The Scholarly Commons: Principle and Practices in Digital Scholarship.

Lecturer: Professor Dan O’Donnell, Lethbridge University Canada



The World Wide Web was invented to improve the dissemination of technical and scientific communication at the world’s largest science experiment. In the last twenty-seven years, the Web has disrupted almost every major service and cultural industry: the music industry, television and film, newspapers, transportation, accommodation, retail.

The exception, of course, is Scholarly Communication itself. Here the same major corporations dominate the industry, while traditional evaluation and metric systems (such as citation counts and prestige) have, if anything, become more dominant.

This workshop looks at the current state of scholarly communication and introduces some principles for cross-disciplinary and international disruption. It is a hands on workshop, where students, faculty, and administrators are encouraged to participate in the development of a better way of disseminating research communication.




Mapping Black Resorts: Recovering African American Leisure Experiences

 Through Africana Studies Digital Scholarship

Lecturer:   Professor  Ronald J. Stephens, Purdue University

The power of place that embodied what it meant to be Black during Jim Crow segregation in North America resonates a persistent narrative in African American resort community history. While some spaces are cherished and remembered, others have been forgotten. In African American resort and beachfront communities such as West Michigan Resort and Justamere Inn near Benton Harbor, Michigan, and to some extent American Beach near Jacksonville, Florida, the documentation is limited.  However, in spaces such as Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Highland Beach near Baltimore, Maryland, Oak’s Bluff on Martha’s Vineyard, and Idlewild, Michigan,  the New Negro movement of the East coast and Midwest states set the mood for progressive racial uplift, middle-class upward mobility and respectability. As part of a digital map series, this project raises questions about shifting interactions and relations of race and class, leisure and work, and northern rural and urban Midwestern African Americans of the 20th century in Idlewild a micro-ism of the larger African American population in the U. S.

By focusing on Idlewild as a means to insert Black resorts into the literature on black separate institutions, this paper raises three questions. First, what were some of the factors that led to Idlewild’s development as a popular black resort? Secondly, to what extent was the entertainment of the 1950s and 60s the economic engine that helped to shape Idlewild as a popular resort designation? Finally, in what ways were changing class structures, consumerism, and the political climate factors responsible for the decline of Idlewild informed by internal structures and external interactions with urban black and white America?





A Basic Introduction to Digital Humanities: Concepts and Tools

Lecturer: Dr Presley Ifukor, University of Muenster, Germany/Government of Alberta, Canada

This compact course introduces participants to fundamental concepts and approaches in digital humanities. The interdisciplinary essence of the field will be debated and the various possibilities for collaboration explored. As a research methodology, corpus linguistics will be used to enunciate the analytical skills necessary for investigating the intersection of humanities and digital technologies.


Text Analysis and Lexical Computing: Exploring Digital Tools and Methods

Lecturer: Dr Presley Ifukor

This is a hands-on interactive session to engage participants on how to analyse digital texts. Contemporary concordancers and text mining tools will be presented. In particular, there will be exercises on the use of AntConc, Voyant and text processing with R customized to the research objectives of participants.


Using ‘R’ Software & Voyant Tools for Digital Analytics

 Lecturer: Makanjuola Ogunleye, Digital Humanities Research Unit, University of Lagos


Over the years, technology has tremendously transformed and facilitated research processes, from Sciences to Engineering and to the Management studies etc. With the emergence and continuous evolution of technology in the 21st century,  the Humanities has equally benefitted hugely from some of these new technologies.  In this presentation, we would be examining the use and application of digital tools to research in the Humanities. We would demonstrate how R Programming Language can be used vastly in the construction of corpora and automatic extraction of text from the internet. We would also demonstrate how this software (R Programming language) can be used to perform some text mining task such as word clouds creation, K-means clustering, and sentiment analysis.

Finally, some visualization techniques in Digital Humanities would be examined through the use of Voyant Tools.