Author Archives: Kate Finley

Crowdsourced Transcription @ the Smithsonian

Another resource/volunteer opportunity that I hope is not a retread: the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers Transcription Center. I’m a little late to the party, but I’ve gotten into the whole crowdsourced transcription thing due to the topic I chose for my final project, the encoding of marginalia, which is obviously very much linked to the issue […]

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Final Project: Encoding Marginalia

As I discussed during my presentation, I chose to do a paper for the final project in which I took a look at two digital projects. Specifically, I analyzed various encoding-related features of two marginalia-heavy digital archives/editions. The two projects I focused on are the May Bragdon Diaries and the Shelley-Godwin Archive. They’re both amazing […]

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Digital Harlem

You all are probably already aware of this resource, but I don’t believe we’ve discussed the mapping project Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930. It is briefly mentioned in the HyperCities reading from earlier in the semester, but I wasn’t able to look at it in depth until recently. In addition to the project itself, an […]

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Workshop on Natural Language Processing with NLTK

On November 17th, I attended my last workshop for the praxis course, the GC Digital Fellows workshop on Natural Language Processing with NLTK. Below is a blurb on the session that can also be found here. “In this workshop, we will introduce the basics of working with the Natural Language Toolkit, (NLTK), a package for […]

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Volunteering at DHNow

I completed my volunteer duties at DHNow during the week of December 5th-11th. Since I’m a librarian, I initially planned to dedicate my volunteer week to dh+lib. However, I’ve tried not to restrict myself to library-related issues too much during this course, so I felt it would be more beneficial to volunteer for DHNow and […]

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Data Project: Female Writer Metadata in Wikidata

The unsatisfactory representation of women on Wikipedia has received much attention in recent years (such as here). Specifically, a dearth of coverage of women, as well as bias within the Wikipedia articles on women that do exist, have both been observed. This issue has been connected to the low percentage of female Wikipedia editors; according […]

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    Encouraging students think about the impact advancements in digital technology have on the future of scholarship from the moment they enter the Graduate Center, the Digital Praxis Seminar is a year-long sequence of two three-credit courses that familiarize students with a variety of digital tools and methods through lectures offered by high-profile scholars and technologists, hands-on workshops, and collaborative projects. Students enrolled in the two-course sequence will complete their first year at the GC having been introduced to a broad range of ways to critically evaluate and incorporate digital technologies in their academic research and teaching. In addition, they will have explored a particular area of digital scholarship and/or pedagogy of interest to them, produced a digital project in collaboration with fellow students, and established a digital portfolio that can be used to display their work. The two connected three-credit courses will be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters as MALS classes for master’s students and Interdisciplinary Studies courses for doctoral students.

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