Faulknerbot (Principle Investigator)
Faulknerbot chatbot built with AIML (Artificial Intelligence Markup Language) and PyAIML. Conversational data retrieval is rapidly replacing keyword search on mobile devices. Faulknerbot allows users to discover content through natural language dialogue and be directed to original sources. The archival training data is available on the Faulkner at Virginia Audio Archive site. Please see the live development site at https://faulknerbot.com.
The General Knowledge Project with Nina Jablonski (Co-Principal Investigator) and Tess Wilson
In March of 2012, the Encyclopedia Britannica ceased printing paper editions of its handsomely bound reference books. The Encyclopedia Britannica, first published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768, remains the oldest English language encyclopedia in continuous production, but it will only be updated through its online offering in the following years. In the era of community based online encyclopedias like Wikipedia, now is an interesting time to reflect on the content of the complete print run of the Encyclopedia Britannica. This also represents an interesting moment to reflect on how past systems of defining general knowledge has worked to shape societal prejudices, beliefs, and assumptions. This project uses techniques related to large scale text analysis through Natural Language Processing (NLP) to chart and track the evolution of popular conceptions of race and racialization across all 15 editions of the encyclopedia released over its 244 year history. Please see the preliminary data visualizations and racial classification tool at https://generalknowledgeproject.network/.
The Social Knowledge Timeline (Principal Investigator)
The Penn State Digital Humanities Lab (Penn State Behrend) in partnership with the Teaching and Learning with Technology group (Penn State University Park) has developed a prototype of an ongoing project entitled the Social Knowledge Timeline. By linking together popular collaboration tools, the SKTimeline stores, analyzes, and communicates user data in three distinct areas of social knowledge creation: version control, collaboration platforms, and social media.
Credit allocation in large teams is dependent on our ability to describe, quantify, and visualize our activities. By analyzing the rich natural language conversations generated by teams, the SKTimeline solves these ethical and institutional problems. The appearance of “Collaborators’ Bill of Rights” for digital humanities projects in 2011 is symptom of a need for greater clarity in heterogeneous collaborative teams (Clement et al 2011). The Modern Language Association’s “Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media” are similarly responding to appropriate credit allocation for researchers. There is a need for a more formalized and automated system of data collection and analysis for collaborative researchers across the university. Please see the alpha release site at http://sktimeline.net/.
The Behrend History Project (Principal Investigator)
The Behrend History Project is a collaborative effort of the faculty and students of the Digital Media, Arts, and Technology program at Penn State Behrend. The project is proudly hosted and developed by members of the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab. The John M. Lilley Library at Penn State Behrend contains a large archival quality collection of artifacts relating to the Hammermill Paper Company, the family founders of the company, and the Penn State campus that bears the Behrend family name proudly to this day. Our collection spans three areas, including the Behrend Family Collection, the Hammermill Paper Company Collection, and Behrend College Collection. Please see the archival site at https://behrendhistory.us/.
Digital Liberal Arts at Penn State Resource Site (Co-Chair and Developer)
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The Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (DLAi) is a collaborative endeavor between the College of the Liberal Arts and the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab to enrich and promote rigorous cross-disciplinary scholarship and research at a time when writing, reading, teaching, and research are being transformed by digital technologies. The DLA Initiative was created to enhance the research and public profiles of liberal arts faculty in the College and facilitate the development of digital research and teaching methods. The initiative seeks to open new opportunities for high caliber graduate placements in the liberal arts, and enrich the undergraduate experience by providing undergraduate students access to and support for cutting-edge liberal arts research. Through the DLA Initiative, the College now offers support for faculty to further enriched scholarship with digital technologies in the liberal arts. Please see the community site at http://sites.psu.edu/diglibarts/.