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Spring 2016 Digital Lab Series: HathiTrust

January 13, 2016

Engraving from “The laws of art and nature…” (1683) by Lazarus Ercker. Wellcome Library, London.

Rutgers’ Digital Humanities Initiative and the Libraries will host a Digital Lab Series of five workshops throughout the spring semester at the Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.  The workshops will focus on sources, methodologies, and theories of digital scholarship.  All will be held in room IHL 415 (fourth floor).  No prior experience is necessary.  RSVP here.

January’s labs focus on the HathiTrust Digital Library.  Rutgers recently became a member institution of HathiTrust, a collaboration of libraries and research institutions located in North America, Australia, Spain, and Lebanon.  HathiTrust contains over 13 million volumes originating from academic institutions worldwide.  Some level of access is provided to all materials, and 38% of the content is in the public domain either in the U.S. or worldwide and fully accessible.

These labs will address questions such as:  What kind of subject matter and document types are included in HathiTrust? How can it be used to support your research and instruction? What kind of data is available for computer-assisted analysis? What tools are available to those who are completely new to textual analysis?

Exploring the HathiTrust Digital Library
with Melissa Gasparotto
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’ll examine the basic and advanced search functionality (catalog and full-text), view and download the full text of public domain items, create public and private collections, and search within those collections.

Introduction to Text Analysis with the HathiTrust Research Center
with Francesca Giannetti
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

We’ll learn how to build a workset of texts from the HathiTrust Digital Library, run analyses on them using the algorithms of the main portal, and generate visualizations based on these analyses.