Seminar 5 on Building Translation Networks in the Midwest with HathiTrust (February 18, 2022 and Fall 2022) – Translate Midwest

Seminar 5 on Building Translation Networks in the Midwest with HathiTrust (February 18, 2022 and Fall 2022)

(The Feb. 18 event has passed, but we will be posting the day’s video recordings on this page soon.)

Seminar 5 coordinator: UM Professor Christi Merrill (Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature)

Co-organized with: Barbara Alvarez (UM Library), Jeremy York (UM School of Information), Michael Furlough (Executive Director, Hathi Trust), and Heather Christenson (Collections, HathiTrust), who will be speaking at the webinar on February 18, 2022).

Speakers will also include: Sayan Bhattacharyya (Singapore University of Technology and Design), Leigh Billings (UM Library) and Glen Layne-Worthey (HathiTrust Research Center), as well as partners from Google Books involved with the digitization project. 

The February 18th zoom event will also include lightning talks by researchers and instructors describing their engagements with specific examples in the HathiTrust repository written in non-European languages, and in non-roman writing systems, such as Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Ladino, Panjabi, Persian, Russian and Urdu.

We will get behind-the-scenes looks at what led to the development of the HathiTrust Digital Library, with a particular focus on materials in languages taught at the University of Michigan. Presenters will reflect on the particular challenges of working with source texts and translations in non-roman writing systems, which are difficult to catalogue and especially to render searchable using OCR (optical character recognition).

The follow-up seminar in Fall 2022 will feature tools developed by Translation Networks (an interdisciplinary digital studies initiative funded by an MCube grant at the University of Michigan) and how they might be used with HathiTrust sources, in collaboration across three HathiTrust sites in the midwest (Michigan, Indiana and Illinois at Champaign-Urbana). Together we aim to make these materials more accessible to a broader range of users,  and to encourage exploration of HathiTrust as another site of translation.

For those who wish to explore materials in languages available in HathiTrust before the event on February, please considering registering for the following event organized by the area studies specialist librarians:

Introduction to HathiTrust 
February 16, 2:00–3:00 pm
Learn how to best navigate and use HathiTrust, the digital repository featuring millions of documents. In particular, we’ll focus on searching for materials in non-Latin scripts.

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(The Feb. 18 event has passed, but we will be posting the day’s video recordings on this page soon.)

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