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Humanities Data in R Workshop

July 29 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

UWM Digital Humanities Lab logo“Humanities Data in R ” will provide an introductory overview to the R programming language and its applications in the Humanities, especially regarding text analysis and visualization. The workshop is synchronous and will be presented virtually.

Please note: Attendance is limited to ensure interaction and follow-up. If you are not able to attend after registering, please contact Ann Hanlon at so that she can open up that space for someone else. Registration:

Experts on computer vision and visual culture, Taylor Arnold and Lauren Tilton lead the Distant Viewing Lab at the University of Richmond. The lab develops computer vision methods designed for accessing, analyzing, and exploring images. A major focus of the lab is developing algorithms and techniques that enable search and discovery, particularly for cultural heritage. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the lab is creating the Distant Viewing Toolkit for the Analysis of Moving Images, a Python library for moving image analysis.

Dr. Taylor Arnold is Assistant Professor of Statistics in the department of mathematics and computer science. He studies massive cultural datasets in order to address new and existing research questions in the humanities and social sciences. He specializes in the application of statistical computing to large text and image corpora. Research products take on several forms: book length manuscripts, technical reports, new software implementations, and digital projects intended for broad public consumption.

Dr. Lauren Tilton is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on 20th century U.S. visual culture. She is director of Photogrammar, a digital public humanities project mapping New Deal and World War II documentary expression funded by the NEH and ACLS, and co-author of Humanities Data in R: Exploring Networks, Geospatial Data, Images and Texts (Springer, 2015). Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, Archive Journal, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. She received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University.

This workshop is funded by the LGBTQ+ Audio Archive Mining Project, part of the Collections as Data: Part to Whole project funded by the Mellon Foundation.


July 29
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM