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Is There Anybody Out There?
Building a global DH community
Isabel Galina
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas
Unive...
Overview
• Inclusiveness and openness in DH
– Community building example Red de
Humanidades Digitales (RedHD)
Defining DH
• What we are and what we do
• What we are and what we do
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
UNAM
Located in Mexico City
300, 000 students (under graduates and post
gra...
4 main objectives
• Raise awareness of DH
• Identify key scholars and projects
• Investigate key local issues
• Consolidat...
How?
• Are you a digital humanist?
• Finding DH resources and tools
online is hard
• Finding DH projects?
• Auto identific...
Methodology
• Scoping
– Four workshops
• Between September 2010 to July 2011
• Concrete actions
• From workshop to network...
Scoping
7 key topics
• organizational context including institutional recognition
and support
• planning and development;
...
Institutional support
“There are other people like me”
Small personal initiatives
“University authorities have a vague
not...
Funding
• “Surprisingly I have never had any
trouble getting funding”
• No lack of access to computational
technologies
• ...
Human resources
• Finding, training and retaining human
resources
• “We know now what we want”
• Little learning support
–...
Sustainability
• Server hosting
• “when does a project become a
university service and therefore
somebody else’s responsib...
Who did we find?
• “I am a digital humanist” (and I
would like to do something about it)
• Aproximately 20 to 30 practitio...
Challenges
• Increase involvement of DH scholars
• to discover and register more research
and projects
• develop best prac...
Actions
• News/Courses
• Evaluation committee
• Regular meetings
• Special issue on DH of Revista Digital
Universitaria
• ...
A focus on expanding
Other international associations
• Red de Humanidades Digitales (June 2011)
• Japanese Association for DH (JADH) (can’t fi...
DH conference
Freedom to explore
(12 languages)
Digital diversity: Cultures,
languages and methods
(7 languages)
Big Tent ...
Working groups
• Multi-lingualism and Multi-Culturalism
Committee
Is responsible for developing and promoting policies in ...
Special Interest Groups
•Global Outlook (GO:DH)
The purpose of GO::DH is to help break down barriers
that hinder communica...
Discussion Lists
• GO:DH (globaloutlookdh-l@uleth.ca)
• RedHD
(redhd@humanidadesdigitales.net)
• How are they being used?
...
Finding projects and people
• Around DH in 80 Days (#s13dh, #arounddh)
– http://www.globaloutlookdh.org/around-dh-
in-80-d...
• 10 June 2013
• 97 blogs (72 in Spanish and 21 Portuguese)
– Spain 31
– Mexico 22
– Portugal 13
– Brasil 6
– EU 6
• Many ...
On Twitter
• #transformDH Transformative Digital
Humanities: Doing Race, Ethnicity,
Gender, Sexuality and Class in DH
• #D...
Events
• 1er Encuentro de Humanistas
Digitales (Mexico City May 2011)
• 1er Congreso Internacional de la
HDH (Coruña July ...
So what or now what?
• Isabel Galina
– igalina@unam.mx
– @igalina
• RedHD
– www.humanidadesdigitales.net
– @Red_HD
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Is There Anybody Out There? Building a DH Community

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Is There Anybody Out There? Building a DH Community

  1. 1. Is There Anybody Out There? Building a global DH community Isabel Galina Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Is There Anybody Out There? Building a Global DH Community by Isabel Galina is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License .
  2. 2. Overview • Inclusiveness and openness in DH – Community building example Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD)
  3. 3. Defining DH • What we are and what we do • What we are and what we do
  4. 4. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) UNAM Located in Mexico City 300, 000 students (under graduates and post graduates) 45,000 academic staff (11,000 full time) Aprox. 40% of national research productivity
  5. 5. 4 main objectives • Raise awareness of DH • Identify key scholars and projects • Investigate key local issues • Consolidate internally and link externally
  6. 6. How? • Are you a digital humanist? • Finding DH resources and tools online is hard • Finding DH projects? • Auto identification?
  7. 7. Methodology • Scoping – Four workshops • Between September 2010 to July 2011 • Concrete actions • From workshop to network (to association)
  8. 8. Scoping 7 key topics • organizational context including institutional recognition and support • planning and development; • intellectual property and copyright • human resources and training • dissemination and use • completion and sustainability • digital humanist career Galina, I. Retos para la creación de recursos digitales en las Humanidades, El Profesional de la Información, 21(2), pp185-189, 2012 (ISSN: 1386-6710)
  9. 9. Institutional support “There are other people like me” Small personal initiatives “University authorities have a vague notion that this sounds important” Lack of coherent policies or structures to have an real impact
  10. 10. Funding • “Surprisingly I have never had any trouble getting funding” • No lack of access to computational technologies • 1-3 year periods
  11. 11. Human resources • Finding, training and retaining human resources • “We know now what we want” • Little learning support – no centres, programs • Rigid university structures • Best practices and guidelines • Help with the steep learning curve
  12. 12. Sustainability • Server hosting • “when does a project become a university service and therefore somebody else’s responsibility?” • Absence of library community • Preservation aware but not addressed
  13. 13. Who did we find? • “I am a digital humanist” (and I would like to do something about it) • Aproximately 20 to 30 practitioners in four Mexico City universities Continue the snowball effect (now 70 suscribers to our mailinglist)
  14. 14. Challenges • Increase involvement of DH scholars • to discover and register more research and projects • develop best practices and guidelines in Spanish • document • incorporate the library community • expand the group and develop mechanisms to increase national and international collaboration
  15. 15. Actions • News/Courses • Evaluation committee • Regular meetings • Special issue on DH of Revista Digital Universitaria • Courses • Beginning of 2012 “1er Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales” • Larger/complex/sophisticated proyects • Recognition • Outreach (Mexico and Latin America)
  16. 16. A focus on expanding
  17. 17. Other international associations • Red de Humanidades Digitales (June 2011) • Japanese Association for DH (JADH) (can’t find the date but I think it is around 2010). • Associaziones per l’Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale (March 2011 official but as network has functioned for longer) • Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (March 2011) – also a result of a workshop • Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas (HDH) November 2011
  18. 18. DH conference Freedom to explore (12 languages) Digital diversity: Cultures, languages and methods (7 languages) Big Tent Digital Humanities (CfP: 5 languages) What we have to do now is see if when the CfP is published in another language does this increase the number of submissions?
  19. 19. Working groups • Multi-lingualism and Multi-Culturalism Committee Is responsible for developing and promoting policies in ADHO and its constituent organizations that will help them to become more linguistically and culturally inclusive in general terms, and especially in the areas where linguistic and cultural matters play a role. • Inclusivity
  20. 20. Special Interest Groups •Global Outlook (GO:DH) The purpose of GO::DH is to help break down barriers that hinder communication and collaboration among researchers and students of the Digital Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage sectors in High, Mid, and Low Income Economies.//www.globaloutlookdh.org/ •GO::DH is not an aid or an outreach programme.
  21. 21. Discussion Lists • GO:DH (globaloutlookdh-l@uleth.ca) • RedHD (redhd@humanidadesdigitales.net) • How are they being used? • Different to say TEI or Humanist? • Is this a cultural or a subject difference?
  22. 22. Finding projects and people • Around DH in 80 Days (#s13dh, #arounddh) – http://www.globaloutlookdh.org/around-dh- in-80-days/ • RedHD database of DH projects. Currently UNAM ones. Working on other Mexican and LatinAmerican universities – Inteface is in Spanish – Help is in Spanish
  23. 23. • 10 June 2013 • 97 blogs (72 in Spanish and 21 Portuguese) – Spain 31 – Mexico 22 – Portugal 13 – Brasil 6 – EU 6 • Many blogs were projects and not individuals • Reflections on what DH (philosophical) • Visualizations (mapping who and what is out there) • Comments (ideas, let’s work together, did you know?) – Organized (CenterNet, RedHD, HDH, Universidad Nova de Lisboa and Universidade de Sao Paulo). Hosted by UNAM. (dhd2013.filos.unam.mx) DíaHD
  24. 24. On Twitter • #transformDH Transformative Digital Humanities: Doing Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Class in DH • #DHPoco Postcolonial DH • #RedHD Info about events, articles, projects and general
  25. 25. Events • 1er Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales (Mexico City May 2011) • 1er Congreso Internacional de la HDH (Coruña July 2013) • JADH having their 3rd conference (Kyoto September 2013) • I Seminário Internacional em Humanidades Digitais (Sao Paulo, October 2013)
  26. 26. So what or now what?
  27. 27. • Isabel Galina – igalina@unam.mx – @igalina • RedHD – www.humanidadesdigitales.net – @Red_HD

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