Digital Humanities
@ Pratt

Inquiries into culture, meaning, and human value meet emerging technologies and cutting-edge skills at Pratt Institute's School of Information

Projects

Day of DH: A Textual Analysis

What is digital humanities? There is no single agreed-upon answer amongst practitioners or members of the field. Many note that it is less a unified discipline than a series of methods and practices that share common values (Spiro, 2012; Burdick, 2012; Presner, 2009). One common value amongst the digital humanities crowd is openness and contributions from many, much as in…

Topic Modeling Cryptome’s Archive Over Time

Introduction For 19 years, the nonprofit website Cryptome has collected and published a wide range of materials primarily related to domestic and international governmental affairs which have otherwise faced obstacles to traditional publication. Founded and solely maintained by the architects John Young and Deborah Natsios, Cryptome openly “welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material…

Were Terry Pratchett’s Final Works Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease?: An Analysis into Vocabulary Trends within the Discworld Series, Post Diagnosis

INTRODUCTION Regardless of type or style, writers cannot help but put themselves on the page, and so none of their biographies would seem complete without drawing attention to their subjects’ craft directly. By the extension of this thought, what could we learn about ourselves if we took all of what we have written down and stored both online and offline…

Mapping Archival Collections of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Background and Goals In learning about network visualizations during Digital Humanities this semester, I often related what I was learning to my job as the archival processing assistant at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). I have been working on a grant-funded project to create records in Archivists’ Toolkit and in the Library’s catalog to generate finding aids of our archival…

Women Behind the Page and On the Page in Comics: No Longer in Refrigerators?

Questions of the representation of women in mass media both as their portrayal in works in the public eye and their representation behind the scenes are increasingly being asked in today’s society. For this project, I decided to look at the medium of mass-marketed comic books to see if women are increasingly telling stories through this medium and if that is causing an evolution…

British Women Writers Network

From Harold Bloom’s The Anxiety of Influence[1]: Weaker talents idealize; figures of capable imagination appropriate for themselves. But nothing is got for nothing, and self-appropriation involves the immense anxieties of indebtedness, for what strong maker desires the realization that [she] has failed to create [herself]?   From Shared Experience’s Mary Shelley: She goes to stand before the portrait, and stares…

Dutch Baroque Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Quantitative Assessment of a Collection

This project functions as a visually based quantitative assessment of one of New York’s most venerated works of art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Dutch Baroque paintings. The goal in generating these graphics is to visualize the metadata that surrounds these precious works in order to gain a more nuanced understanding of their collective history in the context…