Digital Humanities Lab News

May 27, 2016

The Digital Humanities Lab is excited to announce a new round of Seed Grants to support digital humanities research over the summer and fall. These grants may be used to hire a developer, create a digital corpus, or host a workshop. 

Yale graduate students and faculty are eligible to apply. Applications should be emailed to by Friday, May 27.

Post on May 16, 2016 - 9:49am |

May 25, 2016

"Integrating Digital Humanities"

May 25, 10:00am-1:00pm in the Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS) 119

Interested in exploring how you might incorporate DH methods and tools into the classroom to change the way your students interact with and think about humanities materials? Please join members of the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Yale Digital Humanities Lab for the "Integrating Digital Humanities" workshop, part of the upcoming Course [re]Design Institute series. In the workshop, we will discuss when and how an instructor might rework an existing assignment (or create a completely new one) to include a DH component. Please bring a syllabus or class assignment on which you would like to work to the session. Lunch will be provided.

To sign up, please email Yvette Barnard in the CTL at

Post on May 10, 2016 - 12:27pm |

May 24, 2016

Coffee and Code Workshop: R

Part 1: Tuesday, May 24 at 2:00pm in Sterling Memorial Library, 315

Part 2: Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00pm in the Digital Humanities Lab (Sterling Memorial Library, 316)

DH Developer Douglas Duhaime will lead an informal, two-part workshop on creating distribution plots in R to visualize word frequencies. In Part 1, participants will learn how to create a plot based on a single text file. In Part 2, participants will incorporate facet wrapping into the code produced during Part 1 in order to plot "small multiples" (this is what you would do if you had more than one text file you were working with). To structure the workshop, we will be referring to Chapter 4 of Matthew Jockers's Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature. For Yale affiliates, the book is available electronically via Springer Link. A print copy is also available for reading in the DHLab.

All are welcome; no programming experience is required! Participants should bring a laptop with them to the workshop.

Prior to the workshops, participants should download R and RStudio. Please also install the package "ggplot2" in RStudio. Sample text files will be provided, but participants are encouraged to work with their own data during the week between the two workshops.

To install the ggplot2 package:

  • Open RStudio
  • Click "File" in the top header and select "New File -> R Script"
  • In the new file that opens (this will likely appear above the "Console window" on your screen), type on line 1: install.packages("ggplot2")
  • At the end of line 1, hold the "Control" key and click "Enter/Return" to execute the code

Email with any questions.

Materials from workshops

Barnabae Epistula, sample text file from Workshop Part 1

Link to the GitHub page with code from both workshops

Post on May 13, 2016 - 10:17am |

May 6, 2016

Congratulations to Yale's Photogrammar team on receiving one of ACLS's first-ever Digital Extension Grants! ACLS developed the new program "to foster diverse communities of users around the most compelling approaches to digital inquiry." Photogrammar was one of five projects selected. With the grant, Photogrammar will be able to add new features, integrate additional archives into the collection, and reach new audiences.

Principal Investigator
Laura Wexler

Project Team
Taylor Arnold, Catherine DeRose, Monica Ong Reed,
Lauren Tilton, Courtney Rivard (UNC, Chapel Hill)

Link to Photogrammar // ACLS award announcement

Post on May 6, 2016 - 10:02am |

May 3, 2016

The Digital Humanities Lab is excited to sponsor two events with Heather Froehlich, a historical sociolinguist from the University of Strathclyde. Both events are open to the Yale community and public.

Talk, 5/3: "Representations of Madness in Early Modern Drama and EEBO-TCP Phase I"

Bass Library, L01 at 2:00pm

In her talk, Heather Froehlich will explore how to use the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary and Early English Books Online-Text Creation Project (EEBO-TCP) Phase I to understand the language of madness in two subsets of early English print: firstly, in a selection of 336 dramatic works (1514-1662) and secondly in 25,000 transcriptions of early English books. She will demonstrate how to harvest historically relevant terms from the Historical Thesaurus and then apply them to EEBO-TCP. In doing so, she has identified different lexical references to madness, with a clear division in use of the 4-word phrase 'I am not mad' in dramatic and non-dramatic writing.

Coffee will be provided!

Workshop, 5/4: "11 Things You Can Do With EEBO-TCP Phase I"

Bass Library, L06 at 1:00-4:00pm

This text mining workshop will overview several ways of interacting with the Early English Books Online-Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP), a full-text transcription database of 25,000 early modern printed books between 1470 and 1700. We will cover strategies for accessing EEBO-TCP, identifying specific transcriptions, tracing specific words/concepts, identifying and modernizing variant spellings, curating subcorpora, and using these resources in a pedagogical context.

In advance of the workshop, please sign up for an EEBO account and register for CQPweb with a Yale email address, if you have one.

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


Heather Froehlich studies social identity in Early Modern London plays (1514-1662) and EEBO-TCP Phase I at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), where she is also a research assistant on the Visualizing English Print (1470-1700) project (a collaboration between Strathclyde, UW-Madison, and the Folger Shakespeare Library). Her work draws on socio-historic linguistics and corpus stylistics, though she sustains an interest in digital methods for literary and linguistic inquiry. Read more about her and her research on her blog or on twitter (@heatherfro).

Post on April 19, 2016 - 2:48pm |