A new Colloquy, over at Arcade, features my remarks from the roundtable, “What is Data in Literary Studies?” which took place at the 2014 MLA convention the other week. The panel was organized by Jim English, and also featured remarks by Eric Hayot, Scott Selisker, Peter Logan, David Alworth, and Heather Houser. A Storify of the related tweets can be found here.
As part of the DHCommons “Getting Started in the Digital Humanities” pre-conference workshop at MLA 2014, I gave a short overview of text analysis and why you might use it in your research and teaching. You can view my slides on SlideShare or below:
I’m pleased to announce that my essay, “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings,’ has been published in the December 2013 issue of American Literature (85.4). You can read my essay, along with many other excellent contributions, here.
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.
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
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
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
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
Slides from my “Data Visualization for Early Americanists” workshop, given at THATCamp SEA 2013: Below: Joseph Priestley’s New Chart of History (1769) Viz workshop from Lauren Klein
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