Digital Humanities
@ Pratt

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

Author: shatoum

Introduction to OpenRefine

This tutorial (recorded using SnagIt) is intended to introduce users to OpenRefine, its basic features, and to act as a springboard for a digital humanities project/study that involves great quantities of data. The dataset used in this Skillshare was generated from New York Public Library’s (NYPL’s) crowdsourcing project What’s on the Menu?, where members of the public transcribed menu items from the 1840s to the present. Cleaning datasets is often the first step that needs to be taken when using public datasets, as they are typically messy, and OpenRefine can help users accomplish large-scale data cleaning (and data manipulation).

Overall, this Skillshare intends to introduce users to basic features of OpenRefine in order to make datasets more discernable (particularly for digital humanists who often use public humanities datasets), readying them for further analysis.

NYCDH Week’s Digital Art History in Practice: Digi Café, NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, 2/11/16

“Digi Café,” a workshop session of “Digital Art History in Practice” that took place at NYU’s Institute of Fine Art, embodied an “unconference” in that it was casual, welcoming to any and all professionals, and maintained an underlying theme of the importance of inter-disciplinary collaboration. At their own leisure, attendees were able to have intimate discussions with experts of open-source software (such as Zotero, CartoDB, D3.js, and Wordpress) as well as proponents of major DH projects–the PHAROS consortium project and “Mapping Video Art.” The PHAROS project, spearheaded by the Frick, aims to craft a tool that aggregates images of art across institutions within the consortium and “Mapping Video Art,” created by NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, is an interactive visualization of the movement of video art across space and time.