Thursday, January 29, 2015

Adam Kosto to speak on digital analysis of medieval charters

Please join the UCLA Digital Humanities program for a workshop on ChartEx: Tools for the Analysis of Medieval Charters with the distinguished medievalist Adam Kosto.

3:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Wednesday, February 4

Rolfe 2118, UCLA

ChartEx: Tools for the Analysis of Medieval Charters. ChartEx, or "Charter Excavator," is a collaborative digital humanities project developed as part of the second round of the Digging into Data Challenge.  The core tools, still in development, are designed to "read" full text medieval documents (charters) using Natural Language Processing, identify persons and places in individual documents, and then propose relationships between the persons and places identified across a set of charters using data mining techniques.  After an introduction to the project, students will have an opportunity to experiment with the annotation tool used to train the system, and with the virtual workbench used to analyze and manipulate the data.

Adam Kosto, Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York, specializes in the institutional history of medieval Europe, with a focus on Catalonia and the Mediterranean. He received his B.A. from Yale (1989), an M.Phil. from Cambridge (1990), and his Ph.D. from Harvard (1996). He is the author of Making Agreements in Medieval Catalonia: Power, Order, and the Written Word, 1000-1200 (Cambridge UP, 2001) and  Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford UP, 2012), and co-editor of The Experience of Power in Medieval Europe, 950-1350 (Ashgate, 2005), Charters, Cartularies, and Archives: The Preservation and Transmission of Documents in the Medieval West (PIMS, 2002), and Documentary Practices and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2012).

Friday, January 23, 2015

Event: Spatial Narrative, Cartographic Design, and the Digital Humanities

The UCLA Digital Humanities Working Group is pleased to present:

The Geography of Henry Peabody’s Historic Photographs at the Grand Canyon:

Spatial narrative, cartographic design, and the digital humanities

Nicholas Bauch (Stanford University)

Tuesday, February 24, 3pm to 5pm
UCLA Young Research Library Research Commons Scholarly Innovation Lab

The pilot project for Stanford University Press’s new digital publishing platformEnchanting the Desert is the web-based revival of a photographic slideshow made in ca. 1900 at the Grand Canyon by commercial photographer Henry Peabody. It is the earliest surviving mass-marketed visual representation of the region, meaning that it serves as a template for what people actually saw when they saw the Grand Canyon. Serially, as they were meant to be viewed, the photographs are disorienting, obscuring the space produced by Peabody’s portrayal of what would become the most visited national park in the country.

The project reveals this lost geography, answering for readers two deceptively simple questions: 1) where was the photographer standing when he took his photos?, and 2) what exactly were virtual tourists consuming with their eyes when they used these images to help define their impressions of the American West? What ensues is an interactive, non-linear, spatial narrative that uses Peabody’s images as a guide to the region. Combining novel cartographic design with a custom interface that allows readers to learn about the Grand Canyon breathes life into a historical document that in its own time also attempted to enhance how people knew these incredible landscapes.

In this talk I cover three aspects of Enchanting the Desert:

  1. the intellectual and practical contributions to human geography and art history,
  2. the technics and design process of making a web app in the Digital Geo-Humanities, and
  3. the process of getting a born-digital project peer-reviewed and published with a major university press.
Nicholas Bauch is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA, where he specialized in cultural and historical geography. His major works are A Geography of Digestion (forthcoming, University of California Press) and Enchanting the Desert (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Join UCLA DH for a workshop on the internet of things!

Photo by MadLab Manchester Digital Laboratory.
Curious about Arduino, physical computing, or the internet of things? Join the DH program for a workshop and demo with Professor Stephen Mamber (Film and Television).

Thursday, January 29, from 3 to 4 p.m.
UCLA Young Research Library Laboratory for Digital Cultural Heritage (in the Research Commons)

Does the Internet of Things have relevance to the Digital Humanities?  I’m interested in seeing what possible interest there might be in having a working group and/or class explore ways that using microcomputers might lead to some projects in this area.  I’ve gotten hold of some Internet Galileos (an arduino-compatible board with built-in ethernet) and some nice sensor kits, and in this workshop I thought I could demonstrate how they work, and we could have a discussion about setting up ways for us to go further.

Everyone's welcome — especially beginners!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Two workshops on web-crawling at UCLA

The International Institute and the UCLA Program on International Migration are proud to present:

Introduction to Hyphe: A new webcrawler for analyzing controversies

Monday, January 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 28, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Both workshops in the Laboratory for Digital Cultural Heritage, in the Young Research Library Research Commons

Presented by Mathieu Jacomy, M├ędiaLab, Sciences Po, Paris

Working on controversies – whether related to immigration, the environment, or police behavior -- can be greatly facilitated by crawling the websites maintained by actors involved in any controversy and thereby analyze their online connections.

These workshops are designed to introduce non-technical users to a new web crawler, Hyphe, designed so that researchers can control the building of a web corpus (by filtering and qualifying the websites to include in the corpus) while simultaneously providing  powerful tools capable of handling the huge amount of data available on the web.

Using modern and robust technologies such as Lucene, MongoDB, Scrapy, Twisted, Thrift, Domino.js, Sigma.js or Bootstrap, Hyphe can manage multiple corpora within each instance, bypassing crawling issues (redirections, cookies, javascript-only pages, …), handling multi-websites entities from the web interface, tagging the results, and so on…

Hyphe is easy to use.  Workshop participants will simply need a laptop equipped with a conventional web browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc) and access to the internet.  Depending on time and interest, the Wednesday workshop will also provide an overview of Gephi.

Mathieu Jacomy
is a research engineer at m├ędialab in Sciences Po Paris. Web mapping and visual networks analysis are his main fields of expertise. He created different tools dedicated to digital methods in social sciences, including the free network visualization platform Gephi. At the ICT-Migration program of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (directed by Dana Diminescu he developed the technical parts of the e-Diasporas Atlas project. Now in Sciences Po, he is in charge of the Dime Web instrument, supporting researchers in using digital methods

Bastian M., Heymann S., Jacomy M. (2009). Gephi: an open source software for exploring and manipulating networks. International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.

Thanks to support from: the International Institute;  UCLA Interdisciplinary and Cross-campus Affairs; the UCLA School of Law; The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; the Irene Flecknoe Ross Lecture Series in the Department of Sociology. The Irene Flecknoe Ross Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from Ray Ross in memory of his wife.