A team of Denison students recently participated in the HackOH5 Student Newspaper Hackathon. From the event webpage:
libraries at the Five Colleges of Ohio have digitized the student newspapers of each college going back to 1856. The result is a huge dataset of text and images, filled with years of student news coverage, a rich historical resource for research in a variety of disciplines.
Students are invited to experiment with this data, deconstruct it, combine it with other data, visualize it, contextualize it, and most importantly, explore what this legacy of student news coverage tells us about our colleges and about our history.
Our students, Drew Bapst, Josh Blaz, Ishaan Gupta, Ben Liepert, and Gezim Siciri spent 24 hours working with this huge data set to make it a usable resource for research and analysis. They presented their findings to the group at the end of the event. A special thanks to Professors Tom Bressoud and Jessen Havill for being mentors to the project. They helped offer short workshops on things like working with APIs, text mining and analysis, and using GitHub for collaborative projects. We looking forward to more collaboration as this project develops.