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Humanist Archives: Oct. 8, 2022, 8:36 a.m. Humanist 36.202 - events: open scholarship & more; digital methods

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    [1]    From:  Veronica Litt <>
           Subject: Virtual Workshops on Open Scholarship, Textual Analysis, Data Sonification, and More | The Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship (50)

    [2]    From: Richard Rogers <>
           Subject: Digital Methods Winter School '23 - Univ. Amsterdam (105)

        Date: 2022-10-07 15:35:08+00:00
        From:  Veronica Litt <>
        Subject: Virtual Workshops on Open Scholarship, Textual Analysis, Data Sonification, and More | The Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship

Dear Colleagues,

The Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University is
pleased to announce that our 2022-2023 series of workshops is open for

The event slate includes 35+ workshops
on Digital Humanities, Data Analysis and Visualization, and Research
Data Management.

Of particular interest to this listserv are virtual sessions on:

   * October 26: Best Practices for Managing Data in Your Research
   * October 27: Open Everything! A Panel on the Whats, Hows, and Ifs of
     Open Scholarship <>
   * November 2: Visualizing Texts with Voyant Tools
   * November 9: From “Info-Glut” to Connected Notes: Obsidian and
     Digital Note-Taking in Academia
   * January 26: Sound Data/Data Sonification
   * February 16: Computational Approaches for Text Preparation and
     Analysis <>
   * April 5: Qualitative Data: Practices for RDM Planning and Sharing

Workshops are open to all—we hope to see you there! Register for all
sessions here.

For those who would like to explore DH and DS on their own time, the
Sherman Centre has a repository of 60+ event recordings, asynchronous
webinars, and text guides <>
on Digital Scholarship methods, topics, and approaches including social
media research ethics, podcasting, and more.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with
me, the Sherman Centre’s Coordinator, at


Veronica Litt on behalf of the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship
Veronica Litt, PhD (she/her)
Digital Scholarship Coordinator
Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship
Mills Library, McMaster University

        Date: 2022-10-07 12:41:29+00:00
        From: Richard Rogers <>
        Subject: Digital Methods Winter School '23 - Univ. Amsterdam

Digital Methods Winter School 2023

’The use and misuse of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)’
9-13 January 2023

New Media & Digital Culture
Media Studies
University of Amsterdam
Turfdraagsterpad 9
1012 XT Amsterdam
the Netherlands

Call for participation

The Digital Methods Initiative (DMI), Amsterdam, is holding its annual
Winter School on ’The use and misuse of Open Source Intelligence
(OSINT)’. The format is that of a (social media and web) data sprint,
with tutorials as well as hands-on work for telling stories with data.
There is also a programme of keynote speakers. It is intended for
advanced Master's students, PhD candidates and motivated scholars who
would like to work on (and complete) a digital methods project in an
intensive workshop setting.

The use and misuse of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

 From geolocating burning tanks in the Ukrainian fields and determining
the authenticity of videos depicting possible human rights violations in
Cameroon to reconstructing the events of January 6, 2021 in the Capitol
building in Washington, D.C., activists, journalists, and the general
public are increasingly turning to a (somewhat) new ally: Open Source
Intelligence (OSINT). The systematization of information gathered from
open, often internet-based, sources (as opposed to the classified
sources of governmental intelligence) using digital tools, as OSINT may
be defined, is turning into a highly regarded strategy to build public
narratives of truth.

Recently, major news outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times,
and the BBC have added OSINT units or ‘visual investigation’ teams. They
join more established investigation units from international civil
society such as those of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch,
academic research institutions such as Berkley's Human Rights
Investigations Lab, and citizen intelligence agencies like Bellingcat.
Recent news articles have described the rise of open source intelligence
as challenging existing authorities, especially state-controlled or
other official information sources.

In doing so, OSINT practitioners have developed a particular set of
reporting formats and verification tools that strengthen the epistemic
authority of their practices. For example, crowd-sourced information
from Twitter or Telegram is arranged next to video stills pulled from
popular platforms or satellite images from public providers in order to
put together and strengthen the argument of what actually happened.
OSINT has developed a signature 'investigative aesthetic' and style,
dramatised and popularised by organisations striving for justice, such
as Forensic Architecture, or preserving the memory of wars, such as the
Syrian Archive. OSINT also taps into the transparency strategies of the
open source ethos and the encouragement of DIY hacker culture.
Professional and lay OSINT practitioners curate lists of tools, draft
how-to guides and share training materials on YouTube and elsewhere to
empower others to undertake similar work. These have been applied to
projects that fight climate change and trace illicit money flowing
through circuitous corporate structures. They also have found an eager
audience in those who dig for and post updates about conspiracy theories
such as QAnon. Whether it is misuse or weaponisation, OSINT practices
and styles have also been adopted by misinformation operatives such as
'War on Fakes'.

The Winter School takes up OSINT as an investigative practice and
aesthetic. It offers critical research projects on data journalism,
fact-checking and other investigative projects employing online data. It
also combines OSINT tools with digital methods and other online research
techniques for academic research that make use of verification. Finally,
it analyses its cultures of practice and how it establishes and
undermines others' epistemic authority.

At the Winter School there are the usual social media tool training
tutorials for working on single and cross-platform analysis, but also
continued attention to thinking through and proposing how to work
critically with social media data, both from mainstream social media
platforms as well as so-called alt tech.

Apart from the keynotes and the training tutorials, there are also
empirical and conceptual projects that participants work on. Projects
from the past Summer and Winter Schools include: Detecting
Conspiratorial Hermeneutics via Words & Images, Mapping the Fringe on
Telegram; Greenwashing, in_authenticity & protest; Searching
constructive/authentic posts in media comment sections, Mapping
deepfakes with digital methods and visual analytics, “Go back to
plebbit”: Mapping the platform antagonism between 4chan and Reddit,
Profiling Bolsobots Networks, Infodemic cross-platform analysis,
Post-Trump Information Ecology, Streams of Conspirational Folklore, and
FilterTube: Investigating echo chambers, filter bubbles and polarization
on YouTube. The most recent school had some of the following projects:
Climate imaginaries; Repurposing Google Ads; What is a meme, technically
speaking?; Tracing the genealogy and change of TikTok audio memes;
Google Autocomplete: Racist results still?; and OK Boomer on Twitter.

Winter School ’23 organisers: Kamila Koronska, Richard Rogers and
Guillen Torres, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. Application
information at

Prof. Richard Rogers
Media Studies
University of Amsterdam

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