THATCamp Session Proposal Digital Textual Analysis - Big Data Research in Religion?
Session Proposed by: Benjamin Brochstein
Session Type: Talk Session
Are there any research questions that Digital Textual Analysis (DTA) can or should be used to address? Should we be looking at big data tools like sentiment analysis or network analysis to complement our research? Are there tools, like Bookworm, that you already use and love? Do we need to develop new tools?
Rice University is hosting an NEH sponsored workshop of humanities scholars in 2017. One of our goals for the workshop is to gain an understanding of the variety of queries humanities scholars might ask of a properly curated corpus, and ways to represent those query options using analytical and visualization DTA tools that are simple and intuitive, and preferably with a graphical user interface (GUI). While our project looks specifically at the Early English Book Online (EEBO) corpus, the project resulting study would be applicable to all texts. Ideas generated in this THATCamp session will inform the collaborative efforts of the 2017 NEH sponsored workshop and its results which will be of benefit to everyone.
Session Proposed by: Michael Hemenway
Session Type: Play Session
Slack has become a major player in the team communication app space and has become my favorite interface for interacting with colleagues on all topics from silly to serious. In this session, we will explore the possibilities of slack together, from basic account configuration to search capabilities to advanced integrations with GitHub and google drive. During the session we will create a slack team and try several scenarios to see where the tool performs well and where it seems to lack. We will discuss and try out possible uses for slack in the classroom and in research projects and reflect together on the use cases where slack would be the best fit. Bring your experience with slack, some kind of device to work on, and your curiosity to this play session.
Scheming: Creating a Structured Social Media Marketing strategy that is scalable
Session Proposed by: Adam DJ Brett
Session Type: Teach/Play Session
This workshop will explore ways to build a successful and engaging search engine and social media strategy that is scaleable and useful for individuals and departments. It will discuss integrating structured data, public scholarship, and social media advertisement in order to expand and develop ones social media presence. Social media and search engines have become an integral part of our lives but often it is not engaged in a consistent and strategic manner. This session will go behind the curtain and get in depth with the following: 1) developing a social media plan, 2) using structured data
3) creating backlinks, 4) data analysis of your search engine and social media strategy. Finally in this session we will develop individual search and social media strategies. Additionally we will explore structured data (schema.org) to understand why it is important and how best to utilize it.
Structured data schema.org is a way of organizing and structuring data in a way that is more understandable to search engines, citation management software, etc. It allows for the display of information in predictable and understandable format. When information is arranged in a predictable and understandable formation search engines can more easily understand it and the material becomes more universal and accessible. Additionally it increases search engine visibility. The structured data vocabulary of schema. provides an open and accessible model for marking up webpages in schema.org.
Structured data matters for the study of religion because it allows our department websites, personal webpages, and publications to be more accessible to search engines and to users. It is an easy way to increase departmental, personal, and publication visibility, and help ensure that departments, persons, and publications become more visible in an already saturated digital landscape.
Utilizing structured data with a well thought out social media strategy and blogging strategy will maximize ones return on investment of time and of resources, increase visibility and search engine rank along making social media more useful.
I anticipate this being a hands on workshop where we will create individual social media strategies and practice enacting certain elements of these strategies.
In this workshop topics we will cover are
- Developing a social media strategy
- social media advertising? does it work should I do it?
- what do humans and search engines value when looking at my website?
- increasing search engine rank
- Why content matters
- the problem of self plagiarizeation
- ethical link building
- web of relationship
- curating a conversation
- Why are you unique?
- Why does your work matter?
- Who is your audience?
- How often do they visit your site?
- How often do they engage on social media
- When do people visit your site and your social media?
- what content does your audience need?
- What content does your audience want?
- What keywords do you use to find your audience?
- what keywords does your audiences use to find you?
- What do you want your audience to do with your content?
- Where is your audience located?
- What are the goals of our increasing our web presence? (top 3)
- Who is our intended audience
- What keywords and phrases do we want to focus on?
This workshop will explore using the following tools to manage your online presence
Responding to Cyberhate: A Critical Digital Pedagogy
Session Proposed by: Elonda Clay
Session Type: Talk/Play Session
In the United States and globally, online hate has become a major concern for several groups: women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people with disabilities, and religious and ethnic minorities. As the number of scholars, bloggers, students, and activists from these groups that are producers and participants on the Internet has increased, so has a considerable backlash of misogyny, racial and ethnic bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia.
The topic of cyberhate lies at the crossroads of identity, intersectionality, online cultures, and digital humanities. While Digital Humanities as a field has often been critiqued for its lack of diversity and inclusion and most digital humanists/DH professionals are assumed to be privileged and white, in recent years there has been a movement away from exclusionary culture and an openness to theoretical and practice-based interventions that widen Digital Humanities’ capacity for critical engagement.
This session seeks to highlight digital tools and strategies for a critical digital pedagogy and to come up with ideas for possible new projects, such as mapping, searchable databases, digital archives, interactive web documentaries, crowdsourcing, or digital radio, that would facilitate collaboration in responding to cyberhate. Responses might include facilitating counter-speech, monitoring and reporting, pursuing legislation, self-care, and other communicative, programming, and social actions.
Participants are invited to share free and open-source tools that they have used in their own digital pedagogy.
Session Proposed by: Rosalind Hinton
Session Type: Talk/Play Session
The facilitator will take participants through the steps they need to complete a Snapshot digital story of approximately two to three minutes in length. Participants will 1) view and discuss successful stories to gain an understanding of techniques; 2) come up with their own first person story idea; 3) participate in a Story Circle to develop story ideas; 4) write and record a first-person narrative script; and 5) if time permits, enhance their story from photos on their phone. We will end by showing/listening to the stories we have created, talking about equipment, and brainstorming uses for storytelling in the classroom.