Clifford B. Anderson is Associate University Librarian for Research and Digital Strategy at the Vanderbilt University Library. He holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Science at Vanderbilt University and is affiliated faculty in the Comparative Media Analysis and Practice Joint-Ph.D. program. From 2018 to 2020, he was also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.
M.S. in Library and Information Science, 2012
Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, 2005
Princeton Theological Seminary
Th.M. in Theology, 1996
Princeton Theological Seminary
Harvard University Divinity School
A.B. in Philosophy, 1992
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive, founded in 1968 as a three-month ‘experiment’ to explore possible bias in network newscasts, will mark its 50th year of continuous operation on August 5th.
Continuing a long-standing cooperative relationship, ATLA and Vanderbilt University’s Divinity Library have contributed funding to support the open access publication of an edited volume in De Gruyter’s series on Introductions to Digital Humanities: Religion.
A public symposium titled “Cultural Heritage in the Age of Big Data” will be hosted by Vanderbilt University Libraries Friday, June 1, bringing together archivists, librarians, digital humanists and public historians to discuss the ethical implications of preserving and providing access to culturally sensitive materials online.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded funding to Vanderbilt University for a workshop and planning effort to examine and address the technical, legal and economic challenges of preserving broadcast television news in the 21st century.
The Computational Thinking and Learning Initiative at Vanderbilt University fosters computational thinking across the curriculum. Among its pilot activities, the CTLI sponsors a working group seeking to make advanced text mining techniques more accessible to students from the humanities and the social sciences.
XQuery is the best language for querying, manipulating, and transforming XML and JSON documents. Because XML is in many ways the lingua franca of the digital humanities, learning XQuery empowers humanists to discover and analyze their data in new ways.
Until now, though, XQuery has been difficult to learn because there was no textbook designed for non-programmers or beginner programmers. XQuery for Humanists fills this void with an approachable guidebook aimed directly at digital humanists.
Clifford B. Anderson and Joseph C. Wicentowski introduce XQuery in terms accessible to humanities scholars and do not presuppose any prior background in programming. It provides an informed, opinionated overview and recommends the best implementations, libraries, and paradigms to empower those who need it most. Emphasizing practical applicability, the authors go beyond the XQuery language to include the basics of underlying standards like XPath, related standards like XQuery Full Text and XQuery Update, and explain the difference between XQuery and languages like Python and R. This book will afford readers the skills they need to build and analyze large-scale documentary corpora in XML.
In this paper, I provide an introduction to deepfakes and related machine-learning technologies for theologians, assess their danger as well as potential uses, and advocate for developing a spirituality of critical empathy in response.
What potential does digital humanities have to shape the practice of theology? Are there theological questions at stake? This essay is exploratory, aspiring to identify points of contact between the digital humanities and theology.
XQuery is the best language for querying, manipulating, and transforming XML and JSON documents. Because XML is in many ways the lingua …