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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 »