NovelTM represents at Around the World

NovelTM co-investigators Prof Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta) and Prof Laura Mandell (Texas A&M) spoke at the Around the World Conference on May 4, 2017. This year’s theme “Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era” explored how digital media has challenged the notion of truth. Round-table discussions and graduate student presentations, including those by Robert Budac and Sonja…

A winning team

Congratulations to NovelTM team members Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta) and Stéfan Sinclair (McGill) on receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities at the 2017 Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Conference on May 29-31. The award recognized their groundbreaking work on Voyant Tools 2.0 and their book “Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the…

Partner Focus: Compute Canada

NovelTM partner Compute Canada recently highlighted the work of team members Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair in the article “High-powered computing: it’s not just for astrophysics anymore.” The piece describes the Voyant tool they co-created, which is “the most widely used tool running on the Compute Canada platform.” You can read more about Voyant and the intersection between high-end computing and humanities…

Launch of Hermeneutica by Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair

Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities, by two novelTM scholars, Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair, has just been published by the MIT Press. Hermeneutica is part of a hybrid project that includes Voyant Tools which has also been rewritten. For more see the web site hermeneuti.ca  or voyant-tools.org . On the web site you can see…

NovelTM at DH2015

A number of NovelTM members recently gave papers at DH2015 in Sydney, Australia. Geoffrey Rockwell co-authored a paper with Stéfan Sinclair entitled “Talking About Programming in the Digital Humanities.” He also co-authored a paper entitled “Exploring Large Datasets with Topic Model Visualizations” with John Montague, John Simpson, Stan Ruecker, and Susan Brown. Matthew Wilkens presented “Mapping…

Around the World Conference 2015

Text Mining the Novel researchers organized and participated in the third annual Around the World Conference on April 30, 2015. This online conference is organized every year by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta under the direction of Geoffrey Rockwell, a co-investigator on TMN. This year there were panels and…

“Is it Research or is it Spying?”

“Is it Research or is it Spying? Thinking-Through Ethics in Big Data AI and Other Knowledge Sciences” has just been published online by the German Journal of Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell as a co-author. This article looks at some of the ethical issues raised by the knowledge sciences (like text mining) and how we can engage these…

Geoffrey Rockwell Gives Talk at Science 2.0 in Hamburg

Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell  recently gave a talk at the Science 2.0 conference in Hamburg, Germany on “New Publics for the Humanities.” His talk looked at how citizen research or crowdsourcing has been used in the humanities to engage new publics, using for example a developing project led by Dr. Andrew Piper to build a crowdsourcing tool for community…

Geoffrey Rockwell Gives Opening Lecture at Japanese Gaming Conference

NovelTM member Geoffrey Rockwell recently gave the opening talk at a conference at the University of British Columbia on Japanese game culture. Press Start: Culture, Industry and Innovation in Japanese Gaming was a two-day conference that brought together scholars, players, and game industry representatives for a wide variety of panels and discussions relating to Japanese gaming…

Geoffrey Rockwell Gives Paper in Frankfurt on Building Community Engagement with the Humanities

On Monday February 23, NovelTM member Geoffrey Rockwell gave a paper in Frankfurt entitled, “Building Research Capacity Across the Humanities and Social Sciences: Social Innovation, Community Engagement and Citizen Science” at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF). Rockwell’s talk addressed the current lack of public support for the humanities, which he attributes to a “broken…