The workshop will be held October 10-11, 2014, at Northeastern University. Full detailed schedule will be coming soon.

 Friday, October 10
Morning
General introductions
Roundtable on new approaches to military history
Paper presentations: network analysis
Lunch (provided)
Afternoon
Session: Preparing data for use with digital methods
Session: Instruction on network analysis
Evening
Dinner on your own
Hack session on networks

Saturday, October 11
Morning
Session: Many uses of GIS and mapping
Paper presentations: GIS and mapping
Lunch (provided)
Afternoon
Session: Instruction on mapping
Wrap-up roundtable
Evening
Dinner (provided)
Hack session on mapping

Workshop Speakers

Jean Bauer is the Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University.  Through a combination of formal training and curiosity she is an early American historian, database designer, and photographer.  She is finishing her dissertation “Revolution-Mongers: Launching the U.S. Foreign Service, 1775-1825″ in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia and is the lead developer of Project Quincy (http://projectquincy.org), an open source software package for tracing historical networks through time and space.  Project Quincy also runs the digital component of her dissertation, The Early American Foreign Service Database (www.eafsd.org).  For more information, see her website: www.jeanbauer.com. Jean will be the primary instructor about network analysis for this workshop.

Scott Nesbit (as of fall 2014) is an assistant professor of digital humanities at the University of Georgia.  He is a historian of the U.S. Civil War, studying the relationship between military strategy and the end of slavery.  His current research relies on Visualizing Emancipation, an interactive map funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that allows users to explore important sources for the history of African Americans in the Civil War South. He will be doing the workshop’s primary instruction on creating and using digital maps.

Alberto Giordano, chair of the department of geography at Texas State University, will be speaking about the Holocaust Geographies Project.

Micki Kaufman (MA CUNY, BA Columbia) is a fourth-year doctoral student in US History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is researching the application of text analysis and visualization techniques to the study of ‘big data’ diplomatic archives, most notably the DNSA (Digital National Security Agency)’s Kissinger Collection. She has employed network analysis to study and visualize the relationships between and amongst topics, documents, words (frequency and correlation), declassification status, participants, nations and organizations.
Her most recent findings can be seen at her Quantifying Kissinger page: http://www.mickikaufman.com/qk.

David McClure is a digital humanities software developer and interactive designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before moving to the west coast, he spent three years working as a software engineer at the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia, where he was the lead developer of Neatline, a framework for digital mapmaking and visual storytelling. He’s also interested in quantitative approaches to literary study, electronic literature, information retrieval, and experimental philosophy. His website is dclure.org.

Ed Triplett is a University of Virginia PhD student who is finishing his dissertation on the fortified architecture that was constructed or occupied by military-religious orders during the Christian reconquest of Iberia. In the course of his research Ed has created two digital projects. The first is a thorough viewshed analysis of the frontier landscape via a GIS database of over five hundred sites. The second project reconstructs the fortress-monastery headquarters of the military order of Montesa in 3D graphics using advanced photogrammetry technologies and 3D modeling software. You can read more about his work at www.edwardtriplett.com.

Rob Warren is a postdoctoral fellow at the Big Data Institute at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He specializes in big data data-mining and the semantic web. He is known for applying these methods to a wide range of topics, including unexpected topics such as on Great War history and Geographical Information Systems. He has led several successful academic and industrial research projects and travels too much.