The Pittsburgh digital scholarship scene is taking off in 2017! Thursday evening, February 2nd, nearly thirty people from institutions in the area gathered in IDeAte Studio B of Hunt Library at Carnegie Mellon University to socialize, exchange ideas, and build some awareness about the exciting digital projects being developed in western PA. Faculty, staff, and graduate students representing Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University mingled with librarians, archivists, and research staff from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
The event garnered such a positive turnout that many are hoping for more, and there is a lot of DH happening in Pittsburgh, so here are some organizations and upcoming events that might pique your interest should you find yourself in Allegheny County.
Every Wednesday from 12:30-3:00pm, in IDeAte Studio B of Hunt Library, you can drop in to share ideas and seek help from digital scholars and consultants who can lend their experience to your work. In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Carnegie Mellon University a $2 million grant to develop technology enhanced learning on campus and to enhance graduate and faculty research with digital methods. A center is now taking shape at Carnegie Mellon for digital scholarship, and a group of experts in digital methods are providing regular project consultations and tutoring with digital tools.
Over the past two years, nearly a dozen graduate students in the humanities at Carnegie Mellon have received research fellowships funded by the A.W. Mellon grant to support the development of digital components of their research.
The Digital Humanities Research group at the University of Pittsburgh (DHRX) is a cross-campus faculty research network that brings together researchers and enthusiasts from all departments and disciplines for lectures and workshop sessions in various digital research methods. If you’re a planner, fantastic, because they keep their calendar of events online! February workshop topics include basic text processing with Python (February 17th) and a beginner’s session on how to edit Wikipedia (February 24th).
If you are around Pittsburgh in late March, consider attending a talk by Professor Hoyt Long (University of Chicago), “Distant Reading and Modern Japanese Literature,” which will showcase some innovative applications of natural language processing and machine learning to the study of modern Japanese literary style.
New events are always popping up on the DHRX calendar, so it’s worthwhile to keep tabs on this convenient resource.
As the Pittsburgh community of digital scholars continues to grow and draw institutional support, there will no doubt be many more events available for introducing yourself to this diverse and exceptionally hard-working group. Stay tuned, come by, and learn things with some new colleagues!