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Saturday, October 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Exploring Digitized Texts

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Textual Analysis for Actors in a Shakespearean Theater Troupe
Beth Seltzer (Bryn Mawr College)

What does the digital have to offer to the public? This project is an experiment examining the usefulness of computer-assisted textual analysis in the context of a community theater troupe putting on an original-practices production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. In the Shakespeare in the Summer version of original practices, actors are expected to analyze the text's rhetoric on their own and improvise blocking, with no director or rehearsal. I provide each actor with textual analysis of their lines, using multiple methods: sentiment analysis, stylometry, and word collocation. I use their responses to discover which methods are the most useful and compelling to them in the process of preparing for the show, and to speculate on what digital scholarship might ideally offer publics engaged in literary interpretation.

From Coding to Curating: A Decade of Building Tools for Close Reading of Digitized Texts
Mark D. LeBlanc and Kate Boylan (Wheaton College)

Over the last decade, the Lexomics Research Group has leveraged interdisciplinary teaching and research to build a series of tools to help scholars explore digitized texts. What began as a very focused scholarly question about an Old English text has led to an innovative research group with undergraduates, sets of “connected” courses, and Lexos: a simple, web-based workflow for text processing, statistical analysis, and visualization designed to address barriers of entry to computer-assisted explorations of texts. Yet, as more scholars and students across the academy engage in computational explorations of texts, we submit that a more intentional curation of digital assets for scholars is increasingly needed. Our evolution brings us (back) to the library seeking expertise with ways of storing digitized texts in various states (e.g., raw, cleaned, and/or segmented), caching preliminary, negative, and final tries, and how best to support the dissemination and reproducibility of results.


100 Years in the Making: A Case for Books in Curricular Digital Scholarship (Scalar, Tensor and Crossroads)

Christopher Gilman, Jacob Alden Sargent, and Craig Dietrich (Occidental College)

Occidental College (Oxy) has been working to develop curriculum and technical infrastructure for sharing curated archival and undergraduate research projects between educational and cultural heritage institutions. This session presents a case study of a pilot undergraduate course in the humanities which deployed the digital scholarly authoring platform Scalar as a means to engage a collection of Russian Avant-garde artist books housed at the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The session will feature a live demonstration of a new middleware tool, Tensor, which has an iTunes-like interface for collecting and migrating content between digital archives and publishing platforms. Tensor will bridge Scalar, as long-form online scholarly publication platform, with Global Crossroads, Oxy’s short-form site-based presentation system, placing these systems in close proximity to each other as a new, open-source and modular system for facilitating and disseminating digital scholarship.


Speakers
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Kate Boylan

Director, Archives & Digital Initiatives, Wheaton College
Kate Boylan is Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wheaton College (Norton, MA) where she is charged with curating, preserving and disseminating Wheaton’s unique digital scholarship and assets.
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Craig Dietrich

Craig Dietrich, a digital artist, scholar, and educator, is Mellon Research Associate at Occidental College. With the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, he is the co-creator of Scalar, a semantic web scholarly digital authoring tool, and the creator of Tensor, a new middlewa... Read More →
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Christopher Gilman

Occidental College
Chris Gilman is Associate Director for Design + Development in the Center for Digital Liberal Arts, and Affiliated Faculty in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at Occidental College. He has a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures and a BA in Russian studies. His pro... Read More →
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Mark D. LeBlanc

Professor of Computer Science, Wheaton College
Mark D. LeBlanc is Professor of Computer Science at Wheaton College (Norton, MA) where he has taught and conducted research with undergraduates for over 20 years. LeBlanc pioneered a number of interdisciplinary research and teaching efforts, including the Lexomics Research Group... Read More →
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Jacob Alden Sargent

Occidental College
Jacob Alden Sargent is an Associate Director for Instruction and Research in the Center for Digital Liberal Arts at Occidental College.
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Beth Seltzer

Bryn Mawr College
Beth Seltzer is the Educational Technology Specialist at Bryn Mawr College, where she works on a range of initiatives designed to integrate technology into a small liberal arts college environment. Current projects include the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Initiative, the... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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