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Digital initiative in world literatures and cultures
TEI/XML Working Group
Are you interested in learning how to do a computational analysis of a text? It's a two part process. First, you need to put your text in format that a computer can read. Once it is in that format, you can query and analyze it through technology. The first part of the process is called TEI (Text Encoding Initiative). The second part of the process is called XQuery. In the TEI/XML Working group, we are busy preparing Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal for future analysis. If you do not know TEI or XML, you should email Todd Hughes. An informal course will be taught each semester. Location: 003 Furman Hall; Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm; Dates: 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, 11 December.
Geospatial Tools Working Group
Are you interested in creating online maps for use in teaching literary works to your students? Are you interested in creating detailed maps in order to look at literary works from a different point of view? In the Geospatial Tools Working group, we explore the ways in which digital maps can inform us about literary texts. We also learn how to create digital maps. We work with tools such as Mapbox.com, html and geojson. These tools are very easy to use and learn. For further information regarding meeting times, locations and what to expect at the meeting, click the link above. Want to learn a little bit more about Geospatial tools? Look at an example. Click on the different tabs to learn about each location. Location : 003 Furman Hall; Time : 1:00pm - 2:30pm; Dates : 4 September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December.
Digital 3-D Visualization Working Group
3-D models are very helpful, not only in your teaching, but also in your research. For example, it is impossible for students to understand the size and structure of the Arc de Triomphe, by looking at a two-dimensional picture. In this group, we are actually creating three-dimensional models for teaching and research purposes. We are also interested in inserting these three-dimensional models into computer games. A typical session will include a discussion of three-dimensional models, and some practical training in aspects of creating models. We are presently using Blender as our software of choice. The learning curve is steep and we go very slowly. For further information regarding meeting times, locations and what to expect at the meeting, click the link above. You could learn to create something like this! Facilitated by Steven Wenz (Graduate Student in Spanish) and Curtis Maughan (Graduate Student in German). Times and dates for meetings tba.
Data Visualization Working Group
Are you interested in learning how to create graphs, charts and diagrams in order to demonstrate literary and textual phenomena? In the Data Visualization Working Group, we use software, such as Gephi, in order to visualize textual concepts such as narrative and discourse. We also use software to visualize extra-textual events, for example, the movement of letters between authors. Activities include a discussion of the conceptual dimensions of the visualization and training in use of visualization software. For further information regarding meeting times, locations and what to expect at the meeting, click the link above. Do you want to know what this looks like? Look at an
. Click on the different go button to see some visualizations related to Voltaire. Location
: 003 Furman Hall;
: 1:00pm - 2:30pm;
: 25 September, 30 October, 27 November, 18 December.
Text Mining Working Group
Text mining, in the most traditional sense, is defined as being "roughly equivalent to text analytics... referring to the processes of deriving high-quality information from text." Some of the activities in text mining include gaining word-frequency counts; searching for associated terms in a text; and the visualization of these processes. In this group, we will learn how to use R-Studio to perform data-mining procedures on literary texts. We will also read and discuss Matthew Jocker's Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature. You can learn more about these processes here. Location
: 003 Furman Hall;
: 1:00pm - 2:30pm;
: 18 September, 23 October, 20 November, 18 December. Please note: this is a brand new group with a new tool! We will be spending a lot of time just figuring out how to make R-Studio work.
Additional Opportunities for developing skills in using digital tools are available through the Office of Scholarly Communications in the Library.
Are you interested in being placed on a mailing list for the Digital Initiative in World Literatures and Cultures? Please send a request to Todd Hughes.