Digital Scholarship at NIU
In keeping with its mission to help the university community to integrate digital technologies into teaching, learning and research activities, the Digital Convergence Lab supports digital scholarship activities.
Digital scholarship can take a number of forms. It can be as simple as the publication of a traditional scholarly work in a digital form, such as that used by many academic journals. Researchers have also used digital technology to develop different ways to present and consider data and communicate their conclusions.
The term digital scholarship can also refer to the use of digital objects as source material or evidence, as in the case of a literary scholar using a text digitized from an analog source, or a born-digital text. The use of a digital text may be preferable for a researcher hoping to use basic word-search technology, or other, more complex means, to explore the text.
Software developers and scholars in a number of academic fields have provided researchers with a wealth of tools.
For example, scholars can use data mining technology to analyze data sets far larger than a human being, or team of individuals, could ever master.
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Internship or Independent Study Opportunity
Spring 2017 - The Mississippi Valley and Mark Twain
This is a short description for the experiential learning class scheduled to take place fall semester 2016. A student team will work on a GIS resource presenting data from the Mississippi Valley of the mid-nineteenth century – the place that Mark Twain wrote about in his most famous works.
Mark Twain made the Mississippi Valley in the nineteenth century an integral part of American historical memory and mythology in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). This experiential learning class will provide students with an opportunity to gather and present different types of data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, in order to compare Twain’s fictional descriptions with that provided by the historical record. Students will work with an existing web site, Mark Twain’s Mississippi (http://twain.lib.niu.edu), which provides a fully searchable and indexed digital library of primary source materials.
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