Big in Japan

Monday, October 8, 2018

We’re very grateful for the attention OSP has received  in the past couple years, and sometimes this yields an unexpected treat.  Here’s a short segment from a Japanese quiz show called ‘Wow!

Some Preliminary Description of the V2 Dataset

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The next version of the OSP dataset is beginning to take shape.  It will have roughly 6 million syllabi, covering around 6000 institutions around the world.  All the stats and breakdowns will bounce around as we refine the classifiers, decide which fields to consolidate, and so on, but here are a couple interesting initial views:


And a breakdown by field:

Syllabus of the Month (February)

Friday, February 16, 2018

We’re on a melancholic run for the winter months.  February’s honoree is “The Professor of Longing” by Jill Talbot.

243: The Professor of Longing

Syllabus of the Month (January)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

This month’s honoree is:


Instructor: Kevin Temple
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OSP wins a Digital Science ‘Catalyst Grant’

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve won a Catalyst Grant for innovative research tool-building projects, offered by Digital Science.  The grant will support the extension of the OSP into other languages, beginning with German, Spanish, and Japanese (languages in which we have large document collections). 

Syllabus of the Month (June)

Monday, May 29, 2017

This month’s honorees are Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West from the University of Washington for their very ambitious INFO 198 / BIOL 106B course:

Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data

Our learning objectives are straightforward. After taking the course, you should be able to:

Syllabus of the Month (February)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

This month we highlight RISD Professor Clement Valla’s course, Uncreative Design, and ponder its relationship to the OSP.

Syllabus of the Month (September)

Monday, September 12, 2016

September’s ‘Syllabus of the Month’ is a 1994 University of Chicago class, “Current Issues in Racism and the Law,” by a junior faculty member you may have heard of.  (Click the image for the full syllabus).

Why Sociology May Always be the Field of 20 Years Ago

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kristin Thomson has posted an excellent piece on Medium that unpacks some of the major demographic features of the top 500 sociology texts in the syllabus corpus–particularly in regard to gender, age, and publication dates.  To hit a couple of the highlights:

Among the works on the list published since 1970, only 24% are by women authors:

The OSP at Two Months

Friday, March 25, 2016

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