Public Digital Humanities Capstone Presentations Spring 2017

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Becker Communication Studies Building 101

Please join us for the second Public Digital Humanities Capstone Roundtable. University of Iowa graduate students completing the PDH certificate will present their final capstone projects, the culmination of a semester of innovative digital scholarship, and will discuss the role of digital scholarship in the 21st-century university. This year features impressive scholarship as students use digital tools to explore unique insights into culture and literature.

For his certificate capstone project, Stefan Schoeberlein collaborated with the editors of Walt Whitman's journalism to assess the authorship of sets of short newspaper pieces that could have been written by the poet of Leaves of Grass. To this end, Stefan has employed a distant reading method based on a statistical comparison of bootstrapped lists of "most frequent trigrams" (strings of 3 characters) that relies on three distinct measures of distance and uses the plugin "stylo" for the computing language "R." His project promises to unearth new journalism by the famous poet.

Rebekah Walker’s project utilizes geographic information systems (GIS) methods to visualize the spatial association of American Indian populations to public and tribally-controlled libraries in the United States. Using the robust annual public library data available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and United States Census Bureau demographic data, she created an interactive web map and accompanying narrative website to contextualize disparities in information access for these populations.

For her capstone project, Kara Wentworth joined the team at the Walt Whitman Archive’s Correspondence Project. Over the semester she has applied her skills with 19th century handwriting and learned the Archive’s standards for XML (according to TEI guidelines) to transcribe and encode letters from Whitman’s “Old Age Correspondence” era. To date she has encoded 21 letters to contribute to the project. In her presentation, she will discuss the unique challenges in encoding and deciphering these hand-written letters.

Claire Szeszycki accessed Iowa Carnegie library data from the University of Iowa CLIP website and transformed this information into a series of maps using Leaflet. Further research and mapping has been done on Indiana and Illinois Carnegie libraries to compare these three similar states and their Carnegie history. Her maps offer functionality in which users can select a Carnegie library to see data about the library.