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 much-anticipated March 2014 DH Toolbox session:
March 21 Friday
Geoff Cunfer presents a Hands-On Introduction to Historical GIS
Geoff Cunfer is an environmental historian of agriculture on the North American Great Plains. He runs the HGIS Lab at the U of S. This session will provide an example of Historical GIS drawn from his own research about prairie land use change during the 20th century. We’ll start with a brief demonstration, and then participants will work through an analysis of aerial photos taken over the past 80 years. No previous GIS experience is necessary. All are welcome.
On February 27 Thursday, Jim Clifford from History will present Getting Started with Text-Mining and Web-Scraping, an informal, hands-on demo and discussion in Arts 140 at 3:30 pm.
Here's Jim's description of what to expect:
I'll introduce everyone to the Programming Historian and to Bill Turkel's website, which are the two resources that I used to get started with coding a few years ago, and I'll discuss my ongoing indecision between coding in Python or Mathematica.
Everyone is welcome; please invite anyone you think will be interested.
This January, ETRUS recommends a presentation being given by Dan O'Donnell (University of Lethbridge) on “Living Out Loud: The Visionary Cross Project and the Public Humanities.”
Thursday, 16 January 2014, at St. Thomas More College, room 200.
Reception at 4:00, talk at 4:30.
All are welcome. The talk is sponsored by CMRS at the U of S.
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.
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/