Digital Humanities Lab Events

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We welcome partnering with existing interest groups and initiatives on campus.  If you would like to ask us to host a speaker, workshop or other digital humanities related event, please contact Ann Hanlon ( for more information.

DH Lab Spring 2017

February 14 | 4:00 PMData Management 101: Love Your Data, Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries. Does your research data need a little love? Come to this special Valentine’s Day session to learn how to manage it better. Instead of chocolate and flowers, we’ll be covering backups, documentation, and much more!

February 16 | 4:30 PM Twitter Scraping Workshop, led by Dan Siercks, L&S IT. Learn about using R to directly access Twitter data for scraping and analysis, and explore and visualize timelines, hashtags and “following” information systematically across multiple Twitter accounts

February 17 | 3:30 PM Serious Play: NAGG: Not A Gamer’s Girlfriend, Krista-Lee Malone, UWM, This group is [a] gaming group dedicated for women by women,” reads the first Facebook post explaining NAGG. NAGG, which stands for Not A Gamer’s Girlfriend, was started in August 2016. It is the latest attempt to create a women-centered space through the geek bar 42 Lounge.

February 21 | 1:00 PMStopping Fake News: The Work Practices of Peer-to-Peer Counter Propaganda, Maria Haigh, UWM School of Information Studies. The Ukrainian website has turned fact checking into a counter-propaganda weapon in the country’s conflict with Russia. Faced with a coordinated campaign in which paid social media trolls and Russian state media work together to propagate fake news, in a process we dub “peer-to-peer propaganda,” the StopFake team has combined the kind of online media monitoring described by Pablo Boczkowski with a mission inspired by Western fact checking sites. Their aim is to interrupt the spread of fake news stories by having rebuttals shared on social media. We document the history of this group, describe its work practices, and situate them within previous analyses of online news dissemination. This case illustrates that virtual Internet groups can, at least in the short term, undertake work that once required a centralized, well-financed team. StopFake is a test case for journalistic resistance to state-sponsored fake news campaigns which shows some promise in bringing attention to the problem via social media shares and international coverage in traditional media. The study is a collaborative work of Maria Haigh (UWM), Thomas Haigh (UWM), and Nadine Kozak (UWM) with StopFake journalists.

March 3 | 1:00 PMWhy is it so hard to agree on the facts? Objectivity, institutional facts, and the contested epistemology of fact-checking, Lucas Graves, UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. What a journalism review called the “fact-checking explosion” in American journalism revolves around a very specific mission: to hold public figures accountable for false or misleading claims. The reporters who practice this kind of journalism form an increasingly self-aware movement within the profession, one grounded in a shared critique of conventional, “he said, she said” objective reporting. What are the origins of this controversial style of news, and how does it challenge conventional notions of objectivity? This talk reviews the roots of political fact-checking within the “interpretive community” of US journalism, and then offers a provisional epistemology of fact-checking grounded in the notion of “institutional facts.” Such facts are much less stable than we sometimes suppose, and help to account for both fact-checking practices and the controversy they invite. Sponsored by the Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG), School of Information Studies, the Center for 21st Century Studies, and the DH Lab.

March 10 | 12:00 PMData Visualization 101: Make Better Charts, Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries. With the trend toward collecting ever more data, it’s increasingly important to present that data effectively. Often, that means with a chart. This sessions reviews how to pick the right chart for your data and how to streamline that chart to best tell your story.

March 16 | 11:00 AMGIS Data for Earth and Environmental Sciences (workshop), Stephen Appel, American Geographical Society Library

March 27 | 4:00 PMThe Orange Story: a Cinematic Digital History Project, Jasmine Alinder, UWM History (and student researchers). The Orange Story is the first installment in a larger project called  “Japanese American WWII Confinement: A Cinematic Digital History Project” that combines originally-scripted narrative film with historically-grounded archival content in a seamless online experience. Alinder and her student researchers are working closely with filmmakers and web designers to research, design, and curate the archival sections of the project. Funded by the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites grant, it is an innovative project that seeks to leverage the emotional power of historically-based fiction film to engage audiences, particularly high school and college students, who might not be familiar with this history.

March 29 | 3:30 PMIntroduction to Interactivity, Nathaniel Stern, UWM PSOA. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of motion-tracking, body-tracking, and amplitude-tracking towards interactivity and real-time effects, using Cycling74’s development environment, Max. They will see how input data is analyzed for computers to “understand” these interactions and have the opportunity to produce one small, creative project

March 30 | 2:00 – 4:00 PMGit and Github: Version Tracking for the Humanities, Geoff Gimse, UWM English. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to Git, version tracking, and the GitHub platform and why these tools have become so useful for scholars in the digital humanities. Participants will learn how to use and create Git repositories, add and commit files, and create and manage different branches of their projects. During this workshop, participants will also use the collaborative tools that GitHub provides, working on creating issues, forking repositories, and merging submissions from other users. At the end of the session, users should have a general idea of how to use Git and the GitHub platform. They will understand the differences between the two, be able to make decisions about when to use them, and be better prepared to use them for managing their own projects.

This workshop is geared for audiences who are interested in learning about how version tracking works, how GitHub encourages collaborative development, and how these tools might be useful in their online projects and documents. In particular, this workshop is aimed at humanities scholars who may be producing digital texts with or without programmatic elements. It does not require any previous experience with programming or software development.

March 31 | 3:30 PM – Serious Play: Consoles, Platforms and Identity (and your student loan).

April 3 | 12 PMThe Challenges of Digital Humanities, Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School. Come to the DH Lab for an informal discussion with Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder about the Challenges of Digital Humanities projects. Prof. Bilder will discuss aspects of the digital research for her prize-winning book Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention and her prize-winning bibliography DH project Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: An Annotated Digital CatalogMary Sarah Bilder is Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. She holds a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in the History of American Civilization/American Studies from Harvard University.

Prof. Bilder will be delivering the inaugural Jere McGaffey lecture (based on the book) in Greene Hall at 3:30 p.m.

April 3 | 5:00 PM – Somos Latinas, Eloisa Gómez, M.S., and Dr. Andrea Teresa “Tess” ArenasThe Somos Latinas History Project is a community based research project comprised of interviews and archival collections of Latina activists of Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Historical Society.

April 13 | 11:00 AMGIS Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities (workshop), Stephen Appel, American Geographical Society Library

April 20 | 2:00-4:00 PMDocument Management and Workflow using GitHub, Geoff Gimse, UWM English. This workshop will focus on the use of GitHub and Git for document management and development. As part of the workshop, users will learn about different markup languages (AsciiDoc, reStructuredText, and Markdown), why they were developed, and how they are used today. They will then discover how these languages work as part of a documentation management and publication toolchain and how those toolchains work to provide greater flexibility for authors and greater access for different audiences. Participants will then walk through the creation of a sample document workflow using Git and GitHub. This workshop will take users a bit deeper into certain aspects of Git and will introduce them to several different tools that can aid in creating accessible and open documents ready for multiple presentation formats. While these topics will be more in-depth, users of all skill levels are welcome to attend and follow along.

This workshop is geared for audiences that are interested in working with, collaborating on, and managing digital texts and publications in Git and Github. It will be particularly useful scholars interested in open and collaborative publishing in a variety of contexts. While this will be a deeper dive into a specific use-case for Git and Github, no previous experience with design or development is required.

April 21 | 3:30 PM – Serious Play: Game Studies – a career in that?

April 28 | 1:00 PM – Visualizing U.S. Census Data (workshop), Stephen Appel, American Geographical Society Library

May 5 | 3:30 PMSerious Play: Wrap-up session

All events take place in the Digital Humanities Lab, 2nd floor east, Golda Meir Library