Category Archives: Digital Humanities

Digital Research Tools for Pre-modern Chinese Texts

Interactive workshop 9:00am-12:00pm, November 18, 2017, held in B129, Northwest Building, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138 RSVP at https://goo.gl/ac1K96 Digital methods offer increasingly powerful tools to aid in the study and analysis of historical written works, both through exploratory … Continue reading

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Pusan National University

I’m very excited to be visiting the Department of Korean Literature in Classical Chinese at Pusan National University next week to give two talks – abstracts follow: Old Meets New: Digital Opportunities in the Humanities 28th September 2017, 10am-12pm The … Continue reading

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JADH Poster: DH research and teaching with digital library APIs

At this year’s Japanese Association for Digital Humanities conference, as well as giving a keynote on digital infrastructure, I also presented this poster on the specific example of full-text digital library APIs being used in ctext.org and for teaching at … Continue reading

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Collaboration at scale: emerging infrastructures for digital scholarship

Keynote lecture, Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH 2017), Kyoto Abstract Modern technological society is possible only as a result of collaborations constantly taking place between countless individuals and groups working on tasks which at first glance may seem independent … Continue reading

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Digital humanities and the digital library

Subtitled “OCR, crowdsourcing, and text mining of Chinese historical texts” Paper to be presented at the CADAL Project Work Conference on Digital Resources Sharing and Application, Zhejiang University, 16 June 2017. 数字人文与数字图书馆:中国历代文献的文字识别、群众外包及文本挖掘 本次演讲介绍中国哲学书电子化计划中的主要技术。中国哲学书电子化计划是全球最大规模的前现代中文传世文献电子图书馆之一,目前,每日有25,000多用户使用其公开操作界面。主要原创技术可归类为三种:(一)前现代中文资料的文字识别技术(OCR)、(二)借用大量用户劳力的群众外包界面、(三)既实现与其它线上工具之间的整合、又提供文本挖掘途径的开放式应用程式界面(API)。 第一个原创技术是专门为中国前现代文献设计的文字识别技术。此技术利用前现代文献常见的写作、印刷特征以及已数字化的大量文献来实现具有高精确性以及扩充性的文字识别系统。该系统已处理2,500多万页资料,其结果已在网络上公开。 第二,通过独特的群众外包界面,世界各地的用户可纠正文字识别错误,补充后设资料,从而能够及时参与数字化过程并积极协助内容的扩展。全球用户每日提供上百次的校勘,系统将此及时储存到具有版本控制功能的数据库。 第三,系统的应用程式界面可用于文本挖掘,亦可用于扩充一般使用界面的功能, 从而有效地借用日益增长的资料库文本内容来达到数字人文研究和教学的目的。通过此应用程式界面,为Python等程式语言所开发的专门组件可用于数字人文教学;JavaScript组件便于他人开发易用的线上工具,使他人所开发的应用工具能够直接读取和操作电子图书馆中的各种内容。 In this talk … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing a digital library of pre-modern Chinese

Seminar in the Digital Classicist London 2017 series at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 9 June 2017. Traditional digital libraries, including those in the field of pre-modern Chinese, have typically followed top-down, centralized, and static models of … Continue reading

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Unsupervised Extraction of Training Data for Pre-Modern Chinese OCR

Published in the Proceedings of the 30th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS-30), 2017. Abstract Many mainstream OCR techniques involve training a character recognition model using labeled exemplary images of each individual character to be recognized. For modern … Continue reading

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Text Tools for ctext.org

This tutorial introduces some of the main functionality of the “Text Tools” plugin for the Chinese Text Project database and digital library along with suggested example tasks and use cases. [Online version of this tutorial: https://dsturgeon.net/texttools] Initial setup If you … Continue reading

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Harvard-Yenching Library East Asian Digital Humanities Series

Looking forward to discussing the Chinese Text Project at the second meeting of this exciting new series! Introducing the Chinese Text Project The Chinese Text Project is an online open-access digital library that makes pre-modern Chinese texts available to readers … Continue reading

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Practical introduction to ctext.org

This tutorial briefly summarizes some of the most common tasks on the Chinese Text Project database and digital library from a user perspective, with suggested example tasks intended to introduce core functionality of the system. [Online version of this tutorial: … Continue reading

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