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Academic Tech Expo at OU – 2017

January 14, 2017 admin 0

My talk with Ms. Diana Derry on the introduction of digital humanities tools, namely ArcView Storymaps and Voyant Tools text analysis, into Human Geography, GEOG 1103, was presented at the OU Academic Tex Expo this afternoon. The PDF can be found here. Despite the low turnout, we garnered some feedback […]

Text Analysis and Place Promotion for GEOG 1103

January 10, 2017 admin 0

I am looking at some data from Delta’s Sky Magazine and the City Profiles and how the section promotes cities, states and regions. Here I am comparing Columbia, South Carolina’s insert with the set of articles discussing the state of Kansas. Document 1 is the Columbia document and unsurprisingly, there are […]

October 24, 2016 admin 0

Congratulations to Mr. Alex Shaffer, one of my undergraduate research assistants, who is working buidling text analysis of weather and climate issues into several classes.  His preliminary work on a 3,000+ article corpus of newspaper coverage of drought in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas landed him first place […]

Newspaper Coverage of the 2010-2014 Drought – SEATAG at SWAAG 2016

October 19, 2016 admin 0

Alex Shaffer’s work on use KHCoder to analyze over 3000 articles and letters to the editor from 12 newspapers in the South Central Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley will be presented at the Southwest American Association of Geographers (SWAAG) meeting in Denton, Texas. His poster uses a dataset of newspaper […]

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Brexit Coverage was Heavily Pro-Brexit

September 27, 2016 admin 0

Perhaps not a surprise given the outcome, but a researcher at the Reuters Institute notes that the media coverage of the run up to the Brexit vote was primarily on individuals, not the issues at hand. As Dr. David Levy indicates, “The research reveals a picture of highly polarised press […]

Text Analysis in the Intro Human Geography Course

August 16, 2016 admin 0

Flying more than ever, I have become familiar with Delta Airline’s Sky magazine. Clearly catering to people with far more disposable income than I have lying around (Seriously, monogrammed shirts? Executive dating services?) I have enjoyed reading the various City Profiles tucked in the publication. It takes me back to […]

Undergraduate Research Assistantships

July 11, 2016 admin 0

I am embarking on a project to create a digital repository of World Regional Geography textbooks for OU DGES undergraduates to work on for Capstone projects. The goal is to gather and digitize World Regional Geography textbooks from World War II to the present-day. With this we will create guides […]

Atlas of Prejudice

May 24, 2016 admin 0

It never cases to amaze me, the student reactions when I share an image for the Atlas of Prejudice site. I am unclear if the students get that it is satirical. While not The Onion or The Colbert Report, it should not be taken seriously and yet students seem to […]

Yes, Western Terror Attacks DO Get More Coverage

March 25, 2016 admin 0

Mike Wendling writing for the BBC News Blog addresses the issue of whether the Brussels or Ankara attacks received more coverage. The social media sharing of posts regarding the lack of coverage are now become quite predictable, almost as much as the social media shouting matches over the nature of the threats, […]