Digital Humanities

Subject Specialist

Paige Morgan

Ruth Trego

I'm always happy to chat about troubleshooting or potential project ideas. You can make an appointment with me through my YouCanBookMe page. If you're looking for my monthly DH @ UM Newsletter, check out the most recent issue and subscribe. 
Upcoming Events

Webinar Series: Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age
The University of Florida is offering a series of monthly webinars featuring practitioners of digital humanities scholarship in a range of topics.
  • Dr. Alex Gil, Columbia University, February 28, 11 a.m.
For more information (and the complete series dates), see the full announcement.

DH Tool Workshops 
UM graduate students and HASTAC Scholars Samina Ali and Ruth Trego will be presenting two upcoming workshops on popular DH tools:

Thursday, March 2nd, 3:30 p.m., Richter Conference Room:  Managing Citations with Zotero
Dissertation disorganization got you down? Zotero can help! Learn to manage your citations at our Spring 2017 Zotero workshop. We will provide hands-on instruction and practice with the citation tool that PC World called "indispensable for students." Our workshop will also give a brief overview of competing citation tools, so you can figure out which one is best for your research.

Thursday, April 6th, 3:30 p.m., Richter Conference Room: DH Pedagogy with Prism 
In this workshop, participants will learn how to use Prism, a digital tool that's helpful for all instructors who assign reading as part of their classes. This tool has the potential to give instructors a clear picture of student understanding about challenging reading assignments and even to offer a fresh alternative to traditional peer review methods for writing assignments. Participants will get the chance to both hear and generate creative pedagogical uses for this tool. 

If you're planning to attend, please RSVP using this Google Form!
UM Digital Humanities Resources
Departmental Courses
(Watch this space for announcements about upcoming courses focused on DH, or with DH components.)

Demystifying Digital Humanities
The Demystifying Digital Humanities workshops provide a lightweight orientation to digital humanities research. The full series of six workshops is offered each year, with three workshops per semester. More information is available in the Demystifying Digital Humanities Workshops section.

GIS Workshops
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) tools can be useful for any digital humanities project that has a spatial/geographical component. Abe Parrish, the UM Libraries GIS Librarian, offers regular workshops focusing on ArcGIS, one of the most powerful GIS tools available. Find out about upcoming workshops and other GIS resources at the GIS Resources guide.

Local Conferences
Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium: September 29-October 1, 2016. This conference will feature talks and workshops from practitioners in the digital humanities and data journalism fields.
 
DH News Sources
DHNow aggregates content from a wide range of sources, from institutions to personal websites. It's a great place to find project updates, new project announcements, as well as job opportunities. You can also sign up for a shift as Editor-at-Large, and help DHNow edit content for a week.

ProfHacker is a group blog hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, with many authors who identify as digital humanists. Column topics range from pedagogy to strategies for self-care and work/life balance.

The NEH Office of Digital Humanities is a great site to find out more about grants and funding opportunities. While the NEH funds large DH projects, it also funds occasional short-term workshops, often with travel stipends for graduate students.

JobsDH aggregates DH job postings from several sources. If you're curious about what sorts of opportunities might be available, checking out job listings and skills is an excellent first step in figuring out what you might need to learn.

If you're looking for the most current discussions in DH, whether formal or informal, then searching "digital humanities" on Twitter will show you what people are talking about right now.
Florida Digital Humanities Consortium
The Florida Digital Humanities Consortium is a collective of Florida-based institutions working together to to promote an understanding of the humanities in light of digital technologies and research.  Join the Consortium to stay informed about DH events throughout Florida, or to get involved in planning events.

Upcoming FLDH events include the 2017 HASTAC conference -- a supportive conference especially for scholars who are presenting for the first time on digital humanities-related work.
What is Demystifying Digital Humanities?

The Demystifying Digital Humanities workshops provide a lightweight orientation to the field of digital humanities research. They are designed to help participants:
  • Decide how/whether digital tools & methods might advance their research
  • Develop plan(s) to learn the specific skills needed
  • Become more fluent at discussing practical, methodological, and theoretical issues related to digital humanities research and scholarship.
 
The workshops emphasize project development/management, and strategies for career planning – both for DH-intensive positions, and for jobs where having at least some digital humanities experience is considered useful. We will be looking at job ads from Inside Higher Ed, the American Historical Association, and the Modern Language Association; and over the course of the year, learn about developing portfolios and/or CV sections to demonstrate DH credentials.

No prior experience with computing or with digital humanities is necessary. Each workshop is 2 hours long, and all workshops are open to graduate students, faculty, and staff within the UM community.

If you'd like to learn more about digital humanities, but aren't ready to commit to a full course, the Demystifying workshops are a good place to start out; and an excellent way of meeting other people interested in digital research from a range of departments. The workshops are also designed to provide an all-around introduction to project development and management, with special attention to the challenges of balancing a DH project with an existing research agenda, whether you're working on a book project or finishing a dissertation.

The workshops cover the following topics:

Fall Semester: (Register for the Fall Demystifying workshops)
  • What are the Digital Humanities and why should I care? (September 9, 2016)
    This workshop will introduce participants to the values and practices associated with Digital Humanities that shape various types of DH projects including knowledge sites, digital editions, datamining, GIS, 3D modelling. We’ll look at the critical choices behind several projects and explore the criteria for evaluating them in academic and public contexts.
  • Data Wrangling I: Exploring Programming in the Digital Humanities (to be offered September 16, 2016
    Everyone has data — even people working in the humanities — and that data can take many different forms. This workshop is designed to help you figure out what sort of data you have, and what sorts of tools it is compatible with. We’ll look at the different types of tasks that several DH tools and programming languages can accomplish. Knowing what sort of data you have (or could create) will allow you to figure out what DH tools you might need to learn more about for your research.
  • Data Wrangling II: Programming on the Whiteboard (to be offered September 23, 2016)
    This course builds on the previous workshop. Understanding what sort of data you have is the first step, but the second step is being able to articulate your research question(s) in the form of specific computing tasks. This practice is called writing pseudo-code. We’ll also continue learning more about the different ways that programming is used in DH projects. The goal of the Data Wrangling workshops is not to teach you to program, but instead to allow you to more effectively plan technical development, and prepare you to have more productive discussions with more skilled programmers and technologists.
Spring Semester
  • Big Project, Small Project: Steps in Ideation and Development (to be offered Spring 2017)
    This course takes you step by step through the work of developing a project, and growing it, and learning how to present what you're doing while you work: at conferences, workshops, and in scholarship/grant applications. We'll also talk about project management software, and the decision making process for learning new skills, and finding collaborators and technologists.
  • Choosing Tools: Free, Cheap, and Premium (to be offered Spring 2017)
    This workshop is all about finding the tools out there that you can use to get started. We'll talk about what the University of Miami makes available (more software than you may have realized!), and the features you need to look for and be aware of when you choose to use a particular tool in order to plan for the future and make your project as sustainable as possible in the dynamic infrastructure of software and hardware.
  • Best Practices in Documentation: Keeping Records, Finding Community (to be offered Spring 2017)
    In this final workshop, we'll look at strategies and practices for documenting your efforts with your project. Keeping records isn't just a good habit -- it's also a way to develop artifacts of your work that you can share via conferences and/or social media; turn into teaching units; and develop into conference papers. These artifacts may be key contributions to the digital humanities research community, and essential to developing your professional identity as a researcher who uses digital techniques.
Slides from the workshops offered during Spring quarter 2016 are below.

This guide is updated every couple of days, but if you want to see the most recent opportunities, check my Pinboard bookmarking sites:

Opportunities (many funded)
Jobs 
CFPs

Do you have an opportunity that you think belongs in this space? If so, please contact me with more information.

Funding Opportunities (in order of deadline):

ADHO 2017-18 Communications Fellowships
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its 2017-18 Communications Fellowship.
 Working on a small team, two fellows will write news releases, blog posts, and announcements about ADHO, its constituent organizations, and the broader digital humanities community; monitor and update ADHO’s social media presence; maintain its website; help to develop and implement ADHO’s outreach strategy; and perform other communications-related responsibilities. The fellows should anticipate spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on the position. The fellowship comes with a small annual stipend of 600 Euros. It is well suited for graduate students, young scholars, and academic professionals who wish to develop deeper knowledge of digital humanities and its global communities, contribute to an important digital humanities professional organization, and gain professional experience in social media and communications. 
Qualifications and application requirements at link; Deadline: May 31, 2017
 

Institute for Humane Studies:  Conference & Research Grant funding of up to $750 for graduate students. These awards are not limited to DH activities, but you certainly *could* use them for DH purposes. Deadline: Applications are funded on a rolling basis, and must be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance of your proposed activity.

Other Opportunities: 
NEW! Current Research in Digital History: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media: March 17, 2018

Current Research in Digital History is an annual one-day conference that publishes online, peer-reviewed proceedings. Its primary aim is to encourage and publish scholarship in digital history that offers discipline-specific arguments and interpretations. A format of short presentations provides an opportunity to make an argument on the basis of ongoing research in a larger project. The theme for 2018 is the history of slavery. One track of three sessions (a total of 6 presentations) will focus on this topic. Submissions for the remaining six sessions (12 presentations) can explore any topic or time period.

Each presentation will be 10 minutes in length. Proposals must include the full text (no more than 2000 words) and accompanying visualizations or websites to be presented. Papers can include multiple authors. (Some funding available to support travel for presenters). Deadline: September 29, 2017

Digital Pedagogy Institute, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, August 16-18, 2017
The Fourth Annual Digital Pedagogy Institute is a partnership between Brock University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto Scarborough. Faculty, educational developers, librarians, graduate students, and other university personnel are invited to attend and submit a presentation proposal – a 20 minute presentation, a 60 minute interactive workshop, or a poster – related to one or more of the following conference themes:
  • digital pedagogy best practices in the Humanities or Social Sciences;
  • digital pedagogy collaborations between faculty, educational developers, librarians, and/or graduate/undergraduate students;
  • digital pedagogy collaborations with organizations outside the academy;
  • the state of digital pedagogy education in higher education;
  • digital pedagogy case studies, including course and assignment innovations;
  • innovative new uses for traditional digital pedagogy tools.
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference: Lewisburg, PA, October 6-8, 2017

Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC17) from October 6-8. The theme “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship” acknowledges the changes to scholarship wrought by the introduction of digital technologies across the disciplines. Scholars and teachers, poets and administrators, artists and community members, are encouraged to reflect on the past of digital scholarship and work together to build a future for digital scholarship. Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, lightning talks, or other creative formats.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

CFP: Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy: Special Issue on Digital Technologies and Art History

This special issue focuses on digital art history (DAH), an emerging subfield of art history that considers how new technological tools have led to new strategies in teaching, research, conservation, and curation; and aims to engage with questions from a wide range of positions that explore how the digital has impacted the practice of art history as well as examine how DAH can improve current understanding of our shared visual and material culture.
Deadline for submission: May 15, 2017

CFP: Special Issue: Digital Technologies and Art History

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy seeks articles for an upcoming issue exploring "how the digital has impacted the practice of art history as well as examine how DAH can improve current understanding of our shared visual and material culture." Deadline: May 15, 2017.

CFP: Remaking Collections

This special collection of articles will address emerging creative practices around digital collections. It aims to document current practice and theory through diverse case studies and articulate multidisciplinary understandings of the art, design, computing, heritage and humanities practices that come together here. This practice brings a growing computational toolset to bear on mining, interpreting, annotating and transforming digital archives; how do we grasp this interplay of data, code, collections and emerging cultural forms?
Abstracts due May 15, 2017


American Quarterly: Special Issue: Toward a Critically Engaged Digital Practice: American Studies and the Digital Humanities

The special issue will include print and digital components and will be organized into two sections. For the first section, essays on theory, method, and practice at the intersection of digital humanities and American studies, using traditional as well as experimental essay formats, will be welcome. The second section, published digitally, will feature digital projects and multimedia essays engaging American studies topics that likewise address this issue’s central concerns. We imagine that digital projects and multimedia essays might be of varying lengths and completeness. We encourage submission of well-defined and significant projects large and small, including components of larger projects if the portion is complete. Hybrid presentation formats will also be considered.

Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2017


The Programming Historian offers novice-friendly peer-reviewed tutorials for a wide range of digital humanities and programming tasks. As of August, the site also has a new team of Spanish Language Editors, who will work on translating existing tutorials, and work with writers producing tutorials in Spanish. For more info, see the Programming Historian's Contribute page. New submissions are reviewed, edited, and published as they come in throughout the year.

 
Readings and Information for the DH Interdisciplinary Research Group
Want to join the Digital Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Group? If you're not already receiving emails from Allison Schifani and I, it's easy to get on the list -- just fill out this Google form. Once you're on the mailing list, you'll be able to help choose the date & time of upcoming events, and have input on what sorts of activities we hold.

Upcoming IRG Meetings

March 3rd, 2017 -- 12:30-2:00 p.m. (Location TBA)
Reading: "Frozen Social Relations and Time for a Thaw: Visibility, Exclusions, and Considerations for Postcolonial Digital Archives" -- Martha Nell Smith

Professor Smith is exceptionally well known for her work on Emily Dickinson, scholarly editing, and the digital humanities. We are excited to announce that she will be visiting the University of Miami to give a public talk on Thursday, April 20th, at 4:30 p.m., in the Richter Library 3rd Floor Conference Room. (If you're visiting campus, parking is free after 4 p.m.).

Past IRG Readings

November 2016 meeting:
Neoliberal Tools (and Archives): A Political History of Digital Humanities, by Daniel Allington, Sarah Brouillette, and David Golumbia

Beyond Resistance: Towards a Future History of Digital Humanities, by Juliana Spahr, Richard So, and Andrew Piper

For more information on the IRG, please see the Humanities Center website.
Getting Started with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS StoryMaps
These materials were gathered together for Professor Eduardo Elena's Spring 2017 course, HIS 551: Travels in Latin America. You can find more ArcGIS and GIS info at Abraham Parrish's GIS guide, including a schedule of upcoming workshops on a range of GIS-related topics.

Example StoryMap (featuring Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle)

Intro to ArcGIS Online/StoryMaps handout

Since the workshop was disrupted by the Amazon AWS S3 server outage, here are a few quick tips for getting started:

ArcGIS Online login: http://www.arcgis.com -- students in HIS 551 can see content created for the class (including the StoryMap demo) by clicking on the Groups section of the ArcGIS menu. Your content will be in the "My Content" section. ArcGIS is where you can start creating maps that you will use in your StoryMap.



 ArcGIS StoryMaps: http://storymaps.arcgis.com 

To get started, either click on "My Stories" at the top (and you'll be taken to a screen where you can create a story); or scroll down to see a "Create Story" button.

When you create a new story, you'll be offered a choice of layouts -- if this is your first StoryMap, we recommend using the Map Journal layout. 

Once you've started creating a new story, and saved it, you'll be able to access it from the main My Content section of ArcGIS Online.

Screencasts:

If you want a screencast to show you how to add a particular feature to a map or StoryMap, email me to request one.

How to add Map Notes in order to add special features (points, outlines, etc.) to your maps:

 

Adding your own images to ArcGIS
The handout above covers the basics for adding images hosted throughout the Internet -- but if you want to add images that you photographed yourself, these instructions from ESRI will guide you through the steps to get them into your maps.


 
The journals listed below (in alphabetical order) all publish content related to digital scholarship, although each publication has its own focus. Some, like Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, are wide-ranging in their scope, while others, like sx archipelagos and the DH Commons Journal, have specific areas of focus. Some areas of focus are disciplinary, as is the case with the International Journal of Digital Art History; while others are methodological (Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative). Whenever possible, I have used the journals' own descriptions of their subject matter and scope. 

Though many of these journals publish traditional scholarly articles, several of them also publish (or will consider publishing) experimental and/or multimedia formats. If you are interested in publishing in an alternative format, I strongly recommend that you check the journal's submission guidelines carefully, and contact the journal's editorial board to learn more about what they can support.

All of these journals are peer-reviewed or refereed.

If you are aware of a journal that is digital humanities/digital scholarship-focused, or a journal that is making a deliberate effort to regularly publish content related to digital scholarship, please let me know.

CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics 
  • What do they publish?: Cultural Analytics is "dedicated to the computational study of culture. Its aim is to promote high quality scholarship that intervenes in contemporary debates about the study of culture using computational and quantitative methods."
  • Start of publication: 2016
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: rolling
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: maximum 9,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information

Caracteres: Estudios culturales y criticos de la esfera digital
  • What do they publish?: "El objetivo principal de la revista Caracteres es desarrollar los estudios en torno a las Humanidades Digitales mediante la publicación de trabajos originales e inéditos. La revista incluye también una sección de reseñas y otra orientada a la publicación de artículos divulgativos abierta a diferentes tipos de propuestas." / "The main objective of the journal characters is to develop studies around the Digital Humanities by publishing original and unpublished works. The magazine also includes a section of reviews and another one oriented to the publication of informative articles open to different types of proposals."
  • Start of publication: 2012
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: biannual
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: Maximum 35,000 characters, including footnotes and works cited. See the publication guidelines (also available in English) for more information
DH Commons Journal
  • What do they publish?: Peer reviews of existing and in-progress DH projects, and "How Did They Make That?" submissions focusing on "how to launch and/or maintain an exemplary aspect of a stable digital project."
  • Start of publication: 2015
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: annually 
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: 600-1,000 words for How Did They Make That? narratives; project narratives vary; see submission guidelines for more information
Digital Humanities Quarterly
  • What do they publish?: "Scholarly articles; editorials and provocative opinion pieces; experiments in interactive media; reviews of books, web sites, new media art installations, digital humanities systems and tools." If you are interested in publishing in an experimental or non-traditional format, please see the submission guidelines for more details what DHQ can support, and contact the editorial board in advance.
  • Start of publication: 2007
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no maximum limits; see submission guidelines for more information
Digital Literary Studies
  • What do they publish?: "Digital Literary Studies publishes scholarly articles on research concerned with computational approaches to literary analysis/criticism, or critical/literary approaches to electronic literature, digital media, and textual resources. In addition to longer, more traditionally-formed articles, this journal publishes positional papers and articles with a shorter experimental focus, as well as reviews of books and electronic literature. Contributors may also submit curated electronic texts for peer-review, as well as thoroughly-documented hermeneutical methods and tools. Any digital project with a literary focus, whether that be a digital edition, tool, or otherwise, may be considered for peer-review."
  • Start of publication: 2016
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: annually
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: varies by article type; see author guidelines for more information
Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (formerly the Journal of Literary and Linguistic Computing)
  • What do they publish?: Critical articles, reports on research in progress, and reviews of digital humanities monographs and anthologies.
  • Start of publication: 1986
  • Format: print & online
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Accessibility: via subscription, or membership in any of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations member organizations
  • Article length: Max: 9,000 words for full-length papers; 5,000 words for shorter articles, 3,000 words for reports of research in progress; see author guidelines for more information
Digital Studies/Le Champ Numerique
  • What do they publish?: DS/CN publishes "contributions relating to work carried out in the digital humanities, broadly construed. In its open, thematic, and conference volumes DS/CN publishes academic articles, scholarly notes, working papers, field synopses, larger reviews, and well-documented opinion pieces. DS/CN privileges publications which explicitly demonstrate an awareness of interdisciplinary context(s) and a history of pertinent academic engagement."
  • Start of publication: 2000
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: rolling release; varies by year
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no maximum limits; see submission guidelines for more information
International Journal for Digital Art History (DAH Journal)
  • What do they publish?: The DAH Journal "seeks to gather current developments in the field of Digital Art History world-wide and to foster discourse on the subject both from Art History and Information Science."
  • Start of publication: 2015
  • Format: print and online
  • Frequency: annually
  • Accessibility: open access for online; print subscriptions available
  • Article length: Maximum 6,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information
Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities (JDMDH) Journal of Digital and Media Literacy (JoDML) Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP)
  • What do they publish?: "The mission of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ISSN 2166-6245) is to promote open scholarly discourse around critical and creative uses of digital technology in teaching, learning, and research. ... The journal will also work to change what counts as scholarship—and how it is presented, disseminated, and reviewed—by allowing contributors to develop their ideas, publish their work, and engage their readers using multiple formats."
  • Start of publication: 2012
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: biannually; however, short form pieces are published on a rolling basis throughout the year
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no maximum length for article submissions; for video/multimedia pieces, suggested length is 5-10 minutes
Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD)
  • What do they publish?: "The Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD) features peer reviewed publications describing humanities data, software, and ontologies with high potential for reuse." See the journal's Call For Papers for more information.
  • Start of publication: 2015
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: continuous: papers come online as soon as they have passed peer review
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: 1,000 word limit for short metapapers; full-length articles should be 3,000-5,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information
Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative
  • What do they publish?: The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative "publishes the proceedings of the annual TEI Conference and Members' Meeting and special thematic issues: state-of-the-art reports on electronic textual editing, current trends in TEI encoding, and new use cases for TEI. It furthermore provides a forum for articles on the discussion of the interface between the TEI and other communities, and more generally of the role of technological standards in the digital humanities, including digital scholarly editing, linguistic analysis, corpora creation, and newer areas such as mass digitization, semantic web research, and editing within virtual worlds."
  • Start of publication: 2010
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: at least once a year
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: 5,000-7,000 words for full-length research articles; 2,000-4,000 words for shorter "articles reflecting poster session or lightning presentations, or new tools or services." See author guidelines for more information.
Kairos
  • What do they publish?: Kairos publishes ""webtexts," which are texts authored specifically for publication on the World Wide Web. Webtexts are scholarly examinations of topics related to technology in English Studies fields (e.g., rhetoric, composition, technical and professional communication, education, creative writing, language and literature) and related fields such as media studies, informatics, arts technology, and others. Besides scholarly webtexts, Kairos publishes teaching-with-technology narratives, reviews of print and digital media, extended interviews with leading scholars, interactive exchanges, "letters" to the editors, and news and announcements of interest." About Kairos
  • Start of publication: 1996
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: biannually in January and August, with special issues in May
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: varies; see submission guidelines for more information
Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments
  • What do they publish?: Prompt publishes academic writing assignments for undergraduates and graduate students, accompanied by reflective essays discussing the assignment.
  • Start of publication: 2017
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: (undetermined -- this is a very new peer reviewed journal)
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: Assignment + a reflective essay of 1,500-2,000 words; see submission guidelines for more information
sx archipelagos
  • What do they publish?: sx archipelagos is "devoted to creative exploration, debate, and critical thinking about and through digital practices in contemporary scholarly and artistic work in and on the Caribbean. Given the wide implications of the “digital turn” for our very conceptions of knowledge, our mission is to discern the ways in which the digital may enhance and transform our comprehension of the regional and diasporic Caribbean. sx archipelagos responds to this challenge with three distinct dimensions of critical production: scholarly essays; digital scholarship projects; and digital project reviews."
  • Start of publication: 2016
  • Format: online
  • Frequency: still being established
  • Accessibility: open access
  • Article length: no set length, see author guidelines for more information

DH work can be more successful when you’re not working on your own. Here are some of the ways that we can collaborate, whether you’re developing ideas, specific plans, or are at any stage of a project.

 

Pedagogical Support

Please note:

  • In most cases, classroom activities and sessions require at least two weeks’ notice. The sooner you contact me, the more likely I will be able to accommodate your request.
  • When I am introducing your class to a new skill, activity, or website, your presence during the session is essential.
 

Guest Lecture/Discussion: I am happy to work with your students during a single course session to introduce a single topic or website. Potential subjects include:

  • An introduction to DH activity in relation to your course’s focus
  • Using one of the library’s DH-oriented databases, such as Gale’s Artemis or ECCO
  • Finding DH data sources in the wild
  • Exploring a single digital humanities project
  • Following fair-use guidelines in digital research
 

Short Assignment/Activity: In two course sessions (usually no more than one week apart), I can provide a focused intro to DH, and get your students started working with one of a few entry-level DH tools for a short assignment that you and I create and/or customize according to your course’s needs. In the second course session, students will present their findings, and I will facilitate discussion of the process and outcomes of their work.

Potential tools: Google Fusion Tables, Voyant, AntConc, Palladio

 

Final Project/Activity:  I will work with you to design or adapt an assignment sequence (including scaffolding) to incorporate a particular digital tool or method, and train your students to use it, including coverage of copyright/fair-use guidelines). Depending on the tool and the specific project that we develop, and materials involved, this activity will require three or four 50-minute class sessions for training and in-class work time to insure that students are confident enough with the tool to be successful in their assignment (I am happy to be available for 1-1/small group troubleshooting appointments outside of class).

Potential tools: Omeka, Scalar, ArcGIS

 

Assignment Development/Feedback: I am happy to work with you to create or adapt a particular assignment around a tool, topic, or dataset for your course; or just to look over an assignment that you’ve created and provide quick feedback.

 

Rubric Development/Feedback: If you’re introducing your students to using digital technology in their research, one of the most important components can be providing clear expectations for an assignment. I am happy to work with you to develop a detailed rubric for evaluating student assignments; or to provide quick feedback on a rubric that you’ve developed.

 

Research Support

 

(These are a few of the services that I can provide, but if you’re looking for a type of support that’s not listed, please ask me about it.)

 

Thinking About Possible Projects: If you have an idea for a research project, even if it’s not fully formed, I’m happy to chat informally about it, with the goal of fleshing out what it might look like. Your starting point might be “I want to organize my data into a database for my own use” or “I want to work with [topic/material/data], but I’m not sure where to start.”

 

Finding and/or Creating Data: Getting machine-readable data suitable for your research can be tricky. Sometimes the data is available on the web, if you know where to look; but sometimes your work will include creating or cleaning the data. I am happy to help you search for pre-existing data, and I can also help you plan and prepare to digitize printed texts, take high-res photos for digitization, or begin creating a controlled vocabulary for structured data.

 

Prototype Development: Creating a small prototype of a project can be a great way to start answering your research question -- as well as learning more about what kind of work it will take to expand your project, and developing more facility with particular tools. I am happy to help you develop a plan for your prototype (including choosing a tool to build it with), get you started, and help you troubleshoot as you go. Optional: if you’d like to talk to a supportive audience about your experience, I’m happy to work to set that up.

 

Planning and Applying for Grants: If you are interested in finding funding for your project, I can help you identify potential grants (whether microgrants or major grants), and work towards a complete application, I am happy to help you prepare, whether by talking through your application, providing advanced feedback, or helping you make sense of feedback from readers.

 
Tools for Digital Pedagogy
1.) Prism
A free, easy-to-use, intuitive tool for anyone whose instruction involves reading or writing, Prism allows students to take notes on texts in a platform that their teacher can see and within categories on which their teacher wants them to focus. Teachers can, in turn, use that data to direct class time based on student needs, or for many other pedagogical purposes, with a little bit of imagination.
2.)
Story Maps
A segment of the larger program ArcGIS, Story Maps is a platform that allows students to create multimedia projects that tell a story through the use of a geographic information system. Fairly simple to use for technological novices, but with opportunities for technically adept teachers and students to use their skills, Story Maps is ideal for projects that seek to foreground spatial content and themes.
3.)
Omeka
Omeka is an open source website-building tool that’s perfect for curating and exhibiting cultural objects. Probably best suited for collaborative work and for teachers with some degree of technological bravery, Omeka projects can result in products that look both professional and scholarly.
4.)
AntConc and Voyant
These tools are both useful for beginners at text mining who want to use computers to find patterns and trends in texts. Of the two, Voyant is a bit simpler and easier to use, while AntConc yields somewhat more sophisticated data.
5.)
Timeline JS and TimeMapper
Both of these tools allow teachers and students to make visually attractive, multimedia timelines. The difference between them is that timeline.js lets users embed a wide range of media, including everything from images to videos to sound clips to google maps to wikipedia pages, while TimeMapper is more specifically interested in combining the concepts of time and space.







 
Additional Digital Pedagogy Resources

 

Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

Part of MLA Commons; General Editors: Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, Jentery Sayers

 

This resource offers 60 deliberately innovative, current keywords for humanities classrooms (such as “labor,” “hashtag,” “failure,” and “code”) and presents 10 artifacts for each keyword. The artifacts include sample syllabi, prompts, exercises, and lesson plans, and include source URLs so users can replicate and modify them.

The Pedagogy Project

Hosted by HASTAC; Main Editor: Fiona Barnett

 

This resource shares Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities’ focus on specific tools and transparency about how to use those tools in the classroom, but is roughly arranged around types of projects rather than keywords. It is ideal for teachers looking for specific digital pedagogy tips along with rationales for using such methods.


Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

Senior Editor and Publisher: Douglas Eyman

 

This born-digital journal specializes in articles that make use of web-specific formats for a fresh take on peer-reviewed academic scholarship. Readers will encounter both theoretical articles on new media and practical articles on digital pedagogy, but the intentionally web-based formats of all articles reimagines the way professional scholarship can be presented.


Learning Through Digital Media

Edited by R. Trebor Scholz

 

Most of the short essays in this collection offer a discursive overview of how an educator might interact with a particular digital tool in the classroom. This resource focuses more on providing reflections about how profitable educators thought the use of a particular tool was in their classrooms than on step-by-step directions or links to source materials.


 

Hybrid Pedagogy
Division of the Digital Pedagogy Lab; Directors: Jesse Stommel, Sean Michael Morris


In their own words, the editorial team at Hybrid Pedagogy strives to create a journal that “combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and new media in education” and “avoids valorizing educational technology, but seeks to interrogate and investigate technological tools to determine their most progressive applications.” Articles are peer-reviewed, but have the interface, length, and - sometimes - personalness/informality of more blog post-style writing, and are ideal for those looking to become more well-versed in digital pedagogy theory.