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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.



A new version (0.3.3) of the SEASR Analytics for Zotero Firefox plugin has been recently released. The new version adds support for the beta release of the upcoming Zotero 1.5 The new release can be downloaded here. This release is backward compatible with earlier Zotero versions.

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


Bernie Acs and Loretta Auvil of the SEASR Team participated in Bamboo Workshop 4 held April 16-18 in Providence, Rhode Island. The Bamboo Leadership team led presentations that reviewed the program document. Attendees participated in discussions and polls.

The SEASR Team will participate in University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute on June 8-12, 2009.  You can find information at The course entitled “SEASR in Action: Data Analytics for Humanities Scholar” will be taught by Loretta Auvil and Boris Capitanu.

This course focuses on introducing participants to The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research, SEASR, providing humanities, arts, and social science communities a transformational cyberinfrastructure technology. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about SEASR through a comprehensive set of presentations and hands-on exercises meant to outline the key aspects of the technology and how it can be applied to solve real-world research problems. SEASR eases scholars’ access to digital research materials and enhances scholars’ use of them through analytics that can uncover hidden information and connections. SEASR fosters collaboration, too, through empowering scholars to share data and research in virtual work environments. SEASR technology is also designed to enable digital humanities developers to design, build, and share software applications that support research and collaboration. Developers can tailor applications both in whole and part to fit scholars’ research needs—from changing the visualization landscapes that provide them with views of analytical results, to inserting new analytics that support their linguistic analysis for different time periods or languages, to readjusting entire steps in the work process so that researchers can validate results and alter their queries. The course will incorporate a variety of learning activities ranging from presentations to structured application sessions to designing specialized analyses. Topics will include: Overview of SEASR infrastructure (components, flows, applications), Introduction to text mining tools, and Using and creating Zotero flows.