DH Lecture Series Winter 2019

February 28, 2:00-3:30
Laura Mandell, Texas A&M
BigDIVA: Nourishing and Sustaining a Scholarly Infrastructure Built from the Ground Up

March 7, 2:00-3:30
Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara
What Infrastructure Assumes: Digital Humanities and Critical Infrastructure Studies

March 14, 2:00-3:30
Jennifer Guiliano, Indiana University-Purdue University
Indigeneity + Digital Humanities

W1/2017: Creative Data: New Media Interdisciplinary Design


May 17 and 18, 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM, MRT0022 (University of Ottawa, 65 University Private)

This workshop will survey the theory and effects of quantifiable data on human activity, and will explore how an interdisciplinary design approach employing media with data processing can be a form of creative resilience. From new media visualization samples to common text applications, digital forms of data will be examined in open-source programs to offer an alternate means of producing insights through the creative design process. Attendees will participate in a workshop designed to critically examine the challenges and beauty of automated environments.

Instructor: Jay Irizawa, Ryerson University

W2/2017: Introduction to Mapping and Spatial Methods for the Humanities


Most things happen somewhere, and mapping can be an effective technique for exploring, analysing, and presenting many types of data. This interactive workshop is designed for researchers who are interested in adding a spatial dimension to their research.

In this 2-part workshop, participants will be introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques from a humanist’s perspective. Starting from primary sources, participants will learn how to extract spatial “clues” from many types of primary sources, create GIS-friendly data, transform addresses and place names into coordinates and web maps, use georeferencing techniques to bring digitized historical maps into GIS software, and learn about online exhibit-building tools that incorporate spatial data.

Number of hours: 10. This course is offered in English and French.


Sarah Simpkin, Morriset Library (University of Ottawa)



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W3/2017: Introduction à la fouille de textes : des sciences de l’information aux humanités numériques

digital-art-texturesMay 17 and 18, 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM, MRT0022 (University of Ottawa, 65 University Private)

Cet atelier est une introduction à la fouille de textes dans le contexte des données massives (big data) en sciences de l’information et en humanités numériques. Nous présenterons l’origine, les concepts principaux et les enjeux fondamentaux de la fouille. Nous présenterons quelques techniques et méthodes appliquées au traitement des documents textuels. Nous décrirons différentes applications de fouille de documents (description des documents, analyse thématique et identification automatique de thèmes, indexation automatique, etc.). Cette formation comportera des démonstrations de quelques logiciels dans le domaine de la fouille.

Instructeur: Dominic Forest, Université de Montréal

W4/2017: Analyse statistique en ligne : prise en main d’une interface d’analyse statistique pour SHS

May 17 and 18, 04:30 PM – 06:30 PM, MRT0022 (University of Ottawa, 65 University Private)

Les humanités numériques sont un domaine de recherche vaste et interdisciplinaire. Si le terme d’humanités est désormais bien souvent compris comme un synonyme de SHS, l’adjectif numérique, qui lui est adjoint, est lui encore trop souvent réduit à la seule numérisation de contenu. Elle n’est cependant qu’un des aspects de ce champs qui recouvrent plus généralement la numérisation, la structuration et l’archivage des données en vue d’en assurer la diffusion, le traitement et l’exploitation scientifique à l’aide de méthodes informatiques. Les humanités numériques possèdent donc une dimension heuristique, où s’articulent une réflexion scientifique à la maitrise et à la réalisation d’outils dédiés. Cela impose, presque, naturellement une réflexion sur les changements introduits par le numérique dans la production du savoir et les interactions avec d’autres disciplines.

L’atelier « Analyse statistique en ligne » propose ainsi un parcours articulant les aspects pratiques et théoriques d’un large panel de méthodes quantitatives de description, de classification et de visualisation des données à partir de jeux de données fournies aux participants. Les exemples historiques serviront de support à la formation méthodologique, appuyée sur la prise en main de l’interface de statistique en ligne Analyse SHS (http://analyse.univ-paris1.fr/) ; interface développée au sein du Pôle Informatique de Recherche et d’Enseignement en Histoire (PIREH : http://www.univ-paris1.fr/axe-de-recherche/pireh/) de l’Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne – par une équipe d’historiens pour les besoins spécifiques de la recherche et de l’enseignement en SHS.

Instructors: Benjamin Deruelle & Stéphane Lamassé

W5/2017: Online Social Network Analysis

May 17 and 18, 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM, MRT0036 (University of Ottawa, 65 University Private)

As we navigate the social web we leave traces of our behaviour with every like, share, follow and friend. As a result there is an immense amount of data available about social relationships online. This workshop will equip participants with a foundational understanding of social network analysis and will introduce free tools for collecting and analyzing online social network data. Over the course of this two part workshop participants will conduct a short network analysis project making use of current Twitter data (other data sources may be available upon request). Check out this example for a taste of what you will learn.

Instructor: Elizabeth Dubois.

W9/2017: Introduction to Python ACT-R Agents

This workshop will explore how to use realistic simulated agents in the Digital Humanities. By realistic, I mean agents that think, feel, and perceive like humans. To do this we will use Python ACT-R to create the agents. ACT-R is a cognitive architecture with hundreds of psychological studies demonstrating it is a realistic model of human cognition. Python ACT-R is a system for creating ACT-R agents and environments for them to interact in. The system is free and easy to use, and no prior knowledge of programming is required. The workshop will explore the use of ACT-R agents to create better non-player video game characters, better intelligent assistants, and writing tools for character development. Participants can expect to acquire a basic working knowledge of how to use Python ACT-R for these types of projects.

Register for this workshop here

Instructor: Rob West (Carleton University)

W8/2017: Game Studies for Digital Humanists

Through lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities, this workshop offers a critical introduction to the study of games and game development. Discussions will analyze games as both a cultural object and a potential tool for humanities research. Games provide an environment for unique learning experiences that engage players in ways not possible in other media. This workshop will consider how narrative, mechanics, and simulation create a space for engaging players in critical thought. Participants will play and consider a selection of short  games that exemplify the use of games as critical works, and also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to create a functional game prototype using free, user-friendly software. No gaming or coding experience necessary!

Instructor: Sarah Thorne (Carleton University)

W7/2017: Introduction to Twitter Bots: Making and Deploying Bots to Amuse, Confuse, and Toil

There are many species of bot inhabiting twitter. To push the ecological metaphor further, they all fill various niches. Some are good, and some are evil. In this workshop, we’ll examine a number of different bots and consider the uses and abuses to which they have been put. If you’ve always wondered what that whole ‘_ebooks’ thing was about, all will be revealed. We will build and deploy bots of whimsy, and activist bots. Bots that respond, and bots that create. We’ll look at protest bots, and bots that exist just to inspire joy.

Register for this workshop here

Instructor: Shawn Graham (Carleton University)