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Digital Humanities

Current projects cover different aspects of electronic publishing, markup schemas, text-mining and analysis, and music information retrieval. Digital humanities is an area of significant interest and growth as a complement to the CIRSS concentration in scientific communication.


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Professor and Dean

Current People

CIRSS Faculty & Staff

Timothy Cole

Affiliated Faculty

J. Stephen Downie

Allen Renear

Karen Wickett

CIRSS Students

Jacob Jett

Affiliated Researchers

Harriett Green

Carole L. Palmer

John M. Unsworth

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Recent Publications

Wickes, E.  (2015, April).  Recontextualizing Humanities Skills for Coding.  Paper presented at the 2015 Symposium on LIS Education, Champaign, IL. Read more

Wickes, E.  (2015, April).  Mining the Poachers: Quantitative Analysis of Fanfiction Works Across Two Archives.  Poster presented at the 2015 GSLIS Research Showcase, Champaign, IL. Read more

Senseney, M., Muñoz, T., Flanders, J., & Fenlon, A. (July, 2014). Digital Humanities Data Curation Institutes: Challenges and Preliminary Findings. Poster presented at Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. Read more

Thompson, C., Baker, K., Palmer, C. L., & Senseney, M. (2013, November). Specialization in Data Curation: Preliminary Results from an Alumni Survey, 2008-2012. Paper presented at ASIS&T 2013, Montreal, Canada. Read more

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Current Projects

Publishing Without Walls: Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment

PWW is a digital scholarly publishing initiative that is scholar-driven, openly accessible, scalable, and sustainable. PWW will directly engage with you throughout the research process. It aims to build publishing models that can be supported locally by a university’s library, while also opening new avenues toward publication through university presses and other publishers.

PI: John Wilkin (University Library); co-PI: Ronald Bailey (African American Studies Department); co-PI: Antoinette Burton (Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities); co-PI: Allen Renear (iSchool at Illinois); Project Manager: Megan Senseney (iSchool at Illinois)

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Recent News

June 28, 2011

Chao, Weber, and Sacchi Present at Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

  CIRSS graduate students Tiffany Chao, Nicholas Weber, and Simone Sacchi presented posters at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries this month, which took place in Ottawa, Canada, from June 13-June 17. The theme for this year…

June 23, 2011

DCEP-H Project holds Advisory Board meeting

The CIRSS DCEP-H Project will be holding a meeting of its Advisory Board in Palo Alto on June 23rd following the Humanities Data Curation Summit.  The Data Curation Education Program for the Humanities (DCEP-H) extends the GSLIS Data Curation Ed…

May 24, 2011

CIRSS hosts the 2011 Summer Institute on Data Curation at GSLIS

  The Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) will host the 2011 Summer Institute on Data Curation at GSLIS, from Monday, June 6, through Thursday, June 9. Twenty-six applicants were accepted to this year’s Su…

Past Events

March 31, 2016

DH Reading Group: Authorship and Scholarly Reputation in Digital Publishing

ReadingsNicholas, D., Herman, E., Jamali, H., Rodriguez-Bravo, B., Boukacem-Zeghmouri, C., Dobrowolski, T. and Pouchot, S. (2015), New ways of building, showcasing, and measuring scholarly reputation.…

January 21, 2016

Data Mining the American Literary Canon: and Quantitative Canon Analysis

METACANON is an interactive canon generator that measures the canonicity of literary works based on the number of citations they have received in scholarly journals.Bio:Guest Speaker Nathan Conroy, Br…

October 29, 2015

Digital Humanities Reading Group Meeting

The next meeting date for the IPRH’s Digital Humanities Reading Group will be on Thursday October 29th. This month we will be discussing the intersection of cultural criticism and topic modeling…

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