Digital Soundings


Digital Soundings: Expanding Digital Networks and Scholarship at UNCW


Digital Soundings was 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, data visualization, and digital mapping. Digital Soundings was supported by funding from the UNCW Office of Research and Innovation's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) grant program and was co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Randall Library. The project team included co-PIs Kemille Moore, Ashley Knox, Jennifer Lozano, and John Knox and faculty partners Gene Felice, Mark Lammers, Brittany Morago, and Jeremy Tirrell. The seminar series events took place over the course of the 2020-21 academic year. Recordings of the lectures and workshop sessions will remain avaliable here, and information about the working groups is posted below.


Introduction to Digital Mapping - Jeff Essic and Walt Gurley (NCSU)

This workshop introduced participants to geospatial data and digital mapping using ArcGIS software and ESRI Story Maps. Click the links below to access the individual session recordings.

Introduction to Computational Text Analysis - Nathan Kelber (JSTOR Labs)

This workshop introduced participants to text analysis with Python using Jupyter Notebooks. Click the links below to access the individual session recordings.

Introduction to Data Visualization - Fiene Leunissen (Duke)

This workshop introduced participants to data visualization using Tableau. Session recordings are not available for this workshop.

  • Session I - Introduction to Data Visualization, Collection, Cleaning and Organization
  • Session II - Mapping Functions and Mapbox integration
  • Session III - Dashboards and Storyboards
  • Session IV - Advanced Functions


Working Groups

The working groups were utilized to support collaborations that lead to scholarly publications, proposals for external funding, and other forms of scholarship that build on the research activity of faculty in these areas. The groups were facilitated via Microsoft Teams. If you're interested in joining a working group, email John Knox at knoxj [at]


Digitized Newspapers, Oceanic Exchanges, and Historical Networks - Paul Fyfe (NCSU)

During the nineteenth century, the international exchanges of newspapers became the precursors of a global information network. How did this network operate? What were its patterns of circulation and distortion? This talk shares a case study from the Oceanic Exchanges project ( to analyze digital newspaper collections across nations and languages. It also flags the importance of data provenance, mixed methods, collaboration, and historical interpretation in large-scale digital scholarship.

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.