Open Science

This afternoon I participated in an hour long consultation being run by Rand Europe on the subject of Open Science. This was commissioned by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission and is around the idea of setting up an Open Science Monitor. Is “monitor” the new “observatory”? These consultations always get me going – I have an excess of opinion when confronted with open ended questions. What is interesting, however, is the consultation itself:

Now I need to learn a lot more about policy and open science. I also have to think about “open science” as a term. In European circles it seems to include the humanities, but I worry that it includes the humanities as an afterthought.


Voyant 2.0 Goes Live

Voyant Tools 2.0 is now out in time for Day of DH 2016. When Stéfan Sinclair wakes up he will start posting on it. It seemed as good a day as any to press the button. For those who hanker over Voyant 1.0 you can always use to use the old version.

Voyant Tools 2.0 coincides with the publishing of our book Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Text Analysis in the Humanities which should be available this month. We also have a web site where you can try sample chapters with integrated panels from Voyant.

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Hello Day of DH 2016!

This is my first post to Day of DH 2016. My name is Geoffrey Rockwell. I’m a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. I teach in the MA in Humanities Computing, one of the oldest graduate degrees in the field, as its name suggests. (Yes, we are considering changing it.) I do research in the areas of text analysis, big data, and videogames.

This term I am on research leave. I just spent 3 delightful months as a Visiting Professor at the University of Verona where I led a PhD seminar on Ethics of Big Data. I learned about and contributed a bit to the Progetto Mambrino led by Dr. Anna Bognolo.

I am now in Hamburg helping with a project led by Dr. Chris Meister.