Archive for February, 2016

At the Edge of the Network: A Talk with Nicole Starosielski

February 18th, 2016

Please join us for this exciting event, sponsored by CUNY DHI and GC Digital Initiatives.

“At the Edge of the Network: Undersea Cables and Deep Infrastructure”


Nicole Starosielski
Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University Steinhardt

March 8th, 6:30-8:30pm
The Skylight Room, The Graduate Center
Free and open to the public

Over 99% of transoceanic data traffic is carried across the oceans by undersea cables—these technologies comprise the backbone of the global internet. This presentation will focus on Surfacing, a digital map that enables users to traverse the social worlds of the cable system and the unseen cultural formations that sustain everyday internet connections. Surfacing is both a project of infrastructural visibility, revealing the geographies of internet systems, and a critical experiment in digital cartography that challenges existing modes of vertical and lateral movement.

Announcing NYCDH Week GC Digital Fellows Workshops: Intro to Programming with Python & Social Media Scraping

February 5th, 2016

The GC Digital Fellows will be offering 2 workshops in celebration of NYCDH Week, a week-long celebration of all things digital humanities in New York City (open to non-humanists, of course!) February 8-12. For more information, visit the NYCDH Website, and for a list of all events taking place around New York City, check out the Schedule.

Join the GC Digital Fellows for Introduction to Programming with Python and Social Media Scraping with the Twitter API on Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-4:00pm at the Graduate Center at CUNY! Details are below, we hope to see you there!

Introduction to Programming with Python

Monday, February 8th 2:00-4:00pm

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of programming using Python, a language popular in both academia and the commercial world. Topics will include basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditionals, installing and importing libraries, and creating simple scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Register here.

This workshop will be hosted by Ian Phillips and Patrick Smyth.

Social Media Scraping with the Twitter API

Wednesday, February 10th 2:00-4:00pm

This workshop will introduce the Twitter API, a way of programmatically interacting with the Twitter platform, and will place a particular emphasis on gathering data for textual, sociological, or linguistic analysis. Some knowledge of Python will be helpful, but is not strictly necessary.

Register here.

This workshop will be hosted by Patrick Smyth and Jen Tang.

For more information, please contact or visit our website. Hope to see you there!

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