Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining: Call for Participants

LLTDMJoin the Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining (Building LLTDM) Institute June 23-26, 2020 on the UC Berkeley campus to learn how to confidently navigate United States law, policy, ethics, and risk within digital humanities text data mining projects — so that participants can more easily engage in this type of research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

The program will consist of how law and policy matters pertain to text data mining research, such as copyright, privacy, and ethics. It will also help participants integrate workflows for these law and policy issues into their text data mining research and professional support, practice sharing these new tools through authentic consultation exercises, and develop communities of practice to promote cross-institutional outreach about the digital humanities text data mining legal landscape.

The Institute supports 32 participants based in the United States — 16 digital humanities researchers and 16 digital humanities professionals. Digital humanities professionals are people like librarians, consultants, and other institutional staff who conduct digital humanities text data mining or aid researchers in their text data mining research. Participation from pairs of participants is encouraged (e.g. one digital humanities researcher and one professional affiliated with that same institution, organization, or digital humanities project). The Institute will be taught by a combination of experienced legal scholars, digital humanities professionals, librarians, faculty, and researchers — all of whom are immersed in the Institute’s subject literacies and workflows.

To apply, email to contact-building-lltdm@googlegroups.com a current CV and a 2 page letter of interest addressing your experience with or interest in the intersection of text data mining in digital humanities research and the law as well as your goals for how to apply the knowledge taken from the program. Applications are due December 20, 2019 by 5 p.m. PST. Selection notifications will go out in February 2020.

Visit the Building LLTDM website for more information.


Workshop: The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

You’ve invested a lot of work in creating a digital project, but how do you ensure it has staying power? We’ll look at choices you can make at the beginning of project development to influence sustainability, best practices for documentation and asset management, and how to sunset your project in a way that ensures long-term access for future researchers. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2019-2020:

  • Check back in Spring!

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2019-2020:

  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


New Resource for Digital Scholarship: Gale Digital Scholar Lab

Interested in computational text analysis, but don’t have coding experience? Or perhaps you’ve already written your own Python scripts, but you’re on the lookout for sources to build your text corpus. The Gale Digital Scholar Lab, new to the Library, offers solutions for digital humanities and digital scholarship researchers regardless of your level of technical expertise.

Create Visualizations and Run Computational Analyses in Your Web Browser
The Gale Digital Scholar Lab offers six analysis tools through which you can analyze Gale materials with just a few clicks:

  • “Clustering” analyzes similar words across documents.
  • “Named entity recognition” extracts proper and common nouns and groups them by types such as people, organizations, or dates.
  • “Ngram” looks at the frequency of various terms or phrases.
  • “Parts of speech tagger” considers how authors’ use of speech varies over time.
  • “Sentiment analysis” tallies the positive or negative words in each document to produce a sentiment value.
  • “Topic modeling” collects terms that frequently co-occur across a group of documents.

Gale Digital Scholar Lab

 

Download Plain-Text Files to Run Your Own Analyses
You can download up to 1000 documents at a time as plain-text files for your personal use. You can run your own analyses on this data and combine it with other text sources to build custom text corpora.

What Content Is Available?
The Gale Digital Scholar Lab includes 160 million pages of Gale Primary Sources content from the following primary source digital archives:

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990
American Fiction
Archives Unbound
Archives of Sexuality & Gender
British Library Newspapers
The Economist Historical Archive
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Indigenous Peoples: North America
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926
The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926
The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources
The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926
The Making of the Modern World
Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
The Sunday Times Digital Archive
The Times Digital Archive
The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive
U.S. Declassified Documents Online

Additional Features

  • View scans of original documents side-by-side with OCR plain text
  • Work iteratively with your content set to refine your results
  • Easily clean your data right in the Gale Digital Scholar Lab interface and create custom text-cleaning templates
  • Work with materials and tools in other languages

How to Get Started

  • Visit the Gale Digital Scholar Lab
  • Log in with your Google or Microsoft OneDrive credentials (a personal account is needed so you can create and save personalized datasets)
  • Create your dataset by searching through the materials in the Lab.
  • Run analyses on your dataset right in the web browser and get immediate results, or download your dataset to your computer to run your own scripts.

Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related digital scholarship questions will make you more confident in your publication. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2019-2020:

  • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
  • The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.


Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Monday, May 6, 11:10am-12:30pm
Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle Hall 117 (Level D)

If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Register at bit.ly/dp-berk



Workshop: By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
Monday, April 22, 4:10-5:00pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create web graphics for your digital publishing projects and websites. We will cover topics such as: image editing tools in Photoshop; image resolution for the web; sources for free public domain and Creative Commons images; and image upload to publishing tools such as WordPress. If possible, please bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. All UCB faculty and students can receive a free Adobe Creative Suite license. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.



Workshop: Text Data Mining and Publishing

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Text Data Mining and Publishing
Monday, April 8, 11:10am-12:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

If you are working on a computational text analysis project and have wondered how to legally acquire, use, and publish text and data, this workshop is for you! We will teach you 5 legal literacies (copyright, contracts, privacy, ethics, and special use cases) that will empower you to make well-informed decisions about compiling, using, and sharing your corpus. By the end of this workshop, and with a useful checklist in hand, you will be able to confidently design lawful text analysis projects or be well positioned to help others design such projects. Consider taking alongside Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.



Workshop: Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Digital Publishing Workshop Series

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
Thursday, March 7, 1:10-2:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related digital scholarship questions will make you more confident in your publication. We will also provide an overview of your intellectual property rights as a creator and ways to license your own work. Register at bit.ly/dp-berk

Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2018-2019:

    • Text Data Mining and Publishing
    • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
    • Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.



Art + Feminism + Race + Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Library Wikimedia Poster

Join us at the Art+Feminism+Race+Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12-5 p.m.
Moffitt Library, Room 405
bit.ly/wiki-berkeley

Wikimedia’s race and gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of participation by underrepresented groups. This adds up to an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us in 405 Moffitt Library on Tuesday, March 5 between 12noon-5:00pm for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. Drop in any time; trainings take place every hour on the hour.

Art+Feminism is a national campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia, and at UC Berkeley we will team up with the American Cultures program’s Race+Justice edit-a-thon. So, bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation! For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. People of all races and gender identities are invited to participate.

  • People of all gender identities and expressions welcome.
  • Bring a laptop or mobile device if you can.
  • Drop in for half an hour or stay for the whole afternoon — it’s up to you!
  • No editing experience necessary; we’ll provide training and assistance.
    • Optional: Training sessions every hour on the hour.
    • Get a headstart! Create an editing account ahead of time.
  • Refreshments will be provided.

Interested? Learn more here and RSVP (encouraged, but not required). Don’t forget: your Cal ID card is required to enter Moffitt!

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact us at editathon@lists.berkeley.edu.

Let’s get editing!