Funded Grants: Collaborative Research Grants – Faculty, Curators, and Librarians

Rita Lucarelli (Near Eastern Studies), The Book of the Dead in 3D: Mapping Texts and Images on Ancient Egyptian Objects

Lucarelli, in collaboration with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Archaeological Research Facility, will utilize photogrammetric techniques to create visualizations of material objects (coffins, in particular) presented in Book of the Dead texts. This new platform for in-depth study of Book of the Dead texts will display 3D objects together with translations and other metadata, such as transcriptions of the hieroglyphic text, bibliography, textual variants and other occurrences, museological data, and provenance.

J. Theodore Peña (Classics), Harris Matrix Visualization Tool

Peña will work with Nico Tripcevich, Laboratory Director of the UC Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility (ARF) to develop an open source tool for presenting Harris Matrix diagrams (a way of visualizing the temporal succession of archaeological contexts within a site) as a d3.js visualization connected to data stored in a Drupal database. Initial development work will use data from the Palatine East Pottery Project (PEPP), a study of Roman pottery recovered in the American Academy in Rome’s Palatine East excavations in downtown Rome.

Elizabeth Alice Honig (History of Art):

Open Catalogue Raisonné Platform

Honig will continue collaboration with Visual Resources Center staff, Jason Hosford and Lynn Cunningham, to develop the open source, Drupal-based Open Catalogue Raisonné Platform. Drawing on survey feedback 40 scholars from the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association and a series of in-depth interviews, the project will contribute to a larger discussion about data structures and protocols in provenance information.

Developing a Drupal-based platform for scholars to build digital catalogue raisonné, based on a reformulation of the Jan Brueghel wiki

Honig will be collaborating with Visual Resources Center staff to develop an open-source platform for catalogue raisonné.  The tool will be built using Drupal, and will build on work conducted for the Jan Brughel wiki

Francesco Spagnolo (Magnes Collection): An Audiovisual Preservation Project

The Magnes will engage in digitization and documentation thus augmenting the long-term capacity building processes of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. The primary focus of digitization and documentation will be of artifacts from The Future of Memory: Jewish Culture in the Digital Age.

Niek Veldhuis and Laurie Pearce (Near Eastern Studies): Berkeley Prosopography Services

Veldhuis and Pearce will be working to make Berkeley Prosopography Services, a tool for historical social network analysis, compatible with data encoded using Epidoc, which is used by the Center for Tebtunis Papyri and numerous other classical projects.

Lisa Wymore (Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies) - Digital Intermedia Collaborative Platform

Wymore will be collaborating with Adrian Freed, Research Director at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) to develop a digital platform to investigate human/computational interactivity and establish the Z-Lab, an on-campus space for this work.  The project incorporates a variety of cameras, sensors and software to capture and study three-dimensional visual data of the body.

Funded Grants: Collaborative Research - Students

Scott Rubin (Music) and Juan Hernandez, Human-Machine Interactive Composition Using Machine Learning

Rubin, Hernandez, and Melford will work with the Center for New Music and Technology to develop a software program that works with gesture-based music improvisation to automatically co-author music in real time using machine learning. This interactive system will learn to cope in an improvisational setting using a machine learning process to learn from previous performance data. After a training period, the system will be able to process and respond in real time to live audio signals from the musicians.

Michael Zellmann-Rohrer (Classics, Medieval Studies), A Digital Corpus of Texts for the Study of Magical Ritual

Zellmann-Rohrer will develop a Drupal database of 2000 primary source texts (mostly unpublished manuscript material) associated with magical ritual and the continuity and transmission of these practices from antiquity through medieval Europe and into the modern period. Zellmann-Rohrer will collaborate with Bancroft Library staff Todd Hickey, curator at the Center for Tebtunis Papyri, and Mary Elings, Head of Digital Collections.

Nick Adams (Sociology) – Text Thresher Enabling Content Analysis by Crowds

Adams will be collaborating with AMPlab to develop a graphical user interface for Text Thresher, a tool that facilitates crowd annotation and analysis of texts.  The interface will make the tool accessible to a variety of scholars who are not proficient programmers.

Scott Paul McGinnis (History) – An Experimental digital edition of an important early Chinese historical text using XML

McGinnis will be working with an undergraduate team to develop an experimental digital edition of the History of the [Western] Han (Han shu 漢書) that will incorporate analytical tools.  McGinnis will draw on the expertise of Sharon Goetz and Mandy Gagel of the Mark Twain Project, which has published digital editions of Twain’s works and letters since 2007.

Cindy Nguyen and Matthew Berry (History) – The Vietnamese Intellectual Networks Database (VIND)

Nguyen and Berry will extend an existing project to gather, organize, and analyze biographical information about colonial-era Vietnamese intellectuals and create a database.  The database serves as a robust digital platform for charting the movements, interconnections, and political and literary activities of significant figures in Vietnamese society during a period of rapid change and fraught political tensions.  The team will be consulting with Harrison Dekker, Data Librarian to design the architecture of the database and ensure its technical sustainability.

Funded Grants: New Course Components

Edmund Campion – Music 158A – Musical Applications of Computers to Create Music

Music 158 is the first course in a developing music technology curriculum.  The course will create new teaching modules built on ODOT, a software system developed at CNMAT. ODOT operates within widely adopted platforms (Max/MSP, PD, Node.js, Python) and is used to both model structural change for art production and to enable analysis, recording, and data mining.  The course is tailored to provide good practice software programming skills to humanities-oriented students. 

Keith P. Feldman - Ethnic Studies 101B: Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies 101B: Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies is a mandatory undergraduate methods course in the Chicano/Latino Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Native American Studies, and Comparative Ethnic Studies majors.  This course will bring students into contact with a variety of digital tools for gathering and analyzing keywords data as they acquire the foundations of interdisciplinary research methods. 

Laura Stoker and Rochelle Terman - Political Science 239T - An Introduction to Computational Tools and Techniques

This project will expand an existing course to provide graduate students the critical technical skills necessary to conduct research in computational digital humanities and social science. The class will serve as a springboard introducing students to the basic computer literacy, programming skills, and application knowledge they need to be successful in further methods work, whether through campus workshops (e.g. D-Lab trainings), online courses, traditional classrooms, or independent learning.

Lisa Trever - History of Art 192L – Digital Technologies for Spatial Documentation and Interpretation of Mural Paintings and the Ancient Americas

History of Art 192L - “Mural Painting and the Ancient Americas” will introduce students to methods of digital recording and modeling to study visual forms and spatial contexts. Archaeological Research Facility staff will provide lab facilities, equipment and training in photogrammetric modeling. Visual Resources Center Staff will provide training in photography techniques and equipment, image post-processing, metadata creation, and online publishing.

Funded Grants: New Courses

Niek Veldhuis, Near Eastern Studies: Digital Ancient Near East

In this undergraduate course, students will interact with a rich variety of online resources for the study of the Ancient Near East and develop necessary skills in questioning and evaluating such resources. Students will reflect on the authors of the sites, the sites themselves, their organization, accessibility, maintenance, and validity.

Cathryn Carson & Nicholas Adams, History: Text Analysis for Digital Humanists and Social Scientists

In this upper-division course students will develop the capacity to pose and answer interesting research questions relating to corpora of text data. They will learn the theory and intuition behind a range of text analysis methods including dictionary methods, supervised machine learning, TF-IDF, clustering, (structural) topic modeling, grammar-parsing, words to vectors, and crowd-based content analysis. Through a series of lectures, small group projects, and tutorials in R and python, students will learn how to load, pre- process, analyze, and interpret text data using all of these methods. All work will be completed using free and open source software – R and Python. All course materials, including students’ code and projects will be stored openly (and anonymously) on a course GitHub repository (in the interest of future learning and the advancement of open, reproducible research).

Elizabeth Alice Honig, History of Art / English: Digital Texts, Digital Images

This undergraduate class will explore how the shift toward working with digitized materials, and the use of digital tools of investigation, have impacted the very way we read texts and look at images. It will enable students to look critically at existing DH projects as projects, and it will also give them the ability to do basic research using open-source tools, and to feel confident in navigating and contributing to crowd-sourced projects. While the focus will be on visual arts (pictures, architecture, urban design) and English-language historical texts (documents, literature, non-literary texts), the course should be broadly useful for students in many humanities disciplines.

Alexandra Saum-Pascual, Spanish and Portuguese / New Media: Electronic Literature: A Critical Writing & Making Course

This upper division undergraduate course will combine humanities literary analysis with basic programming skills, DH tools and methods. Students will learn how to write and talk about electronic literature (e.g. hypertext novels, kinetic poetry, automatic generators, social media fictions). Not only will students be able to critique and analyze electronic art and literature learning the specific terminology and theoretical frameworks, but also they will gain the skills to build their own digital art pieces in a collaborative workshop setting. Students’ final projects will be displayed at No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica, an electronic literature exhibit in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery from March to August 2016.

Michael Dumas & Arturo Cortéz, Education: (Re)presenting Humanity at the Margins: Curating and Visualizing Cultural Memory in the Digital Humanities

This course explores the ways that humanity at the margins has been (re)presented in ethnography from the period of early liberation movements (the 50s-70s) to digital preservation and curation practices in contemporary times. This course seeks to leverage the insights gleaned from previously implemented critical digital humanities projects that catalog cultural memory by: (1) exploring how these past projects have used digital humanities tools to privilege previously ignored cultural practices and processes and (2) examining the collaborative nature of trans-disciplinary projects to foster connections with new audiences to facilitate the (re)presentation and curation of communities at the margins.

Edmund Campion – Digital Humanities Methods: Music 158B – Digital Instrument Design for Musical Expression

Music 158B, “Digital Instrument Design for Musical Expression,” is a partnership between the Music Department and CNMAT. This course responds to the growing demand for music and technology courses with a hands-on engagement and with a community of practicing musicians, scholars and technologists.  As part of a series, Music 158B will build on skills learned in 158A.

Francesco Spagnolo - Digital Humanities Special Topics Seminar: Mapping Diasporas

How do we “map” cultures in diaspora? The advent of the digital humanities provides an opportunity to rethink culture in diaspora by looking at data, social media, and the web as interconnected platforms that may carry this metaphor to an entirely new level. This course explores digital humanities approaches to diasporic culture by presenting students with hands-on research focusing on cultural heritage objects held in The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley.