Historic Python, and Lightning Talks

Jean Bauer is a Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University, speaking about using Python for history!  Thanks to Turbine for sponsoring the night.

Ever wonder about transcontinental information networks before the telegraph?  Do you like the idea of Thomas Jefferson buying shoes for Abigail Adams?  Then you might be interested in Project Quincy, the Django/MySQL software package that powers The Early American Foreign Service Database and allows historians to trace social and information networks over time and space.  Jean will talk about how her work in Python is allowing historians to find new connections using databases, manuscripts, interactive visualizations, and even some old fashioned shoe leather.  Project Quincy was originally written in Ruby on Rails, so this is also a conversion narrative!

We also have a handful of lightning talks on ocean science, fixing Unicode, and other topics.


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  • Alex J.

    Hey Jean, can you point me to how you solved the pre-1900 date problem?

    February 4

    • Jean B.

      from django.utils import datetime_safe

      February 4

    • Alex J.

      thanks!

      February 4

  • Richard L.

    Good talks, especially the one on classifying product names. Very clever language processing with standard packages. Thanks to Ned and Jessica and all the speakers. BTW, if speakers want their code to be read by the audience, they have to present it differently. Small, colored text on a black background cannot be read by someone in the back of the audience; probably not in the middle or front, either. It's nearly invisible. Try black or dark colors on a white background. And larger, please. Gotta love the arugula. NOT.

    January 29, 2014

  • Tim T.

    Thanks Ned and presenters, it was a great session!

    January 29, 2014

  • Cole L.

    Historic Python was awesome, by far one of the coolest uses of Python I've ever seen. The Lighting Talks were all interesting and none were boring.

    January 29, 2014

  • Eric

    Neato humanities projects > Plugging my business

    January 29, 2014

  • Jean B.

    Database Visualization program here:
    http://www.jeanbauer.com/davila.html

    January 28, 2014

  • Jean B.

    Links from my talk
    Tutorial for learning python
    http://programminghistorian.org

    Find Projects
    http://dhcommons.org

    Meet people
    http://bostondh.org

    The Early American Foreign Service Database
    http://eafsd.org
    http://projectquincy.org
    http://www.jeanbauer.com

    My slides will also go online

    January 28, 2014

  • Evan L.

    Will there be food tonight?

    January 28, 2014

    • Ned B.

      Yes, pizza is sponsored by Turbine!

      January 28, 2014

  • Agus M.

    I am amazed with the first meeting of this year(Jan 21, 2014). Looking forward to attending the next meeting.

    January 23, 2014

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