Digital Humanities Lab News

April 28, 2017

Beyond the 'Juicy Quotes Syndrome': Digital Oral History and the Politics of Secondary Analysis

April 28 at 12:00pm in Bass Library, L01

This presentation responds directly to the policy and cultural shift towards “data sharing” in the humanities and social sciences. Funding agencies in North America and Europe are now committed to the promotion of a culture of sharing of qualitative interview data.  This shifting perspective has proven to be controversial in some disciplines, especially where group authority and identity rest on fieldwork rather than on the secondary reuse or analysis of “other people’s data.” The presentation will consider the ways in which recorded oral history interviews with survivors of mass violence can be ethically shared, combined, and creatively reused.
This talk is open to the public and entire Yale community. Participants are welcome to bring their lunches.
Co-sponsored by the ​Yale Digital Humanities Lab and Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. 
Steven High is an interdisciplinary oral and public historian with a strong interest in transnational approaches to working-class studies, forced migration, community-engaged research, oral history methodology and ethics, and living archives. He is a professor of History and founding member of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University.

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April 26, 2017

The Library Map Prize is awarded to a Yale College senior for the best use of maps in a senior essay or its equivalent. Essays submitted for consideration must be supported by one or more maps. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit. This year's deadline is Wednesday, April 26 at 5:00pm. The prize is an award of $500.

Essays may be submitted by seniors or their faculty advisors. The winning student must agree to grant the library a non-exclusive right to post his or her essay on EliScholar.

For more information about the award, please visit the Yale University Library webpage.

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April 21, 2017

The Digital Humanities Lab is excited to announce a new round of Seed Grants to support digital humanities research over the summer and fall semester. 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, April 21. For more information, please visit our Seed Grants page.

Post on April 13, 2017 - 10:06am |

April 18, 2017

Introduction to Git/Hub

April 18 from 4:00-5:00pm in Bass Library, L06 

This workshop will familiarize participants with the fundamentals of Git and GitHub. Git—a free, open source version control system—and GitHub—a popular repository for sharing code—are key for web development projects and programming more broadly. Together, ​they provide a robust system for collaborating with team members and finding existing code that you might adopt and adapt for your own projects. Participants will gain hands-on experience creating repositories and branches, managing pull requests, and committing changes.

The workshop is open to Yale students, faculty, and staff, but space is limited. To register, please visit the YUL Instruction Calendar. Windows computers will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops (Mac or Windows).

Co-sponsored by the Yale Digital Humanities Lab and Float Yale.


Instructor: Douglas Duhaime (DHLab)

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April 12, 2017

Intro to XSLT in Three Parts

April 12 from 3:00-5:00pm in Bass Library, L01

This workshop will provide a basic overview of XSLT as a declarative programming language. The instructor will demonstrate an iterative process of investigating, updating, and reviewing a TEI file with the assistance of XSLT. Every participant will gain hands-on experience transforming an XML document with the oXygen XML Editor, using a supplied XSLT stylesheet, and writing a very simple XSLT stylesheet from scratch. The workshop will conclude with a couple of different methods for publishing TEI online.

No prior encoding experience is required but basic knowledge of XML will be helpful. Participants are encouraged to install the oXygen XML Editor prior to the workshop in order to follow along with the exercises.

The workshop is open to all Yale students, faculty, and staff; no registration is required.

Co-organized by the Classics Library, the YUL Department of Areas Studies and Humanities Research Support, the Yale Digital Propertius Project, and the Yale Digital Humanities Lab



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.

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April 12, 2017

Intro to Network Analysis with Gephi

April 12 from 2:00-3:30pm in Bass Library, L06

This workshop will provide a broad overview of network analysis. In addition to covering what networks are, how to read them, and why you might want to use them, we'll also demonstrate how to generate them using Gephi — open-source, multi-platform visualization software. During the workshop, participants will learn how to construct node and edge lists, import them into Gephi, and export them using a variety of plugins designed for sharing your network over the web. 

Sample data will be provided at the workshop, but participants are welcome to bring their own for discussion at the end.

Windows machines will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to work from their own (Mac or Windows) laptops. 

The workshop is open to Yale students, faculty, and staff, but space is limited. To register, please visit the YUL Instruction Calendar.


Instructors: Catherine DeRose (DHLab) and Joshua Dull (StatLab)

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April 7, 2017

"Beyond Boundaries: Second Annual Symposium on Hybrid Scholarship at Yale University"

April 7, 2017 from 9:30am-1:00pm
Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall and Exhibition Room

How can 3D printing help preserve cultural heritage sites? What might digital maps tell us about the political, commercial, and historical realities of film festivals? To explore these questions and more, join the Digital Humanities Lab and Yale STEAM for the second annual 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 considered 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. Video recordings from the symposium can be found on our YouTube playlist.



Event Schedule

  9:30am - 10:00am

Coffee, Refreshments, Sign In

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

10:00am - 10:05am

Welcoming Remarks

Peter Leonard, Director of the Digital Humanities Lab

10:05am - 11:00am

Lightning Talks

Presentations by undergraduate and graduate students

Talks will highlight a range of methods, from mapping and social network analysis to text mining and visual computing

11:00am - 11:55am

Roundtable Discussion

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

  • Agnete Lassen — Yale Babylonian Collection and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • Peter Leonard — Yale Digital Humanities Lab
  • Richard Prum — Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities
  • Lawrence Wilen — School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design
  • Anna Zayaruznaya — Department of Music
11:55am - 12:00pm

Closing Remarks

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

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Poster Session

Showcase of projects by undergraduate and graduate students

Posters/demos range from computational approaches to literature and classroom applications of virtual reality technologies to Harvey Cushing's scrapbooks as a means of information organization and the impact of technological developments on artistic production, plus more!

Organized by the Yale Digital Humanities Lab and Yale STEAM, with generous support from the Center for Teaching and Learning

Here are a few photos from the event




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April 6, 2017


April 6 from 4:00-6:00pm at 17 Hillhouse Ave, room 101
Many of the places where natural disasters and health crises occur are literally "missing" from the map, and responders lack the information to properly provide relief. Learn how to contribute to responders' efforts with OpenStreetMap. We will introduce the platform, teach web mapping skills, and then work with participants to map infrastructure in high-priority areas for local humanitarian efforts.
This event is open to everyone, from beginners to advanced mappers. Bring a laptop. Food and drinks will be provided!
The Mapathon at Yale is a partnership between The Spatial Collective, Missing Maps, and the Digital Humanities Lab, and supports the work of the Red Cross, Médecins Sin Frontières, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

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