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Critical Fan Toolkit (CFT)

Written on June 24, 2020 at 11:28 am, by

The Critical Fan Toolkit (CFT) is an open, public, digital dissertation; it provides a collection of resources and data for fans, teachers, and researchers who are invested in integrating critical fan practices into their everyday compositions, teaching, and research. This toolkit defines a critical fan as a fan of any cultural material or icon(s) who  Continue Reading »

Mapping Transformation: How changing neighborhood identities affect civic life

Written on May 8, 2020 at 3:23 pm, by

Mapping Transformation is an ongoing journalism research project conducted by graduate students in Northeastern University’s School of Journalism. The project aims to map the Boston landmarks that have undergone, or are currently undergoing, a name change or rebranding because of their namesakes’ ties to slavery or other racist behavior, and to reflect the current demographics  Continue Reading »


Written on March 16, 2020 at 10:29 am, by

XM<LGBT/> seeks to build a qualitative coding system that thinks more deeply about LGBTQ+ people and about queer theory, forefronting these methods and ways of thinking. This project began in 2016 as part of project lead Abbie Levesque’s Master’s thesis on LGBTQ+ writing center tutors. Using RELAX NG, XSLT, and XML, this project seeks to  Continue Reading »

Letterpress Goes 3D

Written on March 16, 2020 at 10:17 am, by

Letterpress Goes 3D (LG3D) seeks to investigate modes of media production, the materiality of historical texts, and the relation between old and new media by reverse engineering nineteenth-century woodcuts and creating new press materials using 3D printing and laser cutting. 3D modeling has been recently taken up as a means of replicating fragile historical artifacts  Continue Reading »

Visualizing Early Colonial Philadelphia: A Digital Narrative on the Role of Health in Philadelphia’s Early Urbanization

Written on February 18, 2020 at 11:31 am, by

Visualizing Early Colonial Philadelphia will be a digital component to Nebiolo’s dissertation, “Constructing Health: Concepts of Well-Being in the Creation of Early Atlantic Cities” to highlight some of the urban spaces discussed in the dissertation.* The goal of this digital project is to create a visual representation of some of the sites of health Nebiolo  Continue Reading »

Digital Humanities Graduate Student Research Gathering Series

Written on October 28, 2019 at 10:29 am, by

In December 2018, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks awarded a Seedling Grant to Northeastern graduate students—in partnership with the Digital Scholarship Group—seeking to connect with other students doing Digital Humanities in Greater Boston. The goals of this series are to foster connections and provide students with resources and opportunities to share their research.  Continue Reading »

The Black Architects Archive

Written on October 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm, by

The Black Architects Archive (BAA) is a web-based, interactive repository of architectural practice that maps the genealogy of black architects from the nineteenth century to the present. The archive collects and displays the work of black architects across history in an effort to bring to light under-represented practitioners in architecture. By foregrounding architects who have  Continue Reading »

The Prevalence of Backfire Effects After the Correction of Misinformation

Written on October 3, 2019 at 12:33 pm, by

A backfire effect is when a person reports believing even more in misinformation after a correction has been presented. In other words, instead of belief decreasing as intended, the person strengthens their belief in the very misconception the correction is hoping to rectify. Currently two backfire effects have gained popularity in the literature, the worldview  Continue Reading »

Novels in the News: The Reprinting of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers

Written on April 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm, by

“Novels in the News: The Reprinting of Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers” investigates the republication history of novels and short fiction within the hybrid medium of the nineteenth-century newspaper. This project seeks to understand not simply which novels and stories were reprinted in newspapers, but which parts of these texts circulated most widely (and which did  Continue Reading »

Cycles of Conflict, a Century of Continuity: How Place Shaped the Women’s Movement over One Hundred Years

Written on January 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm, by

The tension between social stability and social change is foundational to social science: society is constantly changing, yet institutions are slow to change. It is the intersection of these two dynamics that is ultimately responsible for macro social patterns, but measuring this intersection is difficult to do at scale. In this project, I use a  Continue Reading »

The Birth of Boston

Written on January 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm, by

The Birth of Boston project is a partnership between faculty and graduate students in Northeastern’s History department, working closely with the Massachusetts Historical Society on using materials from their collections to investigate how historical narratives and data can be located geographically. The project is exploring mechanisms for linking multiple archival datasets and considering methods for  Continue Reading »

Algorithmic Bias in AI-Assisted Conversations

Written on October 23, 2018 at 11:37 am, by

What does the introduction of reply suggestions generated by AI do to human communication? Whose “voice” is represented in these machine-generated responses and whose voice is diminished by them? Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook are now offering automated reply suggestions on their platforms, which are used by millions of people every day. The reply suggestions are  Continue Reading »

The Atlas of Southern Memory

Written on July 11, 2018 at 2:42 pm, by

In an era of contentious debates about who and what should be commemorated in the public sphere, the conversation has largely been limited to physical monuments like statues, plaques, and landmarks. These structures advance narrow cultural narratives about the past, require significant capital to establish, and allow no interaction or annotation by the public. There  Continue Reading »

Gossamer Network: The U.S. Post and State Power in the American West

Written on July 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm, by

Between the 1860s and the 1890s, the western United States underwent one of the most dramatic reorganizations of people, land, capital, and resources in American history. It had taken Anglo-Americans the better part of two centuries to settle the eastern half of the country, yet they occupied the West in less than a single generation.  Continue Reading »

Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks In Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914

Written on July 11, 2018 at 11:18 am, by

Oceanic Exchanges (OcEx) is funded through the Transatlantic Partnership for Social Sciences and Humanities 2016 Digging Into Data Challenge. The dramatic expansion of newspapers over the 19th century created a global culture of abundant, rapidly circulating information. The significance of the newspaper has largely been defined in metropolitan and national terms in scholarship, while digitization  Continue Reading »

Art of the March

Written on February 17, 2018 at 5:08 pm, by

A Documentary Project Dedicated to the Organizers and Participants of the Boston Women’s March, January 21, 2017 Note: The Art of the March site is currently down. The team is working to resolve the issue but, in the meantime, the posters can be accessed through a collection in the Northeastern University Library’s Digital Repository Service.  Continue Reading »

Her Truth

Written on January 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm, by

One of Nackey Loeb’s editorials displayed on C-SPAN shortly before the 1984 New Hampshire presidential primary For nearly 20 years, Nackey Scripps Loeb served as publisher of the Manchester (NH) Union Leader, a role that gave her tremendous clout in national politics. New Hampshire is home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and Loeb’s editorials helped  Continue Reading »

A People’s Atlas of the Nuclear United States

Written on October 17, 2017 at 10:39 am, by

“A People’s Atlas of the Nuclear United States” is a digital public humanities project that documents and interprets the relational geographies of nuclear materials used by the United States military. The Atlas is structured to articulate scalar relationships — from the planetary to the corporeal — and to simultaneously present cartographic, textual, and image-based information  Continue Reading »

Undergraduate Research Initiative

Written on October 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm, by

The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) encourages undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities to carry out research and other creative activities in collaboration with, or under the close supervision of, faculty members with relevant research expertise. With the support of this fund, the College aims to help undergraduate students develop or enhance  Continue Reading »

Rediscovering the Refugee Scholars of the Nazi Era

Written on September 28, 2017 at 10:06 am, by

The Rediscovering the Refugee Scholars project is a research effort by Northeastern University faculty and graduate students in Jewish Studies, Journalism, Public History, and Computer Science to retrace the forgotten career and life pathways of a group of scholars who attempted to flee Nazi persecution in the 1930s and 1940s. With the assistance of the New York  Continue Reading »

News-based Early Warning System

Written on April 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm, by

This project explores whether a real time sentiment index, constructed using the universe of Reuters news, can help in forecasting GDP and predicting extreme events, such as large reversal in capital flows, in emerging markets.

#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice

Written on March 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm, by

Through a unique combination of network analytics and critical readings of tweet texts, #HashtagActivism: Networked Counterpublics in the Digital Age examines how and why Twitter hashtags have become an important platform for historically disenfranchised populations to advance counter-narratives and advocate for social change. We contend that members of these marginalized groups, in the tradition of  Continue Reading »

Margaret Fuller Transnational Archive: Mapping Topographies of Revolution

Written on January 25, 2017 at 11:12 am, by

The Margaret Fuller Transnational Archive aims to digitally map networks of publication involving Margaret Fuller and the circles of European and American political and cultural figures, including Horace Greeley, and Giuseppe Mazzini and Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso with whom she came into contact during the years 1846-1850, when she lived in Europe. As the research  Continue Reading »

Networks of Coexistence: Explaining Variation in Cross-Ethnic Ties

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm, by

What factors lead individuals in volatile environments to form social ties across ethnic divisions? Prior research suggests that close contact with other groups can improve attitudes and quell stereotypes but can also spark violent conflict, particularly in a densely-packed community with limited resources. For this study, we took a mixed methods approach, interviewing dozens of  Continue Reading »

LA County Jail Oral History Project

Written on January 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm, by

The LA County Jail Oral History Project aims to document the conditions, culture, and recent history of the LA County Jail system through the oral histories of former and current inmates. The oral history project and its public website will create an opportunity to grant an authoritative voice to the literally disenfranchised minority of the  Continue Reading »

(Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Rhetoric, Genre, and Markup in the Writing Classroom

Written on December 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm, by

Image from teaching journal, July 7, 2016 This project studies the writing and experiences of students as they compose XML markup in a series of writing classes taught at Northeastern. In addition to writing their assignments in XML (using Oxygen), these courses engage students in a semester-long, collaborative writing project: the design and implementation of  Continue Reading »

Assessing the Impact of Online Personalization on Algorithmic Culture

Written on October 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm, by

Today, many major websites personalize the content that they show to users. Examples include: Google Search, which personalizes search results to try and surface more relevant content; Amazon and Netflix, which personalize product and movie recommendations; and Facebook, which personalizes each user’s news-feed to highlight engaging content. The proliferation of personalization on the Web is  Continue Reading »

Social Network Processes in Collaborative Decision-Making

Written on September 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm, by

How do we best organize agents to solve difficult problems? Should they compete or collaborate? If they collaborate, who should collaborate with whom? While organizing problem­-solving work as a competition can provide strong incentives to exert high levels of effort and allows exploring multiple solutions in parallel, collaboration can allow learning from others and leverage  Continue Reading »

Issues of Categorization in Citizen Feedback Systems

Written on September 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm, by

Classification schemes can tell us a lot about organizations, their politics and practices. For citizen feedback applications, incident categories are a central component that negotiate between the ways in which users perceive an incident and the formats that the city’s organization can process and act upon. Currently, there is no default taxonomy for Open311-based incident  Continue Reading »

Volunteer Science Project

Written on September 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm, by

Volunteer Science is an online platform enabling anyone to participate in social science research.  The goal of Volunteer Science is to build a thriving community of research participants and social science researchers for Massively Open Online Social Experiments (“MOOSEs”).  The architecture of Volunteer Science has been built to be open to researchers, transparent to participants,  Continue Reading »

The Early Caribbean Digital Archive

Written on October 24, 2013 at 1:11 am, by

The Early Caribbean Digital Archive is an open access collection of pre-twentieth-century Caribbean texts, maps, and images. Texts include travel narratives, novels, poetry, natural histories, and diaries that have not been brought together before as a single collection focused on the Caribbean. Plantation slavery and settler colonialism are defining aspects of the early Caribbean—and both  Continue Reading »

Digital Humanities Quarterly

Written on October 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm, by

Note: Because the ADHO server is in an unplanned downtime, DHQ is currently down. We apologize for the inconvenience!  Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities. Edited by Julia Flanders at Northeastern University and published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), DHQ is also  Continue Reading »

Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling

Written on October 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm, by

Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities was a three-day workshop of invited participants, made possible with generous funding from the DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program, and held on March 14-16, 2012 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The workshop included presentations, panels, and discussion sessions focusing on questions of data modeling for  Continue Reading »


Written on October 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm, by

Tapas is the TEI Archiving Publishing and Access Service for scholars and other creators of TEI data who need a place to publish their materials in different forms and ensure it remains accessible over time.

Women Writers Project

Written on October 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm, by

The Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. The project has been working since 1988 on building an electronic collection of rare and less familiar texts, and on researching the complex issues involved in representing early printed texts in digital form. The WWP’s goal  Continue Reading »

Viral Texts Project

Written on October 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm, by

The Viral Texts Project seeks to develop theoretical models that will help scholars better understand what qualities—both textual and thematic—helped particular news stories, short fiction, and poetry “go viral” in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines.

OUR MARATHON, The Boston Bombing Digital Archive

Written on October 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm, by

Our Marathon is a crowdsourced digital humanities initiative that collected stories, photos, oral histories, social media activity, and other content related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. The project was active from April 2013 to August 2014. Over this period, close to 10,000 items were added to Our Marathon’s collections, thanks in  Continue Reading »