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Northeastern library pioneers new methods of Big Data scholarship in effort to digitize history

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Dan Cohen has a vision for the future of the Northeastern library.

Cohen, dean of the libraries and vice provost for information collaboration, wants to transform Northeastern’s vast archive of print and photographic data into a standardized digital form that will allow scholars to use modern Big Data techniques to analyze 300-year-old information.

And now, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cohen will have the resources he needs to transform that vision into reality.

“This grant is a vote of confidence for the direction we’re taking to develop new forms of scholarship,” said Cohen. “This is fully in line with President Joseph Aoun’s vision of humanics, where we gain insight into human culture, emotions, and motivation through the use of technology and Big Data.”

 

Read the full story at News at Northeastern. 

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