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Presenters | Text > Data (fall 2012)


Allen Riddell is a PhD Candidate in the Program in Literature. His dissertation explores how intellectual and literary historians might use statistics and machine learning to study very large text collections (of novels, academic journal articles, newspapers, etc.).



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Eric Monson is a Research Scientist working for Duke’s Visualization Technology Group. He collaborates with investigators from Applied Math, Computational Immunology and Art History doing data gathering, analysis and visualization. Since the beginning of 2012 he has been increasingly focused on trying to help humanities scholars incorporate technology into their research so they can think about and view their data in new ways. Consequently, the questions humanists ask can also drive algorithm and software development in novel directions.


Greg Appelbaum is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Traditionally his work has utilized Cognitive Neuroscience approaches to ask questions of brain and behavior. In recent years however, he has turned his attention to meta analytic approaches to synthesize across the larger Cognitive Neuroscience literature.





Elizabeth Beam is a fourth year Neuroscience and English major who is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to Neuroscience. She has spent her undergraduate years applying text-based meta-analytic tools to the Cognitive Neuroscience literature.




Angela Zoss is the Data Visualization Coordinator for the Data & GIS Services department in Perkins Library. She holds a master’s in Communication from Cornell University and is pursuing her doctorate in Information Science from Indiana University.  Her background in text analysis includes courses in Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis, Natural Language Processing, and Latent Structure Analysis.  She has conducted a range of text analysis projects, from manual coding of email corpora to automated classification of academic articles.  Her research focuses on the effective design of interactive information visualization systems to convey trends within large, complex datasets – particularly those involving scholarly communication.


As Duke University’s first Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing.  He is a librarian and an attorney (admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina) and also holds a graduate degree in religion from Yale University.  At Duke, Kevin serves on the University’s Intellectual Property Board and Digital Futures Task Force, and he convenes the Open Access Advisory Panel.  He is the current Chair of the ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and serves on the SPARC Steering Committee.  His highly-regarded web log on scholarly communications ( discusses copyright and publication in academia, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics.


Charlotte Clark’s primary interest is the intersection of collective learning and collection action. She studies how environmental education can contribute to management of common pool resources, and how informal learning processes engage with behavior change for individuals and communities around environmental issues. She applies these concepts in work around campus sustainability, and leads the Education Subcommittee of Duke’s Campus Sutainability Committee. She uses and teaches qualitative research methods, including use of qualitative research software.


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William Shaw is the digital humanities technology consultant at Duke University Libraries.  A graduate of Warren Wilson College, Mr. Shaw earned his M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is now completing his Ph.D. in English literature.  He is a student of British Romanticism and the digital humanities.  As technical editor of the William Blake Archive, he created several new digital humanities tools while overseeing the development and maintenance of the leading digital project in his field; at Duke, he has helped build a wide range of digital projects as part of the Humanities Writ Large initiative.  His scholarly interests include William Blake, 19th century British poetry, William Hazlitt, and the curriculum and pedagogy of the digital humanities.

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Ryan Shaw is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on how events and periods are used as conceptual structures for digitally organizing narrative information across different types of media, and how information systems might better support the expression of multiple perspectives on events and their relationships.

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