Upcoming Events

Reading Group

Reading Group: Meeting 9

June 6 12:00–1:20 PM

In 2108-2019, the the CDH Reading Group will partner with the Princeton University Library to explore the topic of "Collections as Data," and consider how Princeton’s library collections can be leveraged to support computationally-driven research and teaching. We invite members from the Princeton research community who play various roles in the creation, dissemination and use of library collections. Through short readings, discussions, presentations and hands-on activities, this group will identify ways that PUL collections are currently being exposed as data, and explore ways to better coordinate efforts to support and sustain cutting-edge data-driven scholarship at Princeton.

Past Events


Playing with Data II

Sharon L. De La Cruz
Aatish Bhatia
February 28 12:00–1:20 PM

In this second of two workshops, participants will continue learning creative coding with p5.js and experimenting with data, working towards drawing custom shapes, animation, and sonifying data.

The first workshop will be at CDH, the second will be at CST Studio Lab.

Attendance at the first workshop or prior experience with p5.js is required.

Space is limited, RSVP to cdh-info@princeton.edu


Public Digital Humanities: Building an Audience for Data

Jim Casey
March 6 12:00–1:20 PM

What is the public digital humanities and why is everyone talking about it? How does the use of data expand the range of possible audiences (and partners) for current research in the humanities?

This workshop will provide a brief survey of the kinds of projects undertaken by practitioners in the public digital humanities today. We will explore common strategies for making our scholarship not just accessible but useful for a range of campus & community audiences.

Depending on participant interest, we may focus on resources for social media, podcasts, online exhibits, crowdsourcing, or more. Participants will develop new ideas for digital projects to share research with public audiences.


Unsolved Data Problems

Meredith Martin
Dan Trueman
Brian Kernighan
Jennifer L. Rexford
Marina Rustow
March 13 4:30–5:30 PM

Unsolved Data Problems will introduce faculty and students in the computer and data sciences to the untapped research possibilities inherent in humanities data. A panel of Princeton faculty - Meredith Martin (English), Marina Rustow (History and Near Eastern Studies) and Dan Trueman (Music) - will discuss some of Princeton’s landmark digital humanities projects, and the challenges they’ve faced when transforming historical, multilingual and experimental source material into data and code.

Projects discussed include the Princeton Prosody Archive, the Princeton Geniza Lab, and bitKlavier. Jennifer Rexford and Brian Kernighan (Computer Science) will moderate the panel.

Help discover innovative algorithmic solutions to these unsolved computational problems. This panel will be of particular interest to researchers working in the fields of: computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning, and audio/music engineering.

Light refreshments to follow.

This event is collaboratively organized by the Center for Digital Humanities,  the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning.

Reading Group

Reading Group: Meeting 8

April 3 12:00–1:20 PM

Wed April 3 - Services: Who makes Collections as Data work? 

In this meeting, we turn our attention to the people, roles and skills needed to make data-driven work on our collections possible.  Please look again at the Collections as Data: 50 Things You can Do document. 


We will discuss:

  • Where do researchers currently go to interact with PUL collections as data?
  • What services, roles and workflows does PUL currently have in place to make our collections available and useable as data? What new services, roles and workflows do we need?
  • What new skills or training would be needed to support the research use of collections as data? Who would provide that support?
Lunch will be availalbe
Drop-ins welcome! No need to RSVP. More information about the topics we’ve discussed this year can be found on the CDH’s Reading Group page




Data Conversations: Department of History

Jessica Mack
Sean Fraga
Rhae Lynn Barnes
April 11 12:00–1:20 PM

Data Conversations are informal exchanges among faculty and graduate students with DH experience that address broad questions concerning research data in the humanities and social sciences. Participants will speak from experience and provide discipline-specific perspectives for DH newcomers.

In this edition of Data Conversations with the Department of History we will be joined by Rhae Lynn Barnes (Assistant Professor, History) who will talk about the use of algorithms and image analysis, Jessica Mack (Postgraduate Research Associate, History) who will discuss textual analysis in twentieth-century intellectual production at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Sean Fraga (Postgraduate Research Associate, History) who will talk about his use of digital mapping and geospatial analysis in investigating the role of maritime commerce in nineteenth-century American settlement of the Pacific Northwest.


Building Bridges with Data

April 12 8:30–5:30 PM

How do we ethically engage with physical (print) archives in the twenty first century? How do we access, create, and maintain archives for global change? In short, how do we build transcontinental bridges across cultures and institutions through a shared interest in archival data? “Building Bridges with Data” addresses these issues with a series of roundtable discussions around how archives — and archival data — allow for the creation of powerful cross-continental conversations. This symposium will invite conversations from renowned global scholars about sustainable methodologies and strategies for engaging with archives and material.

Please R.S.V.P. by April 10, 2019.



  • Alberto Manguel, Former Director of the National Library of Argentina
  • Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Librarian for Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, and Iberian Peninsular Studies, Princeton University
  • Gabrielle Winkler, Special Collections Assistant for the Latin American Ephemera Collection
  • Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries
  • Francesca Giannetti, Digital Humanities Librarian, Rutgers University
  • Luiza Wainer, Metadata Librarian, Spanish/Portuguese Specialty, Princeton University
  • Marcy Schwartz, Professor of Spanish, Rutgers University
  • Rubén Gallo, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor in Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain, Princeton University
  • Jessica Mack, Postgraduate Research Associate in History and Digital Humanities, Princeton University
  • Robert Karl, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
  • Nora Benedict, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University



8:30 AM – 9:00 AM  - Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM  - Welcome

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM - Panel 1: Accessing Materials and Data

Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Gabrielle Winkler, and Alberto Manguel 

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM - Panel 2: Creating and Curating Data for Change

Alex Gil, Francesca Giannetti, and Luiza Wainer 

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM -  Lunch Break

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM -  Panel 3: Maintaining Materials for the Future

Rubén Gallo, Marcy Schwartz, Robert Karl, Jessica Mack, and Nora Benedict

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM  - Coffee Break

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  - Closing Remarks & General Discussion




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