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Welcome!

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.

Lectures

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.

Working Groups

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.

Workshops

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.

Spring 2021

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. 

Fall 2020

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. No prior knowledge or experience required.