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MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas Series

Monday, April 16, 2018

Although many Vatican manuscripts have enjoyed a long history of dedicated scholarship, others remain unstudied by scholars who have no way of knowing that the manuscripts even exist. METAscripta, meaning “metadata about manuscripts,” is a large-scale digital humanities project of the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library (VFL) in the Department of Special Collections of Pius XII Memorial Library. The immediate goal of the project is to digitize 37,000 pre-modern manuscripts originally photographed on microfilm at the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) in the 1950s by the founders of the VFL. The project will ultimately produce a website where registered users will be able to search BAV manuscripts using discovery tools rather than conventional catalog descriptions, which are lacking for tens of thousands of Vatican manuscripts.

More than just a digitization effort, the METAscripta project applies innovative cataloging methods to improve access to Vatican manuscripts, including indexing by language, century, and country of origin. This basic metadata will allow users to search for manuscripts as historical artifacts without the traditional library access points of author/title, which for ancient manuscripts require the work of experts who must not only read pre-modern languages, but also decipher elaborate book-hands and idiosyncratic scripts. In addition, controlled vocabulary crowd-sourcing will further enable scholars to add to this discovery metadata by contributing information about manuscripts in their area of expertise. The result will be a new working environment for interactive and shared scholarship about Vatican manuscripts, based on relationships between the Vatican and American scholars that began over 60 years ago.

Debra Taylor Cashion is Digital Humanities Librarian and Assistant Librarian of the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. A specialist in medieval and early modern manuscripts, she currently serves as President and Executive Director of Digital Scriptorium, a consortium of American libraries and museums with collections of pre-modern manuscripts. Debra also creates projects to develop digital resources for manuscript studies, including Broken Books and METAscripta. She recently co-edited and contributed to a large anthology of articles entitled The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400-1600: Essays in Honor of Larry Silver (Brill, 2017), part of a series in art history edited by Emory colleague Walter Melion. She has also published articles about her work in Digital Philology, Manuscript Studies, and the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art.

Conversations in Digital Accessibilities Series

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The rhetoric of digital media is usually one of increased access, opportunity, or transparency. However, digital media can not only open, but close off access. In this presentation, Dr. Ellcessor explored the ways in which digital technologies have both produced and prevented access to culture, information, and citizenship for people with disabilities. She illustrated how disabled people have innovated in the face of these barriers, and suggested that these workarounds and culturally specific media productions hold value for designing better media and technologies that attend to diverse access conditions rather than taking for granted normative bodies or practices. Finally, Dr. Ellcessor turned a critical lens to the growing reliance on digital media in the management of the university, proposing that attention to access needs become one of our responsibilities as scholars and teachers.

Elizabeth Ellcessor is assistant professor in media studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Restricted Access: Media, Disability, and the Politics of Participation (NYU Press, 2016), and co-editor of Disability Media Studies (NYU Press, 2016). Her work focuses on media access, disability and embodied difference, and the public.

MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas Series

Thursday, February 1, 2018

In the last decade, the use of software tools for data analysis and data visualization has proliferated in the humanities. The availability of digitized material, increasing computational power, and analytical techniques adopted from network science, geospatial analysis, and natural language processing have inspired new ways to interrogate cultural heritage data. But those tools, reliant on statistical modeling, also limit the questions we can ask and the meaning we discover. In order to uncover significance in materials that have passed through many hands, and stories that have been telegraphed by different voices inflected with opinion, argument, and perspective, we need tools that support human-scale exploration of complex systems. The research process requires “thinking through data,” which is how we describe the reflective, slow collecting and editing of information, as distinct from the quick, mechanistic, algorithmic approach to data processing. This talk demonstrated how the requirements of humanistic inquiry are encoded in tools developed at Humanities + Design and why, in this age of artificial intelligence, it is so important to capture the intellectual work of data modeling.

MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas Series

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry invited guests to attend a one-hour roundtable lunch sponsored by the Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative, in conjunction with the MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas series. The featured guest was Dr. Lisa Poggiali (Ph.D. in Anthropology, Stanford University, 2015), an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. Poggiali's current book project focuses on crowd-sourced mapping and other uses of geospatial data in the making of political claims in Kenya. The informal conversation with Lisa concerned her fellowship at the Price Lab and how her research intersects with digital humanities more generally and digital publication initiatives more specifically. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative welcomed Janet Murray to campus on Wednesday, October 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library to deliver a talk entitled "Beyond the Holodeck: Toward a Transformational Digital Storytelling."

Janet Murray is the Ivan Allen College Professor of Digital Media and Associate Dean for Research in the Ivan College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech.  An internationally recognized interaction designer, specializing in digital narrative and digital humanities, she is also a member of the Steering Committee and Project Director of the Mellon Foundation grant for Georgia Tech’s Digital Integrated Liberal Arts Center.

In 2017 MIT Press issued an updated edition of her groundbreaking book Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace to mark the twentieth anniversary of its publication.


What is Your Project? Series

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative invited Emory community members for an introduction to Manifold. 

The featured speakers were Terence Smyre, Manifold Digital Projects Editor at University of Minnesota Press, and Jason Weidemann, Editorial Director at the University of Minnesota Press. Manifold is an iterative, collaborative, open-source platform for monograph publishing developed at the University of Minnesota Press.  They introduced the workshop participants to Manifold through a guided tour and demonstrations of the platform and also highlighted a few live projects.

MAP IT | Little Dots, Big Ideas Series

Friday, February 2, 2018

This hands-on workshop introduced network thinking for historical projects concerned with people, places, and works. We used pen and paper as well as a suite of software tools developed at the Humanities + Design research lab at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. 

What is Your Project? Series

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sylvia Miller, the senior program manager for Publishing Innovations and the publications manager for Humanities Futures at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, led a design charrette for two digital monograph projects in development by Emory faculty.

The Publishing Makerspace design charrette, modeled on the charrettes used in urban planning projects, offers a holistic approach to generating digital scholarship for publication. It seeks to integrate the traditional book-writing process within a larger publishing ecosystem that includes other outputs, such as archives of raw data, digital artifacts, and visualizations. This model embraces the work of digital librarians, archivists, mapping and visualization experts, data miners, designers, editors, software developers, and others in a collaborative spirit of content creation.

In this session, María Carrión (Comparative Literature, ECAS) and Molly McGehee (English, Oxford College), whose projects are in the planning/proposal stages, offered brief presentations of their work to date and participated in a discussion of project development that includes intended and multiple audiences, planned modes and tools, and potential outputs.  

What is Your Project? Series

Monday, September 18, 2017

This session was the first in a yearlong, three-session workshop series titled “What Is Your Project?,” sponsored by the Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. The goal of these three sessions was to help faculty navigate the complex landscape of digital humanities and publishing, by moving from a project concept to a structured proposal. 

The workshop speaker was Cheryl Ball. Ball is associate professor of digital publishing studies, West Virginia University, and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 

Ball guided faculty through the beginnings of a discernment process, with the aim of drafting a project profile that clarifies identity and format.

Part 1 – 1-hour lecture over lunch

Part 2 – 2-hour workshop for a smaller group (15 participants, first-come, first-served)


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Faculty and staff members joined us to learn about the new subsidy supporting the publication of digital/open access monographs in the humanities. The subsidy is available to Emory faculty and supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A one-hour presentation at 12:30 was followed by discussion and demonstrations of digital monographs. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

The featured speaker was Dr. Evan Cortens (Ph.D. in Musicology, Cornell University, 2014), an institutional analyst at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His presentation “Eighteenth-century Music and the Digital Humanities” examined the work of the composer Christoph Graupner (a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach) using data-driven research and statistically grounded techniques in the digital humanities. He also addressed some of the challenges and opportunities that characterize digital humanities scholarship.

Friday, January 20, 2017

On Friday, January 20, Reed Malcolm of the University of California Press visited Emory University. Reed is the Executive Editor of Luminos, the open access monograph initiative of UC Press. The luncheon offered faculty members an opportunity to learn about digital monographs from the perspective of a university press.


An FCHI Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (CHIIRS)

Last fall the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry launched the Digital Publishing in the Humanities Reading Group, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants explored the concept of open access in the broader framework of digital publishing with the aim of better understanding the relevant contexts and controversies.

This seminar was open to faculty, graduate students, and affiliates. 

Why Open Access?

Open access has long been a hotly contested issue in scholarly publication. Peter Suber, a philosopher and open access advocate, defines open access works as those that are “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (“Open Access Overview”).

While the concept of open access is deceptively simple, the issues associated with it, such as peer review, copyright, and economics, have been a source of contention among scholars. For example, on the one hand open access is praised for minimizing barriers to information by making immediately available a wealth of scholarship to a wide audience—scholarship that was previously only accessible to those who paid for it through subscriptions or book purchases. On the other hand, some fear that open access will negatively affect conventional publishing; further, it has been criticized for a perceived lack of rigorous peer review.

One might wonder, when compared to conventional publishing, what are the gains and losses associated with open access? Who benefits from open access publishing, and how do they benefit? What new possibilities does open access afford? These questions, among others, will be at the core of our discussion.

Session One

September 6, 2017

Reading: Selections from Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (2014), by Martin Paul Eve.

Chapter 1: Introduction, or why open access? 

Chapter 2: Digital Economics

Chapter 4: Monographs

Session Two

October 4, 2017

Reading: Selections from Hamlet on the Holodeck, revised edition (2017), by Janet Murray (in attendance)

Books will be provided to all participants by the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Introduction: A Book Lover Longs for Cyberdrama

Chapter 3: From Additive to Expressive Form: Beyond “Multimedia”

Chapter 4: Immersion

Chapter 5: Agency 

Session Three

November 1, 2017

Reading: Selections from Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies (2015), By Amy E. Earhart

Introduction: Digital Literary Studies in the United States

Chapter 1: The Rationale of Holism: Textual Studies, the Edition, and the Legacy of the Text Entire

Chapter 2: The Era of the Archive: The New Historicist Movement and Digital Literary Studies

Chapter 3: What’s In and What’s Out?: Digital Canon Cautions