Adam Mazel Connecting the print past and the digital future.

Digital Work


MELD: Mazel Electronic Literature Database
I used PHP, SQL, MyWebSQL, HTML, and CSS to create this website and its accompanying MyWebSQL relational database in Fall 2018. I did so to complete a database management course taught by Michael Leach at Simmons SLIS. This database (unavailable for display) stores, organizes, and retrieves digital literature and its metadata for use and analysis by scholars of literature; it can be queried via SQL to upload digital texts and sort / group / and pull texts and metadata by title, subject, genre, author, gender (of author), nationality (of author), publisher, publication date, publication city, and / or text primary language. My webpage enables a query to be done online, thus widening accessibility. Ultimately, this project starts to show how databases can be about more than just "looking stuff up"; querying them can generate quantitative analyses of textual data that can raise questions and offer insights.


Aphra Behn Topic Model (R)
I used R to topic model a corpus of 11 texts written, translated, or compiled by the Restoration woman writer Aphra Behn (1640–89). I did so in Fall 2018 as part of my Digital Humanities small-group study overseen by Professor Peter Botticelli at Simmons SLIS. This R code is based on code from Kailash Awati's blog post "A gentle introduction to topic modeling using R." My topic modeling indicates that Behn may be interested in love, specifically sacred love, or perhaps the tensions between heavenly and worldly love.
Hangman Game (Python)
I used Python to create this game of hangman in Spring 2018 to complete an intro to Python course taught by Professor Gerald Benoit at Simmons SLIS. Feel free to use my code to give it a try!

Digital Humanities Publications

"Interpreting insights: reflecting on numerical analyses of Women Writers Online citations"
I wrote this essay for the Women Writers Project (WWP) blog in Summer 2018 to share my reflections on my use of XPath and XQuery to quantitatively analyze XML / TEI-encoded textual citations in Women Writers Online, a collection of digitized writing in English by women between 1526 and 1850.

Text Encoding

Edgeworth, Maria (1800). Castle Rackrent, An Hibernian tale. (Currently being encoded January 2019–present)
Seward, Anna (1780). Elegy on Captain Cook. To which is added, an ode to the sun. (Encoded Winter / Spring 2018)

I used XML / TEI to encode these texts for the Women Writers Project (WWP), which digitally publishes early modern women's writing to increase its accessibility and facilitate research and teaching.

Web Design

Explore Alt-Ac: Career resources and advice for academics
Arianna Riva and I co-created this website using HTML, CSS, JS, and Bootstrap to complete our Fall 2018 web design course taught by Professor Naresh Agarwal at Simmons SLIS. It offers graduate students "Alternative-Academic" career advice. As the assignment was to create a mock-up of up to 10 webpages, not all of the links work and the content is a mere sketch.


LIS 500: Scholarly Communications, Open Access, and Copyright
I created this syllabus in Winter 2018 for a Spring 2019 independent study overseen by Professor Peter Botticelli at Simmons SLIS. The syllabus rigorously overviews Scholarly Communications, Open Access, and Copyright, as these topics are currently not taught by SLIS. I developed this syllabus by synthesizing my SC knowledge with syllabi by SC librarian Chris Barnes.
LIS XXX: Digital Humanities Librarianship
This is a proposal to Simmons SLIS for a course on the digital humanities. It outlines why the course should be taught, what it should teach and why, how it fits the SLIS curriculum, and pedagogical issues and solutions, and it provides a syllabus and set of assignments for that course. I created this proposal as the final project for my SLIS Fall 2018 small-group study on DH and R for literary text analysis overseen by Professor Peter Botticelli. This proposed syllabus improves that small-group study syllabus, as it emerged from the knowledge of the DH field that I acquired from that study.
LIS 500: Intro to the Digital Humanities / Text Mining (R)
I created this syllabus in Spring 2018 for a Fall 2018 small-group study overseen by Professor Peter Botticelli at Simmons SLIS. The syllabus rigorously overviews the DH field and introduces R for literary text analysis, as these topics are not taught by SLIS—yet. This course helped catalyze SLIS to establish a future DH course and is the prototype for that course. I developed this syllabus by synthesizing my DH knowledge with syllabi by Northeastern professors Ryan Cordell, Julia Flanders, and Ben Schmidt.