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.
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.