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Digital Humanities

Activities in this domain include research and education initiatives focused on data and data skills for humanists, as well as different aspects of electronic publishing, markup schemas, and text-mining and analysis.  Current and past projects include tool development and community-building activities supporting text-mining of IP-restricted data; the development of sustainable scholar-driven digital scholarly publishing models in university libraries; music information retrieval; and data curation and text-mining training for humanities scholars.


Ted Underwood (

Professor of English

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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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Recent News

September 17, 2019

Underwood to discuss machine learning at Sawyer Seminar

Professor Ted Underwood will present his research on machine learning at the University of Pittsburgh on September 19. His talk is part of the University's Sawyer Seminar, a year-long project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that brings …

May 6, 2019

National Humanities Center Fellowship supports Underwood book project

With support from the National Humanities Center, Professor Ted Underwood is examining patterns of human perspective throughout two centuries of literary history. The Center is a residential institute for advanced study in art history, classics, lang…

April 17, 2018

Cole honored with Avner Professorship

Adapted from a University Library news releaseThe University Library has named iSchool affiliated faculty member and CIRSS Coordinator for Library Applications Timothy W. Cole, head of the Mathematics Library, for the Elaine and Allen Avner Professor…

April 16, 2018

iSchool coordinates IMLS-funded forum on data mining research

A group of cross-disciplinary experts gathered in Chicago on April 5 and 6 for a national forum on text data mining research. The forum, Data Mining Research Using In-copyright and Limited-access Text Datasets, was coordinated by iSchool faculty and …

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Past Events

March 6, 2020

Katy, Millie, Misty, and Me: Participatory Culture in Teen Fashion and Humor Comics

This paper explores pre-Internet, print-based participatory culture in the form of reader-contributed content to fashion and humor comics associated with characters such as Archie Comics’ Katy K…

January 31, 2020

What Happens When Your Data Aren’t Numbers?

Many researchers and analysts work with data heavily populated with text, or are loosely structured text, and images. Many tutorials, training, and packages presume a purely numerical world, or ignore…

January 24, 2020

Bibliographic Datasets as Linked Data: Investigating the Aggregation of Disparate Libraries

Bibliographic metadata standards provide a structured approach to managing huge swaths of extremely heterogeneous resources that vary in size, purpose, genre, language, content, age, material, and the…

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