Defining the Digital Humanities is not unlike the conversation that surrounds “The Death of the Book” – it has become a genre piece unto itself .
Are you doing Digital Humanities?
If you do humanities work that could not be performed without computing you might be working under the big tent of Digital Humanities. You might be working in the field if you study “new media” or are using such media in the classroom. You might be doing Digital Humanities if your work involves the evolving means by which scholarship makes its way through and beyond the academy .
Getting Started, Learning More
The Association for Computing and the Humanities hosts an online forum dedicated to Digital Humanities Questions and Answers for those new to the territory. This forum provides a space for new travelers to ask for directions and to inquire whether ground has already been traveled. Questions asked at DH Q&A include:
- “What’s the best way to name files for large projects?”
- “I’m wondering if anyone knows of an ideal metadata scheme for digital oral history projects and collections.”
- A request for names of web applications “for visualisation of variance across multiple witnesses.”
This summer, we’d like to ask some questions of our own:
- “Are you doing digital humanities work at the University of Windsor?”
- “Where has your work taken you?”
- “What do you need to travel further?”
- “What are you willing to share at our UWindsor Digital Humanities site, http://dh.uwindsor.ca/ ?”
This Brown Bag Series will be a set of four informal talks that will occur in the middle of each month at the Leddy Library during the summer.
The lunchtime talks will run from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at Leddy.
Digital Humanities Summer Series Schedule
Wednesday, May 18th
Open Source options for Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Art Rhyno, Leddy Library
Wednesday, June 15th
Making Ebooks. From WordPress to EPUB
Mita Williams, Leddy Library
Wednesday, July 13th
Building an Academic Web Presence
Candace Nast, Graduate Studies/Centre for Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, August 17th
Diigo and other Apps for Academics
Nicole Noël, Centre for Studies in Social Justice
We hope to continue and expand this series in the upcoming year. If you are interested in this proposal, please let us know.
Mita Williams is the User Experience Librarian at the Leddy Library. She has participated in three THATCamps (The Humanities and Technology Camp) and one Code4Lib Hackfest. She can be reached at mita at uwindsor.ca.
Candace Nast is the GATA Digital Outreach Coordinator and a sessional instructor in Women’s Studies. Candace has participated in five THATCamps and one WhereCamp. She can be reached at cnast at uwindsor.ca.
Art Rhyno is a Systems Librarian at the Leddy Library and co-owner of the The Essex Free Press. He is the author of Open Source Systems for Digital Libraries. He can be reached at arhyno at uwindsor.ca.
Nicole Noël is the Research Coordinator at the Centre for Studies in Social Justice. Her background is in the Social Sciences rather than the Humanities, but a big part of her job involves dissemination of research via the web. She manages the open access journal Studies in Social Justice. She can be reached at nnoel at uwindsor.ca.