Canada NewsWire: Government of Canada invests in over 800 projects to advance social sciences and humanities research (PRESS RELEASE)

Canada NewsWire: Government of Canada invests in over 800 projects to advance social sciences and humanities research (PRESS RELEASE). “Projects will explore a range of topics, including inclusive policing, the transition to a sustainable economy, First Nations self-determination, and achieving Canada’s net-zero emissions target. Other funded projects will examine motor skill intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder, domestic violence prevention, and partnerships to prevent and end homelessness.”

Vox EU: Using historical newspaper data to deal with measurement error

Vox EU: Using historical newspaper data to deal with measurement error. “Researchers typically collect newspaper-based data for use as outcome, treatment, or control variables in statistical analysis. This column argues that data generated from historical newspaper articles can also be used as a low-cost alternative for resolving measurement errors. The authors illustrate their framework by replicating two recent studies of how the boll weevil – a beetle that infests cotton crops – affected economic outcomes in the US South from 1892 to 1922.”

University of Wyoming: UW Joins Buffalo Bill Center, UK Institutions in Digital Humanities Project

University of Wyoming: UW Joins Buffalo Bill Center, UK Institutions in Digital Humanities Project . “Researchers at the University of Wyoming and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West have joined international colleagues in Wales in a new project aimed at developing digital tools to analyze historical book illustrations to gain a more thorough understanding of history. Using a nearly $500,000 grant from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the team will use cutting-edge computing techniques to uncover hidden histories contained in the collections of several cultural institutions.”

North Carolina State University: This is How Students Can Learn Problem-Solving Skills in Social Studies

North Carolina State University: This is How Students Can Learn Problem-Solving Skills in Social Studies. “A new study led by a researcher from North Carolina State University offers lessons on how social studies teachers could use computational thinking and computer-based resources to analyze primary source data, such as economic information, maps or historical documents. The findings suggest that these approaches advance not only computational thinking, but also student understanding of social studies concepts.”

Humanities Database Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence: A cross-disciplinary team creates an online platform for analyzing Chinese magazines (Colby College)

Colby College: Humanities Database Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence: A cross-disciplinary team creates an online platform for analyzing Chinese magazines . “This new digital platform, still in development, will make available hundreds of issues of major state magazines published mostly from 1949 to the present. ‘These [magazines] are actually pretty representative if we want to study China,’ said [Hong] Zhang. They also complement one another for examining the country’s culture and politics in different eras. Included is Nationality Pictorial (民族画报), the only state-run magazine on ethnic minorities that has previously not been digitized beyond its cover.”

Bethel University: Research Team Probes History with Cutting-Edge Tech

Bethel University: Research Team Probes History with Cutting-Edge Tech . “Building off of ideas sparked in Bethel’s Advanced Digital Humanities course, Zach Haala ’23 and Associate Professor of History Charlie Goldberg are conducting a research project to use artificial intelligence to probe historical archives for patterns. They are one of the student-faculty research teams to receive a 2021-22 Edgren Scholarship.”

Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University (British Library)

British Library: Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University. “In Higher Education contexts, discussions around openness are often focused on the pathways to make publications, data or cultural objects openly available online. It is often not known what impact open resources can have for various communities beyond the research community. The speakers at Open and Engaged 2021 will explore the different impacts that open resources can have on people. They will seek to question how openness enhances the ability to engage with communities, how projects can be sustainable and make positive changes in the long-term, as well as some of the downsides to current approaches to open engagement.”

University of Texas at Austin: Dylan Thomas Digital Collection Launched Online

University of Texas at Austin: Dylan Thomas Digital Collection Launched Online. “Collections related to Dylan Thomas are held by multiple institutions internationally, and the Ransom Center holds the world’s largest collection, which includes manuscripts, letters, notebooks, drawings and photographs that trace the origins of his major works and the evolution of a young writer. The collection also features screenplays, radio broadcasts and radio plays. Most were acquired by the Center between 1960 and 2004. More than 6,000 items are now digitized, representing only a portion of the author’s physical archive.”

National Humanities Center: A virtual conference exploring the critical intersection between the humanities and artificial intelligence.

National Humanities Center: A virtual conference exploring the critical intersection between the humanities and artificial intelligence.. “Join us for a series of virtual events—presentations, conversations, webinars, film screenings, and an art exhibition—highlighting perspectives from leading humanists, scientists, engineers, artists, writers, and software company executives collectively advancing inquiry into key emerging questions…. Thanks to generous support from our sponsors, this conference is offered free of charge. However, registration is required to access conference sessions, view films, and explore the online art exhibit.” The conference takes place April 7-22.

Humanities Kansas: Humanities Hotline

Interesting. From Humanities Kansas: Humanities Hotline. “The toll-free Humanities Hotline delivers interesting short stories anytime, day or night. It’s simple: Dial 1-888-416-2018 and choose from a menu of humanities highlights. These bite-sized micropresentations cover Kansas stories – both serious and light-hearted – and are researched and presented by experts across the state.

University of Southern California: USC Dornsife’s Department of English launches USC’s new international literary journal

University of Southern California: USC Dornsife’s Department of English launches USC’s new international literary journal. “In Lawrence Weschler’s 1998 New Yorker essay ‘L.A. Glows,’ a climate scientist uses the word ‘airlight’ to describe why Southern California light is sometimes crisp and clear, so everything can be seen with clarity, and sometimes the light is diffused and hazy, so everything seems obfuscated. From this comes the inspiration for the name of USC’s new international literary journal, Air/Light, published by the Department of English at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.”

University of Texas at Austin: Humanity and Google Sheets

University of Texas at Austin: Humanity and Google Sheets. “When one of Professor Julie Hardwick’s students recently got an internship at a local tech company, she was asked to compare the company’s benefits package with those of 60 competitors. Initially overwhelmed, she then thought, ‘I’m going to get my Google Sheet, get my evidence, look for patterns, get my data visualization, and then present an interpretation.’ This spreadsheet-based approach might seem like the plan of a good business student, but in fact, she was harkening to a different class. “

UNC Greensboro: Digital Humanities Project Receives $325,000 NEH Grant

UNC Greensboro: Digital Humanities Project Receives $325,000 NEH Grant. “The funding will be used to further develop MassMine, an interdisciplinary tool that supports the collection of data from digital networks. Beveridge, assistant professor of digital rhetoric in the Dept. of English, and his colleague Dr. Nicholas Van Horn, assistant professor at Capital University, created the software in 2014 to address accessibility issues for researching social networks in the humanities.”