Saturday, December 1, 2018

9:00-12:00 Digital Humanities Workshops

9:00-10:00 Social Digital Editing: led by Nikolaus Wasmoen, hosted by the Marianne Moore Digital Archive and the Folger Shakespeare Library

10:00-11:00 Leveraging Quantitative Data in Textual Analysis: led by Caitlin Diddams in conjunction with the Tesserae Project

11:00-12:00 Data Visualization: led by Camden Burd and Blair Tinker

12:15-1:15 Catered lunch

1:15-2:15 Lightning Talks

2:30-3:20 “Scaling the Digital Humanities,” Keynote Talk by Jeff Spies

3:30-5:00 Open Forum on DH Collaboration in NY

5:00-5:15 Closing remarks

Keynote Talk by Jeff Spies

Scaling the Digital Humanities

To the unintroduced, the words “digital” and “humanities” likely sound unusual together, if not in conflict. Those that have been in DH for a while may be annoyed by such a perception. (As a quantitative psychologist, I feel your pain, and, no, I am not analyzing you right now.) But this conflict—real or perceived—is similar to that which is occurring across academia, as traditional institutions seek to evolve in the age of the internet and big data. This includes, for example, academic publishers and libraries having to deal with more digital content than printed text, the social sciences being born out of two traditions and demonstrating rigor they have been accused of lacking, and scholarship and higher education more generally trying to adapt to the openness, pace, and scale that digital content affords.

While some of this perceived conflict is simply a marketing problem, real challenges do exist, especially as we seek to scale both the work occurring in DH and its impact. How do we fund and sustain the costs of DH in a market where digital skills are at a premium and where funding has been traditionally quite limited and potentially decreasing? How do we incentivize, facilitate, and evaluate the features of the digital rather than being drowned by them? How do we preserve the complexities of new mediums? And how do we ensure that our values remain aligned with our practices when so much around us is in flux?

In this talk, I will discuss some of these challenges, review analogous challenges across scholarship, and discuss potential solutions. I will focus on topics including capacity building, product design, openness, workflow, and how we might bridge human and technological infrastructures to enable the sharing and diverse collaboration necessary to effectively address the big challenges we have before us.


Workshop Descriptions

Social Digital Editing

led by Nikolaus Wasmoen, hosted by the Marianne Moore Digital Archive and the Folger Shakespeare Library

This workshop will focus on “social editing” in the context of university-based digital editing projects. Such projects may or may not involve crowdsourcing, but almost all will combine scholarly specialists, professional and volunteer staff, students, and users within their workflows. How can each of these groups’ distinct motivations and expectations be aligned within the framing of a single overall editorial project? What kinds of tools and workflows most effectively serve diverse communities of both the members of a project and its intended users? We will practice social digital editing together using a new editorial platform created by the Folger Shakespeare Library for crowdsourced encoding of the Elizabethan Court Day by Day dataset.

Leveraging Quantitative Data in Textual Analysis

led by Caitlin Diddams in conjunction with the Tesserae Project

This workshop will cover the basics of extracting quantitative data from digitized texts and interpreting such data in traditional humanities environments. Participants will be equipped with tools to find n-gram frequency information on sample texts and will practice constructing arguments from their data. The workshop will also include a presentation of how this kind of textual analysis has been scaled to inform current research on the relationship between Vergil and the late antique author Prudentius.

Data Visualization

led by Camden Burd and Blair Tinker

This workshop will introduce participants to an overview of data visualization tools. After a brief discussion about ways to gather, preserve, and clean data, participants will work with RAWGraphs—an open-access framework for manipulating and visualizing data. The workshop will also examine the use of spatial visualizations with ArcGIS Online. Participants of the workshop will be better informed on different tools for data visualization and its applications for research and learning.


Lightning Talks

For those of you signed up for a lightning talk, please take a moment to review your talk details on this Google Doc (, and make any changes or updates you might like by noon, Friday, November 30, so that we can be sure to list and announce you correctly on Saturday. Each presenter will have exactly 4 minutes total to use as they see fit, and we will be using a timer. You will have a chance over lunch to set up a slideshow, if you have one, in advance of your allotted time. Due to the number of presentations, any slideshow or other issues that occur during your allotted time will need to count against the four minutes, so please come prepared to make the most of your time and to be cut off if you go over. Slideshows and other visual prompts are not necessary and we understand that each lightning talk will take a different structure – so feel free to do what works for you and your project. Since we will need to move quickly between talks, we hope that attendees and presenters will continue their conversations about these projects during the rest of the afternoon and over the conference stream chat and Twitter. Please note these presentations will be simultaneously streamed online.

If you want to use slides, please email them as an attachment to with your full name and “lightning talk slides” in the subject, or bring them on a USB drive Saturday and we can load them up during lunch.

NB: Due to the livestreaming set up we cannot accommodate Presenter View in PowerPoint.



All events will take place on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus at the Center for Educational Innovation’s Faculty Collaboration Studio (6 Norton Hall). See below for directions and logistical information.


You can access the sessions using a browser by using the following link and information to access the WebEx meeting.

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Saturday December 1 | 8:45 am (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 730 266 296

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There is no conference hotel. Visitors who would like to stay overnight in Buffalo are encouraged to book their own travel. There are several hotels very close to UB’s North Campus, including Staybridge Suites Buffalo-Amherst, Candlewood Suites Buffalo Amherst, Buffalo Marriott Niagara,  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Buffalo – Amherst, and Residence Inn by Marriott Buffalo Amherst. If you would like advice prior to making your arrangements, you can email


Parking in UB Student, Faculty, and Staff lots is free on Saturdays, excluding any specially marked/reserved or metered spots. Metered spots are indicated by the presence of coin meters or green ParkMobile signs. The closest free parking spots to Norton Hall will in the Hosstetter B Lot, from which point you will walk around to the other side of the Flint Loop to reach Norton Hall.