Innovative Student Projects Highlighted in Lightning Round Presentation
Join us for a lightning round presentation of innovative digital projects by Loyola students on Thursday, January 25th at 4 pm in the CTSDH. We will showcase engaging work from a range of disciplines to inspire their fellow students and the larger CTSDH community with the possibilities (and the challenges) of working digitally. Each participant will present for 5 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions. Speakers include:
Taylor Brown (Digital Humanities), Mapping Inhumanity
Cat Litten (Computer Science), CincoGatos
Rebecca Parker (Digital Humanities), Finally in Chicago: Next Steps to Restoring Nell Nelson
Karen Sieber (History), The Well Read President: Examining the Reading Habits of Theodore Roosevelt
Liz Sink (Computer Science), PocketVote
Full descriptions of each talk can be found below.
Pizza will be served. Open to all. Please email Kyle Roberts (email@example.com) with any questions.
Finally in Chicago: Next Steps to Restoring Nell Nelson: Helen Cusack's muckraking that exposed the unsanitary working conditions and cruel mistreatment of the women in Chicago's manufacturing industries was published under the pseudonym Nell Nelson in her series "City Slave Girls" printed by The Chicago Times in 1888. Cusack's witty exposé created an immediate social agitation. Yet, Nelson's series is frequently excluded from the discussion of Chicago industrialization and investigative reporting; superseded by Upton Sinclair and Nellie Bly. The Restoration of Nell Nelson project (http://nelson.newtfire.org) aims to change this through the digitization and computational analysis of Cusack's series. With project development now centered in the Chicago area, new paths of investigation are revealed as project expectations shift and strengthen.
The Well Read President is a timeline and virtual bookshelf of what Theodore Roosevelt read during his first term as President of the United States, between the years 1901-1904. Built using mentions of his reading habits from thousands of documents in the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, the timeline illuminates how books not only affected Roosevelt’s diplomacy, but his relationships with his family and friends as well. Each book on the timeline connects to a digital copy of the edition Roosevelt read in Archive.org, as well as the original letter in which he wrote about the book from the TRDL.
PocketVote: A voting website that can be used for quick polls using multiple voting methods. The website is serving two purposes. One, a practical purpose, giving options most polling sites don’t have – the option of multiple voting methods. Two, a social purpose, educating the public about these different alternatives. Given today’s polarity in our democracy, it’s important to have an informed populace. Using a site such as this for mundane polls (where should the office order lunch from this Friday) gives people a lesson in these methods without having political conversations. Some alternative voting methodologies have been proven to decrease the polarity of candidates. On the website the organizer of a poll can choose plurality, approval or ranked choice as the voting method. A URL is generated to give to participants for voting. The results are displayed for the organizer. There is also a demo ballot page that will show how each voting method works, as well as some background info on each method. Open source and collaborative project can be found at https://github.com/SizeableThink/pocketvote