This is my “now” page1. Last update: Mid-March 2024. [versi贸n en espa帽ol]

馃摀 Digital Humanities + Open Scholarship + Open Publishing

I’m an editor at Programming Historian. We publish multilingual peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of open computational tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching. I’m also the Deputy Chair of ProgHist Ltd., the non-profit that administers Programming Historian activities.

馃捑 Research Software

I’m a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. As part of my fellowship, I’m developing resources and planning some training events to spread the word about Research Software Engineering (RSE) and reproducible research among people from the humanities (with a focus on Latin America). I’ve also been working on how to include Jupyter notebooks as part of the supplemental materials of Programming Historian tutorials in a way that is sustainable in the long run.

馃捇 Programming Communities

馃尡 Open Science

馃敡 Teaching

  • I teach the web scraping and the text mining modules (with Python & R) at the Data Science Specialization from the Faculty of Mathematics at Universidad Cat贸lica de Chile.

  • I am part of the academic committee of the new Professional Certification in Data Science at the Faculty of Economics and Administration of the Universidad de la Rep煤blica of Uruguay. I’ll be teaching the module about reproducible reports and automation.

  • In January, I participated in the Mixed Methods Summer School organized by the Institute of Political Science of Universidad Cat贸lica de Chile. I ran a workshop about web scraping with R & working with archives.

  • In January, I was also part of Datapalooza UC, a Data Science open event organized by the Faculty of Mathematics at Universidad Cat贸lica de Chile. I ran a workshop about web scraping with Python.

馃摎 Some linguistic research

I’m the co-investigator in a research project led by Soledad Aravena about lexical and syntactic complexity in school textbooks. We have a grant from the Chilean Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage 馃彚 馃帹. I am in charge of all things related to data management and research software. Python and R are our open tools of choice.

馃悓 I’m finishing a PhD in Linguistics

Almost done 鉁

If you want to know what my dissertation is about, here are two random pieces of audiovisual evidence:

  • Prehistory: my PhD topic started as a side project. 馃搳 Here is a talk I gave in Spanish in 2018 at the First Data Visualization Seminar (VISDatos), organized by the School of Design of Universidad Cat贸lica de Chile. Soon after this talk, I realized that it was a good idea to stick to this topic and to turn it into a Linguistics dissertation.
  • A couple of years later: 鈽侊笍 Here is a talk I gave in 2021 at the first edition of Outlier, the conference organized by the Data Visualization Society. Just some random thoughts about why wordclouds are useless for some topics.

Recently I have been talking about the challenges of building an open corpus of historical texts and on how to visualize it:


  1. To learn more about “now” pages: https://nownownow.com/about ↩︎