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Announcing HTRC Workshops at HILT 2015!!

With apologies for cross-posting!

HILT 2015 is delighted to announce that the HathiTrust Research Center will be offering two free workshops for registered attendees at HILT (July 27-31, 2015). You can register for HILT and the HTRC Workshops by visiting:

Workshop 1 (Tuesday July 28th, 6-9 PM).
Introduction to the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC): Teaching and research using the power of data and metadata in large text corpora.

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) will conduct an introductory workshop for researchers and instructors in the humanities, and for librarians, on how to create and use datasets drawn from large-scale textual corpora for the purposes of instruction and research in the humanities. The workshop will introduce the text data which constitute the holdings of the 13.3 million-volume HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL). The HTRC  is engaged in developing innovative analytic digital humanities applications to facilitate the use of this content. The tools and services that are being developed by the HTRC as part of this initiative will be introduced and discussed at the workshop. This workshop will focus on pre-1923 (out-of-copyright) material from the HTDL corpus.

In course of the workshop, attendees will learn, through demonstrations and hands-on use, how to leverage the following resources:

  • the HathiTrust+Bookworm tool for plotting lexical trends in text data
  • the Secure Hathi Analytics Research Commons (SHARC), an environment for running off-the-shelf algorithms provided by the HTRC.

The workshop will include discussion about strategies for integrating text analytics into traditional courses and curricula in the service of humanistic inquiry.

Workshop 2 (Wednesday July 29th, 6-8 PM).
Advanced Topics in Text Analysis with the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC).

This workshop session will focus on advanced topics relating to making use of text data at scale through the HathiTrust Research Center’s  Extracted Features dataset. A great deal of useful research can be performed non-consumptively with pre-extracted features. This session will demonstrate how users (researchers and instructors in the humanities) can work with the extracted features that are being provided by the HTRC as data exports corresponding to user-defined subcollections that are created by the users themselves.

Workshop attendees will learn how they can follow a non-consumptive paradigm in preparation for conducting analysis against works in copyright. They will also learn advanced skills that build on concepts introduced at the beginners’ workshop session, such as how to re-purpose existing algorithms and how to adapt the resources provided to meet research and teaching objectives.

Sayan Bhattacharyya
CLIR Postdoctoral Research Fellow
HathiTrust Research Center
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Eleanor Dickson
Visiting HathiTrust Research Center Digital Humanities Specialist
Scholarly Commons, University Library
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


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