Let’s talk about debiasing books – Webinar

Let’s talk about debiasing books – Webinar

As part of BookNet Canada‘s on-going webinar series, I recently held a webinar on using data analytics to “debias” books. A lot of discussion has begun in publishing with respect to increasing the diversity of publishers’ lists. The issue is often seen as one that 

Are you genre fluid? A new collaboration on Spotify by Cheng Lin and Benjamin LeBrun

Are you genre fluid? A new collaboration on Spotify by Cheng Lin and Benjamin LeBrun

A new student collaboration is out. It’s called “Streaming Bias: studying music curation on Spotify” and represents the lab’s first attempt at studying online music content. Lin and LeBrun did an amazing job in conceptualizing the project and working tirelessly from data collection to analysis 

Are academics more unequal than athletics? A new collaboration by Brian Powell

Are academics more unequal than athletics? A new collaboration by Brian Powell

Our latest lab collaboration was created by McGill undergraduate Brian Powell. As a college basketball fan, he was interested in whether the high levels of institutional inequality within academic publishing and hiring that we have been seeing would also hold true within college athletics. Did 

Let’s talk about debiasing books

Let’s talk about debiasing books

This March I will be giving a talk at BookNet Canada’s TechForum. The topic is “debiasing” books and I’ve posted a short blog post to get the conversation started. Discussions of bias, and cultural bias in particular, have been much in the air lately. A 

The End of an Era. NovelTM celebrates its final workshop, “Ends”

The End of an Era. NovelTM celebrates its final workshop, “Ends”

The NovelTM partnership is going into it’s 6th and final year. It has been a tremendous experience. As a team we’ve produced more than a hundred articles, trained over 200 students, held annual workshops, created a methods commons, and soon a collective data set for other 

“Everyone writes stories”: A new piece in Public Books

“Everyone writes stories”: A new piece in Public Books

In the old days, people used to talk about gaming the system. It meant manipulating the rules to produce a desired outcome. The term was popularized by software engineers in 1975. Today, we hear a lot more about “gamification,” another term popularized by software engineers. 

Superheroes and Socialites: a new lab collaboration

Superheroes and Socialites: a new lab collaboration

Anne Meisner, Victoria Svaikovsky, Will Schumer and Cheng Lin have produced a new lab collaboration that explores the nature of “character universes.” The Marvel character universe is said to mark a major new moment in Hollywood film production, and we were interested in better understanding 

Social Characters: new lab collaboration by Eve Kraicer

Social Characters: new lab collaboration by Eve Kraicer

Eve Kraicer’s lab collaboration (our name for working papers) is now out! It’s about the ways in which gender is represented in contemporary fiction looking at a collection of ca. 26,000 characters. Some of the salient findings: the ratio of women to men characters in