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Fintel Library Resources, Services, & Expertise Supporting Digital Humanities Initiatives

Digital Humanities Initiatives:

  • HASTAC:  "HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists that are changing the way we teach and learn.  Our 13,000+ members from over 400+ affiliate organizations share news, tools, research, insights, pedagogy, methods, and projects--including Digital Humanities and other born-digital scholarship--and collaborate on various HASTAC initiatives." https://www.hastac.org/about-hastac.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.  "The Office of Digital Humanities offers grant programs that address these cultural changes. This would include projects that explore how to harness new technology for humanities research as well as those that study digital culture from a humanistic perspective. To best tackle the broad, interdisciplinary questions that arise when studying digital technology, ODH works closely with the scholarly community and with other funding agencies in the United States and abroad, to encourage collaboration across national and disciplinary boundaries. In addition to sponsoring grant programs, ODH also participates in conferences and workshops with the scholarly community to help foster understanding of issues in the digital humanities and ensure we are meeting the needs of the field. " https://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh 
  • DH Commons: "DHCommons, an initiative of centerNet, is an online hub focused on matching digital humanities projects seeking assistance with scholars interested in project collaboration. This hub responds to a pressing and demonstrable need for a project-collaborator matching service that will allow scholars interested in DH to enter the field by joining an existing project as well as make existing projects more sustainable by drawing in new, well-matched participants. Additionally, DHCommons helps break down the siloization of an emerging field by connecting collaborators across institutions, a particularly acute need for solo practitioners and those without access to a digital humanities center. " https://dhcommons.org/
  • Digital Library Federation. "The Digital Library Federation strives to be a robust, diverse, and ever more inclusive community of practitioners who advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among its institutional members, and all who are invested in the success of libraries, museums, and archives in the digital age." https://www.diglib.org/
  • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. "The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is an umbrella organization whose goals are to promote and support digital research and teaching across arts and humanities disciplines, drawing together humanists engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, creation, dissemination, and beyond, in all areas reflected by its diverse membership." http://adho.org/
  • IQ Center at W&L:  https://www.wlu.edu/iq-center
  • dh introduction to digital humanities resources at Bridgewater University.This site links the user to DH communities, tools, projects, pedagogy, and readings.  http://webhost.bridgew.edu/edubinsky/DH/index.html

  • "The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative promotes innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and engaged scholarship and research at UNC and beyond."  http://digitalhumanities.unc.edu/
  • In the UVA Scholar's Lab "advanced students and researchers across the disciplines partner on digital projects and benefit from expert consultation and teaching."   http://scholarslab.org/
  • IATH or the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities provides links to a number of different types of projects.  "[Its] goal is to explore and develop information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research."

Digital Humanities: What & Why?

Conferences/Workshops:

  • Summer institute on "Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities" (connected with "topics in art, architecture, urban history or material culture") offered by the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC. Check out the description here: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/digital-humanities/. The application deadline is Feb 21st.
  • THATCamp: "THATCamp stands for "The Humanities and Technology Camp." It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot." Nearest/soonest camp: March 25th in DC: http://thatcamp.org/
  • Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference: ""Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration." #BUDSC16 will bring together a broad community of practitioners-faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students-who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define "borders" as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration." October http://budsc16.scholar.bucknell.edu/ 
  • Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship: "IliADS is a project-based and team-based opportunity for focused support of a digital project - your project - as you work alongside other colleagues and experts. Along the way, ILiADS gives institute participants an opportunity to explore the broad questions that frame digital scholarship." July 30 - Aug 4, 2017 at the College of Wooster. Proposals due Feb 22nd.  http://iliads.org/ 
  • Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute 2017:  "Participants choose between one of six tracks and work collaboratively in small workshop-style classes. Each track is open to all backgrounds and skill levels." August 7-11, 2017 at the University of Mary Washington. Registration is now open:  http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/institute/
  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute:  "The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an ideal environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach."  University of Victoria, BC. June 5-16, 2017.  http://www.dhsi.org/
  • Digital Library Federation Forum:  October 23-25, in Pittsburgh, PA.  https://www.diglib.org/forums/
  • Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities.  "We're an organization working to address the lack of cross-institutional support for undergraduate research in the humanities. To reverse this culture, we've become that collective of students from a wide array of colleges and universities. Our mission is to promote, present, and encourage rigorous student research in the humanities, especially with an emphasis on digital humanities." http://unrh.org/
  • Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations:  "Digital Humanities 2017." August 8-11, 2017 at McGill University. http://adho.org/

Examples of DH Projects:

Book/Tutorials:

  • Digital Humanities in Practice by Nyhan, Terras, and Warwick. "The particular emphasis of this book is, therefore, the integration of digital humanities research, with practice within and beyond academia; the involvement of the general public in digital resource creation and design; and the application of digital technologies to cultural heritage." Stable URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=558471&site=eds-live&scope=site
  • Introduction to Text Analysis: A Course Book, by Brandon Walsh and Sarah Horowitz. "This workbook provides a brief introduction to digital text analysis through a series of three-part units. Each unit introduces students to a concept, a tool for or method of digital text analysis, and a series of exercises for practicing the new skills. In some cases, studies of particular projects are presented instead of tools in the third section of each unit. " https://www.gitbook.com/book/bmw9t/introduction-to-text-analysis/details
  • Short Guide to the Digital_Humanities by Jeffrey Schnapp. "The Short Guide, a subsection of Digital_Humanities that my coauthors (Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld and Todd Presner) and I devised both for DH practitioners and for department chairs, deans, promotion committees, provosts and university presidents...." http://jeffreyschnapp.com/2013/01/17/short-guide-to-the-digital_humanities/
  • The Historian's Macroscope: Big Digital History: An experiment in writing in public, one page at a time, by S. Graham, I. Milligan, and S. Weingart.  "We live in an era where humanities scholars need to understand what digital media, their algorithms, assumptions, usage, and agency, are doing to the traditional projects of humanistic scholarship. The humanities and digital media - new media - go back decades, and have often informed each other's development. Taking a more broad view of what 'new media' can mean, we note that the introduction of previous revolutions in communication technology and the ways they represent/construct human knowledge have similarly required new perspectives and new methods in response."  http://www.themacroscope.org/?page_id=584
  • The Programming Historian. "The Programming Historian offers novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate their research. " http://programminghistorian.org/
  • www.vivalib.org/committees/outreach/.../161027_VLA_lightening_session.pptx (starting with slide 46)
  • Digital_Humanities, by Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunefeld, Todd Pressner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. "The first three chapters offer synthetic mappings of the field, its emergingmethodologies, and its social characteristics. Chapter 1. hUMANITIES TO DIGITAL HUMANITIES explores emerging forms of transmedia research and the increasing importance of prototyping, experimentation, and tool and platform development for contemporary scholarship in the humanities. Chapter 2. eMERGING METHODS AND GENRES charts new ways of doing things using digital tools and platforms that extend traditional scholarly practices or devise entirely new ones (whether new fields of inquiry or new models of dissemination and practice): the shapes that scholarly knowledge can assume in digital environments, the models of practice that are becoming prevalent, and the units of argument of which they are composed. Chapter 3. tHE SOCIAL LIFE OF theDIGITAL HUMANITIES analyzes the real and potential roles that Digital Humanities projects are playing in contemporary society, the purposes they serve, the communities engaged by them, and the values they affirm.Chapter 4. pROVOCATIONS builds from the synoptic to offer a series of propositions regarding what the future might hold for the Digital Humanities specifically and the humanities generally. The conclusions are speculative, raising thorny questions whose answers necessarily lie beyond the scope of present knowledge. In addition to the main chapters, there are two other components to this book. At the end of Chapter 2, we offer a pORTFOLIO OF CASE STUDIES for launching Digital Humanities projects into the world." https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/content/9780262018470_Open_Access_Edition.pdf
  • Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web, by Daniel J. Cohen & Roy Rosenzweig. "This book provides a plainspoken and thorough introduction to the web for historians-teachers and students, archivists and museum curators, professors as well as amateur enthusiasts-who wish to produce online historical work, or to build upon and improve the projects they have already started in this important new medium. It begins with an overview of the different genres of history websites, surveying a range of digital history work that has been created since the beginning of the web. The book then takes the reader step-by-step through planning a project, understanding the technologies involved and how to choose the appropriate ones, designing a site that is both easy-to-use and scholarly, digitizing materials in a way that makes them web-friendly while preserving their historical integrity, and how to reach and respond to an intended audience effectively." http://chnm.gmu.edu/digitalhistory/
  • The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Students and Scholars, by E. Gardiner and R. G. Musto. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

DH Tools:

  • Meta site for Tools:
    • DIRT:  http://dirtdirectory.org
  • Web Publishing
    • Omeka (presentation, display, exhibit building): http://omeka.org/
    • Word Press https://wordpress.com  (to request a site: https://forms.roanoke.edu/finder/search?search_text=Wordpress)
  • Mapping
    • StorymapJS:  https://storymap.knightlab.com/
    • Story Maps ARCGIS (contains multiple apps): https://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/
    • Palladio: visualizes complex historical data:  http://hdlab.stanford.edu/palladio/
  • Timelines
    • TimelineJS:  https://timeline.knightlab.com/
    • Neatline (add on tools for Omeka): http://neatline.org/
    • Timemap (from google)
  • Images:
    • JuxtaposeJS (creates before/after slider image):  https://juxtapose.knightlab.com/
  • Text Mining:
    • Voyant: "web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts":  https://voyant-tools.org/
    • Ngrams (https://books.google.com/ngrams)
  • Annotation:
    • Hypothesis (allows user to annotate an existing web page): https://hypothes.is/
  • Soundclips:
    • SoundCiteJS:  https://soundcite.knightlab.com/
  • Video Editor
    • Camtasia:  http://discover.techsmith.com/camtasia-brand-desktop/?gclid=CL_6nZ7dwtICFcKEswodG2QELQ
  • Slack--an app to facilitate team/project communication; free version available:  https://slack.com/is
  • Social media analysis: 

Articles:

Grants:

  • NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities  https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/institutes-advanced-topics-in-the-digital-humanities

  • NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants
  • NEH Humanities Open Book Program  https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/humanities-open-book-program
  • NEH Office of Digital Humanities Funded Institutes https://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh/institutes

Questions? Ideas? Contact jennifer Berenson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration