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Beyond the Cloud: Analyzing Texts with Voyant

Published June 19, 2018 by Kim O'Donnell
Word cloud of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein created with Voyant

If you are interested in finding out what the most frequently occuring words are in the text(s) you are researching, you could always start by creating a Word Cloud, one of the best known text analysis visualizations. The results are simple and aesthetically-pleasing: run your text through a word cloud application to produce a roughly circular design of the most frequently used words, with the highest frequency appearing as the largest and lower frequencies diminishing in size.

Hacking the Scholarly Workflow

Published May 14, 2018 by Kim O'Donnell
Participants at Hacking the Scholarly Workflow

From keeping track of our schedules, our citations, our writing revisions, and our millions of photos, digital tools have the power to make research and teaching easier - or, at least, more organized. The only problem is, they only work if you know about them! On April 13, 2018, the DHIL’s day-long event “Hacking the Scholarly Workflow” was a chance to introduce participants to some of those useful tools and their best practices.

Dreams, Narratives… Analysis

Published March 28, 2018 by Kim O'Donnell
Dream Language Word Cloud

Most people regard their nocturnal adventures a little higher than sheer gibberish, and they tend to quickly forget about them a few minutes after waking up. At Dr. Tore Nielsen’s Dream and Nightmare Laboratory in Montréal though, these are highly valued as items of a scientific inquiry into consciousness and cognition. Talk of text analysis, at first, might seem a bit out of place here; dreams are hallucinatory experiences that take place during sleep - they don’t seem to be the kind of things that give way to objective study.

Your Interdisciplinary Web Archive Collaboration

Published March 12, 2018 by Rémi Castonguay
Nick Ruest presenting on web archive collaboration

As part of the BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series, the SFU Library was pleased to welcome Nick Ruest on February 16, 2018. Nick is the Digital Assets Librarian at York University and was visiting BC for Love Data Week. In his talk entitled "Your Interdisciplinary Web Archive Collaboration," he spoke about the challenges of working with the overabundance of information that can be found in web archives and some of his current projects, which work toward making web archives approachable and accessible to everyone.

INKE 2018 & Academics on Social Media

Published February 25, 2018 by Kim O'Donnell
INKE 2018 Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship

What does it mean for scholars to work in the “open”? How do they connect with their communities, publish their work, and what issues should they be aware of? How can libraries support and foster the open exchange of knowledge? These and many other questions were addressed at Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship, a gathering in Victoria, BC hosted by INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Networks).

Open Beyond the Academy: Building Community Through Open Social Scholarship

Published December 21, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Dr. Hannah McGregor and Dr. Raymond Siemens

SFU Library ended Open Access week on October 27th with a panel called Open Beyond the Academy: Building Community Through Open Social Scholarship, featuring Dr. Hannah McGregor (SFU) and Dr. Raymond Siemens (UVic). This panel aimed to discuss the ways digital humanities work is accessible and accountable to non-academic communities.

Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship

Published December 13, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Sue Doner, Lisa Nathan, Amanda Coolidge, Christina Illnitichi, Dave Gaertner, Jessica Gallinger

The term Open Scholarship refers to the practice of making academic research and education freely available to both other members of the academy and the public. For many scholars, educators, librarians, and students, Open Scholarship represents a positive direction for the academy as a place of public access, inclusion, and engagement. Openness does, however, present challenges, and on October 26, 2017, panelists and participants gathered at BCIT to discuss these challenges and how to remain mindful of them.

Meet Our Team - Kim

Published November 23, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell

Hi, I’m Kim. I’m a Digital Fellow here at the DHIL, and a PhD candidate in the English Department. I started working in the Digital Humanities in 2012 as an RA for Dr. Margaret Linley’s Lake District Online. Dr. Linley was creating a digital bibliography and archive of the large collection of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Lake District travel literature housed at SFU Special Collections.

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