Access Workshop 2017

McGill is very pleased to host the fourth annual NovelTM workshop here in Montreal. This year’s theme is “Access” where we will be discussing issues surrounding the accessibility of literary data and code. What kinds of metadata do we consider necessary for the study of literature? How can we make sure our data is representative of the diverse history of literature as well as different languages and cultures? Who authorizes data and what do we do about data that we are legally or ethically obliged not to share? And how can we make sure that more people are able to access the code and tools used to study texts at large scale?

These are just some of the questions we will be discussing as we prepare our next special issue for Cultural Analytics. Last year’s theme on Identity will be appearing in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, here is a list of the coming days’ plan.




Thursday, October 26, 2017

12:00PM – 1:15PM
LUNCH (Traiteur Beaux-Arts Restaurant)


1:15PM – 2:45PM

Starters and Samplers (Underwood)

Linking (Brown)

2:45PM – 3:15PM COFFEE

3:15PM – 5:00PM
(In)compatabilities (Algee-Hewitt)

Accessible Algorithms (Rockwell/Sinclair)

Readers and Responses (Jockers)



Friday, October 27, 2017

8:30AM – 9:00AM COFFEE

9:00AM – 10:30AM
Race and Fairness (Wilkens/So)

Authoritative Data (Long/Erlin/Detwyler/Teichmann)

10:30AM – 11:00AM COFFEE

11:00AM – 12:30PM

Unshareables (Piper/HTRC)

Cleaning Up (Mandell)

12:30PM – 2:00PM

2:00PM – 3:30PM
Play and the Anxiety of Influence (Guest Speaker: Simon DeDeo)

3:30PM – 4:00PM COFFEE

4:00PM – 5:00PM Roundtable