By Meghnath Dey
The UC Berkeley Library was recently awarded three grants that will fund campus projects in the arts and humanities.
Awarded by the Mellon Foundation, the grants will go toward expansion of women poets’ archives at Bancroft Library, a campus text and data mining project and greater access to digitized books in UC libraries...
The Mellon Foundation also awarded $200,000 to David Bamman, School of Information professor, to work on a text and data mining project that involves the analysis of films and television shows.
According to a statement from the UC Berkeley Library, Bamman will investigate trends relating to the representation of race, gender and place in films and television shows.
In partnership with the campus Office of Scholarly Communication Services, the project will also analyze a new federal regulatory exemption that allows researchers to access electronically published materials.
David Bamman is an associate professor of the I School. He previously won a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research designing computational methods to improve natural language processing for fiction.