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 Laboratory for Digital Cultural Heritage

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cartographic design with a custom interface that allows readers to learn about the Grand Canyon breathes life into a historical document that in its own time also attempted to enhance how people knew these incredible landscapes.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, MédiaLab, 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 médialab 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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

DH-Related Events at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting

As many of you know, the American Studies Association is hosting its annual meeting in Los Angeles this year. Thank you to Susan Garfinkel for compiling this list of DH-related events at the ASA. (They're also posted to the calendar.)

The Digital Humanities Caucus is pleased to announce a series of sponsored sessions and events at the 2014 American Studies Association conference in Los Angeles, November 6-9. Please join us!

THURSDAY November 6

    Sessions co-sponsored with the Women’s Committee:

** Feminist Making I: Building Critical Contexts
  Participants: Lauren F. Klein, chair; Susan Garfinkel, Elizabeth Losh, micha cárdenas, speakers.
  8-9:45 am, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)

** Feminist Making II: Producing Cultural Critique
  Participants: Jacqueline Wernimont, chair; Carly Kocurek, Jessica Lovaas, Jarah Moesch, speakers.
  12-1:45 pm, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)

  Offsite Electronic Literature Reading:

**Game Over: The Fun and Fury of Electronic Literature
  An evening of poetry and digital art performances
  Organizers: Leonardo Flores and Mark C. Marino
  8-9:30 pm, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, 2nd Floor Doheny Library, USC

 —> See for additional information and directions.

FRIDAY November 7

** Digital Shorts: The Fun and the Fury
  Conference attendees invited for planned or impromptu 3-5 minute lightning talks.
  Organizers: Grace I. Yeh, Viola Lasmana, Jesse P. Karlsberg.
  Participants: You!
  8-9:45 am, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)

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** Scripting the Reader in Electronic Literature
  Participants: Leonardo Flores, chair; Samantha Gorman, A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, Jody Zellen, Jeremy Hight, Jeff Knowlton, Mauro Carassai, speakers.
  10-11:45, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Cerritos (L1)

** Business Meeting: Digital Humanities Caucus
  12-1 pm, Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Wilshire Suite (L3)

SATURDAY November 8

** Digital Humanities / American Studies Tweetup
  8-10 pm, Industriel, 609 South Grand Ave

  Please join us for an informal gathering over dinner, drinks or desert (your choice/dutch treat) at a restaurant within 10-minute walk of the conference hotel.
  RSVP appreciated (non-binding, for planning only).

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