“WhatEvery1Says: Data Mining Media Coverage of the Humanities” (UC Merced)

“WhatEvery1Says: Data Mining Media Coverage of the Humanities.” Digital Tools for Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Workshop Series, Public Humanities Design Studio, University of California, Merced, 15 March 2021.

  • Abstract: Backed by a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the WhatEvery1Says (WE1S) project uses digital humanities methods—primarily topic modeling, complemented by such other methods as text classification—to study media discourse about the humanities at big data scales. Alan Liu, director of WE1S, will give an overview of the project and its open-source datasets and topic-model analysis, visualization, and interpretation tools (as well as its surveys of students and others providing a ground-truth perspective on views on the humanities). He will also highlight selected project outputs, including explanations of findings, methods, data, and tools in a “card” format inspired by new practices in data-model reporting.
    The goal of the WE1S project is to provide advocates for the humanities with research-based materials and strategies for effective communication about the value of humanistic study and knowledge in today’s world.