The Tinkering Humanist

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
UI Main Library
Room 1015A
125 West Washington
Iowa City, IA 52240
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Sponsored by Digital Bridges

One of the hallmarks of Digital Humanities is the notion of “tinkering,” of exploring new tools and technologies that we can use in our scholarship and teaching. In a series of workshops hosted by the Mellon-funded Digital Bridges team and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, we will introduce you to these new tools and discuss some ways to implement them into your classes.

In our first workshop, we will cover the suite of topic-modelling tools known as Voyant. Have you ever wished you could simply press a button and see the major topics of a novel or book of poetry? With this workshop on Voyant Tools, you can easily create topic models of any text. We will begin with a discussion of “data” in the humanities, and I will direct you to some great online resources for accessing the plain text documents you will need for analysis. Then, we will create a topic model of a corpus of poems, including word frequencies, text visualizations, and word tracking. Instructor will provide text to analyze.


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