Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium


Miami, Fl

Digital humanists and data journalists face common challenges, opportunities, and goals, such as how to communicate effectively with the public. They use similar software tools, programming languages, and techniques, and they can learn from each other. Join us for lectures and tutorials about shared data types, visualization methods, and data communication — including text visualization, network diagrams, maps, databases and data wrangling. In addition to the scheduled content, there will be opportunities for casual conversation and networking.

Keynote Speakers


Lauren Klein is an assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include early American literature and culture, food studies, media studies, and the digital humanities.

Dan Cohen

The Digital Public Library of America, brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and making them freely available to the world. I’m co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web , author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith , and co-editor of Hacking the Academy.

Dan Cohen

Scott directs a team of journalist/programmers at ProPublica, building interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that make complex national statistics relevant to readers. Scott is also co-founder of DocumentCloud, a service that helps news organizations search, manage, and present their source documents, and he teaches data visualization at The New Schools Journalism+Design program.



Liliana Bounegru is a researcher and teacher specialising in data journalism and new media studies.
Liliana Bounegru
Liliana Bounegru is a researcher and teacher specialising in data journalism and new media studies. She is affiliated with several universities in Europe and the US, including the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Ghent, Sciences Po, and Columbia University. Previously she founded and led the Data Driven Journalism initiative at the European Journalism Centre and co-edited the Data Journalism Handbook.
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Alberto Cairo
Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami (UM), where he teaches courses on data visualization and infographics. He is also the director of the visualization program at UM's Center for Computational Science, and Visualization Innovator in Residence at Univisión. He is the author of 'The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization' (2012) and 'The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication' (2016).
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Joe Germuska
Joe Germuska is the Executive Director of Northwestern University Knight Lab, a partnership of journalists, technologists and designers working on the future of journalism and storytelling. He’s also the project lead for Census Reporter, a tool to make US Census data easy for journalists and anyone. In a previous life, he worked with Northwestern faculty on digital  projects like The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory and the Oyez Supreme Court database.
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Jonathan Gray
Dr. Jonathan Gray is Prize Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath. His current research focuses on the politics of open data and public information. He is also Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam; Research Associate at the médialab at Sciences Po; and Tow Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University. More about him can be found at
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Jacqui Maher
Jacqui Maher is an interactive journalist with BBC News Labs, working with BBC News Online and the World Service to find the best ways of producing and presenting stories to a global audience. Prior to joining the BBC, she was part of the Interactive News desk at The New York Times, covering several Olympics and elections, wrangling a lot of data and editorial-focused audience analytics. Jacqui's an active participant in the Hacks/Hackers, OpenNews and NICAR communities.
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Allison McCann
Allison McCann is a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight, the data news site started by Nate Silver. She analyzes data, designs and develops graphics, straying from the usual lines and bars to communicate visual information in new and interesting ways.
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Geoff McGhee
Geoff McGhee develops interactive media at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at  Stanford University. Previously, he spent a decade doing infographics, multimedia and video at The New York Times, ABC News and France's Le Monde. In 2009-2010, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
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Paige Morgan
Paige Morgan (Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Miami) has been involved in building social infrastructure for digital humanities at McMaster University and the University of Washington. Her research focuses on 18th and 19th century perspectives on economics, and creating economic data for digital humanities projects.
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Haile Owusu
Haile Owusu is Chief Data Scientist at Mashable where his main responsibility is overseeing the efforts of the data science team through the development of the company's proprietary Velocity and Knowledge Graph technologies. Haile specializes in statistical learning as applied to forecasting and has a background in theoretical physics, including a Ph.D from Rutgers University, a Masters of Science from King's College, University of London and a B.A. from Yale University.
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Abraham Parrish
Abraham Parrish became the GIS Librarian at the University of Miami Richter Library less than a year ago and also consults for the RS/GIS analysis company SIAS Global. Prior to that, he was the Head of the Yale University Map Department for 9 years and its GIS Specialist for the previous 5 years. He has also served in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst with two tours in Bosnia and Hercegovina and has interned as a at the American Geographical Society Library in Milwaukee, WI. He has produced several dozen maps mainly for academic publications.
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Benjamin Schmidt is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University
Ben Schmidt
Benjamin Schmidt is an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University and core faculty at the NuLab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His research interests are in the digital humanities and the intellectual and cultural history of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Francis Tseng
Francis Tseng is a designer and data developer, interested in how simulation, and machine learning relate to social and political issues and how complex systems can be made intuitive. In the past he has worked on community data analysis infrastructure for the Coral Project as a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow, dystopian machine learning workshops, taught about journalism and technology at the New School, and prototyped news automation software under a Knight Prototype grant.
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Scott Weingart
Scott B. Weingart is a historian of science, Carnegie Mellon University's Digital Humanities Specialist, and co-author of The Historian's Macroscope (2015). His research lies at the intersection of network science, 17th century astronomy, and media studies.
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Symposium Topics

Effective Communication

Techniques to transform scholarly articles and research papers into documents that the public can understand.

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Data Visualization, Mapping and Infographics

We will discuss how to design charts, maps, and infographics to discover trends and patterns in your data.

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text analysis
Text Analysis

Analyze texts and text corpora and summarize the contents, find patterns over time and similarity among documents.

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network analysis
Network Analysis

Visualize and understand relationships among entities in a connected graph.

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data cleaning
Data Cleaning

Techniques and tools for cleaning and combining various types of data.

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THURSDAY, September 29: Sonesta Hotel, 8th floor 2889 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove

Time Speaker Description
7:00-7:15PM Welcome by: Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair, University of Miami
Shazna Nessa, Knight Foundation
Athina Hadjixenofontos, Center for Computational Science, University of Miami
Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor, University of Miami
Paige Morgan, Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Miami
Sarah Shreeves, Associate Dean for Digital Strategies, University of Miami
7:15-8:30PM KEYNOTE: Dan Cohen. Digital Humanities and Data Journalism: A Convergence

FRIDAY, September 30: Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Dr., Coral Gables

Time Speaker Description
9:10 AM Thomas J. LeBlanc (Provost, University of Miami) Welcome Message from the Provost
9:30 AM Scott Klein (Keynote) Nerds Among the Mathphobes
10:30 AM Paige Morgan Possible Linked Open Data Futures in the Digital Humanities
12:00 PM Liliana Bounegru & Jonathan Gray What Can Data Journalists and Digital Humanists Learn From Each Other?
1:00 PM LUNCH AT THE NEWMAN ALUMNI CENTER Conversations around the symposium topics
2:30 PM Jacqui Maher What Borges and Gumby Can Teach Us About Digital Storytelling
3:30 PM Geoff McGhee Exploring the Infographics Multiverse
5:00 PM Ben Schmidt Exploratory Narratives for Investigating Datasets

SATURDAY, October 1: Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Dr., Coral Gables

Time Speaker Description
9:00 AM Lauren Klein (Keynote) Speculative Designs: Lessons from the Archive of Data Visualization
10:00 AM Joe Germuska Metaphors we Code By
11:30 AM Haile Owusu TBA - Big Data
12:30 PM Francis Tseng Procedural Rhetoric: Simulation, AI, and Understanding
1:30 PM LUNCH AT THE NEWMAN ALUMNI CENTER Conversations around the symposium topics.
2:30-4:15 PM Breakout sessions: CLEANING AND TRANSFORMING DATA WITH OPEN REFINE. Location: Library (Paige Morgan) or DESIGNING EFFECTIVE VISUALIZATIONS AND INFOGRAPHICS. Location: Multipurpose room C (Alberto Cairo)
4:30-6:15 PM Breakout sessions: USING NETWORKS TO MAKE SENSE OF COMPLEXITY. Location: Multipurpose room C (Scott Weingart) or USING GIS TO EXPLORE AND COMMUNICATE DATA. Location: Library (Abraham Parrish)

Accommodation Information

The preferred hotel for the conference is the Sonesta in Coconut Grove. The Sonesta has beautiful views of Biscayne Bay and a rooftop pool. It is a relaxing hotel, minutes away from the water and a short distance from Miami Beach. Free transportation between the Sonesta to the Symposium will be provided every day. The opening cocktail of the Symposium, on the evening of Thursday 29, will take place at the hotel's Biscayne Ballroom. There are a limited amount of rooms available at a highly reduced rate. To get the reduced room rate, follow this link when completing your reservation. Receive the reduced rate for a check-in date of September 29th and check-out date of October 1st using the following code: 0929DGTHMN.


The DH+DJ Symposium will take place in the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami 6200 San Amaro Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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