Week 1: Introductions
Thursday Sept 8: Initial Meeting
Activity: Orientation to class
Worksheet: access to computing stuff.
Readings (aloud in class):
- John Winthrop, from “A Model of Christian Charity” (http://winthropsociety.com/doc_charity.php)
Give Assignment: Mental Maps of students’ neighborhoods
Unit 1: Maps, Texts, Networks
Week 2: Maps
Monday Sept 12: Short History of Boston
Activity: Investigate historical maps at the Leventhal Map Center
- Robert Allison, A Short History of Boston, chapters 1-3
- Nedra Reynolds, “Maps of the Everyday: Habitual Pathways and Contested Places”
→ Before next class: install QGIS (http://www.qgis.org/en/site/) and the Open Layers plugin.See instructions for both at http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/qgis-layers
- Download files for Thursday’s in-class workshop
Wednesday, September 14
Assignment Due: Mental Maps
Thursday Sept 15: GIS
Activity: Georectification in GIS
- Denis Wood, “A Map is an Image Proclaiming Its Objective Neutrality”
- Mark Monmonier, “Lying with Maps”
- Jim Clifford, Josh MacFadyen, and Daniel Macfarlane, “Georeferencing in QGIS 2.0” (http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/georeferencing-qgis) and “Creating New Vector Layers in QGIS 2.0” (http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/vector-layers-qgis)
Give assignment: Shoreline and Streetcar Tracing in GIS
Week 3: Texts
Monday Sept 19: Data is Data
Activity: Read census data schema 1800-2000 and individual census records for NU area
- SHB, chapter 4
- danah boyd and Kate Crawford, “Critical Questions for Big Data” (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369118X.2012.678878)
- Number Crunching without Programming: The Evolution of Spreadsheet Usability. Martin Campbell-Kelly
- A Spreadsheet way of knowledge: Stephen Levy, Harper’s Magazine, 1984
Thursday Sept 22: NU Histories
CHANGE OF LOCATION: Northeastern Archives, Snell 90SL
- Short History of Boston, chapters 1-4, adjusted due date.
Activity: Northeastern Archives and Special Collection
Give Assignment: Investigating an Archival Data Source
→ Before next class: install Gephi (https://gephi.org/)
Week 4: Networks
Monday Sept 26: The Hub of the Universe
Activity: The structure of networks and network data
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, from “The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1858/04/the-autocrat-of-the-breakfast-table/304375/); read only to the line “All are but parts of one stupendous HULL!”
- Browse the Boston-themed issue of Life magazine from October 19, 1911. In particular, read “Hail Boston!” (pg. 653), “Boston Expurgata” (pg. 657), “Boston” (pg. 665), “The Cerebral City” (pg. 666), and the comics on pgs. 668-669 (https://books.google.com/books?id=pr5GAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA645#v=onepage&q&f=false)
- Scott Weingart, “Demystifying Networks, Part I & II” (http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-1/demystifying-networks-by-scott-weingart/)
5pm Assignment Due: Shoreline and Streetcar Tracing in GIS
Thursday Sept 29: Six Degrees of Paul Revere
Activity: Visualizing the Sons of Liberty network using Gephi
- Vannevar Bush, “As We May Think” (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/) — Kieran Healy, “Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere” (https://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/)
Unit 2: Visualization
Week 5: Viz
Monday October 3: History of Visualization
Activity: Sorting history of visualizations
- Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information
- Selections from Bostonography the blog (http://bostonography.com/), posted online.
- Mushon Zer-Aviv, “If Everything is a Network, Nothing is a Network”, http://visualisingadvocacy.org/blog/if-everything-network-nothing-network
Thursday October 6: Designing for 3D Printing
Activity: Design workshop
- Review Tufte and browse, reading a few items in detail, http://bostonography.com/.
- OPTIONAL: Johanna Drucker, “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display” (http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/5/1/000091/000091.html)
- OPTIONAL: Jim Miller, “Is Bad Writing Necessary?”
Friday, October 7: Assignment Due, Final Project Idea Post #1
Unit 3: Education
Monday, October 10: Assignment Due, Investigating an Archival Data Source
Week 6: Boston Data
Monday October 10: No class, Columbus Day
Thursday October 13: Data Field Trip to the Boston Globe
Readings: data journalism exemplars.
Spotlight “Shadow Campus” report on student housing in Boston; Pulitzer prize finalist
- Read part 2 and part 3. Pay attention to what sort of data they use and how they present it; look for Northeastern’s place there and in the interactive database.
- Also browse the main web page for the full spotlight series. on the shadow campus.
Also for context, look at two other pieces of data journalism.
Week 7: Not Reading A to X
Monday October 17: Computational Reading
→ For Monday: install Rstudio (https://www.rstudio.com/). Installation instructions online under “Handouts.”
In-class discussion: data journalism debriefing.
- Michel et al, “Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books”
- James F. English and Ted Underwood, “Shifting Scales Between Literature and Social Science”
Thursday October 20: Text by the numbers
Note: You do not need to read Henry Adams and Malcolm X before class. You must have installed Rstudio on the computer you bring to class following the instructions here
Activity: Text analysis of opening chapters of of Henry Adams and Malcolm X.
Lecture/Activity: The statistics of text
Week 8: Education
Monday October 24: Class cancelled.
Thursday October 27: Distant and close Boston bios
- Henry Adams, “Quincy” and “Boston” from The Education of Henry Adams (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/HADAMS/ha_home.html)
- Malcolm X, “Homeboy,” “Laura,” “Caught,” and “Satan” from The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Give Assignment: Not Reading a Bostonian Biography
Week 9: Busing in Boston
Monday October 31:
Activity: Plotting data in R — the grammar of graphics
- J. Anthony Lukas, Common Ground, chapters 14-18
- Watch “James Brown and Mayor Kevin White Address the Crowd at the Boston Garden” (http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D1FCF2E687FC4BB6A871B9C400B38044)
- Watch, “Evening Compass” 09/09/1975, beginning of clip to 6:41(http://bostonlocaltv.org/catalog/V_TBHJ42XIAXAZOY2) and student interviews in “English High School” (http://bostonlocaltv.org/catalog/V_NMEQDOV40EIR1F6)
Thursday November 3
- Watch John Oliver on School Desegregaton today.
- J. Anthony Lukas, Common Ground, chapters 19-24
- Watch, “Boston School Desegregation Review” (http://bostonlocaltv.org/catalog/V_ECWKOMHK3Z1X86O)
- Америка 70-х: Бостонские контрасты (Now in class)
Give Assignment: Blue Sky Proposal/Final Project
Unit 4: Politics
Week 10: Election Week
Monday November 6
Assignment Due, Final Project Idea Post #2
Activity: Merging data and exploring residential segregation.
Readings: – The Big Sort: Chapters 1, 2
Activity: Principal Components Analysis and election results (RStudio). Lecture: Principal Components and political polarization.
Thursday November 10
Readings: – The Big Sort, 10
TBD: Election results.
Friday November 11: Assignment Due, Not Reading
Unit 5: Social Engagement and the City
Week 11: Civics and the Web
Monday November 14: Final Project Workshop
Assignment: bring your two ideas from your two ideas assignments. Be ready to make a brief pitch to the class.
- Workshop ideas into project proposals
- Identify potential collaborations
- Outline a plan of work
- Looking toward Blue Sky Proposal/Final Project Contract
Thursday November 17: Data Field Trip
Activity: TBD/Field Trip to City Hall
Friday, November 18: Assignment Due, Blue Sky Proposal/Final Project Contract
Week 12: Social Media Activism
Monday November 21: #blacklivesmatter and #ferguson
Activity: Guest Lecture by Prof. Brooke Foucault Welles from 12:30-1:25
- Moya Bailey, “Redefining Representation: Black Trans and Queer Women’s Digital Media Production” — Sarah J. Jackson & Brooke Foucault Welles, “#Ferguson is everywhere: initiators in emerging counterpublic networks”
Thursday November 24: No Class, Thanksgiving
Week 13: Social Media Text Analysis/Twitter bots?
Monday November 28: 3 Laws of Twitter Robotics
- Rob Dubbin, “The Rise of Twitter Bots” (http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-rise-of-twitter-bots)
- Mark Sample, “A Protest Bot is a Bot So Specific You Can’t Mistake It for Bullshit” (https://medium.com/???#.8bjcxnp7x)
- https://vimeo.com/9790850 in class
- Bots as abusers
Thursday December 1: The Social Media Marathon
Debate: How much news is fit to print?
Activity: Parsing Twitter data–how is it assembled? How do you get from native to structured like we want?
Thursday December 1: Bots due before class as described in assignment
- Kate Starbird et al, “Rumors, False Flags, and Digital Vigilantes: Misinformation on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing” (https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/47257/308_ready.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y)
- Yu-Ru Lin and Drew Margolin, “The ripple of fear, sympathy and solidarity during the Boston bombings” (http://epjdatascience.springeropen.com/articles/10.1140/epjds/s13688-014-0031-z)
Week 14: Wrapping Up
Monday December 5: Final Project Work-in-Progress Presentations
** No final exam **
** Final Projects due Dec 12, 2016 at 10:00am **