Digital Soundings: Expanding Digital Networks and Scholarship at UNCW is a seminar series designed to foster and build on interdisciplinary research success at UNCW by providing faculty with opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops, collaborative working groups, and lectures with leading practitioners in the fields of computational text analysis and data visualization. To learn more about the seminar series, please see the information below.
Digital Soundings is supported by funding from the Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Innovation's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) grant program and is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Randall Library. The project team includes co-PIs Kemille Moore, Ashley Knox, Jennifer Lozano, and John Knox and faculty partners Gene Felice, Mark Lammers, Brittany Morago, and Jeremy Tirrell. You can read the full IRSS proposal narrative here.
The Boundaries of Digital Humanities - Paul Fyfe (NCSU)
This talk considers the boundary trouble of digital humanities—specifically, who recognizes, misrecognizes, or doesn’t recognize the field. These disagreements arise at the moment digital humanities gets defined and institutionalized. A better approach might be to think about DH instead as a “boundary object” in which different groups can work together even in the absence of consensus. In this context, I share lessons learned from my own experiences implementing DH at NC State. Ultimately, seeing DH as a boundary object may help to imagine its institutional success in terms of interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and curricula.
There will be a virtual, synchronous Q&A event with Paul Fyfe in November. Information about this event will be shared closer to the time of the event.
The working groups are designed to foster collaborations that lead to scholarly publications, proposals for external funding, and other forms of scholarship that build on the research activity of faculty in the areas of computational text analysis and data visualization. The groups are informal and will be active throughout the 2020-21 academic year. The groups will be facilitated primarily via Microsoft Teams. If you're interested in participating in a working group, please email a member of the project team listed above.
Each workshop will provide faculty with opportunities to explore, learn, and expand their use of tools and techniques to further their research through a combination of virtual, synchronous instructional sessions and asynchronous, independent exercises.
Introduction to Computational Text Analysis - Nathan Kelber (JSTOR Labs)
This workshop will introduce participants to text analysis with Python using Jupyter Notebooks. The workshop will introduce and demonstrate methods such as word frequency, significant terms, and topic modeling. Not sure if computational text analysis is for you? Check out this FAQ resource from JSTOR Labs to learn more about the ways computational text analysis can further your research.
The workshop will consist of four synchronous instructional sessions via Zoom and independent exercises. The workshop is open to all UNCW faculty, and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Registration is capped at 15 participants and is open on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. We will contact you once registration has closed with more information.
To register, complete this online form.
- Session #1: Monday, October 5, 2:00-3:30 pm
- Session #2: Monday, October 12, 2:00-3:30 pm
- Session #3: Monday, October 19, 2:00-3:30 pm
- Session #4: Monday, October 26, 2:00-3:30 pm
Introduction to Data Visualization - Fiene Leunissen (Duke)
This workshop will introduce participants to data visualization using Tableau. The workshop will consist of synchronous instructional sessions via Zoom and independent exercises. The workshop is open to all UNCW faculty, and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Please check back in January 2021 for registration information.
Introduction to Digital Mapping - Jeff Essic and Walt Gurley (NCSU)
This workshop will introduce participants to geospatial data and digital mapping using ArcGIS software and ESRI Story Maps. The workshop will consist of synchronous instructional sessions via Zoom and independent exercises. The workshop is open to all UNCW faculty, and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Please check back in January 2021 for registration information.