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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.

Meandre 1.4.5 was released today, May 19, 2009. This is (hopefully) the last and most stable release in the 1.4 series before we move onto big changes for the 1.5 series. Version 1.4.5 has a few new features and numerous bug fixes and usability improvements.

As usual, the Download page now points to this stable release:

The raw artifacts are available at the SEASR repository:

Visible changes since 1.4.4:

* Workbench now supports flows written in ZigZag
* Workbench can output flows to the .mau format
* Bug fixes in the job submission API for flows that finish quickly
* Flow RDF representations can be converted to ZigZag
* Infrastructure web API and HTML interface added “Publish All” ability
* Bug fixes for multiple users running the same flow
* Stack trace is now printed for the failing Component when a Flow execution aborts unexpectedly

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) Team at Tufts University held a webinar on May 5, 2009 to highlight the project’s new features. This presentation included a prototype integration with SEASR. Check out the webinar here.

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On May 11 and 12, 2009 Loretta Auvil, Bernie Acs, and Xavier Llorà worked with a research group led by UIUC Professor Brant Houston. Others joining include David Donald, Jennifer LaFleur, and Jaimi Dowdell.

This was a follow-up workshop from our meeting in January. In the workshop the SEASR staff worked with the researchers to apply existing SEASR tools and to identify other needed tools. The workshop was a success in getting the Journalism group moving toward their goals and to identify specific analysis to target. Additionally, SEASR staff have identified needed changes in their components and flows that will result in adjustments and further development.

We have scheduled another SEASR Workshop for the Monday of Digital Humanities 2009 week. The meeting will be held on June 22, 2009 from 9am – 4pm at University of Maryland at McKeldin Library in Room 7121, just across the road from the Stamp Student Union, where the Digital Humanities conference will be held.

We invite past participants of the SEASR workshops to come share study results, SEASR experiences, and updates on SEASR. We will begin with a brief overview to catch newcomers up on SEASR technologies and to highlight new developments.

Please register below.



The SEASR Team participated in HASTAC by hosting a workshop on the SEASR project. The workshop included informational sessions about SEASR and applications using SEASR as well as a hands on session. Presentations include:

SEASR Overview

SEASR Applications: Zotero

SEASR Applications: Text

SEASR Applications: Fedora

SEASR Applications: Audio

SEASR Architecture