I graduated in 2002.‘Digital Humanities’ wasn’t coined until 2004.It emerges from ‘humanities computing’, which has been around since the 1940s.In fact, computing wouldn’t be the way it is today without the Humanities, and the Jesuit, Father Busa.
Roman archaeologyStamped brickEastern Canada’s only Stamped Brick Specialist….things were pretty lean in 2003…
Life from a suitcaseComin’ Home AgainYouth development grant to study cultural heritage of my home townshipAlso a small teaching excavation based in ShawvilleWhich led to a teaching gig at the local high school.
What was it about my academic work that I really enjoyed?NetworksPossibilities of SimulationRandom Chances and the virtues of ‘What the Hell’
Meanwhile, I enter businessHeritage focusHeritage education – learned how to install my own software, LMSTrying to monetize the information I uncovered in my cultural heritage studyCoronation Hall Cider Mills(Shameless Plug).
Allows you to develop your ideasForces you to write in small chunksExposes your work to potential audiencesMy blog posts have been cited in others’ academic monographsHas improved the readership of my published workA quarter million page reads over the last six years.My book: 80 copies.
Top words:digital 1082 research 650 university 577 experience 499 library 393 humanities 386History: 177 timesBroadly, not useful or surprising. But consider the structure of word use…
The analysis is based on what departments think are going to be the important trendsSo in a way, this is very backwards looking.You might be better off doing the same sort of analysis on the published DH literature, or the ‘about’ pages of DH centres, to get a better sense of the gaps, the niches, to shoehorn open and explore.But what I hope you take away is a sense that DH is a perspective, a way of thinking about the world, which can serve you well no matter what path you take.Take risks. Raise your profile. Apply what you learn to whatever topic takes your interest. In a world of big data, we can’t leave it to google or governments.
Living the life electric
Becoming a Digital Humanist Shawn Graham, Carleton University, @electricarchaeo http://wallpaperswa.com/Art_Design/Abstract/abstract_fractals_circles_1920x1080_wallpape r_1294/download_1024x768
Excavation of the amphitheatre, Forum Novum, ca 1999.British Museum.Prima Porta Augustus, appearing for some reason on thiswebsite: http://lazio.italiaguida.it/cmsx.asp?IDPg=17
Of course, google has the wrong Shawn Graham listed for my book.
(turns out, there’seven a song aboutliving out of asuitcase,http://www.british-caledonian.com/Mike_Hancock.html)
Postdoc in Roman Archaeology, U Manitoba ‘We don’t know what you’re doing…. but it sounds cool. So let’s see what happens next!’ Key conferences lead to key moments Brock – game based learning RWU – 3 person band, established our own liberal arts college NCC – heritage inventory of Gatineau Park It’s possible to eat, if you put enough things together
1st Digital Humanities Workshop Turns out, I was a digital humanist Review of my project by senior figures in the field, advice given, received! Leads to Electric Archaeology
No definitions today. However, you might enjoy Elijah Meeks’ presentation, http://j.mp/WGPauN :
Research blogging, data sharing, open access Builds presence Builds profile Builds contacts Opens your career to serendipity
Civ IV Teaching HeritageCrowd Things change very fast in the digital world. Documenting what doesn’t work, and why, is of enormous value. Digital work ought to be Public work.
What will yours be? http://cymonsgames.com/twisty/
Stop being afraid. Put yourself out there. Blog. Tweet. Share drafts. Toss ideas out there. Fail gloriously, Fail in public.
(but you should also google alt-ac jobs too)
(explore the corpus for yourself here: http://j.mp/WsJWbm )
Use network analysis to identify the words doing the heavy lifting Extract all pairs of words, and turn into a network Fortunately, this is what computers are made for. Look for patterns of similar linkages (ie, identify subnetworks) Look for words that connect the entire corpus together (betweenness centrality)
Three major groups emerge. Group 1, with words with highest betweenness scores CSS MODS (Netadata Object Description Schema)PHP XHTMLDigital University LibrariesRuby CLIR (Council on Library and InformationMETS (Metadata encoding and transmission Resources)standard) University of AlbertaUnited States North AmericaPython DrupalMLS (Master of Library Science) XMLNew York MARCMySQL Duke University
Human ResourcesLondon DepartmentUK Computer ScienceCV BCE Head of SchoolDublin Faculty of HumanitiesEurope European University of AmsterdamIreland MAICT ItalyDepartment of DigitalHumanitiesDepartment ofHistory
CRC (Canada Research CanadianChair) Quebec ETCL (Electronic Textual CulturesCanada Laboratory, U Victoria)Waterloo MontrealTEI (Text Encoding ConcordiaInitiative) University of WaterlooSSHRC DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute StratfordVictoria Faculty of ArtsCanada Research Chair Stratford CampusSkypeDigital HumanitiesSummer InstituteUniversity of Victoria
Technique decomposes each advertisement into a series of 10 bins of constituent words, based on a Bayesian probability Ie, it imagines that if all you had were 10 bins of words, you could write the first advertisement with 40% bin 1, 23 % bin 2, 12 % bin 3, and so on. Thus, each bin represents the constituent ‘topics’ or ‘discourses’ .
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Get on Twitter. Follow DH’ers whose work intrigues you. Get in touch. Share often, share widely. Don’t be afraid to open the black box and look inside. Learn a couple of techniques. Go to a THATCamp.
It’s a way of looking at the world, the tools we use to do that, and the way those tools affect what we see. So remember: …but….