Electronic Text Research at the University of Saskatchewan
Welcome to ETRUS
ETRUS is a research group at the University of Saskatchewan. Our members are faculty, students, and others, at the University of Saskatchewan and elsewhere, who are engaged in or interested in research on electronic text in any form.
Our December installment of the ETRUS DH Toolbox series will take place at Louis' on the U of S campus, Dec 6 Friday at 3 pm, because among the best resources at our disposal is the local digital humanities community. So we're just having an informal get-together, after the end of classes and before everyone flees the country for the Christmas break. If you are in Saskatoon, come on out for the usual scintillating conversation and maybe meet some members you didn't know.
As professional work becomes increasingly enmeshed with and supported by digital technology, practitioners have begun to explore different venues and modes for sharing knowledge. Recent scholarly communication developments, including open peer review systems and online academic publishing platforms, reflect this transitional period.
On February 5th-6th 2014 Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE; inke.ca) will be facilitating “Building Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Publishing,” a gathering in Whistler, BC, Canada.
Welcome to new ETRUS member Jim Clifford, an environmental and digital historian of nineteenth-century London and the British World. He uses text-mining and HGIS to explore the connections between rapid industrialization and urbanization in London and environmental transformations in other parts of the world. Alongside this research, he also is a co-editor of ActiveHistory.ca. He is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. For more on his research, check the Trading Consequences blog.
In 2013-2014 our ETRUS presentations will be a series of practical, hands-on demos and workshops designed to introduce researchers to some of the tools in the DH toolbox. Here's our first of the series:
Introduction to Databases
Time: Oct 25 Friday, 2:30-4:00 pm (or come for whatever you can)
Place: Arts 140 (the computer lab)
Presenter: Jon Bath
A brief overview of relational database design and an introduction to Structured Query Language. By the end you should know enough to get this joke: http://xkcd.com/327/
The Social, Digital, Scholarly Editing
conference will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, from 11-13
July 2013. This conference comes at a critical inflection point in the
transformation of scholarly editing caused by the two massive shifts of
the digital revolution: the movement of all data into digital form and
the creation of new modes of collaboration. For the first: the creation
of massive amounts of data in digital form has already transformed the
basic materials of scholarly editing, while digital tools offer new
methods for exploration and publication. For the second: where scholarly
editing in the past has been typically the work of a single dedicated
scholar, the development of social media opens up the possibilities of
collaborative work across whole communities. These changes affect every
aspect of scholarly editing. This conference will explore the
theoretical, practical, and social implications of these changes.
We are very pleased to welcome a new member, Lisa Smith of the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her area of research is the history of medicine in early modern England and France, and she is presently the project leader of Eighteenth-Century Medical Consultation Letters Online.