Digital Humanities Lab News

April 26, 2016

Coffee and Code Workshop: APIs

April 26, 2:00pm in the Digital Humanities Lab (SML 316)

During Office Hours, DH Developer Douglas Duhaime led an informal, live coding session during which he walked through approaches to requesting data from historical and bibliographic APIs. He discussed the process of building up and sending queries algorithmically, as well as parsing results in both JSON and XML formats. Together, participants practiced on the Google Books API and the Wikipedia API, two valuable resources for researchers working with various digital materials.

All were welcome; no prior programming experience was required. Coffee and tea was provided!

Photos from the event:


Post on April 26, 2016 - 9:42am |

April 12, 2016

"Grand Challenges in Cultural Heritage Data and Information"

April 12, 1:30-3:30pm, Zhang Auditorium, School of Management

Led by Holly Rushmeier (Yale Computer Science/IPCH Digitization Lab), this Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage panel will discuss the great and fundamental questions about human history, behavior, and enterprise that can, for the first time, be posed and answered using cultural heritage data in conjunction with the vast data processing and storage capabilities of the Information Age. It will discuss the advances in heritage preservation that could be made by resources and research emerging from modern data science and information technology.

Quotation from the panel: "I think people forget technology isn’t some autonomous, external force...Technologists and computer scientists like myself build tools to empower people and amplify human effort." —Holly Rushmeier

Speakers include:

Bertrand Lavedrine, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (France)
Claire Bowern, Yale Linguistics
Vijay Kumar, Singapore
Elihu Rubin, Yale Architecture
Miloš Drdácký, Czech Academy of Sciences
Stefano de Caro, ICCROM
Tim Whalen, Getty Conservation Institute
Martin Roth, Victoria and Albert Museum

This panel is part of the U.N. Global Colloquium of University Presidents. For the full schedule of events, visit the UNGC page.

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April 8, 2016

"Beyond Boundaries: A Symposium on Hybrid Scholarship at Yale University"

April 8, 2016 from 9:30am-1:00pm
Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall

What does computer-generated poetry look like? How can EEG experiments inform our understandings of musical compositions? To explore these questions and more, join the Digital Humanities Lab and Yale STEAM for a spring symposium to showcase hybrid scholarship at Yale University. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff will present projects that highlight the questions that can be asked and explored via digital methods and collaborations between the sciences and humanities.

The symposium is open to the entire Yale community and public. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

event poster // roundtable poster // program // event recordings

Event Schedule

  9:30am - 10:00am

Coffee, Refreshments, Sign In

(no advanced registration required, event is open to the public)

10:00am - 10:05am


Peter Leonard, Director of the Digital Humanities Lab

10:05am - 11:00am

Lightning Talks

Presentations by undergraduate and graduate students

Projects that will be highlighted include network analysis of art collections, digital editing of medieval manuscript rolls, computational analysis of skin color in Vogue from 1942-2012, and more

11:00am - 11:55am

Roundtable Discussion

Presentations by faculty and staff on the benefits and challenges of digital methods and collaborations for research and teaching

With Rebekah Ahrendt (Music Department), Aniko Bezur (Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Technical Studies Lab), Amy Hungerford (Director, Division of the Humanities; English, American Studies), Ian McClure (Yale University Art Gallery, IPCH Conservation Lab), Holly Rushmeier (Computer Science)

11:55am - 12:00pm

Closing Remarks

Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Poster Session

Showcase of projects by students, faculty, and staff

Posters/demos range from a mapping project of the new Yale Colleges and a database of ancient Egyptian rock inscriptions to Twitter poetry, mobile technology in museum settings, and more

A few photos from the event:



Post on March 2, 2016 - 7:38am |

April 5, 2016

The Digital Humanities Lab sponsored two events with Joanna Swafford, Assistant Professor for Interdisciplinary and Digital Teaching and Scholarship at SUNY New Paltz. Events were open to the Yale community and public.

Talk, 4/5: "Virtually London: Literature and Laptops"

Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS), 211 at 2:00pm

The technological revolutions of both the Victorian era and our own time make nineteenth-century studies and digital humanities natural allies, particularly in the classroom. This talk presents two courses as case studies: "Digital Tools for the 21st Century: Sherlock Holmes's London," and “Virtually London.” “Digital Tools” uses the Holmes stories as a corpus on which to practice basic digital humanities methodologies and tools, including visualizations, digital archives and editions, GIS, and distant reading, whereas “Virtually London” uses digital archives and narrative maps to study 19th century literature about London, and culminates in creating annotated narrative maps of The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Romance of a Shop.  The talk will present sample assignments and projects from both courses to highlight how digital humanities lets students find new patterns in well-known texts, explore the function of space in literature, and historicize their own technological moment.

To see slides from the talk, please visit Joanna Swafford's blog.

Workshop, 4/6: "Augmented Notes"

Bass Library, L01 at 10:00-11:00am

Do you want to synchronize audio with image?
Help non-musicians understand a musical argument?

Come learn how to use Augmented Notes, a public humanities tool that lets users create interactive musical scores, in which measures of a score are highlighted in time with music. No programming experience necessary!

This is a hands-on workshop, so make sure you bring a laptop (not an iOS device) and headphones. Sample audio files and scores will be provided, but participants should feel free to bring their own.

Space is limited for the workshop; to register, please go to the YUL Instruction Calendar.

Lunch Conversation, 4/6: "Teaching Place in Victorian Literature"

Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS), 211 at 12:30pm

The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring a lunchtime conversation with Joanna Swafford. Join us for a discussion of teaching place in Victorian literature with and without digital tools. Food will be provided!


Joanna Swafford is the Assistant Professor for Interdisciplinary and Digital Teaching and Scholarship at SUNY New Paltz, specializing in Victorian Literature and Culture, Digital Humanities, Sound, and Gender Studies.  Her book project, “Transgressive Tunes: the Politics of Sound in Victorian Poetry,” traces the gendered intermediations of poetry and music. Her articles appear in Victorian Poetry, Victorian Review, the Victorian Institute’s Digital Annex, Literary and Linguistic Computing, and she has articles forthcoming in Debates in Digital Humanities and Provoke!: Digital Sound Studies.  She is the project director for Songs of the Victorians, Augmented Notes, and Sounding Poetry and is the founder of DASH Lab (Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Lab) at SUNY New Paltz.

Post on February 22, 2016 - 2:29pm |

April 4, 2016

New Haven students interact with Photogrammar

The Digital Humanities Lab welcomed junior high and high school students from around the New Haven area for a workshop on DH. Following a tour of the lab and a discussion of old and new media, students learned about the Photogrammar project and participated in a scavenger hunt to find images of American life during the Great Depression and World War II.

The workshop was led by Catherine DeRose (Outreach Manager for the DHLab) and Lauren Tilton (PhD Candidate in American Studies).

Post on May 20, 2016 - 4:31pm |