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DegreesUniversity of Virginia, Ph.D.
Boston University, M.A.
ExpertiseDigital humanities, scholarly communication, history of books and publishing, 20th-century American literature
ProfileThe current chapter of my research life began in 2004, with the preparation of a 2006 report on cyberinfrastructure for humanities and social sciences, "Our Cultural Commonwealth," sponsored and published by the American Council of Learned Societies, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since 2006, I have helped to direct three projects focused on text-mining in humanities digital libraries. The most recent of these is ongoing, and involves faculty and librarians at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan and here at Brandeis, to develop a virtual research center that provides computational access to all of the materials in the HathiTrust, most of which was generated in the Google Books project. My teaching, in the English Department, alternates between courses on digital humanities and a course on 20th-Century American bestsellers.
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Awards and Honors
Presidential Fellow, Council on Library and Information Resources (2014 - 2015)
Appointed by President Obama to the National Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities (2013 - 2016)
Allen Smith Visiting Scholar, Simmons College (2012 - 2013)
Unsworth, John, ed. Pubrarians and Liblishers at 20: Reflections on Library Publishing from 1995–2014.. Eugene, OR: Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 2.4 2015.
Unsworth, John. "Big Data and the Digital Humanities." "Cultivating Collaboration: Bridging Cultures Through Humanities Research and Innovation," the Fourth US - China Cultural Forum. National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington DC. April 10, 2015.
Unsworth, John. "Sanity Check." Annotation and Peer Review. American Geophysical Union, Washington DC. May 16, 2014.
Unsworth, John. "Scholarly Research Infrastructure." "Scholarly Networks and the Emerging Platforms for Humanities Research and Publication". Brown University. April 18, 2015.
Unsworth, John. "The History of Computational Methods in the Humanities." Digital Humanities Lecture Series. University of Miami. October 23, 2014.
Unsworth, John. ""The HathiTrust Research Center: Building Shared Computational Resources to Mine the Largest Digital Library"." DPLAFest, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. October 25, 2013.
Unsworth, John with Robert McDonald and Beth Sandore Namachchivaya. ""The HathiTrust Research Center: Building Shared Computational Resources to Mine the Largest Digital Library",." EDUCAUSE, Anaheim, CA. October 16, 2013.
Unsworth, John with Tanya E. Clement, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Rachel Donahue, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Kari M. Kraus, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; John A. Walsh, Indiana Univ., Bloomington. ""The Third Degree: Joint Programs in Languages, Literature, and Libraries" Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Computer Studies in Language and Literature and the Discussion Group on Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures.." Modern Language Association. Boston, MA. January 5, 2013.
Unsworth, John. ""The History and Theory of the Cross-Over."." Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park. April 10, 2013.
Unsworth, John. ""What is Humanities Computing and What is Not?"." Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader. Ed. Melissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan and Edward Vanhoutte. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013
Unsworth, John. "Teaching By Audience." dh+CU Symposium on Future Directions, University of Colorado at Boulder. August 22, 2013.
Unsworth, John with with Beth Sandore Namachchivaya, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Robert McDonald, Indiana University. ""The HathiTrust Research Center: Opening up the Eleophant for Knowledge Creation"." Coalition for Networked Information, Fall 2012. Washington, D.C.. December 10-11, 2012.
Unsworth, John. "21st-Century Scholar and Researcher Services." ARL Fall Forum. Washington, DC. October, 2012.
Unsworth, John. "Big Data? Big Deal.." New England Technical Services Librarians. College of the Holy Cross. May 3, 2012.
Unsworth, John. "Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Five Years On." “New Directions for Digital Humanities and Cyberinfrastructures”. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. April 30-May 1 2012.
Unsworth, John. "Digital Humanities and the Role of the Library." Libraries, Labs, and Classrooms: Locating the Digital Humanities. University of Pennsylvania. September 28, 2012.
Unsworth, John. "Mickey Mouse and TS Eliot: Starving at the Banquet." Orphan Works & Mass Digitization Symposium. Berkeley, California. April 13, 2012.
Unsworth, John. "The Hathi Trust, Google Books, and the Future of Research." BNN Future of the Academy Speaker Series. MIT, Cambridge MA. May 25, 2012.
Unsworth, John. "To Be Determined: The Impact of Digital Humanities and Arts on University Libraries and IT.." Digital Humanities Symposium.. Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
Unsworth, John. "Medievalists as Early Adopters of Information Technology.". Proc. of Third International MARGOT Conference, The Digital Middle Ages: Teaching and Research.. New York, NY: Digital Medievalist 7, 2011.