The Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Lab partners with courses incorporating digital tools and methods into their curriculum. Through access to tools and expert help, the Lab supports digital and multimedia student work ranging from videos and podcasts, to web publishing and visualizations. This showcase indexes unique and exemplary student projects from these courses.
Our cyber identities are increasingly tied to our physical, emotional, and existential selves. Our social technologies shape “who” we spend our time with, and more importantly, how. Who and what we choose to be online reflects a great deal about our own identity, particularly with respect to gender.
And I want to explore more of how online comments and interactions between gender identities take shape.
More specifically, I want to look at online conversations on Marquette University’s campus to see if patterns of behavior diverge based on gender identities. Since so much information and data is widely distributed and available online, can this so-called gender identity be measured and analyzed?
To tackle this question, I’ve been looking at tweets on Marquette University’s campus over the past month. I used Twitter’s API and some Open Source Software libraries to scrape tweets from Twitter, analyze their sentiment (a measure of how positive or negative a sentence/word is), and parse topics from sentences. I built a web application to aggregate, analyze, and visualize this data using a remote database (you can see more of the technical bits/source code here).
My project assesses the influence tuberculosis, the leading cause of death in the Western world in the nineteenth century, had on various aspects of culture in Victorian England. Despite the fatal nature of the disease, tuberculosis became known as a fashionable and sought-after disease. My lifestyle blog, "The Tuberculosis Times," provides a guide to tuberculosis' impact on fashion, beauty, entertainment, and news. In addition, my blog features Instagram and Twitter accounts to communicate the extent to which tuberculosis, and the desired "tubercular aesthetic," became a cultural phenomenon.
This project, built in Google Tour Builder, relies on New York City public records, published papers of the city doctors, and references to newspaper articles. The map illustrates first reported cases of the disease, the location of the NYC health department, quarantined buildings, and the cemeteries.
Epidemics in Children’s Literature: The Role and Prominence of Epidemics in 19th and 20th Century Children’s Literature
This project seeks to investigate the connection between children’s literature and the contemporary epidemics and illnesses that plagued the people of the time period. To begin investigating this relationship, six popular classic children’s novels from the 19th and 20th centuries that contain epidemics in some form were taken and analyzed in the context of the disease’s historical relevancy. In researching the illnesses that each novel contained, this project’s goal was to begin to explore and establish the lengths to which children’s literature is reflective of the serious problems of its own contemporary society. The six novels researched and analyzed were Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott; A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett; Little House on the Prairie and By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder; and The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams.