This graduate-level class provides an introduction to the concepts and methodologies of using digital tools for dataset creation, curation and analysis, to answer research questions based on historical primary source documents. The syllabus includes coverage of underlying ethical and legal considerations in working with primary source material, and best practices in text mining methodologies, building digital maps and timelines, and for presenting research results on an online platform.
Class Learning Objectives
We used a range of digital tools in class for gathering, preparing and analyzing data:
Gale Digital Scholar Lab
Google My Maps
Programming Historian tutorials
Vader sentiment analysis
The instructor, Dr. Sarah Ketchley, would like to acknowledge with gratitude the support offered by the Digital Scholarship librarians at University of Washington Libraries who offered synchronous training in Omeka and ongoing troubleshooting during this class. Thanks especially to Verletta Kern who has long been an advocate for offering institutionally-supported digital tools and platforms for classroom and research use.
Header photo by Robert Anasch on Unsplash
Thanks to Charis, our fantastic class TA whose behind-the-scenes work kept things running smoothly through the quarter.
And, last but not least, a big hat tip to Helene Williams, Teaching Professor in the UW iSchool and Professor Selim Kuru, Chair of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, for a decade's worth of conversations and encouragement.