Getting Started in The Digital Humanities

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Slides from a conversation I had with graduate students and faculty members in Boston College's English Department about "Getting Started In The Digital Humanities" (April 11, 2014). Most images contain hyperlinks, so please click around!

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Getting Started in The Digital Humanities

  1. 1. Getting Started in the Digital Humanities by Jim McGrath, Northeastern University Notes from discussion at Boston College April 11, 2014 Twitter: @JimMc_Grath
  2. 2. What is The Digital Humanities?
  3. 3. Day of DH (#DayofDH) http://dayofdh2014.matrix.msu.edu/
  4. 4. Day of DH (#DayofDH)
  5. 5. Day of DH (#DayofDH) “DH is an umbrella term that refers to scholarship, projects, and teaching methods in the humanities that acknowledge the ways that digital media and online culture have transformed our ways of seeing and interacting with the world.”
  6. 6. Data Visualizations Ben Schmidt (Northeastern)
  7. 7. Archival Work Digital Dos Passos (Amanda Visconti, University of Maryland)
  8. 8. Mapping Boston Maps Project (NULab: Abby Mullen et al)
  9. 9. “Big Data” Analytics Google Ngram Viewer
  10. 10. Digital Humanities Work • Not every Digital Humanist does the same thing! • Not every Digital Humanist does EVERYTHING. • DH work is collaborative, but in different ways. • You may already be doing DH work!
  11. 11. My DH Work
  12. 12. My DH Work
  13. 13. My DH Work
  14. 14. My DH Work Jerome McGann (Image via Google)
  15. 15. My DH Work
  16. 16. My DH Work John Ashbery: “The Skaters”
  17. 17. My DH Work
  18. 18. My DH Work
  19. 19. My DH Work
  20. 20. My DH Work
  21. 21. My DH Work
  22. 22. My DH Work Ben Schmidt, Prochronisms (Downton Crabbey)
  23. 23. My DH Work • DH work should be in the service of research questions. • Don’t ask “What tools / programs should I learn?” first. • A DH project does not have to have a “digital” product. • Discuss the tangible value of DH dissertation work (degree requirements) with your department.
  24. 24. My DH Work (NULab)
  25. 25. My DH Work (NULab)
  26. 26. My DH Work (NULab)
  27. 27. My DH Work (NULab)
  28. 28. My DH Work (NULab) • Project Management • Interdisciplinary Project (English, History) • Archival / Library Science Work • Collaborations with Media Partners • Collaborations with Academic Institutions • Conference Papers / Panels • Experience with Omeka, Neatline, HTML, XML, Web Design • Public Outreach • Social Media • Impact on Dissertation
  29. 29. My DH Work (NULab) Digital Humanities Quarterly
  30. 30. My DH Work (NULab) • Text Encoding (TEI) • Bibliographic Development • Metacognitive Archival Work • Collaborations with leading DH Scholars • Conference Papers
  31. 31. “Getting In” to DH
  32. 32. “Getting In” to DH
  33. 33. “Getting In” to DH
  34. 34. “Getting In” to DH
  35. 35. “Getting In” to DH • You Don’t Have To Build Something From Scratch! • You Can Start Small (Volunteer Opportunities, Conferences) • That Being Said, Be Pro-Active! • Identify Department / Institutional Resources • Talk With Collaborators Beyond BC • Be Vocal About Interest In DH at BC • Students Need Faculty / Department / College Support • DH work is often public / “work in progress”
  36. 36. Thanks! • Slides Will Be Online Soon (with Links): @JimMc_Grath • nulab.neu.edu • northeastern.edu/marathon • digitalhumanities.org/dhq mcgrath.ja@husky.neu.edu

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