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How to study the history of scientific communication at large scale

How to study the history of scientific communication at large scale

Today we have a .txtLAB sponsored talk on the history of science. Our visiting speaker is Dr. Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb, who is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Saarland in Germany and affiliated with the Collaborative Research Centre on Information Density and Linguistic Encoding. Her work […]

Bad Graphs, or, I Have a BA in English

Bad Graphs, or, I Have a BA in English

Not to brag, but it’s almost impressive how many times I got something so simple so profoundly wrong, in so many odd ways. I have a degree in Cultural Studies, which means my space of academic comfort is mostly theoretical articles, preferably those with sentences […]

Where’s the data? Notes from an international forum on limited use text mining

Where’s the data? Notes from an international forum on limited use text mining

I’m attending a two-day workshop on issues related to data access for text and data mining (TDM). We are 25 participants from different areas, including researchers who do TDM, librarians who oversee digital content, and content providers who package and sell data to academic libraries […]

z, p, t, d, and counting

z, p, t, d, and counting

I made the a list the other day of all of the letters, names, and new terms I have had to learn to undertake the computational study of literature and culture. It was very long. It made me realize that when researchers speak of the […]

The Replication Crisis I: Restoring confidence in research through replication clusters

The Replication Crisis I: Restoring confidence in research through replication clusters

Much has been written about the so-called “replication crisis” going on across the sciences today. There are many ways that these issues impact literary and cultural studies, but not always in the most straightforward way. “Replication” has a complicated fit with more interpretive disciplines and […]

On Literary Geography, a Video

On Literary Geography, a Video

“What is your dissertation project?” This is one of the more common questions asked of graduate students in a PhD program. Lisa Teichmann – one of our graduate students at .txtLAB – answers in a 3-minute video about her work using computation to think about translation, space, […]

Rethinking the Table of Contents

Rethinking the Table of Contents

I wanted to share an experiment that I worked on with Mark Algee-Hewitt to reconstruct the table of contents of our new collaboratively authored book, Interacting with Print. The book was written by 22 co-authors around the theme of interactivity. Mark and I thought it […]

Congratulations to Victoria Svaikovsky ARIA Intern for 2017

Congratulations to Victoria Svaikovsky ARIA Intern for 2017

McGill hosted its annual event to showcase the work of undergraduate summer research projects. Among the many amazing projects was .txtLAB’s Victoria Svaikovsky who led a research project with two other students, Anne Meisner and Eve Kraicer-Melamed, on studying the intersections of race and Hollywood […]


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