March 20th unCOMMON Salon — Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution

NYU’s Rachel Rothschild presents the March edition of our unCOMMON Salon series.

Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution

Hear the untold story of how acid rain changed ideas about the threat fossil fuels posed to the global environment, the attempts of the coal industry to discredit scientific research on the problem, and how we might learn from acid rain’s history to better approach environmental threats like climate change.  

Tuesday, March 20th | 6:00 pm
Bobst Library, Room 745 (Floor 7, Avery Fisher Center)
Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served

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Rachel Rothschild is a current Furman Academic Scholar at New York University’s School of Law. She previously served on the faculty of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized study after receiving her Ph.D. in History from Yale University with distinction.  

Her current book project, Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution, will be –published next year by the University of Chicago Press.

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This Salon is sponsored by the Bobst Library Reference Departments (Business & Government Documents, Coles Science Center, and Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Center) 

NYU Fales Library & Special Collections Event on 10/12: The Lasting Impact of Gay Men on Food (4-6pm)

Please join NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections, the Steinhardt Department of Nutrition & Food Studies, and Clark Wolf for:

 
The Lasting Impact of Gay Men on Food: 
James Beard, Richard Olney, and Craig Claiborne at least  . . .
 
This panel discussion moderated by Clark Wolf, a food and restaurant consultant, will feature panelists:
 
John Birdsall, Writer & Beard Award Recipient ’14, ’16
Mitchell Davis (STEINHARDT ’09), Executive VP, James Beard Foundation
Krishnendu Ray, Chair, NYU’s Department of Nutrition & Food Studies
Mayukh Sen, Staff Writer, MUCHIES, Vice Media
Lukas Volger, Editorial Director, Jarry Magazine

The event will be held in the Fales Library & Special Collections on the 3rd floor of Bobst Library (70 Washington Square South, New York, New York) on Thursday, October 12th from 4:006:00pm.  Please RSVP to libraries-fales-events@nyu.edu to attend.  

Open in Action: A panel discussion for Open Access Week

Join Digital Scholarship Services at NYU Libraries for an Open Access Week panel discussion on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Open in Action: New Options for Sharing Scholarship

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of services for scholars to freely share their publications and data. Some of these are commercial: Mendelay and SSRN (both now owned by Elsevier), Academia.edu (misleadingly named, since it is not affiliated with an educational institution), and ReseachGate. In the past two decades, many colleges and universities have offered institutional repositories, such as NYU’s own Faculty Digital Archive. And there are non-profit discipline-based repositories, such as arXiv.org (physics, math, computer science) , RePEc (economics), and Cogprints (cognitive sciences). It’s a complex mix of options for scholars.

To celebrate Open Access Week, we’ve invited the founders of two prominent new multi-disciplinary repositories to discuss their goals and priorities, and the technology underlying their systems. Humanities Commons is a social repository for humanists launched by the Modern Language Association in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries. SocArXiv is a preprint service directed by group of sociologists and research librarians in partnership with the Center for Open Science. We’ll have a round-table discussion with plenty of time for questions from the audience. This event is open to the public.

Open Access Week is an international event supporting open access to scholarly research.

Wednesday, October 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Avery Room, 2nd floor of Bobst Library

Panelists 

Philip Cohen, University of Maryland

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association

Mark Newton, Columbia University Libraries

Nicholas Wolf, NYU Libraries

Sponsored by NYU Libraries Digital Scholarship Services. For more information, email digital.scholarship@nyu.edu

NYU #nycdhweek workshops a great success!

#nycdhweek word cloud

Word cloud of tweets with #nycdhweek hashtag.

NYU Digital Scholarship Services participated in the first annual NYCDH Week, a week-long celebration of all things digital humanities in New York City, February 8-12, 2016.

NYCDH Week, organized by the New York City Digital Humanities Group, offered open workshops across the city, networking sessions, a meeting of the DH community, and of course social events.

The 6 NYU workshops for NYCDH Week were a great success, covering topics such as Omeka, social media scraping for qualitative research, APIs for humanities research, and an introduction to working at the command line. We had 84 total attendees representing every school at NYU as well as the larger NYCDH community.

A few quotes from workshop instructors:

The event succeeded in helping attendees feel more comfortable with the command line, and also demonstrated several ways this tool can be incorporated in research projects.

In the Social Media Scraping workshop, attendees used NCapture and NVivo and learned methods to incorporate the context from web pages, online PDFs, and social media into their research design.

Keep an eye out on this space, subscribe to liblink, and to the NYUDH group to learn about upcoming workshops and other events.

Spring 2015 Public Lectures in Digital Humanities

Polonsky Foundation Public Lectures in Digital Humanities

These events are open to the public; registration is not required. All workshops will be held in Bobst Library’s Avery Fisher Center. Attendees without an NYU ID card should enter at the guard’s desk in the library’s atrium.

Follow the links below for more information.

Molly O’Hagan Hardy: The Presence of the Past April 2nd, 5-6:30pm
With examples from the eighteenth-century transatlantic book trade as represented in library catalogs and content databases, Molly O’Hagan Hardy will examine time’s traces in the archives and how such traces can be re-conceived or eclipsed in digital humanities projects.

Miriam Posner: Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas May 28th, 1-2:30pm
Between 1936 and 1967, Walter Freeman, a prominent neurologist, lobotomized as many as 3,500 Americans. In this presentation, Miriam Posner will detail her efforts to understand why Freeman was so devoted to this practice, using computer-assisted image-mining and -analysis techniques.

Mark Algee-Hewitt June 4th, 1-2:30pm
This talk explores the meaning behind the practical aspects of Digital Humanities analyses and probes the delicate balance we maintain as we apply the critical methodologies of the humanities to the algorithmically derived, statistically significant data that lies behind our results.

Jennifer Giuliano: Humanities Infrastructure versus the Digital Humanities June 9th, 1-2:30pm
This lecture will explore the ways in which digital humanities and its associated research projects have challenged the often-overlapping, but frequently problematic, technical and social architectures of the academy.

Spring 2015 Workshops in Digital Humanities for NYU Graduate Students

Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods

The 2015 Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities offer NYU graduate students an intensive introduction to tools and methods for digital scholarship through day-long, hands-on sessions with experts in the field. Workshops will explore diverse approaches to research ranging from text markup and analysis to data visualization and mapping.

You must register to attend. All workshops will be held in Bobst Library.

Follow the links below for more information and to register.

Bibliographic Metadata for Digital Humanists, April 3rd, 9:30-4
This workshop will introduce methods for extracting metadata from different types of online catalogs and will include a brief overview of Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC), the chief format for bibliographic information.

Geospatial Analysis and the Digital Humanities: Principles, Tools, and Process, April 10th, 9:30-4
Digital humanists often incorporate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  into the process of interpreting texts and culture. This workshop will explore some of these methods as we integrate several data sets into GIS software and mapping platforms designed for digital humanities inquiry.

Copyright Issues for Digital Humanists, April 17th, 2-5pm
This workshop will start with an overview of general copyright issues, and then delve into specific issues and practical applications of copyright law in digital humanities.

DH101, May 27th, 9:30-4
Many DH projects rely on a core set of skills: finding, cleaning, and organizing data; asking meaningful questions of that data; and visualizing it. In this workshop, we’ll work together on one set of sources, going from zero to DH project over the course of a day.

DH DevOps: Core Skills and Foundations, May 29th, 9:30-4
Building on the DH101 workshop, we will cover the foundations of critical computing in the humanities.

Introduction to TEI, June 2nd, 9:30-4
This session will teach the basics of coding in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines.

Large Scale Text Analysis with R, June 3rd, 9:30-4
In this workshop, we will explore the different methods through which text mining can be used to “read” text in new ways.

Introduction to Project Development, June 8th, 9:30-4
This workshop will explore the fundamentals of project planning and design.

Content, Curation, and Publication: Using WordPress and Omeka to Tell Scholarly Stories, June 10th, 9:30-4
This workshop will explore how the platforms WordPress and Omeka can help scholars publish their work by creating dynamic digital publications and exhibitions.

HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities

HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities

Thursday January 15, 5:00- 6:30, reception to follow; books available for sale.

Jurow Lecture Hall at New York University Silver Center, Room 101, 100 Washington Square East (entrance on Washington Place)

Todd Presner discusses his collaboratively authored new book, co-edited with David Shepard and Yoh Kawano, a metaLAB project from Harvard University Press, and tours its companion website http://www.hypercities.com/. Todd Presner is Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature, and Chair of the Digital Humanities Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In conversation with:

Matthew K. GoldAssociate Professor of English and Digital Humanities, Graduate Center, CUNY; Director of the CUNY Academic Commons and Editor of Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University, and author of Close Up, at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, Politics (Zone Books, the MIT Press, 2013)

Introduced by Thomas Augst, Associate Professor of English and Acting Director of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University

Part of the metaLAB series of books about the digital humanities, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (2014) is a collaboratively authored and designed exploration of mapping cities over time. The primary authors are Todd Presner, David Shepard, and Yoh Kawano, with contributions by Philip Ethington, Mike Blockstein, Reanne Estrada, Chris Johanson, Diane Favro, and Xarene Eskandar. A digital platform transmogrified into a book, it profiles the ambitious online project of the same name that maps the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. The authors examine the media archaeology of Google Earth and the cultural–historical meaning of map projections, and explore recent events—the “Arab Spring” and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster—through social media mapping that incorporates data visualizations, photographic documents, and Twitter streams. HyperCities includes a “ghost map” of downtown Los Angeles, polyvocal memory maps of LA’s historic Filipinotown, avatar-based explorations of ancient Rome, and hour-by-hour mappings of the 2009 Tehran election protests.

This in an NYC-DH event, sponsored by NYU Libraries, in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of New York University.