Exam (11/20)

(20% of overall grade)

Class will not meet on Friday, November 20.

The exam will include a project critique and will ask students about their understanding of digital humanities.

Students will be sent a link in Mattermost to the the take-home exam at 5pm ET on Wednesday, November 18. Make a copy of the exam and fill it out, adding your name to the document, and turn it in to the instructors as a direct message in Mattermost by 5pm ET on Friday, November 20.

To do before class

  • Final Project Proposal is due by Monday, 11/16 by the end of the day
  • Post link to blog post about The Crisis Beyond Text in-class project in course Mattermost by 5pm on Monday, November 16
  • By Wednesday, November 18 at 5pm, provide feedback and comments on 3 of your classmates’ blog posts in the #class-discussion channel in Mattermost by replying to their blog post link as a threaded comment

The Crisis, Beyond Text: Analyzing Image Data and Working with Networks (11/13)

Assignment due 11/11 (Wed) by the end of the day: Project Critique 3

Assignment due on 11/16 (Mon) by the end of the day: Final Project Proposal

This class day will be devoted to our third and final in-class project. We will return to The Crisis, but experiment with both image and network analysis. In the first half of class, we will use the dataset we cleaned in the Open Refine workshop the previous week to analyze the community of authors, artists, and editors during the early years of The Crisis. We will then demonstrate Imageplot as a tool using the Crisis dataset as a whole, and then split into groups to analyze different subsets of the dataset. 

At the end of class, we will imagine different research questions we could explore using these methods. Each student will write a blog post on the course website presenting their research question, a visualization they created, and analyzing their results. Post a link to your blog post in the class Mattermost by 5pm on Monday, November 16. By Wednesday, November 18 at 5pm, provide feedback and comments on 3 of your classmates’ blog posts in the #class-discussion channel in Mattermost by replying to their blog post link as a threaded comment.

Aims of The Crisis Beyond Text Project:

  • Structured data
  • Image analysis as a method
  • Network analysis as method
  • Flourish and Databasic as tool
  • Imageplot as tool

Before class

Readings due

Projects to explore

To do after class

  • Post link to blog post in course Mattermost by 5pm on Monday, November 16
  • By Wednesday, November 18 at 5pm, provide feedback and comments on 3 of your classmates’ blog posts in the #class-discussion channel in Mattermost by replying to their blog post link as a threaded comment

Crowdsourcing & Data Cleaning (11/6)

Assignment due on November 11 (Wed) by the end of the day: Project Critique 3

We will begin class with a discussion of Project Critique 3 and the Zooniverse Project assignment. Then we will have a data cleaning workshop, in which we will prepare a dataset to use in next week’s in-class project. After the workshop, we will debrief and discuss the readings.

Readings due

To do before class:

Download OpenRefine

Go to https://openrefine.org/download.html and click either “Mac kit” or”Windows kit.” (No need for the embedded Java version) Then open your downloads folder and unzip* the file. Double-click on openrefine.exe or refine.bat if the latter does not work.

*If you are on a Windows system, you may need an additional piece of software called WinRAR. You do not have to buy it. You can download it for free here: https://www.win-rar.com/start.html?&L=0. Click on “Download WinRAR,” then click “Download WinRAR” again in the box that appears. Save the file, then run the installer. Once it finishes, you should be able to right click on the OpenRefine zip file and click “Extract Here.” Then follow the rest of the instructions above.

Crowdsourcing Activity

  • Go to the Decoding Punch Cards project, which is hosted on Zooniverse.
  • Read a bit about the project by exploring the About page, etc, and then click “Getting Started”.
  • Participate in the project by filling out the info for at least 3 punch cards. (Note, you do not need to create an account to do this.)
  • Take a screenshot of you doing the task and write a few sentences (3-4 sentences at least), analyzing the Decoding Punch Cards project in light of Zooniverse’s Best Practices guide. What does the project do well? Does it fall short in any way? Post your screenshot and comments in the #class-discussion channel before class.

Beyond 2D (10/30)

Assignment due: Find a DH project

At the beginning of class, each student will give a “pitch” for the DH project they found through the Find a DH Project assignment. We will vote as a class to choose which of those projects will be evaluated in Project Critique 3. We will then turn to the readings and discuss several ways that DH work can operate beyond screens and 2D.

Readings due

Projects to explore

Walking Harlem: Refining the Archive and Working with Maps (10/23)

Assignment due Next Wednesday (10/28): Project Critique 2

We will begin class with a discussion of the readings and going over mapping technologies. We will then divide into groups to finish the Walking Harlem project: fleshing out tours, finishing images and tags, and mapping the stops.

Readings and podcasts due

Projects to explore

To do before class:

  • Sign up for a time to meet with Kristen and Kate (doodle poll sent in Mattermost)
  • Post a discussion question based on the readings into the class-discussion channel in Mattermost.
    • Note: your question cannot only reference the Vox video. If you want to include the Vox video, your question should incorporate at least one of the other readings from this week.

During Class on 10/23, we will:

  1. Discuss the readings and mapping technologies
  2. Co-work to finish the Walking Harlem Project
    1. Flesh out descriptions for the tours
    2. Finish adding images to items
    3. Finish assigning tags to items
    4. Georectify a historical map
      1. See tutorial http://www.kristenmapes.com/neatline/ starting at “Georectify your own map” section
      1. Where to find maps online:
        1. NYPL Map Warper http://maps.nypl.org/warper/
        2. NYPL Maps and Atlases https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/lane/maps-atlases
        3. BTAA Geo Portal – https://geo.btaa.org/
        4. Old Maps Online – https://www.oldmapsonline.org
    5. Establish the historical map as the basemap for Omeka
    6. Write the About page

Walking Harlem: Creating an Archive and Working with Metadata (10/16)

This class day will be devoted to the first part of our second in-class project, Walking Harlem. The class will divide up into 5 groups to cover the 5 tours suggested in Walking Harlem: The ultimate guide to the cultural capital of Black America. During class, we will enter the content of the tours into an Omeka Curatescape project, create and assign tags, and find images for each stop.

To do before class:

  • In the Town Square channel on Mattermost, share a stop on your assigned tour from the Walking Harlem book along with an image related to that stop that is covered by fair use.  
  • Come up with a discussion question related to the Bernardi & Dimmock, and d’Ignazio & Klein readings for this week and post it in the class-discussion channel on Mattermost.

Readings due:

Projects to Review

Aims of the Walking Harlem Project

Through the Walking Harlem project, students will gain:

  1. Experience with digital storytelling and public DH as method
  2. Experience with metadata creation and tagging
  3. Practice finding and citing images
  4. Experience with creative commons and copyright
  5. Experience working with historical maps
  6. Exposure to working with collections and creating exhibits
  7. Exposure to Omeka and Curatescape
  8. Exposure to georectifying maps using Mapwarper
  9. Exposure to raster files with Mapbox

During Class on 10/16, we will:

  1. Create Items in Omeka
    1. Create items for each of the stops on the tours (as you add an item, mark your name by it in the Items List spreadsheet)
    2. Create text and descriptions for the items in Omeka
      1. You should quote directly from the book for the description
      2. How to cite: Taborn, Karen Faye. Walking Harlem : The Ultimate Guide to the Cultural Capital of Black America. Rutgers University Press, 2017, pp. [pages].
    1. Add location information for each of the stops
    2. Begin assigning tags to the items (tags list to work with)
      1. What will users find important about these sites?
      2. What do you want users to come away with?
      3. What is appropriate to use as a tag, and what isn’t?
  2. Images
    1. Learn how to find and cite images
      1. How to cite: Creator’s Last name, First name. (Or username if you can’t find their full name) “Title of the image.” Title of the website where you found it,  Publication date, URL.
      2. If you can only find a username or handle for the creator, use that instead of their name.
    1. Places to find images:
      1. Digital Public Library of America – https://dp.la/ 
      2. NYPL Digital Collections – https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/
      3. Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
      4. Creative Commons Image Search – https://search.creativecommons.org
      5. Internet Archive – https://archive.org/
    2. Begin searching for and adding images to items in Omeka
      1. Add the citation for the image to the item description
      2. To consider when finding an image: What would Taborn want users to see at this stop? (check the description) ; How can we recreate (to the best of our ability) the physical experience of being at this stop? ; What does the digital platform enable us to show that the physical tour outlined in Walking Harlem would not?
  3. Continue adding material to the site. By the end of the class session, we want to ensure AT LEAST that all of the items (tour stops) have been created. Once the items are all created, then 1 group member for each tour needs to create the Tour in Omeka and add all of the items to that tour.