DH Sandbox Chat with Hannah Jacobs: Using digital tools to Visualize the New Woman

This afternoon the Murthy Digital Studio was treated to a DH Sandbox Chat by Hannah Jacobs.

Hannah Jacobs detailed how her ‘Visualizing the New Woman’ project investigates through text analysis and interactive information visualization definitions of the New Woman and the New Woman discursive network as represented in a collection of over 50 texts published in the United States and British Empire in 1893-1894. The project’s purpose is both to highlight the intricacies of the New Woman discourse and to explore digital techniques, with a focus on visualization that can be used to present macro- and microanalyses of corpora. The talk focused on text analysis, digital methodology, and research visualization.

Project Site: new-woman-viz.net

In an attempt to investigate the Victorian term “The New Woman,” Hannah undertook a research process to analyze, visualize, and theorize texts from the 1890s.

Her tools represent a veritable Digital Studio toolbox! She used DEVONthink, Omeka, Timeglider, Google Fusion Tables, and AntConc among others.

A map of Hannah’s workflow, which she calls a ‘highly organized lie’ due to the many moments of improvisation required for any digital humanities project, illustrates the general stages, tools, and methods she used:


A glimpse of a few of Hannah’s many visualizations:

Hannah Jacobs joined the Duke community in September 2014 as Multimedia Analyst for the Wired! Lab (Art, Art History, & Visual Studies Department). She recently completed a year studying Digital Humanities at King’s College London, and earned her BA in English/Theatre from Warren Wilson College.​ Her interests include late 19th- and early 20th-century women’s writing and women’s movements, network analysis, and relationships between texts and imagery in visualizations.

DSS’s indefatigable Liz Milewicz and I live-tweeted the event and we’ve Storified that for you here: #dhSandbox with Hannah Jacobs

Hannah’s full slideshow can be viewed here: Visualizing the New Woman

Audio of her presentation is available on from DukeDSS on SoundCloud.

Many thanks to Hannah for an engaging afternoon!

Next up: Mark Sample in the Edge!

-Amanda Starling Gould


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