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All Upcoming PGH|DH Events

Paolo Ciuccarelli: Digital Humanities + Design
Starts: February 21, 2017, 5:00 pm
Ends: February 21, 2017, 6:30 pm
Location: CMU's Studio for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts Building, Room 111
Description: Digital Humanities + Design

Paolo Ciuccarelli of the Density Design Lab and Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano will give a public lecture on Digital Humanities + Design at 4:30pm on Monday February 20th in CMU's Studio for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts Building, Room 111. All are welcome to attend. The talk coincides with the Density Design team's arrival for a week-long design sprint with the CMU digital humanities project, Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.

Sponsored by CMU ProSeed/Crosswalk Seed Grants, Studio for Creative Inquiry’s Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier, Dept. of English Digital Humanities Faculty Research Group, and Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.

Refreshments to follow.
Matthew J. Lavin: Computational Methods in Authorship Studies: Willa Cather as a Case Study
Starts: February 22, 2017, 3:00 pm
Ends: February 22, 2017, 4:15 pm
Location: Duquesne University, Fisher Hall 554
Description: "Digital Humanities Approaches to Text Analysis":
Computational text analysis is widely regarded as the most established subfield of digital humanities. Integrating large-scale information gathering, data analysis, and visualization techniques into a dissertation, scholarly article, or book project—even if done sparingly—can have tremendous benefits. The pathway to integrating these tools, however, can be daunting. This interactive session will focus on well-established methods and exciting new approaches to text analysis, as well as common pathways for skills acquisition and project development. No experience with computer programming or code is needed, as this workshop will focus on surveying approaches and establishing common strategies for implementation. Participants are encouraged to come with a brief description of a project or research question that might benefit from a computational text analysis component.

This event is supported by the McAnulty College NEH, and co-sponsored by The Center for Women's and Gender Studies and the English Department and is the first of several programs that will be presented in the Spring and Fall 2017 semesters.
Workshop: Editing Wikipedia for Beginners
Starts: February 24, 2017, 1:00 pm
Ends: February 24, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location: Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Description: **Part of the Spring 2017 Pitt ULS/iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshop & Lecture Series**

Presenter: Lauren Collister, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University Library System

This workshop will cover the basics of editing Wikipedia to improve one of the world’s most popular information resources. Learn how to use the Visual Editor to update content, add references, connect articles to each other, and more. After a brief training, participants will engage in editing Wikipedia as part of the ongoing Pittsburgh Wikipedia Redd-up-a-thon event series or on pages of their choosing. Attendees are strongly encouraged to create a Wikipedia user account prior to the start of the workshop.

More details and registration: http://pitt.libcal.com/event/3040697
Workshop: Understanding and Practicing Map Literacy
Starts: March 3, 2017, 1:00 pm
Ends: March 3, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location: Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Description: **Part of the Spring 2017 Pitt ULS/iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshop & Lecture Series**

Presenter: Jessica Benner, Doctoral Candidate, School of Information Sciences

Everyday we interact with visualizations of space, aka maps. How we interact with a map is determined by many factors. Who made it? What is it trying to convey? Where did the underlying data come from? We ask these and more questions, often unconsciously, as we decide whether a map contains the information we seek. This workshop will begin with a brief history of the map, introduce the concept of map literacy and finish with participants interacting with a series of digital and paper maps using the information they obtained during the first part of the session.

More details and registration: http://pitt.libcal.com/event/3040698
Workshop: Maximize your research potential: learn for to identify star collaborators and research opportunities with SciVal
Starts: March 17, 2017, 1:00 pm
Ends: March 17, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location: Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Description: **Part of the Spring 2017 Pitt ULS/iSchool Digital Scholarship Workshop & Lecture Series**

Presenter: Berenika Webster, Coordinator of Strategic Assessment, University Library System

Today’s research landscape is more competitive than never, with many researchers vying for resources and recognition. It is critical for early-career researchers to develop a good understanding of the landscape of their research field: current trends, leading institutions and researchers, collaboration opportunities and impact.

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to SciVal, a publication and citation analysis tool which analyses tens of millions of research publications to illustrate the current state of disciplines. Researchers will learn how to identify leaders in their field and how to find potential collaborators and research partners. Find out more about SciVal at http://www.library.pitt.edu/bibliometric-services.

More details and registration:http://pitt.libcal.com/event/3040700
Hoyt Long Talk: "Distant Reading and Modern Japanese Literature"
Starts: March 30, 2017, 3:00 pm
Ends: March 30, 2017, 4:30 pm
Location: 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: This talk provides a brief history of quantitative and computational approaches to reading modern Japanese literature. Despite the newness of digital humanities to the field of Japanese studies, the impulse to reason about literary phenomena by way of quantification goes back at least to Natsume Soseki’s Theory of Literature (1907). The rise of new techniques of distant reading, many of which are adapted from computer science and computational linguistics, promises to take this impulse further, transforming our understanding of Japanese literary history. Yet before we dive headlong into this possible future of reading, it is essential that we situate it in relation to the past and ask about prior successes (and failures) in distant reading. To this end, I trace a genealogy of quantitative imagining starting from Soseki’s well know formula for capturing the experience of reading, through the psycholinguistic and early stylometric analyses of mid-century Japanese critics, and up to the most recent work applying natural language processing and machine learning to the study of literary style and diffusion. This genealogy will help us to think about what it means to distant read Japanese literature in this day and age; about how these new models for reading connect to previous critical paths not taken; and about the extent to which they represent something truly new and transformative.

Hoyt Long is associate professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of On Uneven Ground: Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan (2012), and has published extensively in the field of media history and digital humanities. Most recently, he has co-authored “Literary Pattern Recognition: Modernism Between Close Reading and Machine Learning” (Critical Inquiry, Winter 2016) and “Turbulent Flow: A Computational Model of World Literature” (Modern Language Quarterly, Fall 2016). He co-directs the Chicago Text Lab with Richard Jean So.