August 2017 Archives

September 12, 2017

Office Hours Talk: DH Training Highlights

September 12 at 2:00pm in the DHLab (SML 316)

Join the Digital Humanities Lab for an Office Hours talk on DH training opportunities. Graduate students and staff will give lightning talk presentations on courses they participated in this past summer, including:

  • Text Processing: Techniques and Traditions (Digital Humanities Summer Institute)
  • Programming for Humanists with Python (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching)
  • Black Publics in the Humanities: Critical and Collaborative DH Projects (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching)
  • Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative (Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School)
  • The Perseus Project (Teach the Teachers Workshop)

Following the presentations, we will open the floor to Q&A about the courses, institutes, and DH training opportunities more broadly at and beyond Yale.

All of the Yale community is welcome to attend. Coffee will be available.


Presenters include the following DHLab Training Scholarship recipients:

Clay Greene (English)

Amanda Joyce Hall (History, African American Studies)

Ann Killian (English)

Colin McCaffrey (Classics Library) 

Jennifer Weintritt (Classics)

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September 15, 2017

Workshop: Data Visualization with Tableau

September 15 from 1:30pm-3:30pm in the Center for Science and Social Science Information (KBT C27)

This workshop will familiarize you with key issues in data visualization. In addition to covering the fundamental principles behind effective visualizations, we will also touch on common pitfalls that result in confusing or misleading graphics. During the workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience using Tableau — interactive, data visualization software — to produce dynamic, compelling visualizations for all kinds of data.

Space for the workshop is limited. To register, please visit the YUL Instruction Calendar. Registration is open to all Yale students, faculty, and staff.


Instructors: Catherine DeRose (DHLab), Joshua Dull (DSS), Sarah Tudesco (YUL)

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August 28, 2017

Image of Chaucer from the Takamiya Collection at Yale's Beinecke Library

The most impressive collection of medieval English manuscripts that had been in private hands will be on exhibition for the first time in the United States at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Four unique Chaucer manuscripts, numerous devotional rolls, and works as varied as Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Langland’s Piers the Plowman and a Middle English medical manuscript—all from the collection of Toshiyuki Takamiya, a generous scholar and collector — will be shown in the context of the Beinecke Library’s own rich holdings of English and Continental manuscripts.

With a rare combination of scholarly and antiquarian expertise, Professor Emeritus Takamiya of Keio University in Tokyo assembled an unrivaled collection of medieval manuscripts over four decades. Held privately in Japan, the collection had been relatively unstudied in the West, and Professor Takamiya’s generous deposit of these manuscripts at the Beinecke Library in 2013 made a significant contribution to medieval scholarship at Yale University and internationally. 

The fall 2017 exhibition celebrates and showcases these medieval manuscripts, now permanently part of the Beinecke collections, and demonstrates how they combine with the library’s existing holdings to make the Beinecke Library a vital center for scholars, students, and the public to engage medieval English literature, history, and manuscript culture.

This exhibition is curated by Raymond Clemens, Diane Ducharme, Eric Ensley, Gina Hurley, Alexandra Reider, Joseph Stadolnik, and Emily Ulrich.

The exhibit runs from Friday, September 1, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017.

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Nota Bene XXXII no 2

Nata Bene
Summer/Fall 2017

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August 29, 2017

Join us for a special Office Hours this Tuesday to hear outgoing DHLab Postdoc Jonathan Schroeder discuss his project, "Passages to Freedom: Worlding the North American Slave Narrative." This project uses data from the University of North Carolina's North American Slave Narrative corpus to map routes taken by the authors of the 103 extant autobiographical African-American slave narratives published before emancipation in 1863. Jonathan will present on the composition of the project in its current iteration, as well as future plans.

Jonathan Schroeder received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. His work has appeared in American Literature and is forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly

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August 18, 2017

MGG Cover

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG), the renowned music encyclopedia that has long been a core resource for music researchers, is now available online. MGG offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy and visual arts. 

The Yale Community now have access to MGG Online, which contains a digital version of the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions. MGG Online includes the ability to translate the encyclopedia's German source text into one of over 100 different languages, using a built-in Google Translate widget. While the translation is less than perfect, it does allow non-German speakers to understand the basis of each MGG article.

Additionally, the Yale Community also now have access to Bloomsbury Popular Music. Bloomsbury is a unique source of scholarship and serious in-depth analysis of popular music in a global context. It includes the entirety of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, the 33 1/3 series of books exploring key albums, and much more. 

For information on MGG, Bloomsbury and all of the other notable music focused databases available to the Yale Community, please see the Gilmore Music Library's recently revamped Music Databases Guide

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August 18, 2017

The Yale digital humanities team participated in the 2017 DH Conference in Montreal from August 7-11. Highlighted projects by faculty and staff included:
  • Photogrammar, a platform for visualizing over 170,000 photographs taken during the Great Depression and World War II
  • Ensemble, a crowdsourcing application for transcribing 90 years of theatrical programs from the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre
  • Neural Neighbors, a forthcoming site from the Digital Humanities Lab for tracking visual similarity across collections of photographs and videos.
Presenters from this conference, as well as Yale participants from the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), Humanities Intensive Teaching and Learning (HILT), Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS), and Esri's Education and User Conferences will share overviews of these events—including the key projects and methodologies that were discussed—at an upcoming Office Hours in the lab this September. Visit the Digital Humanities News & Events page soon for more information.   
Professors Laura Wexler and Courtney Rivard standing by their poster  Peter Leonard and Lindsay King presenting their paper  Preview of Neural Neighbors interface that includes a series of similar photographs

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August 17, 2017

Working on a data visualization in Tableau? Consider submitting it to Tableau's Student Visualization Assignment Contest. Entries will be evaluated based on creativity, analytical depth, design, and overall impact. Fall entries must be submitted between September 18 and December 5.

For guidelines and to submit, visit Tableau's contest page.

Interested in submitting but new to Tableau? Visit the Digital Humanities Lab's News & Events page soon for forthcoming information on the Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau workshop that we'll be offering this fall.

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August 10, 2017

Front cover for The Sound of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra (RCA Victor EPB-1009)

A finding aid for the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra Papers (MSS 140) is now available. 

The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra was formed in 1952 by Eddie Sauter (1914-1981) and Bill Finegan (1917-2008). Sauter and Finegan were prominent arrangers for big bands led by artists such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Sauter and Finegan were strongly influenced by classical music, and their orchestra included non-traditional big band instruments like the recorder, piccolo, English horn, and tympani. The collection contains orchestral arrangements by Sauter and Finegan.

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August 10, 2017

Sin Wan Pao 新聞報, 1893-1949

Yale University Library has acquired the access to a newspaper database of modern China: Sin Wan Pao 新聞報, 1893-1949. The database allows five concurrent users and has been added to the Library’s QuicksearchFind a Database by Title, and Chinese Studies subject guide-Newspapers. Information of off-campus access to Yale subscribed electric resources can be found through here.

Xin wen bao (Sin Wan Pao 新聞報), also known as "The News", was first published on February 17, 1893. Along with Shen Bao 申報, it was one of the most widely circulated Chinese newspapers in Shanghai during modern China (150,000 copies in 1928). The database provides full access to digital copies of all issues from 1893 to 1949 and includes 365,000 high-resolution pages in texts, advertisements and pictures. The database is on Shanghai Library’s Quan guo bao kan suo yin 全国报刊索引 platform along with Late Qing/Republican Periodical Full-text Database 晚清/民國時期期刊全文數據庫 (1833-1949) and The North-China Daily News & Herald Newspapers and Hong Lists (1850-1951) 字林洋行中英文报纸全文数据库 (1850-1951).

Please feel free to contact Michael Meng, Librarian for Chinese Studies, if you have any questions about this resource.


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