Mining 50 Years of ACIS National Meeting Programs

Nicholas Wolf

New York University

 

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1. Building

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1. Building
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1. Building
Python for Extracting Structured Information
Final Tabular Form for Last Cleaning and Geocoding
2. Support
Burns Library
Home of ACIS Archive
(Thanks to Christian Dupont of BL)
Idaho State University
Home of Justin Stover
(and his intern, Dalton Wray)
UW-Milwaukee
Home of José Lanters
(and her deep filing cabinets)
3. Scope
1963      Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana => MISSING
1964      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign => MISSING
1965      New York University => MISSING
1966      University of Kansas => MISSING
1967 - 1984, 1986-1987: Complete
1985      Pacific Lutheran University/University of Puget Sound => MISSING
1988      University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota => MISSING
1989 - 1992, 1996, 1998: Complete
1993      Villanova University => MISSING
1994      Creighton University => MISSING
1995      Queen’s University Belfast => MISSING
1997      ACIS (no university host), Albany, New York => MISSING
1999      VA Tech => MISSING
2000      University of Limerick => MISSING
2001 - 2016: Complete
4. Contents: Cover Art
Southern Illinois Carbondale
1970
James Madison University
1979
U Pitt/Carnegie Mellon
1981
4. Contents: Cover Art
Chicago
2013
Ohio Dominican College
1983
Marquette University
2002
4. Contents: Scribal Marginalia
NUI Galway
1992
Stonehill College, MA
1975
UW Madison
1991
5. Analysis: Conferences
~ 7865 participatory "events"

~ 6033 non-chair/comment participatory "events"

~ 1864 panels

~ 143 plenary/keynote participants
5. Analysis: Conferences
Growth in Participation, 1967-2016
5. Analysis: Conferences
Growth in Participation, 1967-2016
UCD 1987
NUI Galway(1) 1992
Notre Dame(1) 2005
New Orleans 2012
Notre Dame(2) 2016
5. Analysis: Conferences
Year Conference Participatory Events
2016 Notre Dame 632
2012 New Orleans 603
2014 UCD 530
2013 Chicago 464
2011 UW Madison 399
2005 Notre Dame 396
2007 CUNY Graduate Center 373
2015 Ft. Lauderdale
371
2009 NUI Galway
339
2006 University of MO STL 302
1992 NUI Galway
301
Conferences > 300 (only 1 pre-2005)
5. Analysis: Panel Title Word Counts
Most Common Panel Title Words
Word Frequency
"literature" 109
"contemporary" 103
"history" 89
"america" 78
"poetry" 71
"politics" 62
"fiction" 58
"new" 57
"writing" 53
"northern" 51
"culture" 49
5. Analysis: Panel Title Word Counts
Panel Title Words (as a % of panels) Over Time
5. Analysis: Panel Title Word Counts
Panel Title Words (as a % of panels) Over Time
5. Analysis: Panel Title Word Counts
Top Author Frequencies
Word Frequency
"joyce" or "joyce's"
52
"yeats"
45
"heaney" 19
"beckett" 12
"synge"
10
"muldoon"
6
"wilde"
6
"friel"
6
5. Analysis: Panel Title Word Counts
Top History Term Frequencies
Word Frequency
"19th" or "nineteenth" 42
"20th" or "twentieth" 35
"diaspora" 27
"nationalism" 25
"ulster" 16
"religion" 14
"transnational" 14 (doesn't exist until 2006)
"famine" 13
5. Analysis: Panel Title Word Co-Occurrences
Word Co-Occurrence Frequency
"contemporary" "fiction" 20
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"poetry" 18
  ' '
"literature" 10
  ' '
"writing" 9
  ' '
"drama" 8
  ' '
"narratives" 5
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"gender" 5
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"politics" 4
  ' ' "social" 4
  ' ' "modern" 4
5. Analysis: Panel Title Word Co-Occurrences
Word Co-Occurrence Frequency
"women" "writers" 11
 "poetry" "heaney" 9
 "poetry"
"contemporary"
18
 "historicizing"
"america"
9
 "yeats"
"joyce"
6
"language"
"literature"
9
Select High-Frequency Co-Occurring Terms
(see https://bit.ly/2okFHP2 for full list)  
5. Analysis: Participants (link)
5. Analysis: Participants (link)
6. Next Steps
  • Disambiguate participant names using VIAF authority (automated) and then correct stragglers by hand
    
  • Complete process of extracting paper titles
    
  • Obtain last missing programs (help!)
  • Conduct full accuracy review
  • Provide searchable data (SQL + index), featured content (WordPress), and interactive visualizations (plot.ly & leaflet Javascript) on acisweb.org

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