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Editors’ Choice: Torn Apart / Separados

Torn Apart aggregates and cross-references publicly available data to visualize the geography of Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in 2018 and immigration incarceration in the USA in general. We also draw attention to the landscapes, families, and communities riven by the massive web of immigrant detention in the United States.

Working nimbly and remotely from four sites in the United States over a six-day period, our small team of researchers set about identifying sources of data on immigrant detention, from ports of entry run by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers, to shelters subcontracted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to care for children in their custody, to the financial trails left by a network of public, private, and non-profit organizations complicit with the complex infrastructure of immigrant detention in the United States.

Our sources for obtaining the data were varied. Those we worked from included a FOIA-ed list of ICE facilities, publicly available lists of CBP sites, data sets of ICE detainee hearings, state childcare licensing databases, government grant awards lists, and USASpending.gov. We cross-checked our data through non-governmental sources as well: news reports about immigrant detention, business databases, tax documents for non-profit organizations, job advertisements, Google Maps entries, Facebook Places, and more. All of our data has been verified through a minimum of two sources, at least one directly from the government.

What our data reveals is a shadowy network of government facilities, subcontractors from the prison-industrial complex, “non-profit” administrators paid over half a million dollars a year, and religious organizations across the country that, together, prop up the immigrant detention machine. Immigrant detention is a multi-billion dollar business and it’s happening in our own backyards. The crisis for immigrants in the United States is not only happening at the Mexico-United States border or other ports of entry. Rather, the border is everywhere.

This is not to say that Torn Apart, now in alpha release, paints a complete picture of immigrant detention. Like all maps, ours is a representation of data, reflecting choices we made while designing visualizations. For example, a simple decision to place data points in the foreground rather than in the background offers a very different reading of the locations of ICE detention centers, as the map below demonstrates.

 

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Job: Research Data Specialist, Case Western Reserve University

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From the ad:

Working independently and with initiative, the Research Data Specialist position is a non-supervisory position that reports to the digital learning and scholarship team leader. The RDS will provide leadership and expertise in the areas of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, geospatial data visualization, working in collaboration with campus-wide initiatives around research data management, providing guidance and creating best practices for ethical data creation, production and dissemination.

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Job: Online Learning Librarian, Penn State

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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for the position of Online Learning Librarian. The campus library seeks a proactive, creative, and inventive librarian to fill a tenure track, faculty position as part of Penn State University Libraries.  The person appointed to this position will be responsible for coordinating and growing University Libraries online learning initiatives as a cohesive and strategic program situated within the University Libraries information literacy, teaching, and learning program.

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Job: Director of Library Technology and Collection Management, CSU Fresno

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The Director is primarily responsible for developing strategic directions for managing access to physical and virtual collections and digital services and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Technology Services and Collection Management Division including materials in all formats, electronic resources management, collection development and collections budget management, and cataloging in all formats. The Director also leads this division in meeting and expanding library and digital scholarship needs and ensuring the continued implementation of technologies that serve teaching and research at Fresno State.

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Job: Digital Services and Research Librarian, Bryant University

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The Digital Services and Research Librarian will facilitate and perform a leading role in the library’s emerging digital scholarship and digitization initiatives. Working with other librarians, students, faculty, and campus and community partners, the incumbent will develop, implement, and support library services that focus on current and emerging research, teaching, and innovation at Bryant University. The Librarian will assist in implementing strategies for publishing and integrating digital scholarship into the library and Bryant community.

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CFParticipation: Hands Up for Digital Humanities Survey

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About the survey:

This survey is concerned with the knowledge gaps around DH within University and Further Educational settings, however, you don’t have to be currently attending or working in education to respond to this survey. Your engagement with Humanities might stem from previous jobs or qualifications, employment in a related area such as libraries or charities, or you may simply have an individual interest. Whatever your position, your response will help to highlight gaps in DH and enable them to be addressed. I believe that a more streamlined and transparent approach to DH will improve skill-sets developed throughout the years of study, and help to provide a more coherent trajectory as students leave education and embark on a career.

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CFParticipation: Network Analysis + Digital Art History Workshop

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From the CFParticipation:

The NA+DAH Workshop is a Getty Foundation-supported event that will bring together art historians, network scientists, and digital humanists to advance research at the intersection of these fields. Directed by Alison Langmead (University of Pittsburgh), Anne Helmreich (Texas Christian University), and Scott B. Weingart (Carnegie Mellon University)—all scholars engaged with digital art history and network analysis—the Network Analysis + Digital Art History Workshop will unfold over a full year and will be framed by two face-to-face convenings held at the University of Pittsburgh, a schedule that will allow participants to learn advanced digital methods and project management skills while fostering a close-knit interdisciplinary community.

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Job: Digital Humanist, The Long 19th Amendment Project

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The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University seeks a Digital Humanist committed to promoting feminist scholarship within the digital humanities to create a portal documenting the complexities and aftermath of the women’s suffrage movement as part of The Long 19th Amendment Project. The Digital Humanist will report to the Manager for Special Projects & Digital Services and will collaborate closely with the project steering committee and Digital Services staff.

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Job: PostDoc Research Associate – Digital Humanities, UIC

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We seek a creative and organized postdoctoral research associate whose research project and tech skills will mesh with the missions of the Language and Culture Learning Center: helping faculty find and integrate technology into foreign language, literature, and culture classes and supporting them in this process, and training foreign language peer tutors. We welcome applications from energetic and focused scholars whose past experience and planned research projects engage with teaching with technology and with peer tutoring in the fields of foreign language, literature, and culture.

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Job: Digital Project Coordinator (Limited Term), Duke University

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Duke University is seeking a full-time Digital Project Coordinator to join the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture for a limited term position July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.   The primary function of this position will be assisting a geographically-distributed cohort of Humanities and Social Science scholars — all participants in the 2017-2018 Summer Institute on “Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities” at the National Humanities Center — in the development, design, and implementation of sustainable digital projects for research and presentation.

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