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Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning Selects 2018 Fellows

May 10, 2018

Faculty members and students at the University of Idaho will explore new ways to use technology as part of their research as fellows of the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL), a partnership between the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the University of Idaho Library. 

The summer and fall cohorts for the Digital Scholarship Fellowship program are supported by the CDIL, as well as the Office of Research and Economic Development, College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

This is the second year of the CDIL’s internal fellowship program. The summer fellows and projects are:

  • Sarah Nelson, associate professor, modern languages and cultures, “The Letters of Marie Mancini”: Nelson aims to transcribe, translate and annotate the correspondence of a 17th century Italo-French woman named Marie Mancini (1639-1715), focusing on the use of digital tools to extend her work with the manuscript letters.

  • Zackary Turpin, assistant professor, English, “Lost Literature Laboratory”: Turpin's project pursues the discovery of lost works of literature from the 19th century, using a variety of means, including digital methods to track a rare all-women's edition of the 1901 Charleston Post and Courier, and using statistical analysis and Zipf's law to develop a checklist of the authors' most idiosyncratic keyword-identifiers as a way to potentially pinpoint their unknown or lost works.

  • Renae Campbell, doctoral candidate, historical archaeology, “Historical Japanese Ceramic Comparative Collection”: This digital comparative collection builds on Campbell's master’s research and is intended to disseminate information on Japanese ceramics, including photos and descriptions of ceramic artifacts, along with information and visualizations addressing the identification, classification and interpretation these wares.

  • Denessy Rodriguez, senior, anthropology and sociology, “Visualizing Syringa and Other Idaho Mobile Home Parks”: Inspired by work on the Syringa Mobile Home Park project with Associate Professor Leontina Hormel, Rodriguez hopes to develop a geospatial visualization of regional trailer parks highlighting some of the common issues residents face. 

The 2018 summer fellows will participate in the first Palouse Digital Scholarship Symposium, a collaboration between CDIL and Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC). The weeklong symposium begins Friday, May 11, and explores a broad variety of tools, techniques and ideas informing digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to daily workshops and discussions, each fellow will work with a partner from WSU to develop a digital scholarship project concept. At the close of the symposium, groups will present their pitch, after which the CDSC and CDIL will jointly pursue the winning project.

Following the symposium, the student fellows will work on existing CDIL scholarship projects, as well as create new ones. This will allow them to develop skills and gain experience while participating in digital humanities research. 

For fall semester, a second cohort of scholars will pursue unique digital scholarship projects with the support of CDIL staff and associated faculty. The fall 2018 fellows are:

  • Becca Scofield, assistant professor, history, “The Voices of Gay Rodeo”: Scofield intends to create a curated digital exhibit of oral histories collected with the International Gay Rodeo Association.

  • Adam Sowards, professor, history, “Idaho Wilderness and Democracy: Experiments in Visualizing Citizen Testimony”: Sowards will work with librarians to clean, visualize and interpret citizen input related to the legislative hearings concerning the Wilderness Act and the Roadless Area Review and Evaluation.

For more information about the CDIL, its fellowships and projects, please visit,https://cdil.lib.uidaho.edu. For more information about the symposium, go to https://palousedh.github.io/symposium.

Media Contact: 
Brad Gary
Communications Coordinator
208-885-7725
bwgary@uidaho.edu

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