Intro to Digital Humanities
Workshop
Villanova University
May 29, 2014
Deb Boyer
debsting@gmail.com
@debsting
*
Workshop Agenda
• Intro to digital humanities
• Review key themes and project examples
• Workshop 1: Omeka for online ex...
What are the Digital
Humanities?
1959
Nothing but a fad
A set of
methodologies
The use of digital tools for
humanities research
Just a construct
Humanistic inqu...
*
Does it matter?
• Define by its values - Openness, collaboration,
collegiality, connectedness, diversity,
experimentatio...
*
The History of DH*
• Began as “humanities computing” – primarily
focused on concordances, electronic texts
• 1949 - Fath...
The History of DH
• mid 1980s-early 1990s – Personal computers, TEI
(text encoding initiative), list-servs
• mid 1990s – p...
The History of DH
• 2006 – NEH launches the Digital Humanities
Initiative
• 2008 – NEH forms the Office of Digital
Humanit...
Digital Humanities vs. Digital History
• Digital history often focuses on the
presentation of material, access, and
preser...
Provide new ways to
Access Resources
Philadelphia City Archives
Photo by Deb Boyer
New methods for
Historical Analysis and
Sharing DataVisualizing Emancipation
http://dsl.richmond.edu/emanci
pation/
Explore connections with
New Audiences and
New Media
The Ward - www.dubois-theward.org/
Key Areas
• Digitization and increased access to primary
sources
• Online publishing and open data
• Text analysis
• Spati...
Let’s Get Critical
Student Photo - 1913
Key Debates
• Too focused on doing/making at the expense of
theory and criticism (more hack, less yack)
• Overly obsessed ...
Is This All Just About the Money?
City Fair - 1967
(My) Benefits of DH
• Interdisciplinary
• Encourages experimentation
• Collaborative
• Promotes discussion and outreach
wi...
How do you become
a digital humanist?
Founders Week - 1908
1. Say you are one and join the
conversation
2. Spend some time learning new
tools
3. Make mistakes and try again
Getting Started
• Bamboo DiRT - http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/
• Intro to Digital Humanities - UCLA
• “Getting Started in ...
DH in the Classroom
Typing Class - 1928
Basic Guidelines
• Don’t assume students have technical skills
• Perhaps conduct technical survey/skills
assessment early ...
Wikipedia
• Discuss collaborative
content creation – who
is writing what
everyone reads?
• Neutral point of view
• Linking...
Informal Online Writing
Class and Student Blogs
• Go beyond reading journals in digital form
• Tie into course goals – summarized version of resea...
Critiquing Digital Tools
Critiquing Digital Tools
• Find a digital project/website and analyze it like a text,
primary source, etc
• Digital tools ...
Working with Digital Primary Sources
• Reading primary
resources in new format
• Options to
participate/crowdsourc
e
• Con...
Build Something
Intro Tools
• Omeka - http://www.omeka.net/
• Google Maps Engine Lite -
https://mapsengine.google.com
• Timeline - http://...
Learning More
Southwark Elementary School - 1912
Local Resources
• PhillyDH - http://phillydh.org/
• PhillyDH@Penn - Friday, June 20, 2014 -
http://penn2014.phillydh.org/
...
Conferences and Workshops
• Alliance of Digital Humanities -
http://adho.org/conference
• Digital Library Forum - http://w...
Key Books
• Debates in the Digital Humanities – Edited by
Matthew Gold
• Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving...
Key Online Publications
• Digital Humanities Now -
http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org/
• Digital Humanities Quarterly -
http:...
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  1. 1. Intro to Digital Humanities Workshop Villanova University May 29, 2014 Deb Boyer debsting@gmail.com @debsting
  2. 2. * Workshop Agenda • Intro to digital humanities • Review key themes and project examples • Workshop 1: Omeka for online exhibits • Workshop 2: Basic mapping • Workshop 3: Data visualization and analysis • How to integrate DH into the classroom? • Additional resources
  3. 3. What are the Digital Humanities? 1959
  4. 4. Nothing but a fad A set of methodologies The use of digital tools for humanities research Just a construct Humanistic inquiry using digital technology An interdisciplinary community of practice A current term that will soon be how we refer to the humanities in general A big tent where all are welcome The research we’ve always done just with faster tools A brand new field
  5. 5. * Does it matter? • Define by its values - Openness, collaboration, collegiality, connectedness, diversity, experimentation - Lisa Spiro • http://whatisdigitalhumanities.com/ • Day of DH - open community publication project - http://dayofdh2014.matrix.msu.edu/
  6. 6. * The History of DH* • Began as “humanities computing” – primarily focused on concordances, electronic texts • 1949 - Father Roberto Busa and the works of St. Thomas Aquinas • 1960s – Slowly more textual analysis projects, first conferences, first university centers • 1970s-mid-80s – More consolidation of projects, sharing of ideas, regular conferences *Susan Hockey - “The History of Humanities Computing” and Matthew Kirschenbaum - “What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments”
  7. 7. The History of DH • mid 1980s-early 1990s – Personal computers, TEI (text encoding initiative), list-servs • mid 1990s – present – Rise of the internet, digital library collections, multimedia, web publishing • 2001 – 2005 – First mentions of digital humanities, Association for Computers in the Humanities and Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing merge into the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)
  8. 8. The History of DH • 2006 – NEH launches the Digital Humanities Initiative • 2008 – NEH forms the Office of Digital Humanities • 2009 – Modern Language Association Annual Convention includes several key DH presentations • Today – Digital Humanities (DH) common term, digital scholarship/digital liberal arts on the rise
  9. 9. Digital Humanities vs. Digital History • Digital history often focuses on the presentation of material, access, and preservation. • Spatial mapping vs. topic modeling/text mining • Inclusion of cultural institutions (but not always) • Not really clear and not really crucial
  10. 10. Provide new ways to Access Resources Philadelphia City Archives Photo by Deb Boyer
  11. 11. New methods for Historical Analysis and Sharing DataVisualizing Emancipation http://dsl.richmond.edu/emanci pation/
  12. 12. Explore connections with New Audiences and New Media The Ward - www.dubois-theward.org/
  13. 13. Key Areas • Digitization and increased access to primary sources • Online publishing and open data • Text analysis • Spatial mapping • Network mapping • Data visualization • Multimedia and digital storytelling • Crowdsourcing and user generated content • Gaming
  14. 14. Let’s Get Critical Student Photo - 1913
  15. 15. Key Debates • Too focused on doing/making at the expense of theory and criticism (more hack, less yack) • Overly obsessed with data at the expense of interpretation • Elitist, opportunistic, and self-aggrandizing • A place to escape - DHPoco (Postcolonial Digital Humanities) - http://dhpoco.org/
  16. 16. Is This All Just About the Money? City Fair - 1967
  17. 17. (My) Benefits of DH • Interdisciplinary • Encourages experimentation • Collaborative • Promotes discussion and outreach with diverse audiences • Provides opportunities for multiple forms of narrative
  18. 18. How do you become a digital humanist? Founders Week - 1908
  19. 19. 1. Say you are one and join the conversation 2. Spend some time learning new tools 3. Make mistakes and try again
  20. 20. Getting Started • Bamboo DiRT - http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/ • Intro to Digital Humanities - UCLA • “Getting Started in the Digital Humanities” – Lisa Spiro • “How Did They Make That?” – Miriam Posner • A Short Guide to the Digital Humanities • “Tales of an Indiscriminate Tool Adopter,” ProfHacker – Michelle Moravec
  21. 21. DH in the Classroom Typing Class - 1928
  22. 22. Basic Guidelines • Don’t assume students have technical skills • Perhaps conduct technical survey/skills assessment early in semester • Tie into existing educational goals – no technology for technology’s sake • Start small and use existing free tools
  23. 23. Wikipedia • Discuss collaborative content creation – who is writing what everyone reads? • Neutral point of view • Linking to resources • Wiki formatting • GLAM:WIKI, Rewriting Wikipedia, etc
  24. 24. Informal Online Writing
  25. 25. Class and Student Blogs • Go beyond reading journals in digital form • Tie into course goals – summarized version of research paper, info on group project, etc • Opportunity to discuss audience, presentation, tone, content, article length • Become part of the online conversation - immediacy • Maybe it’s not a blog at all – Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, digital storytelling
  26. 26. Critiquing Digital Tools
  27. 27. Critiquing Digital Tools • Find a digital project/website and analyze it like a text, primary source, etc • Digital tools (databases, visualizations, maps) are arguments. What decisions did the creators make? • Who is the audience? How has the project been designed or constructed with their needs in mind? • How could the tool be used differently, improved, or expanded?
  28. 28. Working with Digital Primary Sources • Reading primary resources in new format • Options to participate/crowdsourc e • Connect to digital literacy • Critique formatting and analysis The Ward - http://www.dubois-theward.org/
  29. 29. Build Something
  30. 30. Intro Tools • Omeka - http://www.omeka.net/ • Google Maps Engine Lite - https://mapsengine.google.com • Timeline - http://www.simile- widgets.org/timeline/ • TimelineJS - http://timeline.knightlab.com/ • TimeMapper - http://timemapper.okfnlabs.org/ • Voyant Tools - http://voyant-tools.org/
  31. 31. Learning More Southwark Elementary School - 1912
  32. 32. Local Resources • PhillyDH - http://phillydh.org/ • PhillyDH@Penn - Friday, June 20, 2014 - http://penn2014.phillydh.org/ • THATCamp Philly - http://thatcampphilly.org/ • GLAM Café Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe- Philadelphia/ • Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative, Falvey Library • Many, many local tech, geospatial, and design meetups
  33. 33. Conferences and Workshops • Alliance of Digital Humanities - http://adho.org/conference • Digital Library Forum - http://www.diglib.org/forums/ • HILT – Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching - http://www.dhtraining.org/hilt/ • Museums and the Web - http://www.museumsandtheweb.com/ • THATCamp - http://thatcamp.org/
  34. 34. Key Books • Debates in the Digital Humanities – Edited by Matthew Gold • Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web – Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig • Writing History in the Digital Age – Edited by Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki
  35. 35. Key Online Publications • Digital Humanities Now - http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org/ • Digital Humanities Quarterly - http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/ • Journal of Digital Humanities - http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/ • ProfHacker - http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/

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