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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »