[open-humanities] Fwd: [Humanist] 25.928 crowd-sourced interpretation: Prism

Jonathan Gray j.gray at cantab.net
Tue May 1 08:01:29 UTC 2012

Thought this might be of interest to a few people here!

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From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Date: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 7:49 AM
Subject: [Humanist] 25.928 crowd-sourced interpretation: Prism
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                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 928.
           Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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       Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:20:53 -0400
       From: Brooke Lockwood <bnl2ja at virginia.edu>
       Subject: Announcing Prism!

*We are very excited to announce the official launch of
Prism http://prism.scholarslab.org/ , a digital tool for generating
crowd-sourced interpretations of texts. It is the practicum project
of six humanities graduate students in the Praxis Program
http://praxis.scholarslab.org/  at the University of Virginia
Scholars’ Lab  http://www.scholarslab.org/ .

Prism is an experiment in crowd-sourcing, which until now has only made
fact-checkers and copy editors of the “crowd.”  One of the fundamental
questions behind Prism is: what happens when the “crowd” is asked to
imagine and interpret, rather than merely transcribe? Users interact
subjectively with a text and contribute to a collective interpretive energy
that has infinite possibilities beyond the highlighting exercise itself --
in research, in the classroom, or in engaging and experimenting with larger
data in the humanities (computational linguistics and text mining, for
example). The goal of Prism is to produce aesthetic provocations, that is,
visualizations that incite and encourage conversation. Please feel free to
comment and offer feedback on the Scholars’ Lab
blog http://www.scholarslab.org/.

Prism is open source <https://github.com/scholarslab/prism> and licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

The Praxis Program Team*
at the University of Virginia, Scholars' Lab

Brooke Lockwood Lestock
M.A. Candidate '12, Department of English
University of Virginia

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