Digital Humanities Lab News

September 27, 2016

Coffee and Code: Introduction to the Command Line

September 27 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Bass Library, L06

Get familiar with the command line at the DHLab's next Coffee and Code! During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of the command line, including how to:

  • create, edit, and move files and directories
  • ssh (secure shell) to remote servers
  • navigate a computer's file system and more!

Windows computers will be available for use, though participants are welcome to bring their own computer (Windows or Mac). If you plan to use one of the available Windows machines, please arrive 5 minutes early to the workshop as they take awhile to boot up.

Space is limited; to register, please go to the YUL Instruction Calendar. Registration is open to Yale students, faculty, and staff; no prior programming experience is required.

This workshop will be lead-in to our Intro to Git Coffee and Code on October 25 - keep an eye on our website for more information.

Post on September 12, 2016 - 4:49pm |

September 23, 2016

Intro to XML and XPath

September 23 from 1:00-3:00pm in Bass Library, L06

Led by Mark Custer, this workshop will provide an overview of XML (Extensible Markup Language) basics, with a special emphasis on TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) markup and hands-on exercises. Mark will also introduce the basics of XPath, illustrating its importance as a query language that can be utilized during the encoding process. XML is foundational for many forms of textual representation and metadata in the digital humanities.

The agenda is divided into the following sections:

  1. A brief overview of markup languages
  2. Fundamentals of XML
  3. Basics of XPath
  4. Time for discussion and/or a demonstration of more advanced topics

No prior encoding experience is required. Participants will be required, however, to use the oXygen XML editor during the workshop.  You will either need to bring a laptop with the latest version of oXygen pre-installed, or you will need to install oXygen on your desktop in the computer lab at the beginning of the workshop (if you go this route, please arrive early to the workshop). A 30-day free trial is available on the oXygen website:

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

This workshop is offered in conjunction with the Classics Library and the YUL Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DAHSRS).


Mark Custer is an Archivist / Metadata Coordinator at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. From 2011-2012, he worked as the Encoding Archival Description Manager at the Smithsonian Institution. Before that, he worked at East Carolina University (ECU), where he helped manage the TEI records and encoding workflows of ECU’s digital library. He earned a BA in English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MLIS from Syracuse University.

Post on September 19, 2016 - 12:21pm |

September 15, 2016

Yale Day of Data 2016

December 1 and 2

The Center for Science and Social Science Information, the Yale Center for Research Computing, and the Yale Digital Humanities Lab are excited to announce the schedule for the upcoming Yale Day of Data. The theme for 2016 will be open data, open software, reproducibility initiatives, and replication.

On Thursday, December 1, we will have workshops, discussions with keynotes, and a poster session related to data and reproducibility. The poster session will highlight work by Yale students and researchers. Poster submissions are due by September 30.

Friday, December 2 will include presentations and lightning talks that focus on open data, open software, reproducibility initiatives, and replication, along with keynote speakers. Applications to give a talk are due by September 15.

Interested in giving a talk?

Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to apply to present their work on December 2.

Presentations can focus on data produced or analyzed in any research discipline (sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, law, etc.) and can be data of any kind, including:

  • social, economic, behavioral, and political data
  • genomic data and sequencing data
  • health and healthcare data
  • geospatial data
  • textual data
  • visual data
  • environmental data and indicators
  • experimental and computational scientific data
  • and more

The two formats for presentations include:

  • Applied talk
    • Presenters give 20 minute presentations about their projects to a general audience, highlighting the themes of the day in relation to their work.
  • Lightning talk
    • Presenters give 5 minute overviews of a topic relevant to the theme, including discussion of projects, tools, methodologies, and more.

Applications are due September 15 and should be submitted via:


For updates

To stay up to date, please join the Yale Day of Data mailing list, where we release our updates first. Registration will also be announced first on the mailing list. See for more information or to join.

Post on May 26, 2016 - 9:18am |

September 6, 2016

Office Hours Talk: Music and DH

September 6 at 2:00pm in the DHLab (SML 316)

During Office Hours, Jonathan Manton, the Music Librarian for Access Services, will present on the Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM) workshop, which was held at the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media on August 12. Highlighting cutting-edge methods for retrieving, analyzing, and interacting with musical data on small and mass scales (such as encoded online scores), Jonathan will speak to wider ongoing discussions surrounding Musical Information Retrieval (MIR) — research at the cross section of libraries, musicology, and digital humanities.

The Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM) workshop provides a forum for discussions on Music Digital Library systems, including:

  • the challenges of working with the multiple representations of music across large-scale digital collections (such as the Internet Archive and HathiTrust)
  • intersections with conversations around "linked data" and "big data"
  • to consider the suitability of existing Music Digital Libraries, particularly in light of new methods and applications emerging from musicology
  • the potential for Optical Music Recognition

All are welcome! Coffee and tea will be provided.

Post on August 26, 2016 - 10:24am |