Catalyst Fund Webinar Series: Data-Intensive Tools for Modeling and Visualizing Mass Reading

Date & Time Name Delivery Method Price (Member / Non-Member)  
1/20/2020 1:00 PM
- 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
Catalyst Fund Webinar Series: Data-Intensive Tools for Modeling and Visualizing Mass Reading
Live Online $0.00 / $0.00


An overview of the “Reading Chicago Reading” project and introduction of its prototype interactive visualization dashboard for data associated with the “One Book One Chicago” (OBOC) program of the Chicago Public Library (CPL). We will show an easy-to-use interactive tool to visualize circulation and other book data, to be used by librarians, academic researchers, city officials, and interested members of the public. We will discuss our use of four sources of data: (1) demographic data, such as census data and other aggregated information about city residents and patrons, (2) an archive of Chicago Public Library outreach events, (3) anonymized CPL book circulation transactions, and (4) full-text book content available through the HathiTrust Digital Library.


John Shanahan is Associate Dean and Professor of English, and director of the graduate certificate program in Digital Humanities. He has published articles, book chapters, and reviews on the relations of literature and science, and is completing a book about representations of technology in contemporary fiction. He has led seminars on literature and technology for the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Chicago Public Library, and delivered dozens of papers at national and international conferences.

Robin Burke is Professor and Chair of Information Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in various areas of artificial intelligence including recommender systems, data mining, and text processing. His work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others.

Ana Lucic is a Visiting Research Data Manager & Analyst at Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously she worked as Digital Scholarship Librarian at DePaul University. Ana holds a PhD from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois and enjoys working with data of all kinds, especially using textual analytics methods. Her research has appeared in such journals as Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

State library and/or archives agency; Network/consortia; Public library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Academic library: 2 year
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