Category Archives: CTE

Demo Timeline: Evelina


Have you used Timeline JS to recreate a novel with enriched digital resources? I am testing what this might look like in an epistolary context, using Frances Burney’s EvelinaBy sharing the google sheet on which the timeline is based, students could be assigned letters or chapters to add–some things I’ve discovered so far are that you can add entries in the timeline to groups, useful for visualizing the epistolary network, and you can also use simple numbers instead of dates in the year category–by doing that, coupled with providing a “display date” that can be a text string, one can create a non-date-specific timeline, useful for a novel.

Things to consider: how and when to paraphrase or excerpt a representative quote from the letter, identifying what makes a relevant media resource, how to cite and caption it, using groups (how many can be used?), how best to use the date/display date tools, what is the “type” feature.

Teaching with technology materials

Materials for my two sessions are available in a google drive folder here. If you want easier access to the google doc on using google drive (very meta, I know!), I’ve made it public to anyone in the world to view; here’s a link to it, and it’s also embedded below. Now that I’ve put this link here, you should be able to search the web for it!

Here’s the google doc on using images in the classroom; I’ve also published and embedded it below.

Innovations 2012

Ever wonder how web-based tools and text-based analysis intersect? Come find out how to analyze literature (and text more broadly understood) using a variety of online tools that have minimal learning curves.  I will introduce you to a manageable number of such tools–Voyant, Mandala browser, ManyEyes, and others–and then we will experiment with  them as a group and independently. This demonstration and workshop will be useful for pedagogical and scholarly purposes.

I encourage you to bring a sample text or corpora you want to work with during the session; it should be in either .TXT format, a .ZIP collection of texts, .XML, or, in some cases, a URL that points to a text you want to work with. I will also bring a selection of texts for us to draw on. Online materials will be located at–search for keyword “innovations.” This session derives from material covered in the 2012 University of Victoria Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

Coursepack: Online tools for literary analysis

Plaintext and ZIPped corpora

Links to electronic text collections:

Bamboo DiRT (Digital Research Tools)

Bamboo DiRT is a tool, service, and collection registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT is an evolution of Lisa Spiro’s DiRT wiki and makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.

TAPoR (Text Analysis Portal) [TAPoR2 Test Environment–try this link if the first doesn’t work]

TAPoR is a gateway to the tools used in sophisticated text analysis and retrieval. Browse tools by type or tag, search and use tools, read and create tool reviews, contribute and advertise your own tools.

Voyant Tools

Voyant is a web-based text analysis environment. It is designed to be user-friendly, flexible and powerful. Voyant is part of the, a collaborative project to develop and theorize text analysis tools and text analysis rhetoric. This section of the web site provides information and documentation for users and developers of Voyeur. Note: The original name of the environment was “Voyeur,” which was recently changed given the connotations of “voyeur.” You might see these names used interchangeably. You can also get to Voyant Tools via TAPoR.

IBM ManyEyes

View, discuss, and create data sets and visualizations of data sets using a variety of filters including pie charts, scatterplots, bubble charts, treemaps, word clouds, phrase nets, and more.

Google n-Gram viewer

Read more about the Google n-Gram viewer here. See some sample uses of the n-Gram viewer here. Try it yourself!

Zotero timelines

Make a timeline from your Zotero collections to visualize your research.

Juxta (Collation Software for Scholars):

Sample visualizations, :

Relative word frequencies of five gothic novels (Voyant)



Innovations in Teaching and Scholarship (2011)

This year’s Innovations conference is nigh upon us, and I’ll be presenting in the 10:30 1:00-2:30 workshop slot before after lunch to my faculty colleagues. The topic? Google Takes Over, But WordPress is Waiting: Sites, Blogs, and Calendars. Please swing by if you have questions, want to play around with Google Sites and WordPress, or learn how to use your Google calendar more effectively!

Are you hearing things about Google calendar, but don’t quite know how to use it or what it can do? Did you know that students can use Google sites to create and maintain portfolios and other webpages—would you like to know more? What about our University-wide WordPress blogging platform installation? Don’t be afraid—come play with us!

I’ll be going over how to use Google Sites and MUblog, and then answering any questions folks have about Google Calendar, Starfish’s interface with Google, and so on.

Update: Please note that when you’re using MUblog, and creating a new site, your site name must have no spaces or punctuation. However, your title may be as descriptive as you like it! This information is not in the handout, linked above. Thanks everyone for coming!