Joining the National Digital Humanities Conversation: Communities, Conferences, Centers


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This session is designed for scholars, broadly conceived, who are interested in joining the national (and international) conversation on the digital humanities. In particular, the organizers hope to provide a forum specifically targeted to those who might not have digital humanities resources on their own campuses or in their own regions, and those who might not have a sense of where to get started learning about the people and practices associated with the digital humanities. Recognizing that the digital humanities has a long history of practice, the panelists will introduce participants to a variety of online communities in which the digital humanities are discussed, conferences where one might be exposed to relevant conversations, and centers that focus on developing familiarity and fluency with digital humanities tools.

Jentery Sayers, an advanced doctoral candidate at the University of Washington, will talk about the role of digital humanities development opportunities, focusing on the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria as a case study. Dave Lester, the Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, will be talking about getting started with digital humanities conferences, focusing on THATCamps as places for DH newbies to dip their toes into the field. Jason Jones, an associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, will discuss electronic DH communities, focusing specifically on ProfHacker and DHAnswers as sites that bring together communities of practice tackling specific issues.

This Digital Scholarship seminar will be facilitated by Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor of English at St. Norbert College, and Daniel Chamberlain, Director of the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College.

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Joining the National Digital Humanities Conversation: Communities, Conferences, Centers

  1. 1. Welcome to the Digital Scholarship Seminar: Joining the National Digital Humanities Conversation: Communities, Conferences, Centers <ul><li>Please run the Audio Setup wizard found on your tools menu. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools > Audio > Audio Setup Wizard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself in the Chat Box </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Fellow participants </li></ul><ul><li>Raise your hand </li></ul><ul><li>Emoticons </li></ul><ul><li>Polling </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio set-up wizard on the tools menu: Tools > Audio > Audio Set-up Wizard </li></ul></ul>How to Participate
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  4. 4. Joining the National Digital Humanities Conversation: Communities, Conferences, Centers <ul><li>Jason Jones, Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Lester, Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Jentery Sayers, advanced doctoral candidate, University of Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Moderators: Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor of English at St. Norbert College, and Daniel Chamberlain, Director of the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College </li></ul>
  5. 5. ProfHacker <ul><li>Jason B. Jones (@jbj) </li></ul><ul><li>NITLE: “ Joining the National DH Conversation ” </li></ul><ul><li>October 2010 </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li> (or, ) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>. . . only 1 of these is a “ DH ” site
  7. 8. Most days, a class ’ s LMS looks like this.
  8. 9. Many faculty work like this!
  9. 10. Tangled networks are a problem & an opportunity.
  10. 11. Many hands, common problems.
  11. 17.
  12. 18. Photo credits <ul><li>Tumbleweeds: Flickr user Nogwater / </li></ul><ul><li>Network: Flickr user D'Arcy Norman: </li></ul><ul><li>Pecha Kucha image by Marco Raaphorst </li></ul><ul><li>Google image from Search Engine Watch: </li></ul><ul><li>iOS: Yutaka Tsutano: </li></ul><ul><li>Writing: Markus Rodder </li></ul><ul><li>teaching: akeg </li></ul><ul><li>jogging: espinr </li></ul><ul><li>lunch: chidorian </li></ul><ul><li>experiment: Jurvetson </li></ul>
  13. 19. <ul><li>the what, who, and why </li></ul>Dave Lester, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) Presented 3/25/2011, NITLE Digital Scholarship Seminar (and other DH conferences)
  14. 20. THATCamp is.. <ul><li>a free, open “ unconference ” where humanists and technologists meet </li></ul><ul><li>a self-identifying community that ’ s active on Twitter (#thatcamp) </li></ul><ul><li>fun, productive, collegial </li></ul>
  15. 21. what campers have said
  16. 22. founded at George Mason University
  17. 23. THATCamp events <ul><li>Regional: Victoria, Saigon, Great Lakes, Jersey Shore, Florence, Texas, New York, Cyprus, Florida, Chicago, Bay Area, Paris, Southern California, Austin </li></ul><ul><li>Topic or Community-Focused: Liberal Arts Colleges, Museum Computer Network </li></ul>
  18. 24. unconference scheduling
  19. 25. informal
  20. 26. non-hierarchical and open
  21. 27. lightning talks aka “ dork shorts ” <ul><li>brief presentations, often during lunch and lasting only a few minutes that allow campers to give a pitch for a project, idea, or question </li></ul>
  22. 28. bootcamps <ul><li>introductory workshops in various digital skills that take place at a THATCamp. </li></ul><ul><li>We think newbies and experts alike will benefit from cultivating “ beginner ’ s mind ” in these workshops, but believe it ’ s especially beneficial for “ analog ” scholars and museum professionals to learn alongside passionate and expert technologists. </li></ul>
  23. 29. bootcamp fellowships <ul><li>Awarded in the amount of $500 (USD) , participants begin acquiring digital skills at THATCamp </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty in the humanities and art professionals are eligible to apply for fellowships, along with grad students, postgraduate fellows in Arts and Humanities as well as Museum Studies </li></ul>
  24. 30. THATCamp covers all of DH <ul><li>participants that are humanities scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, software developers </li></ul><ul><li>session topics ranging from text mining, libraries and web 2.0, mobile, publishing, digital storytelling, library and university collaboration, annotation, crowdsourcing, teaching online </li></ul>
  25. 31. more information about THATCamp <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] (Amanda French) </li></ul><ul><li>my info: Dave Lester (@digitalhumanist) </li></ul>
  26. 32. Digital Humanities  Summer Institute Jentery Sayers University of Washington / @jenterysayers with contributions from  Ray Siemens and Cara Leitch University of Victoria NITLE Digital Scholarship Seminar March 25, 2011
  27. 33. DHSI History & Method <ul><ul><li>Annual event since 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One week in June at the University of Victoria, BC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants help shape curriculum, speaker and instructor selection, and how the institute is organized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development driven by participant feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accreditation model (certificate for completion)  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition scholarships offered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Known for its relaxed atmosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DH summer camp: social event meets vocational training meets conference meets unconference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>@jenterysayers
  28. 34. Forms of DH Curricula @jenterysayers
  29. 35. DHSI in a &quot;Sweet Spot&quot; @jenterysayers
  30. 36. 2011 DHSI Courses <ul><li>Fundamentals: (1) Text Encoding  (2) Digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Tools & Methods: (1) XLST, (2) Multimedia Design, (3) SEASR in Action: Data Analytics, (4) Geographical Information Systems, and (5) Data Discovery, Management, and Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Seminars & Consultations: (1) Large Project Planning and Management, (2) Digital Editions, and (3) Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis </li></ul>@jenterysayers
  31. 37. 2011 DHSI Events <ul><li>Graduate Colloquium: opportunity for students to share work (e.g., ten-minute talks) with a friendly audience, who can learn about new developments in DH </li></ul><ul><li>THATCamp Victoria: DHSI's first (at conclusion of the week, with at least 50 participants anticipated)  </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote: Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland)  </li></ul>@jenterysayers
  32. 38. Value of DHSI <ul><ul><li>Has been called the &quot;gold standard of digital humanities training events&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructors and speakers are leaders in their field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning doesn't stop at 4:00 p.m.: there are opportunities for people to keep talking and collaborating after class meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants are major strength: smart, driven people with a desire to learn and share what they know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track record helps maintain and recruit sponsors (UVic Libraries, UBC Libraries, U of Guelph, EMiC, INKE, Texas A&M, Acadia U, SFU Libraries), who choose DHSI to train their researchers </li></ul></ul>@jenterysayers
  33. 39. Why DHSI for Beginners <ul><ul><li>Get a rich sense of the &quot;big tent,&quot; including how DH is practiced differently and why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One-week course: great, low-risk way to become familiar with unfamiliar methods / content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extremely well-organized (the social events, the courses, the colloquium, and the talks included) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will learn plenty to communicate and teach to those at your home institution or organization. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich sense of community, with plenty of return participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You won't be the only beginner. Many come to get their feet wet. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It's a lot of fun! </li></ul></ul>@jenterysayers
  34. 40. More? <ul><li>The Digital Humanities Summer Institute website:  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>THATCamp Victoria website:  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>@jenterysayers Thanks!