NL Seminar-Digital Humanities: Lots of Text-Based Corpora, Lots of Questions

When:
Friday, February 23, 2018, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDTiCal
Where:
Conf. Rm #1135
This event is open to the public.
Type:
NL Seminar
Speaker:
Miriam Posner, Dave Shepard, and Andrew Wallace (UCLA)
Description:

Abstract: Digital humanities is a field that uses digital tools to explore humanities questions. That work can take many different forms, from maps to data visualization to video-based projects. In this talk, we’ll discuss humanities approaches to large-scale text analysis, with a focus on corpora that may be of interest to computer scientists. We’ll also talk about the distinctive ways that humanists approach text analysis, and some of the “live” questions in the field that might interest NLP researchers.

Bio: Miriam Posner is an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Information. She’s also a digital humanist with interests in labor, race, feminism, and the history and philosophy of data. As a digital humanist, she is particularly interested in the visualization of large bodies of data from cultural heritage institutions, and the application of digital methods to the analysis of images and video. She is at work on two projects: the first on what “data” might mean for humanistic research; and the second on how multinational corporations are making use of data in their supply chains.

Bio: David Shepard (UCLA) is Lead Academic Developer at UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. After receiving his PhD in English from UCLA in 2012, he coauthored the book HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities and has worked on social media and text mining. His work focuses on large-scale analysis of social media in disasters.

Bio: Andrew Wallace is a software developer in the UCLA digital library. He received his PhD in Cognitive Science from Brown University in 2011

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