“Reading Chicago Reading” Awarded HathiTrust Research Grant

The Reading Chicago Reading project has been awarded an Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) Program grant by the HathiTrust Research Center. The ACS Program supports a small number of research projects each year that promote “collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to computational analysis.” Support from the ACS Program grant will allow DePaul researchers to more quickly and accurately perform a variety of text analysis tasks on hundreds of texts, such as toponym extraction, sentiment analysis, and story arc detection.  The grant will also support developing and sharing automated tools to meet similar needs among HTRC users.

Reading Chicago Reading is a research project funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and bringing together DePaul University faculty and librarians with colleagues from Chicago Public Library to explore how readers across the City of Chicago have engaged with the One Book One Chicago (OBOC) program over the past 15 years.

The DePaul University Library joined HathiTrust in 2016 as part of its growing array of digital scholarship services offered to faculty and students. Librarians have collaborated with faculty in recent years to support a number of new teaching, learning, and research programs and to launch the Studio CHI digital scholarship center, which will move into the John T. Richardson Library in fall 2017 upon the completion of the current phase of the library renovation. If you have any questions about digital scholarship services in the library or wish to discuss a potential project that might benefit from library engagement, please contact Ana Lucic, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

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