Lauren F. Klein

Archiving Abolition

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Over at the Junto, a blog about early American history, I chatted with Sara Georgini about TOME, doing DH, and digital peer review. You can read the full interview here.

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The Long Arc of Visual Display

Posted by in Data Visualization, Digital Humanities, Invited Talks, Media Studies, Pedagogy

On November 20th, 2013, I presented a talk at the Penn Humanities Forum on the long arc of visual display. The abstract is as follows: We live in what’s been called the “golden age” of data visualization, and yet, the graphical display of information has a long history, one that dates to the Enlightenment and arguably before. This talk will explore the origins and applications (both historical and contemporary) of data visualization techniques. Drawing from the fields of media history, digital humanities, and information visualization, Lauren Klein will introduce several techniques for…read more

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Origins and Applications of Data Visualization

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On Wednesday, November 20th, I’ll be speaking at the Penn Humanities Forum about the origins and applications (both historical and contemporary) of data visualization techniques. The official abstract is as follows: We live in what’s been called the “golden age” of data visualization, and yet, the graphical display of information has a long history, one that dates to the Enlightenment and arguably before. This talk will explore the origins and applications (both historical and contemporary) of data visualization techniques. Drawing from the fields of media history, digital humanities, and information visualization, Lauren…read more

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Three Research Fellowships

Posted by in Data Visualization, Early American Literature, Fellowships, Research

In more good news, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded three research fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. I’ve received the “Drawn to Art” fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in order to conduct research for my second book, a cultural history of data visualization from the eighteenth century to the present. I’ve also received a one-month Mellon Foundation fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia for that project, which I’ll take up in May 2014. In addition, I’ve received a Food Studies Fellowship from the New York Public Library in order to complete a chapter of my…read more

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NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant

Posted by in American Studies, Archives, Data Visualization, Digital Humanities, Early American Literature

I’m pleased to announce that my project with Jacob Eisenstein, Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, has been awarded a Digital Humanities Startup Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our project, TOME, which stands for Interactive TOpic Model and MEtadata Visualization, is a tool to support the interactive exploration and visualization of text-based archives. Drawing upon the technique of topic modeling—that is, a computational method for identifying the themes that recur across a collection of texts—our tool will allow humanities scholars to trace the evolution and circulation of these themes…read more

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Many Eyes Workshop

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Links to start out: IMB’s Many Eyes Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, at Project Gutenberg. ManyEyes “dataset” for Franklin’s Autobiography. Workshop Questions: Inspired by Shawn Allen‘s informative post, “The Value of Many Eyes.” Can you… 1. …create a scatter plot that correlates vehicle miles traveled with traffic fatality rates in US States? Dataset: http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/datasets/1223a930079511dfb91b000255111976/versions/1 2. …create a line chart comparing annual bicycle and car production worldwide? Dataset: http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/datasets/9daf14ea003811dea883000255111976/versions/1 3. …create a “small multiples” country map of hate crimes by type and state? Dataset: http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/datasets/2e46f3b8959a11dfa587000255111976/versions/1 4. … show the energy consumption rates of autos, motorcycles, light trucks, heavy trucks,…read more

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Lost in the Stacks

Posted by in Archives, Invited Talks, New Media

Last Friday, January 25th, 2013, I was interviewed on Georgia Tech’s student radio station, WREK 91.1, for an episode of “Lost in the Stacks.” Lost in the Stacks– they claim, and I believe to be true– is the “one and only Research Library Rock’n’Roll radio show.” With Wendy Hagenmaier, of GT Archives, and Charlie Bennett, the show’s producer and host (and also of the GT Library), we discussed the myth of the archive, the issue of archival silence, and the future of the archive in the digital age. We also played…read more

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