Community Processing Day 2019

Please consider attending Community Processing Day, a series of digital arts workshops, panels, artist lectures, and lightning talks that are taking place at both Pitt and CMU on January 25-26. You may already be familiar with Processing, a programming language/software that was developed by artists who are devoted to making coding accessible. While working with my fellow organizers Lindsey French, Golan Levin, and Tom Hughes, I’ve learned how committed the Processing community is to making these events inclusive, with lots of opportunities for beginners.
 
As a part of this 2-day event, I am planning a curiosity discussion, “Curiosity + Unfamiliar Spaces” on Friday January 25, 6-8pm, at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU. We will explore how people create with and contend with seemingly inaccessible languages, vocabularies, scripts, social spaces, and wild spaces. As always, we welcome audience questions throughout the discussion. Please Register here, under the CMU heading. Learn more about the previous curiosity discussions here.
 
Our panelists for Curiosity + Unfamiliar Spaces will be:
 
Nina Barbuto is the founder and director of Assemble, a community space offering daily educational STEAM programs to youth throughout Pittsburgh, and a platform for experiential learning, open creative processes, and building confidence through making. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular.
 
Marijke Hecht is currently a PhD student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Science and Policy program. Her research looks at how the urban environment can best be used as a platform for civic engagement through science, art, and other disciplines. Before graduate school, Marijke led community based environmental education and stewardship programs in Pittsburgh’s parks.
 
Darrell S. Kinsel is a creative entrepreneur, cultural agitator, and community organizer. D.S. is the co-founder of BOOM Concepts, a creative hub dedicated to the advancement of black and brown artists representing marginalized communities. BOOM Concepts focuses on youth, community artists, and neighborhood partners to identify contemporary expressions of social justice through drama, dance, music, visual art, and technology.
 
Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He is a contributor to open source arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and builds tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. He creatively subverts networked communication and computation, explores glitch and systemic bias, and extends these concepts to reversal of everything from identity to relationships.
Kate Joranson
Head, Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Library
University Library Sysytem
University of Pittsburgh

Digital Scholarship Summer Internship

Carnegie Mellon University’s digital scholarship center, dSHARP, is offering an eight week summer internship to occur between May 29th and August 24th, 2018 (exact dates flexible).

The Summer Intern will be expected to work on two to four pre-existing projects during their tenure, with the projects determined based on how their skills and interests best match with current center and faculty projects. Example projects they might work on include the Bridges of Pittsburgh (databases, GIS, graph theory), the Carnegie Mellon Encyclopedia of Science History (history of science, web publishing, editorial work), or Digits (digital preservation). As appropriate, the Summer Intern may also work collaboratively with center faculty to develop digital resources for the dSHARP website (WordPress, digital pedagogy).

Qualifications

  • currently or recently enrolled in a Ph.D. or a terminal master’s degree such as a MLS/MSIS program
  • previous experience in digital scholarship, digital humanities, or digital publishing
  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an innovative and interdisciplinary environment
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Salary

  • $4,000

Dates

Applicants should submit the following by February 15, 2018 to jotis@andrew.cmu.edu

  • cover letter
  • C.V.
  • names, emails, and phone numbers for two people who can speak to your previous experience in digital scholarship, digital humanities, or digital publishing

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018.

Spring 2018 Office Hours

Our Spring 2018 semester office hours will be held every Wednesday, 12:30-2:50pm in Hunt Library Studio B. Have questions about digital research or publishing? Feel free to drop in.

Visiting Speaker: Shannon Mattern, Feb. 1-2

Shannon Mattern will be giving a talk on Thursday, February 1st at 4-5:30pm at CMU’s Sorrel Library Den (Wean Hall, 4th floor).
Ether/Ore: An Atlas of Urban Media
Studded with sensors, optimized by algorithms, interfaced via dashboards and apps, cities are imagined as computers writ large, planned “from the Internet up.” Yet this new age of sentient urbanism — in which place-based intelligence is reduced to “smartness” — has a long and deep lineage. This talk, drawing on my new book, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: 5000 Years of Urban Media, will take us on a world tour of cities that embody various materialities of intelligence: both code and clay, data and dirt, ether and ore.
She will also be giving a workshop, in Pitt’s Digital Scholarship Services on Friday February 2nd at 10am.
Willful Transgressions: Transdisciplinary Teaching
In this workshop, we’ll look at the various motivations and ambitions behind campaigns for transdisciplinarity — and we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of transforming trans- or post-disciplinary aspirations into program building, curricular design, and pedagogical practice.

DH Reading Group: October

On Wednesday October 25, the DH reading group will be meeting from 5-6:30pm at Hemingway’s Cafe to read work by Ursula Lutzky and Heather Froehlich (with a probable appearance by Heather Froelich depending on traffic).

Our selections this month:

Visiting Speaker: Heather Froehlich, Oct. 26-27

CMU’s new dSHARP center is kicking off an annual speaker series. We’ll be bringing in scholars for talks and/or workshops on a variety of digital research and publishing subjects which will hopefully be of interest to the greater Pittsburgh DH community.

Our first visiting speaker is Heather Froehlich of Penn State, whose visit is co-sponsored by the English Department’s Digital Media Lab at the University of Pittsburgh and the DHRX. She will be giving a talk on Thursday Oct. 26 and a workshop on Corpus Linguistics with AntConc on Friday October 27th.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26
4:30-6:00pm • 202 Frick Fine Arts
University of Pittsburgh

In the early modern period, women were passed from father to husband, and in particular were insulted and debased by accusations of ‘whore’ (i.e. not chaste and not silent) when they acted out against an established social order of male empowerment. Kay Stanton, in her chapter in a Feminist Companion to Shakespeare (2010), lists and describes all the ways the word ‘whore’ is used to demean women in
Shakespeare’s plays. In this talk, I will use the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (http://oed.com/thesaurus) to present a larger list of terms synonymous with ‘whore’ in use during Shakespeare’s life. With a larger lexicon for feminine lack of purity, it is possible to show a better picture of how whorishness and feminine dishonour is constructed in Shakespeare’s plays.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
10am-12pm • CFA 317

Carnegie Mellon University
Corpus Linguistics with AntConc
Corpus analysis is a form of text analysis which allows you to make comparisons between textual objects at a large scale (so-called ‘distant reading’). This hands-on workshop explores the basic principles of quantitative text analysis using a graphical user interface. We will discuss how to use computers to identify patterns in language by covering a few basic principles of corpus methods, including keywordin-context analysis, very basic statistics, and how computers can be used to generate more nuanced questions for a given dataset.

As is common for visiting scholars, we will be hosting a small dinner for her on Thursday night. We will also be hosting a “kaffeeklatsch” (a small group hanging out over coffee/tea) either Thursday morning or Thursday early afternoon depending on when people are available. We very much want to have a good mix of CMU and Pitt folks at each of these, ideally with both people who are already actively involved in our DH community as well as “DH-curious” folks who’d like to learn more about what we do.

DH Reading Group: September

Who: anyone interested in reading analytical articles encompassing the digital humanities, including but not limited to digital history
 
What: read some stuff of interest to the group members, get together over food or drinks and discuss the readings
 
When: September 27th, 5pm-6:30pm and repeated on the last Wednesday of every month, August-May (no meeting in June or July)
 
Where: If you know of a quieter place with food/drink in the Oakland area where we can meet, please let me know and I’ll check it out!  In the meantime, we’ll stick to Hemingway’s Cafe (3911 Forbes Ave).
Our readings this month will be from the Viral Texts project:

Fall 2017 Workshops

dSHARP offers a series of workshops through the University Libraries. Our Fall 2017 workshops will be 
Sept: Nuts and Bolts of Project Management
Whether you’re working by yourself or part of a larger team, managing an academic project can take a lot of time and effort, especially when that project involves digital scholarship.  This workshop will introduce you to the basics of formal project management including requirements and scoping projects, risk assessment and data management, team communications, managing time and budgets, reviews and exit criteria, and project preservation.
Oct: Network Analysis for Humanists
Networks are simple formal representations for how the world intermingles with itself. The humanities can make good use of this formalization to study anything from social interactions, to similarities between literary genres, to the trade routes between ancient cities. This workshop will cover the conceptual foundations of network analysis, and the steps to prepare data for, analyze, and visualize humanities networks. Participants will learn on Google Sheets, Palladio, and potentially Gephi.

Nov: Introduction to Basic Web Design

 
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the the standard markup language used to create web pages and web-based applications. This workshop will cover the basics of creating web pages and simple websites using HTML syntax to structure pages, format content, add lists, tables, links, images, and media, and style their presentation using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This workshop will also include an overview of client-server interaction, HTTP, and touch on JavaScript for interactivity.

Fall 2017 Office Hours

Our Fall 2017 semester office hours will be held every Wednesday, 1:30-4:30pm in Hunt Library Studio B. Have questions about digital research or publishing? Feel free to drop in.

PGH|DH Fall Social Gathering

Hope everyone had a productive and/or relaxing summer!  To celebrate our return to campus, dSHARP would like to invite Pittsburgh digital humanists to a social gathering at CMU’s Hunt Library Studio B on Tuesday September 12th, 4:30-6pm.  Light refreshments will be served.
Meet like-minded researchers, catch up with what’s going on in our city, and welcome any new members to our PGH|DH community.  All faculty, staff, and 21+ students interested in DH are welcome to attend, so please feel free to forward this invitation to other members of your departments (especially new faculty and graduate students) who are not on the CMU or Pitt listservs.