Digital Humanities Meetup: Red Zone Stories

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When: Thursday, 15th November, 3-4pm
Where: Spark Place, Community Level 1, Tūranga

Join us for a seminar on Red Zone Stories, an app developed by the UC Arts Digital Lab to record and share community stories about past and possible future spaces in the Residential Red Zone.

In this session the Arts Digital Lab team will give an overview of the project and invite members to download and try an early version of the app.* The idea of this session is to encourage people to start contributing their stories, connections to, or thoughts about the Red Zone.

* this app is currently only available on Android devices, but we do have a website version that those without an Android device can use.

** As this is a Human Ethics approved project, you will need to agree to and sign a consent form before contributing material to the app/website.

Digital Humanities Meetup: Methods for Parsing Spatial and Temporal Data

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When: 3-5pm, 11th October

Where: Poutama Room 388, Puaka-James Hight Library, University of Canterbury

Dr Ben Adams (UC Geography)

“A massive amount of geographic (spatial) and historical (temporal) information exists in document collections online and in libraries. Because these datasets are often too large to annotate by hand, computational tools are required. In this session, we will discuss some existing geoparsing and temporal parsing tools that can be used to automate this process for textual documents. We will look at a variety of options, including web services and open source software. The tools are getting better but they are still error-prone, so we will also highlight some issues to keep an eye out for when using them.”

Digital Methods and Tools Seminar Series #7: Geospatial Corpora

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 1pm in Locke 611A

Dr Ben Adams (Geography) and Dr Jonathan Dunn (Linguistics)

Dr Ben Adams from Geography and Dr Jonathan Dunn from Linguistics are presenting on “Geospatial Corpora” as part of the COMS and UC Arts Digital Lab “Digital Methods and Tools Seminar Series”.

Ben will present his project Frankenplace (, an interactive thematic map search engine that uses geographic context as a means to discover, organize, and interactively visualize the documents related to a search query. Jonathan will present the Common Crawl Global Dialect Corpus, a new dataset for understanding regional patterns in language use that is drawn from ~80 billion web sites and contains examples of hundreds of languages across every country in the world. Ben is a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Jonathan is a Lecturer in Linguistics.

Digital Methods and Tools Seminar Series #6: Network Analysis

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Wednesday, 19 September, 1pm in Locke 611A

Dr Wan Chi Leung (Media & Communication)

Social network analysis (SNA) refers to structural research that examines the ties linking social actors. It adds a dimension or set of factors that can explain human behaviours, viewing individuals as actors embedded in thick webs of social relations and interactions, and each person’s connections may affect his or her behaviours. SNA can help us understand more about collective actions, organization behaviours, social influence, and transmissions of diseases, ideas, and information. In this seminar, we will discuss the basic concepts of SNA, and the use of UCINet as a software package for SNA. UCINet: