The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) in room 122, Jerome Library has expanded its offerings to include a wide variety of technology tools to facilitate collaboration among faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students as they develop Digital Humanities projects at BGSU.
The goal of the Digital Humanities Lab is to encourage and support innovative, interdisciplinary research projects that make creative use of technology. We focus on supporting projects that are enhanced by visualization tools, multimedia applications, and manipulating data acquired through application programming interfaces (API).
To this end, STAC now supports the following and more:
·programming with Python, R and R-Studio, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and Visual Studio
·the topic modeling software Mallet
·data visualization program Gephi
·Express Scribe for transcription and ELAN for annotation
·multimedia software including Audacity, Garage Band, and iMovie
The possibilities for faculty and students are endless: writing code to refine and analyze digitized literature, historical sources, or social media scraped from the web; annotating film clips; digital publishing; developing applications to make humanities resources available to the public; transcribing interviews; and much more.
For example, a researcher could write a Ruby script that aggregates millions of tweets with a common hashtag and graphs them visually on an interactive Google map; a student could use ELAN to annotate the occurrence and duration of certain events in a corpus of videos; and a researcher could use Express Scribe to transcribe vintage audio recordings to text, then use Python to parse and analyze the transcription.
Visit the STAC website for up-to-date hours. Drop-in, independent use of the Digital Humanities Lab located inside the STAC is available any time the STAC is open. If assistance is needed, contact the STAC to set up an appointment (email: email@example.com /phone: 419-372-9277).