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I posed my Digital Humanities reference questions to Harriett Green, a Literature and Languages librarian at the University of Illinois.
“MONK is a digital environment designed to help humanities scholars discover and analyze patterns in the texts they study.”
Monk teams: University of Alberta; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland McMaster University; National Center for Supercomputing Applications; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Northwestern University
Collections in MONK:
|Early American Fiction||111||16||5.2 million||public|
|EEBO||691||281||39.4 million||restricted until after 2015|
|ECCO||1077||196||34.2 million||restricted until after 2015|
|19th century fiction||250||102||39.4 million||restricted|
|Wright American Fiction 1850-75||301||159||23.5 million||public|
“Voyeur is a web-based text analysis environment. It is designed to be user-friendly, flexible and powerful. Voyeur is part of the Hermeneuti.ca, a collaborative project to develop and theorize text analysis tools and text analysis rhetoric. This section of the Hermeneuti.ca web site provides information and documentation for users and developers of Voyeur.”
“TAPoR is a gateway to tools for sophisticated analysis and retrieval, along with representative texts for experimentation.”
TAPOR Teams: University of Montreal, University of Alberta, University of New Brunswick, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, McMaster University
“MALLET is a Java-based package for statistical natural language processing, document classification, clustering, topic modeling, information extraction, and other machine learning applications to text.”
MALLET TEAM: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Pennsylvania
DH Centers and institutions:
(All of these DH centers have Digital Humanities Project lists. Resources and Services have a variety of meanings at these DH centers, referring both to open source material and closed institution specific services.)
Brown University: Center for Digital Scholarship
George Mason University: Center for History and New Media
There is a bibliography of tools an projects on their home page.
Columbia University: Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
Indiana Bloomington University: Indiana University Digital Library Program
University of Maryland: MITH
New York University: NYU Digital Library Technology Services
Stanford University: Stanford Literary Lab
UCLA Library Guide: http://guides.library.ucla.edu/digitalhumanities
Near the end of our conversation my librarian informed me that the American Research Libraries had just published the SPEC Kit 326, from November 2011, Regarding Digital Humanities. This list of resources is not a formalized complete list of Digital Humanities sources, it is the result of a conversation. All of these tools, centers, and resources represent the wide range of Digital Humanities stuff in existence. The tools I listed have an amazing amount of reference material related to their use. The institutions all have interesting resources, and a wide range of digital collections. As a librarian in training the terminology used across these institutions is anything but consistent. It is an indexing nightmare.
What is a DH resource or a DH service?
Every definition is specific to the institution supporting a specific DH endeavor. I would like to personally commend the following institutions (from this list) for having, what I would consider, excellent technical Information Literacy resources. The University of Virginia with the Praxis Program, offering the command line boot camp, and intro to programming. Indiana University Digital Library for their Interface Design & Usability Services and Metadata Services. The other half of my Information Literacy definition is bibliography, which is best represented at Brown University, University of Maryland, and the Stanford Literary Lab.