The Freedman Fellows Program is funded and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. This annual award is given to full-time faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involve the use of digital tools and processes, and have clearly articulated project outcomes.
Dr. Goldstein and the Center for Research on Tibet have been collecting and translating oral history interviews and documents relating to modern Tibetan history and society for over three decades. These materials, all of which are part of the Tibet Oral History and Archive Project (TOHAP), are a unique and invaluable primary source on the social and political history of modern Tibet and Sino-Tibetan relations. The collection consists of approximately 1,600 hours of oral interviews with both the “common folk” who lived in villages and towns in traditional Tibet, as well as a large group of in depth interviews with monks from Drepung, Tibet’s largest monastery. In order to prepare these interviews for publication in an online archive hosted by the Library of Congress, Dr. Goldstein will be working over the next year to correct TEI-XML syntax errors from this large corpus of data. Encoding the data in TEI will allow those who access the data to have greater flexibility in how it can be used.
Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individual finances and migration decisions. Data on tornado paths will be correlated with financial and migration information using GIS, resulting in a visual display of the results of the research. The project’s overall goal is to better understand how individuals respond to uncertain environmental risks and how the Federal government can best protect citizens while not distorting individual incentives to live in environmentally safe and sustainable locations.
Dr. Cynthia Beall
Wednesday, March 19
Dr. Cynthia Beall (Distinguished University Professor, Anthropology) focuses her research on the adaptation of indigenous highlanders (Andean, Tibetan and East African) to the low levels of oxygen where they live at altitudes above 10,000 feet. Her Freedman Fellow project set out to design and implement a database of the biological characteristics of people living in these high altitudes. Roger Zender (Team Leader for Digital Learning & Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Beall to discuss how the library worked with her through the Freedman Fellows Program. Zender will discuss the basics of data management and how it can assist other researchers facing similar challenges.
Dr. Mark Pedretti
Wednesday, April 16
Dr. Mark Pedretti (Lecturer, Department of English) examined literary artifacts surrounding the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Drawing primarily upon Ibuse Masuji’s 1965 novel Black Rain (Kuroe Ame), along with photographic archives of Hiroshima both before and after the bombing, Pedretti used the novel’s obsessive attention to place names as a way of virtually reconstructing the city. The goal of this project has been to use geospatial information coordinating technology to precisely describe the locations of Ibuse’s novel, and to visualize a place that, for many Americans, remains a distant abstraction. Presenting with Dr. Pedretti will be Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist at the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship). She will discuss how geospatial technologies were used in his research to show frequencies of place names as a hotspot density map, and will explain the basics of GIS so that other scholars can consider its many uses for projects that may include a spatial data component.
For more information please contact Roger Zender, Team Leader, Digital Learning and Scholarship.