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Saturday, January 6, 2018: 11:30 AM
Diplomat Ballroom (Omni Shoreham)
Joseph C. Wicentowski, Office of the Historian, United States Department of State
Drawing on his experience as Digital History Advisor in the U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian, Wicentowski will discuss the ideas guiding his office's effort to digitize the half-million page, 150-year-old Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign relations, and several other publications and datasets, using the Text Encoding Initiative, an open standard used extensively in digital text projects. While the Office has realized some of the possibilities for research with digitally-encoded texts—and he will demonstrate feature analysis, data visualization, and topic modeling—Wicentowski will also discuss the premise that opening the raw data to researchers and the public can fuel research insights and innovation beyond what an editor or editing project can accomplish on their own.