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luncheon address for the 2013 Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium at Carleton University

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  • 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.

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  • 1. Becoming a Digital Humanist Shawn Graham, Carleton University, @electricarchaeo http://wallpaperswa.com/Art_Design/Abstract/abstract_fractals_circles_1920x1080_wallpape r_1294/download_1024x768
  • 2. 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
  • 3.  Of course, google has the wrong Shawn Graham listed for my book.
  • 4. (turns out, there’seven a song aboutliving out of asuitcase,http://www.british-caledonian.com/Mike_Hancock.html)
  • 5.  What Teaching High School Teaches You
  • 6.  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
  • 7.  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
  • 8.  No definitions today. However, you might enjoy Elijah Meeks’ presentation, http://j.mp/WGPauN :
  • 9.  Research blogging, data sharing, open access Builds presence Builds profile Builds contacts Opens your career to serendipity
  • 10.  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.
  • 11.  What will yours be? http://cymonsgames.com/twisty/
  • 12.  Stop being afraid. Put yourself out there.  Blog.  Tweet.  Share drafts.  Toss ideas out there.  Fail gloriously, Fail in public.
  • 13.  Let’s do some data mining and find out.
  • 14.  (but you should also google alt-ac jobs too)
  • 15.  (explore the corpus for yourself here: http://j.mp/WsJWbm )
  • 16.  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)
  • 17.  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
  • 18. Human ResourcesLondon DepartmentUK Computer ScienceCV BCE Head of SchoolDublin Faculty of HumanitiesEurope European University of AmsterdamIreland MAICT ItalyDepartment of DigitalHumanitiesDepartment ofHistory
  • 19. 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
  • 20.  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’ .
  • 21. . technology learning programs communication education students design based include technologies2. research media studies candidates information university professor faculty candidate interdisciplinary3. research humanities college relevant work post candidate project international successful4. digital library collections university management preservation archives special knowledge standards5. humanities data year html postdoctoral social fellow visualization hastac project6. digital libraries experience development services projects systems web support data7. university digital research graduate teaching humanities program department position english8. experience position work degree required information job years open related9. applications history digital unregistered html converter department version application total10. project skills version converter knowledge ability working html unregistered including
  • 22.  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.
  • 23. 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….