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Loretta Auvil, Boris Capitanu, and Amit Kumar of the SEASR Team participate in THATCamp 2009 at George Mason University on June 27-29, 2009. We had the opportunity to have a session on SEASR Analytics. We also had the opportunity to discuss SEASR with many humanities researchers.


A new version (0.3.5) of the SEASR Analytics for Zotero Firefox plugin has been released. The new version adds support for Zotero 1.0.* – 2.0b5 and Firefox 2.0 – 3.5.*. A new set of flows (applications) are available, including: Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test, Tag Cloud Viewer, Date Entities to Simile Timeline, HITS Summarizer, and Author Centrality Analysis.

Our user community wanted a different naming strategy, so that one could tell what items were analyzed. If a single item is selected, then the results item maintains the same name as the item. If multiple items are selected, then the results item uses the collection name followed by the number of items selected. In both cases, the name of the service that is executed is provided in the “Creator” attribute. The selected items are also added to the “Related Items” section – a problem with populating these items was also fixed.

We made several changes to improve configuration file specification. One change includes the ability to specify a configuration file in XML format (json support still exists) with additional error messages to indicate problems with parsing your custom configuration file. This configuration file may exist on your local machine and you can use a file browser to find the local file.

The new release can be downloaded at

A complete list of changes for what is new in version 0.3.5 can be found at

Loretta Auvil and Bernie Ács of the SEASR Team participated in the Digital Humanities 2009 Conference at the University of Maryland on June 22-25, 2009. We had a poster called “SEASR Integrates with Zotero to Provide Analytical Environment for Mashing up Other Analytical Tools” by Boris Capitanu, Xavier Llorà, Loretta Auvil, Michael Welge, and Bernie Ács. We also had the opportunity to have discussions with many humanities researchers.

The SEASR Team held a Follow-up SEASR Workshop on the Monday, June 22, 2009 of Digital Humanities 2009 week. Loretta Auvil and Bernie Ács presented updates to the SEASR project. We had presentations from Andrew Ashton of Brown University, Clare Lewellyn and Michael Krot of JSTOR, Anoop Kumar of Tufts (VUE), and Susan Schreibman of Digital Humanities Observatory.

The presentation materials are available at

David Tcheng  and Amit Kumar represented SEASR project at the 19 June 2009 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries “Workshop On Integrating Digital Library Content with Computational Tools and Services” workshop. The two workshops presented were “SEASR & Meandre for Second Generation Digital Libraries”  and  “ NESTER – Web Based Waveform Analysis with Meandre”.

The presentation abstracts are available here and here.

The powerpoint presentation for the  SEASR & Meandre for Second Generation Digital Libraries is available here.

Bernie Acs and Loretta Auvil of the SEASR Team participated in Bamboo Workshop 5 held June 17-19 in Washington DC. Attendees participated in discussions regarding the Bamboo proposal to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) was held on June 8-12, 2009. Loretta Auvil and Boris Capitanu taught the course entitled “SEASR in Action: Data Analytics for Humanities Scholar”. The slides and course materials for this workshop are at

We had 15 students registered for the course. The course covered the following topics: Overview of SEASR infrastructure (components, flows, applications), Introduction to text mining tools, and Using and creating Zotero flows.