 29, 2019 the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks hosted its third annual Spring Conference on the theme of Digital Storytelling. This interdisciplinary conference highlighted work and research of Northeastern faculty and graduate students with a keynote address given by Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins. Throughout the day  Continue Reading »

2019 “Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity” Conference

Written on April 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm, by

When it comes to conveying the realities of climate change, adding more information may not always help—this was the takeaway message from scholars and artists at the NULab’s recent “Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity” conference. The conference was a collaborative event co-hosted with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Humanities Center, the Department of English,  Continue Reading »

Theory and Tools in the Age of Big Data

Written on March 28, 2019 at 10:11 am, by

This post describes research supported by a NULab travel grant. Back in February I had the privilege of attending Social Science Foo Camp, a flexible-schedule conference hosted at Facebook HQ where questions of progress in the age of Big Data were a major topic of discussion. It turns out I had a lot to say!  Continue Reading »

Douglass Day Read- and Transcribe-a-thon

Written on February 28, 2019 at 2:25 pm, by

On February 14th, the NULab, the Women Writers Project, and the Digital Scholarship Group hosted a read- and transcribe-a-thon in celebration of Frederick Douglass’s birthday. This event was part of a national celebration co-produced by the Color Conventions Project at the University of Delaware and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. During our Douglass Day  Continue Reading »

“Punching History in the Face” with the Co-creators of “Uncivil”

Written on February 20, 2019 at 11:45 pm, by

Earlier this month, podcast hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika came to Northeastern to discuss their Peabody-award winning podcast, “Uncivil” and share stories from the world of podcast historical journalism in a talk titled: “Punching History in the Face: how podcast journalism is challenging the dominant narrative of America’s past.” Growing up in his hometown of  Continue Reading »

Digital Storytelling Panel: “What’s the Story?”

Written on December 12, 2018 at 3:26 pm, by

  Programming for the NULab’s theme of Digital Storytelling kicked off with an interdisciplinary panel, “What’s the Story?”, featuring Northeastern faculty members who discussed how they each engage with digital storytelling and narrative, raising questions about methodology, data, media, theory, and visualizations. This event was co-sponsored by the Northeastern University Visualization Consortium (NUVis). Elizabeth Maddock  Continue Reading »

GIS Day 2018

Written on December 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm, by

As part of GIS Day 2018, the Digital Scholarship Group, the Northeastern University Visualization Consortium (NUVis), and the College of Arts, Media and Design brought Nil Tuzcu and Arzu Çöltekin to present on mapping and visualization. Nil Tuzcu is an information designer and urban technologist specializing in spatial data analysis and visualization at the Center  Continue Reading »

Lexical Meters

Written on December 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm, by

Professor Peter Dodds directs the University of Vermont’s Complex Systems Center and co-directs the Computational Story Lab. Here’s a small overview of his presentation at the Network Science Institute on October 19th. One of Professor Dodds’ largest sentiment analysis projects measures a population’s happiness by assigning a happiness value to each word written on Twitter.  Continue Reading »

Northeastern hackathon creates tools and stories to better understand food insecurity in Boston

Written on November 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm, by

By Meredith Dietz and Paxtyn Merten Not every Boston neighborhood has equal access to healthy, affordable food. The city’s food system, in fact, is rife with vulnerabilities—from storm surges to food waste to transportation issues. So how can Boston maximize access to healthy food and protect its food web from disruptions? This question guided designers,  Continue Reading »

Speed Data-ing Event 2018

Written on November 19, 2018 at 11:52 am, by

On October 31st, 2018, the fourth-annual Speed Data-ing event brought together two panels of Digital Humanities and Computational Social Science researchers to discuss a range of research questions, methodologies, and datasets. A diverse array of projects were presented in lightning talks by scholars in the Journalism, English, and Political Science departments as well as the  Continue Reading »

Monica Martinez Keynote at Fall Welcome Event

Written on November 13, 2018 at 10:33 am, by

The NULab and DSG began the new academic year welcoming Dr. Monica Martinez, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Public Humanities Faculty Fellow at Brown University, as the keynote speaker at Northeastern’s Digital Scholarship Fall Welcome. In her talk, “Lives are Not Metadata: Recovering Histories in Texas,” Martinez explored her work recovering lost histories of  Continue Reading »

Digital Assignment Showcase

Written on November 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm, by

On October 24th, 2018, the NuLab hosted a showcase for digital assignments that may be adapted to courses in multiple different disciplines. The showcase began with an introduction by Lauren Nelson, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, who noted that the five assignments may be interpreted as long-term or short-term projects, and for large or  Continue Reading »

The DHSI Experience and the Ingenuity of Stylometry

Written on September 15, 2018 at 6:58 pm, by

By Molly Nebiolo, PhD Student in History, Northeastern University. I was able to fly to Canada to immerse myself in digital humanities for five days thanks to a course waiver awarded by DHSI and a NULab Seedling Grant that funded my transportation and housing for the workshop. Not only was I lucky enough to experience  Continue Reading »

Analyzing the Editorials of Newspaper Publisher Nackey Scripps Loeb

Written on August 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm, by

By Meg Heckman, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Northeastern University. Tales of New Hampshire’s first-in-the nation presidential primary almost always mention the Union Leader, a newspaper that’s as much a part of the state’s political lore as candidates hustling for votes in diners and on factory floors. Journalists love to retrace the paper’s history and rehash how  Continue Reading »

Creating the Intertextual Networks Genre Taxonomy

Written on July 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm, by

By Kenny Oravetz, NULab Fellow As part of my work as a NULab fellow during the first year of the PhD program, I was given the opportunity to conduct digital research affiliated with any of the projects under the NULab umbrella. I decided to affiliate myself with the Women Writers Project (WWP) because their stability,  Continue Reading »

Viral Advertising: NULab Project

Written on June 2, 2018 at 10:39 am, by

Attentive readers flipping through magazines and newspapers around the turn of the twentieth century would have noticed gradual cosmetic transformations. In newspapers, bold, large fonts would guide the reader’s eyes across the page and smudge their fingertips with still wet ink. Magazines became thick with heavily glossed pages, advertising various products in bright and iridescent  Continue Reading »

Digital Decolonization: Research as a NULab Fellow

Written on May 22, 2018 at 11:41 am, by

As a NULab Fellow during the 2017-2018 academic year, I devoted a portion of my hours each week to working with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA). I was initially drawn to the ECDA for a variety of reasons. As a PhD candidate in literature, my dissertation includes a significant amount of attention to twentieth century Caribbean  Continue Reading »

Black Collectives, Black Data, and Public Imperatives

Written on April 20, 2018 at 12:54 pm, by

Jim Casey and Sarah Lynn Patterson discuss the Colored Conventions Project On Friday, April 13, the NULab welcomed Sarah Lynn Patterson and Jim Casey, national co-directors of the Colored Conventions Project (CCP), which is based at the University of Delaware. Starting in the fall, Patterson is an assistant professor in the English department at UMass  Continue Reading »

2018 Spring Conference: “Fake News/Real Knowledge.”

Written on April 14, 2018 at 8:35 am, by

On March 16, the NULab hosted its second annual conference on the theme “Fake News/Real Knowledge: Histories, Structures, and Futures.” The interdisciplinary conference highlighted work from faculty, graduate students, and research collaborators. Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and  Continue Reading »

The Jesuit Plantation Project Redux: Activating Derived Historical Data in a Digital Environment (Or, Death by Hand-Processed Data)

Written on April 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm, by

  In this early spring talk, Sharon Leon outlined how her archival research has brought to light information about 1,000 enslaved persons who resided on or nearby the Jesuit Plantations of Maryland in the century before the 1838 sale that transferred nearly 280 persons from the hands of the Jesuits into those of slaveholders in Louisiana.  Continue Reading »

Computational Poetry Workshop

Written on March 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm, by

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (left) and Mindy Seu provide an overview of computational poetry. On February 23rd, the NULab hosted a workshop on computational poetry led by Mindy Seu, a graduate student in Harvard’s School of Design, and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, an assistant professor of English at UMass Boston. They began the workshop by providing a brief overview  Continue Reading »

Boston DH Week at the DSG and NULab

Written on March 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm, by

  During the week of March 12-16, Northeastern University will join with other local universities to participate in Boston Digital Humanities Week, bringing an array of programming about and for the digital humanities to the greater Boston area. Check out our upcoming on-campus events hosted by the Digital Scholarship Group and the NULab for Texts,  Continue Reading »

Celebrating Frederick Douglas’s Birthday With a Transcribe-a-Thon

Written on February 21, 2018 at 8:42 pm, by

On February 14, the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks, the Women Writers Project, the Digital Scholarship Group and Snell Library’s Open Access programming teamed up for a special Valentine’s Day celebration—a transcribe-a-thon and birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Faculty, staff and students from various disciplines across Northeastern gathered in the Digital Media Commons to  Continue Reading »

Which Factors Influence How News Is Produced? Research on Structural Problems in Media

Written on February 7, 2018 at 5:20 pm, by

By John Wihbey, Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media, Northeastern University Note: John Wihbey’s research is partially supported by a grant from the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. The year 2017 will certainly go down as one of more vertiginous, and let’s just say it, outright crazy moments in modern American media history. It was the  Continue Reading »

A Global Ranking of Cities by Accessibility to Services

Written on January 10, 2018 at 9:27 pm, by

By Talia Kaufmann, Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University Note: Talia Kaufmann’s dissertation research is partially supported by a grant from the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Which cities provide the majority of their residents good accessibility to services? And how can we start quantifying accessibility levels in fine-grain resolutions to  Continue Reading »

Matthew Gentzkow on Social Media and the 2016 Election

Written on January 2, 2018 at 2:32 pm, by

Matthew Gentzkow’s presentation, “Media, Polarization, and the 2016 Election,” brought the NULab’s and Shorenstein Center’s co-hosted series on fake news to a close for the semester. Gentzkow is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, where he studies empirical industrial organization and political economy. His underlying research for this talk arose from the general sense  Continue Reading »

NULab Speed Data-ing Event Brings Researchers Together

Written on November 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm, by

On October 31st, the NULab hosted its annual Speed Data-ing Event, designed to bring researchers and data sets together and help researchers think of new ways to use their data. Professors from multiple departments presented data sets and tools for working with them. A diverse array of projects were presented in lightning talks: “Bringing Domain  Continue Reading »

Katy Pearce on Socially-mediated Visibility

Written on November 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm, by

On November 6th, the NULab, in conjunction with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, hosted Professor Katy Pearce from the University of Washington. Pearce’s talk, “Socially-mediated Visibility in Authoritarianism,” focused on concepts of surveillance, social media, and political dissent in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan, Pearce noted, is like the rest of the South Caucasus  Continue Reading »

Jacob Groshek on Social Media Use and Populist Support

Written on November 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm, by

[A NULab and Shorenstein Center Event on #fakenews] Jacob Groshek, Professor of Communications at Boston University, presented at Northeastern University “Helping Populism Win? Social media use, filter bubbles, and support for populist presidential candidates in the 2016 US election campaign,” a talk investigating how social media use correlated with support for certain political candidates and ideologies during  Continue Reading »

Making it Digital Workshop: Part 1

Written on November 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm, by

On October 20th, the NULab hosted the “Making it Digital” assignment workshop co-sponsored by the New England Digital Scholarship Collective. The workshop featured instructors who use digital assignments in their classrooms; presenters discussed sample assignments, what worked well, the challenges they faced, and tips for structuring similar assignments. The first half of the workshop featured  Continue Reading »

Making it Digital: Part 2

Written on October 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm, by

After the the morning talks concluded, participants in the October 20, 2017 “Making it Digital” Workshop were organized into groups based on common interests and concerns related to developing digital assignments for the higher-education classroom. Four of the groups discussed particular tools or techniques to be used: maps and/or GIS, text-analysis tools, TEI/transcription projects, and  Continue Reading »

Alice Marwick on Misinformation, Disinformation, and Trolls

Written on October 29, 2017 at 3:53 pm, by

[A NULab and Shorenstein Center Event on #fakenews] More than fifty people packed available chairs, corners, and floor space of a room in the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University to hear Alice Marwick present her talk, Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online. The talk stemmed from a Data and Society report published in May 2017,  Continue Reading »

Roopika Risam Keynote at Fall Welcome Event

Written on October 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm, by

Roopika Risam, Salem State University, began the new year for the NULab and DSG with the keynote speech at Northeastern’s Digital Scholarship Fall Welcome event. Her talk, “Reconstructing the Global Du Bois: Notes on an Investigation,” discussed the preliminary stages of her work exploring W. E. B. Du Bois’s career through digital tools. Although the  Continue Reading »

Word Embedding Models are the New Topic Models

Written on July 25, 2017 at 2:46 pm, by

This post was authored as part of a Northeastern TIER 1 project, led by NULab faculty.  By Jonathan Fitzgerald, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Northeastern University I remember the first time I trained a topic model. It was in a course called Humanities Data Analysis, taught by Ben Schmidt. He provided us a corpus of the Federalist Papers and  Continue Reading »

Commons and Communities

Written on April 29, 2017 at 10:48 am, by

During the NULab’s first annual conference, one consistent theme was how we relate to to the public sphere. The session on “Commons and Communities” had many interesting components, starting with a talk by NULab Co-director David Lazer, which presented a proposal for amending representative democracy in the US through the use of “virtual town halls.” This experiment connected voters  Continue Reading »

NULab Spring Conference: Keeping the Public Sphere Open

Written on April 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm, by

On March 24, the NULab hosted its first annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, fellows, alumni, and research collaborators. The conference included a range of panels and talks, all organized around the theme: “Keeping the Public Sphere Open.” The keynote address was delivered by Peter Levine, Associate Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship  Continue Reading »

Networks, Deliberation, and an Open Public Sphere

Written on April 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm, by

No conference on the public sphere would be complete without theorizing about the nature of the public sphere itself, and Tufts’ Peter Levine closed out the conference with a thoughtful keynote on deliberation (slides). What does it mean for the public sphere to be open? Is it sufficient? Levine moves from the group-level notion to the  Continue Reading »

Digital Archives and the Public Sphere

Written on April 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm, by

The panel on “Archives for the Public Sphere” at the NULab Conference on March 24th 2017 featured three presentations on a few of the digital archives housed at Northeastern: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon’s “Archives, the Commons, and the Public Sphere” on the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, Sarah Connell’s “Writing, Reception, Intertextuality: Networking Women’s Writing” on the  Continue Reading »

Archives and Collaboration: Reflecting on the Early Caribbean Digital Archive’s Participation in the Digital Humanities for Caribbean History Workshop

Written on April 24, 2017 at 11:53 am, by

     On March 31st, the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) was invited to share our project’s research at the Digital Humanities for Caribbean History workshop, held at Harvard’s HipHop Archive and Research Institute, and co-sponsored by both the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and Harvard’s History Design Studio. Vincent Brown, the  Continue Reading »

A New(ish) Approach to Markup in the Undergraduate Classroom

Written on April 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm, by

By Kevin G. Smith, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Northeastern University Note: Kevin G. Smith’s dissertation research is partially supported by a grant from the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. A few summers ago, I spent my days working in Northeastern’s Digital Scholarship Commons. As is common in that space, there were nearly daily meetings of  Continue Reading »

Building Digital Publics

Written on April 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm, by

​“Building Digital Publics,” the opening panel for the “Keeping the Public Sphere Open” NULab conference, introduced a set of really important challenges shaping the current state and possible futures of digital publics. Brooke Foucault Welles’ presentation on the practices of online activist counterpublics demonstrated the ways web technologies, particularly the hashtag, provide alternative modes for  Continue Reading »

Fake News at the NULab Conference: Journalism for the Public Sphere

Written on April 13, 2017 at 11:12 am, by

Fake news is everywhere. Or is it? And what do we even mean when we say fake news? How is it fake? Who believes it? These and other questions framed the conversation about journalism for the public sphere at the inaugural NULab conference last month. The panel, which included Lisa Friedland (Post Doctoral Research Fellow  Continue Reading »

Postdocs, Coordinator Syndrome, and Negotiating: a discussion with Moya Bailey, Sarah Connell, and Alicia Peaker

Written on April 12, 2017 at 11:10 am, by

On Monday April 3rd, Moya Bailey, Sarah Connell, and Alicia Peaker led an informal discussion on the topic of postdoctoral fellowships. As a NULab Fellow, I was active in putting this event together, as postdoc positions are becoming more common in my field of digital humanities, yet I knew very little about what being a  Continue Reading »

On Respecting “Deep Knowledge” in Collaborative Feminist Work: a Discussion with Jacque Wernimont

Written on March 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm, by

On Wednesday March 15th, Arizona State University English Professor Jacque Wernimont held a discussion with a group of graduate students, faculty, and staff at Northeastern on the topic of building digital feminist communities. I was particularly excited for Jacque’s visit, as a group I helped organize at Northeastern, the Digital Feminist Commons, co-sponsored the event  Continue Reading »

Feminist Methods in Digital Spaces

Written on March 22, 2017 at 9:35 am, by

The “Feminist Methods in Digital Spaces” panel brought together four experts from a range of digital disciplines to discuss their experiences in applying feminist methods to pedagogy and research in digital humanities, online discourse, computer science, and game design. The event was co-sponsored by the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks and the Digital Feminist  Continue Reading »

Political polarization and public science: reflections on a talk by Michael Macy

Written on February 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm, by

On February 3, the NULab co-sponsored a talk by Michael Macy titled “Can We At Least Agree on Science?” The talk, a synthesis of previously published work and a preview of a forthcoming paper, was an excellent example of how computational methods and large-scale datasets can shine new light on existing controversies in sociology and  Continue Reading »

Social Media and Academic Publishing

Written on February 6, 2017 at 11:05 am, by

On January 27th I had the opportunity to sit in on the NULab’s panel, “Social Media and the Modern Academic,” an informal discussion held by NULab co-director David Lazer and NULab faculty Moya Bailey and Ryan Cordell. I found their remarks useful for graduate students in the digital humanities, a field that is particularly visible and  Continue Reading »

Computationally Classifying the Vignette Between Fiction and News

Written on November 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm, by

The following is a companion piece to a paper that Ryan Cordell and I presented at the ALA 2016 Symposium, The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre. Our paper is titled “Vignettes: Micro-Fictions in the Nineteenth Century Newspaper” and in it we discuss the vignette as an essential genre in antebellum American letters, both  Continue Reading »

Some Thoughts on Élika Ortega’s “Distributed Media Architectures”

Written on November 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm, by

For our October 2016 NULab works-in-progress event, Élika Ortega presented a thought-provoking introduction to her current project, “Distributed Media Architectures in Print-Digital Literature.” To summarize for those who were not able to attend, Ortega explores what she terms as a “media fusion” poetics at work among Latin American writers who, as early as the late  Continue Reading »

Software from “Text as Data”: phrasemachine

Written on October 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm, by

  On October 14-15, NULab faculty members Nick Beauchamp and David Smith Co-hosted the seventh annual “New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data” conference. The premier cross-disciplinary gathering to discuss developments in text as data research, this two-day conference brought over 100 scholars to campus. Previous conferences have taken place at Harvard University, Northwestern University, the  Continue Reading »

Sarah Shugars responds to “Text as Data”

Written on October 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm, by

On October 14-15, NULab faculty members Nick Beauchamp and David Smith Co-hosted the seventh annual “New Directions in Analyzing Text as Data” conference. The premier cross-disciplinary gathering to discuss developments in text as data research, this two-day conference brought over 100 scholars to campus. Previous conferences have taken place at Harvard University, Northwestern University, the London  Continue Reading »

Study: Using Big Data to monitor societal events shows promise, but the coding tech needs work

Written on October 13, 2016 at 11:33 am, by

By Thea Singer, republished from news@Northeastern In the age of Big Data, auto­mated sys­tems can track soci­etal events on a global scale. These sys­tems code and col­lect vast stores of real-​​time “event data”—happenings gleaned from news arti­cles cov­ering every­thing from polit­ical protests to eco­log­ical shifts around the world. In new research pub­lished in the journal Sci­ence, North­eastern  Continue Reading »

Micki Kaufman’s “Scrappiness” in “Quantifying Kissinger”

Written on January 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm, by

By Gregory Palermo Before the break, we at the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and Digital Scholarship Group had the pleasure of hosting Micki Kaufman, the Modern Language Association’s Director of Information Systems. A doctoral student in US History and a Digital Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, Kaufman brings her previous professional background  Continue Reading »

NULab Faculty Interview: Ryan Cordell

Written on December 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm, by

This is the first of a series of interviews with NULab faculty we will be posting here. Former NULab fellow, Kevin Smith, sat down with Assistant Professor Ryan Cordell to talk about the NULab, his current research, and what music he would take to a desert island. KS: What current research are you most excited about? RC: I’m  Continue Reading »

Lauren Klein, “Feminist Data Visualization: Rethinking the Archive, Reshaping the Field”

Written on November 18, 2015 at 10:21 am, by

By Dave DeCamp On November 4, 2015 the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and Digital Scholarship Group hosted Lauren Klein for a fascinating talk titled, “Feminist Data Visualization: Rethinking the Archive, Reshaping the Field.” An Assistant Professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Klein is currently  Continue Reading »

A “Stunning” Love Letter to Viral Texts: A “sublimely splendiferous” foray into nineteenth century newspapers

Written on November 4, 2015 at 8:00 am, by

By Jonathan D. Fitzgerald On this day, 147 years ago, Volume 15, Number 10 of The Raftsman’s Journal was published in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Among the stories featured on its front page were a short work of fiction called “The Dashford Tragedy”; a vignette titled “Who Ate Roger Williams”; a poem, “Marjorie’s Almanac”; and “A ‘stunning’  Continue Reading »

Amanda Visconti’s NULab Lecture on Participatory Interface Design

Written on October 28, 2015 at 8:00 am, by

By Liz Polcha Last week the NULab community at Northeastern University was fortunate to welcome Amanda Visconti as an invited guest and speaker. As a graduate student taking part in this semester’s NULab Practicum led by Professor Julia Flanders and Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, my fellow graduate students and I also had the chance to  Continue Reading »

Acting In and On Space and Place: A Reflection on Dr. Angel David Nieves’ Recent NULab Lecture

Written on October 21, 2015 at 9:00 am, by

By Jonathan D. Fitzgerald “Black matters are spatial matters,” writes Katherine McKittrick in the introduction to her 2006 book Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. McKittrick acknowledges that all people “produce, know, and negotiate space,” but “geographies in the diaspora are accentuated by racist paradigms of the past and their ongoing hierarchical patterns.” Her  Continue Reading »

Gephi Tutorial

Written on March 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm, by

Several months ago, I was asked to deliver a presentation on how to use the open source network analysis tool Gephi. In response, I created a GitHub repository (or project for the uninitiated) to contain sample raw network data required for giving Gephi a test drive. You can find the repository here. In addition to being  Continue Reading »

Adventures in the Archive: Writing and Research in the Digital Age

Written on February 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm, by

  By: Kate Templeton After flirting with Digital Humanities last Summer and Fall, I’m excited to formalize my relationship with NULab this semester as a NULab Scholar. For this first blog post, one in a series I’ll be writing this Spring about the digital turn my dissertation in English literature has taken, I thought I’d  Continue Reading »

Exploring the NULab’s social network

Written on February 11, 2015 at 6:02 pm, by

One of the interesting aspects of being involved in a necessarily interdisciplinary endeavor such as NULab is understanding the degree to which we are already working with one another in the field. As a whole, does the NULab community engage with one another personally and professionally beyond our own assumptions based on the behavior we  Continue Reading »

Writing About Writing and Research: A DH Feminist Account of Working on My First (academic) Book Project

Written on October 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm, by

Hello! My name is Moya Bailey and I have the honor of being the first (ever!) postdoctoral fellow in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies and the NULab at Northeastern University. At this critical intersection of digital humanities (DH) and feminist theory lives my academic work and research interests. My book project, Misogynoir: Sexuality, Gender, and  Continue Reading »