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PS45-01: 45 Minute Panel Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 8:00am-9:30am · Location: Leacock 232

Beyond Access: Critical Catalog Constructions

Molly Hardy1, Dawn Childress2, Paige Morgan3

1American Antiquarian Society, United States of America; 2University of California Los Angeles; 3University of Miami

This panel will explore the use of digital, rare book catalogs as platforms for collaboration and as sources of data to uncover patterns of book production and to offer new insights into the sociology of texts. Considering the genealogy of the catalog, the panel will examine how research practices have both informed and been informed by catalogs since their inception and how the work of bibliography is been consistently reimagined in the catalog. Focusing on how limitations and aporia in the catalog can lead to critical making in the digital age, the panel will show how digital uses of the catalog currently enable mindful interrogation of catalog data and catalog making as well as consider possibilities for expanded use of rare book catalog data in the future.

LP-03: Long Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 8:00am-9:30am · Location: Arts W-215

University-Community Digitization Partnerships: Accessing Trans Collections in LGBT Community Archives

Elspeth Brown, Cait McKinney

University of Toronto, Canada

This paper explores university and community partnerships to preserve and provide online access to LGBTQ cultural heritage materials, focusing in particular on projects that improve the accessibility and profile of transgender materials in traditional gay and lesbian organizations. This paper will outline the technical and political concerns behind two partnership projects aimed at improving access to trans materials: 1) The development of an audio digitization station for oral history cassette tapes; and 2) the processing and digitization of transsexual artist and activist Mirha-Soleil Ross’ personal papers.

LP-06: Long Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 10:00am-11:30am · Location: Leacock 219

Less intent, more impact: Transforming public DH projects toward access, care, and inclusion

Amanda Visconti

Purdue University Libraries

Good intent carries no guarantee of a positive impact on the world. For digital humanities designers and makers building projects that face or involve public audiences, we have an extra scholarly and human responsibility for all the repercussions of our work. Focusing not on what we mean to create, but on how our work could both positively and negatively affect others, enables a more caring, accessible, and inclusive DH. This paper explores the mistakes, successes, and next steps of the Infinite Ulysses participatory digital edition as specific examples of how DH impacts the world, and how we can tweak our research to make our DH community more caring, accessible, and inclusive both for our colleagues and for the public.

LP-08: Long Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Leacock 219

Access To Cultural Heritage Data: A Challenge For The Digital Humanities

Anne Baillot2, Marie Puren1, Charles Riondet1, Laurent Romary1

1INRIA; 2Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

Access to high quality Cultural Heritage data and metadata is the condition for reliable, performant and verifiable research in many arts and humanities fields. One of the core challenges of giving access to Cultural Heritage data is often the lack of connection between local GLAM Institutions, infrastructures and research. The initiative we present in this paper addresses this issue by bringing together several supra-national infrastructures. These infrastructures are currently developing a common online environment that will allow all the relevant actors to connect and improve access to Cultural Heritage data. The “Cultural Heritage Data Reuse Charter” offers a comprehensive framework regarding all aspects relevant to cooperations revolving around access to and reuse of Cultural Heritage data.

SP-02: Short Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Bronfman 001

Digital Access as an Equity Issue: The Community College and the Digital Divide

Polly Ruth Hoover

Wright College, United States of America

This presentation directly addresses these issues of digital access and equity among community college students. In particular, I examine the implications of the digital divide among the community college population: the problems of access and use among community college students both before and after they enroll, the different levels and aspects of digital preparedness for students, instructors and administrators, and the institutional issues of support and resources to create robust digital humanities at the comprehensive community college. I discuss in detail academic planning and creation of institutional support including establishment of Makerspaces and digital labs, professional development opportunities for faculty, and the creation of assignments that address some of these issues.

SP-02: Short Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Bronfman 001

Site-specific Cultural Infrastructure: Promoting Access And Conquering The Digital Divide.

Andre Goodrich, Gustaf Templehoff, Juan Steyn

North-West University, South Africa

The ability to create and deploy networking technologies able to deliver relevant content over multiple platforms has until very recently depended on access to costly technology, infrastructure and expertise. The result has been a digital divide that is particularly acute in highly unequal economic contexts like South Africa. The potential of ICT to democratize the public realm has not been realized.

The increased availability of cheap, open-source technologies, has made possible new kinds of digital publics beyond the abovementioned constraints.

Drawing on these technologies we have developed a freestanding platform capable of empowering users to create, publish and access their own network-dependent projects. We have done this using a solar-powered single-board computer (Raspberry Pi) and have tested its application in two projects: a site-specific digital literature project; and a virtual site-specific museum of apartheid-era forced removals. Both are based in the city of Potchefstroom in South Africa’s North West Province.

LP-09: Long Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Arts 260

WorldViews: Access to International Textbooks for Digital Humanities

Steffen Hennicke1, Andreas Witt2, Lena-Luise Stahn1, Ernesto William De Luca1, Kerstin Schwedes1

1Georg Eckert Institute, Germany; 2University of Cologne, Germany

This paper introduces the field of international textbook research and discusses how the WorldViews project is working towards enhanced access to textbook resources for digital humanities research.

SP-02: Short Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Bronfman 001

Limories - Expanding Access To Local Histories And Memories With Computational Aids In The Indian Context

Lakshmi Valsalakumari

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India (Centre for Exact Humanities)

"Limories" is a work-in-progress system that attempts to capture the distinctiveness and uniqueness of a locality from its people. Limories believes that the sense of past of a locality, unique to each locality, inheres in each and every individual associated with it, and is special and key to understanding and appreciating that locality wholly and in full. Limories attempts to do this by sourcing the locality's externalized memories from the people themselves; collating, curating and presenting them - using open-source technologies. Goals include coming up with a curation framework, tools, standards and best practices, practical and relevant to the Indian context, which can be applied across localities. The generalization is a particular challenge, given the emphasis on the ‘vaiseshik’ – the ‘distinctive’ of each locality, that is aimed to be captured.

LP-10: Long Paper Session
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 3:30pm-5:00pm · Location: Arts W-20

Data Visualization in Archival Finding Aids: A New Paradigm for Access

Anne Bahde1, Cole Crawford2

1Oregon State University Libraries and Press; 2School of Writing, Literature, and Film, Oregon State University

This presentation explores the power of including data visualizations within archival finding aids to enhance access, discovery, and navigability. Using case studies from several pilot projects, presenters will discuss the systems of power inherent in traditional archival finding aids and explore multiple ways to disrupt common hierarchies and structures using visual modalities borrowed from the digital humanities. Practical considerations will be matched to theoretical explorations of visualizations and their impact on the research process at every stage.

Poster-01: Poster Session #1
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 5:00pm-5:50pm · Location: McLennan Library (main hallway)

Creating a Policy Framework for Analytic Access to In-Copyright Works for Non-Consumptive Research

Eleanor F. Dickson1, Daniel G. Tracy1, Sandra McIntyre2, Bobby Glushko3, Robert H. McDonald4, Brandon Butler5, J. Stephen Downie1

1University of Illinois, United States of America; 2HathiTrust Operation, United States of America; 3University of Western Ontario; 4Indiana University; 5University of Virginia

We report on the work of a recent HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) task force charged to draft an actionable, definitional Non-Consumptive Research Policy. As the research division of HathiTrust, the HTRC facilitates computational text analysis of materials in the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) by adhering to a non-consumptive research paradigm. As the HTRC has integrated the text of the full HTDL corpus into its datastore, it has become increasingly important to clarify and codify the Center’s policy for non-consumptive research. The task force recommended a policy that clarifies acceptable researcher behavior and allowable exports from the HTRC Data Capsule. This poster describes the task force’s work to establish a Non-Consumptive Research Policy for the HTRC that aims to achieve the same goals as copyright itself: to promote progress in the discovery and spread of knowledge, without harming the commercial interests of authors, publishers, and other stakeholders.

Poster-02: Poster Session #2
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 6:10pm-7:00pm · Location: McLennan Library (main hallway)

Access to DH Pedagogy as the Norm: Introducing Students to DH Methods Across the Curriculum and at a Distance

Daniel G. Tracy, Elizabeth Massa Hoiem

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America

This poster presents research into integration and assessment of digital humanities pedagogy in a course on the History of Children’s Literature, and provokes conversation about pedagogical approaches that expand student access to DH methods, tools, and dispositions. We ask: Is there a role for DH beyond methods or advanced topics courses? We suggest that repeated and diverse engagement by students across classes is necessary for teaching deeper dispositions like collaboration, openness to failure, and creativity with technology. This discussion must include distance courses, which are often presumed irrelevant to the DH pedagogy conversation.

Our poster will foster conversations with those teaching DH and those engaged in thinking strategically about its role in the curriculum. By sharing our experiences with successive iterations of this distance course, we will promote discussion of what methods, tools, and dispositions can be taught at varying scales of integration in DH classrooms.

Poster-02: Poster Session #2
Time: 09/Aug/2017: 6:10pm-7:00pm · Location: McLennan Library (main hallway)

Getting Medieval: Open Access and Networked Pedagogy

Suzanne Akbari, Alexandra Bolintineanu

University of Toronto, Canada

Getting Medieval: The Many Middle Ages is an undergraduate course, a digitally-inflected introduction to the global Middle Ages. Getting Medieval functions as an experiment in networked pedagogy, drawing on the expertise of faculty researchers, curators, and digital scholarship specialists. Students read medieval texts, handle related medieval artifacts from the University's special collections, and curate digital collections and exhibits that bring together texts, artifacts, and digital repositories from around the world. Students also attend biweekly guest lectures by faculty researchers and cultural heritage professionals. Our course is predicated on access--to a wider Middle Ages than the traditional western European canon reveals; to open-source, open-access platforms for public scholarship and digital collections; to a technical infrastructure open to members of the university community; and to the fragile artifacts of the medieval past from the vaults of local cultural heritage institutions.

LP-14: Long Paper Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 8:00am-9:30am · Location: Arts W-120

Livingstone Online: Access Beyond Openness

Megan Elizabeth Ward1, Adrian S. Wisnicki2

1Oregon State University; 2University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The study of nineteenth-century Africa is troubled by issues of access: access to primary source documents and, when they are available, the ways that those documents occlude the very populations they are supposed to represent. Livingstone Online (, a digital project dedicated to the written and visual legacy of nineteenth-century explorer David Livingstone, works to counter these issues through its site design, transcription processes, and use of spectral imaging technology.

We strive to provide access that is not simply based on openness. Instead, our project offers an understanding of access that moves in two directions temporally: striving to repair the past by being ethical in our digital treatment and remediation of historical materials, while also acting in a future-oriented fashion in developing and implementing our transparency policies, data standards, and code of collaboration in order to engage a variety of audiences.

LP-13: Long Paper Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 8:00am-9:30am · Location: Leacock 232

GutenTag: A User-Friendly, Open-Access, Open-Source System for Reproducible Large-Scale Computational Literary Analysis

Adam Hammond1, Julian Brooke2

1San Diego State University, United States of America; 2University of Melbourne, Australia

GutenTag is a cutting-edge resource that allows literary researchers of all levels of technical expertise to perform large- and medium-scale computational literary analysis. It allows users to build large, clean, highly customized worksets and then either analyse them in-system or export them as plain text or richly-encoded TEI. It has been built from the ground up by literary scholars for literary scholars; rather than relying on off-the-shelf tools poorly suited to the domain of literature, we have developed many of the components ourselves based on the specific demands of literary research. GutenTag is fully open-source, its analyses are based on entirely open corpora, and researchers can save and distribute all the parameters of their analyses, allowing for unprecedented reproducibility of research in a field plagued by siloed corpora. GutenTag is easy to use, permitting casual non-programmers to perform complex computational literary analysis via an online interface.

SP-12: Short Paper Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 8:00am-9:30am · Location: Arts W-20

How Access Determines The Whole Structuration Of A European Infrastructure: The Example Of DARIAH

Suzanne Dumouchel

DARIAH, France

This contribution will show how Access play a strong role in the creation and structuring of DARIAH, a European Digital Research Infrastructure in Arts and Humanities.

To achieve this goal, this contribution will develop the concept of Access from five examples:

_ Interdisciplinarity point of view

_ Manage contradiction between national and international perspectives

_ Involve different communities (not only researchers stakeholders)

_ Manage tools and services

_ Develop and use new collaboration tools

We would like to demonstrate that speaking about Access always implies a selection, a choice, even in the perspective of "Open Access".

SP-12: Short Paper Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 8:00am-9:30am · Location: Arts W-20

Decolonizing Knowledge Structures in Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

Nirmala Menon, Shaifali Arora

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India

In this short paper I will discuss: 1) The infrastructure gap in scholarly publishing in India 2) Need for this to be addressed with a focus on multilingual publishing and 3) The technological challenges specific to a project that is ambitious but long term. I will focus on the Digital Humanities And Publishing Research Group at IIT Indore's KSHIP Publishing Project's focus and methods in addressing some fundamental issues in scholarly publishing in India.

PS-14: Panel Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 10:00am-11:30am · Location: Bronfman 001

Decolonizing Methodologies: Recovery and Access Amidst the Ruins

Christy Hyman1, Anelise Shrout2, Kathryn Kaczmarek-Frew3, Hilary Green4, Nishani Frazier5, Brian Rosenblum6

1University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States of America; 2California State University-Fullerton; 3University of Maryland; 4University of Alabama; 5Miami University; 6University of Kansas

Digital technologies such as geospatial processes, alternate reality gaming and digital collections will be explored to further our understanding of marginalized populations as well as recover hidden or obscured pasts.

PS45-02: 45 Minute Panel Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 10:00am-11:30am · Location: Bronfman 002

Hack, Yack, Stack: Access, Culture, and DH Infrastructure

Laura Braunstein1, Thomas Padilla2, Amanda Visconti3

1Dartmouth College; 2University of California Santa Barbara; 3Purdue University

In an essay exploring the possibilities of “critical infrastructure studies,” Alan Liu calls upon scholars to “'see through' the supposed rationality of organizations and their supporting infrastructures to the fact that they are indeed social institutions with all the irrationality that implies." This panel brings together three librarians from different institutional contexts to interrogate DH infrastructure as a primarily social -- and irrational -- formation. If DH infrastructure is "only" what we make of it, how do we consciously, actively shape DH infrastructure to support what DH could be? How do the social formations of DH infrastructure activate -- but also potentially inhibit -- access by scholars, students, and publics? How do certain social formations of institutional DH mask the emotional labor of DH professionals supporting the work of other researchers?

LP-21: Long Paper Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Arts W-20

Multiplying Access: the Marianne Moore Digital Archive's Tools and Methods for Collaboration

Nikolaus Lee Wasmoen

University at Buffalo, United States of America

The Marianne Moore Digital Archive (MMDA) has begun to publish digital editions of the 122 manuscript notebooks of Modernist poet Marianne Moore. This paper reflects on our efforts to increase access with respect to the notebooks in several senses: design choices with respect to the digital editorial apparatus needed to make the notebooks usable to non-specialists; the implementation of a HubZero 2.0 collaborative hub platform, designed for use in the sciences and engineering, for a humanities project; and the development of a customized, integrated editor/viewer based on existing digital manuscript editing tools that can enable non-technical editors to participate more directly in the digital workflow. The hub platform and workflow solution are primarily designed to support the specific research needs of the MMDA and its users, however the project code and our methodologies can be readily applied to other digital editing projects and digital humanities collaborations.

SP-18: Short Paper Session
Time: 10/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Arts W-120

Access(ed) Poetry. The Graph Poem Project and the Place of Poetry in Digital Humanities

Chris Tanasescu (MARGENTO), Diana Inkpen, Vaibhav Kesarwani, Brian Paget

University of Ottawa, Canada

The Graph Poem Project at University of Ottawa develops tools for poetry computational analysis and applies graph theory and network graph computational apps in structuring, analyzing, and visualizing poetic corpora.

Graph theory applications make possible analyzing and visualizing both small and significantly large datasets of poems, and reach certain information and conclusions on both particular poems and the corpus, or corpora comparatively.

Our research, tools, publications, and future work will be presented in the wider context of current trends, theories, and debates in DH, text/poetry analysis, natural language processing (NLP), and digital pedagogy. Special emphasis will be laid on issues of access to and assemblage of poetry data, as well relevance of the genre and its access to mainstream DH-relevant policies and politics. The presentation will include demoing the digital tools we have developed for analyzing the various poetic features involved in developing the poem graphs.

SP-24: Short Paper Session
Time: 11/Aug/2017: 8:00am-9:30am · Location: Bronfman 001

The Psalter Project: Providing Mediated Access to Religio-Political Subjects in Early Modern England

Nandra Perry, Bryan Paul Tarpley

Texas A&M University, United States of America

Emerging from the religious upheaval that characterizes the English Renaissance is arguably the most influential English book ever printed in terms of its impact on Anglophone culture: The Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Encoded within its pages is a ritualization religious practice for generations of post-Reformation English readers. In other words, the BCP is a 16th century “Bible app” whose function is to produce religio-political subjects. The Psalter Project is an attempt to provide a representation of such a subject by examining a 1586 BCP whose owner customized it by blanketing the margins with biblical cross-references and other annotations. We perform this examination by means of a custom web application designed to trace the network of referenced verses and allow us to tag those verses with thematic and affective content. We believe that, with the use of this tool, a portrayal of the Early Modern religio-political subject emerges.

PS-24: Panel Session
Time: 11/Aug/2017: 10:00am-11:30am · Location: Arts W-120

Refining our Concept of ‘Access’ for Digital Scholarly Editions: A DiXiT Panel on Accessibility, Usability, Pedagogy, Collaboration, Community and Diversity.

Anna-Maria Sichani1,4, Wout Dillen2, Merisa Ariel Martinez2, Aodhán Kelly3, Elli Bleeker3

1Huygens ING - KNAW, The Netherlands; 2Swedish School of Library and Information Science University of Borås, Sweden; 3Center for Manuscript Genetics University of Antwerp, Belgium; 4University of Ioannina, Greece

Access, in all its iterations, continues to shape the discourse of digital scholarly editing as the field grapples with new models and methods. Our proposed panel will frame a discussion around a broader definition of the concept of “access” in relation to the field of digital textual scholarship, by critically reflecting on its meaning for digital scholarly editions and theorizing how the term relates to issues of accessibility, usability, pedagogy, collaboration, community, and diversity. Refining this concept of ‘access’ signifies a valuable contribution to the field: while ‘accessibility’ is a highly-cited term in digital editing, its use is generally refers to making data and source materials more openly available rather than to making data more understandable to different types of users, including users with disabilities. The proposed panel therefore hopes to stimulate a lively and productive conversation with the audience around these interrelated themes.

SP-26: Short Paper Session
Time: 11/Aug/2017: 10:00am-11:30am · Location: Bronfman 002

All the Things You Are: Accessing An Enriched Musicological Prosopography Through JazzCats

Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller2, Daniel Bangert3, Alfie Abdul-Rahman1

1University of Oxford, United Kingdom; 2Australian National University; 3UNSW Australia

JazzCats is an aggregator project using Linked Open Data to enable users to query three separate but complementary datasets from a single point of access. Combined are the social networks of jazz musicians, courtesy of LinkedJazz; the metadata of digital signals capturing solo performances within a recording from WJazzD; and information regarding performances of Body and Soul. In this paper, we discuss the ways in which publishing this data as RDF has improved the accessibility of the information by both human users and software agents. We describe the limitations to access presented by earlier publication methods of the data, which JazzCats has helped overcome, but also cast a critical eye on the ways our current user-interface restricts access to this information.

SP-26: Short Paper Session
Time: 11/Aug/2017: 10:00am-11:30am · Location: Bronfman 002

Towards a Linked Data Access to Folktales Classified by Thompson’s Motifs and Aarne-Thompson-Uther’s Types

Thierry Declerck

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), University of Vienna

We present in this paper work consisting in porting to an integrated ontology two central resources for the classification of folktales: The “Motif-index of folk-literature” (Thompson, 1977) and the “Types of International Folktales” (Uther, 2004). Our work consisted in extracting from those resources, which are stored in different formats, classification relevant information and re-organizing them in two interrelated ontologies, using for this the W3C standards OWL , RDF(s) and RDF. The aim is to make those classification resources machine readable, interoperable and to support by this formal representation of the metadata access to folktales annotated by those classification systems in the context of the Linked Open Data framework.

PS-27: Panel Session
Time: 11/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Leacock 219

Accessing Alternative Histories and Futures: Afro-Latin American Models for the Digital Humanities

Eduard Arriaga1, Andrés Villar2, Yvone Captain-Hidalgo3, Maria Cecilia Martino4

1University of Indianapolis, United States of America; 2The University of Western Ontario; 3George Washington University; 4Universidad de Buenos Aires/ CONICET

The possibilities, or lack thereof, for taking advantage of digital resources and digital connectivity by people who have been, and continue to be, under-represented in the digital humanities remains to be a topic of some urgency. It is in the spirit of examining what we have been alluding to as a digital gap that our panel brings together specialists and practitioners of the digital humanities to discuss specific issues in Afro-Latin American and Afrolatin@ communities that have adopted digital practices to advance their own agendas.

SP-28: Short Paper Session
Time: 11/Aug/2017: 1:30pm-3:00pm · Location: Bronfman 002

A Platform For Long-Term Accessibility Of Research Data In The Humanities

Lukas Rosenthaler, Benjamin Geer, Ivan Subotic, Tobias Schweizer, Peter Fornaro

University of Basel, Switzerland

A platform for the preservation of long-term access to digital research data is presented. Besides digitized sources, research projects producedigital information that often is collected in a variaty of ways. The data produced during the research process itself is usually consists of small information elements (IE) such as annotation, comments, commented links etc. related to digital sources or other information elements. Because of the complexity and variaty of this kind of research data, it is very difficult to make it permanently available.

Because of the complexity of this kind of research data, it is very difficult to make it permanently available. The platform presented is able to perform this task. It is in operative use withing the "Data- and Service Center for the Humanities" (DaSCH)", a national infrastructure for the Humanities is Switzerland.

SP-31: Short Paper Session
Time: 11/Aug/2017: 3:30pm-5:00pm · Location: Arts 260

Accessing Russian Culture Online: The scope of digitisation in museums across Russia

Melissa Terras1, Inna Kizhner2, Maxim Rumyantsev2, Kristina Sycheva2

1University College London, UK; 2Siberian Federal University, Russian Federation

Although the rate and coverage of digitization throughout Europe is monitored and understood (Europeana, 2016; Minerva EC, 2016, Navarette 2015) there has been little work done on understanding the reach of digitization across Russia. In this paper, we build on previous work (Kizhner, Terras, Rumyantsev, 2016) by using Russian Ministry of Culture statistics to calculate the percentage of museum collections that have been digitized across Russia. We show regional variations and demonstrate that although many Russian museums have digitisation programs, this is not carried out to the same extent as across Europe. We suggest that studying non-European digitization practices can lead to further understanding of the digital canon upon which analysis of culture is based.

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