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Getting Started in the Digital Humanities

Getting Started in the Digital Humanities

Tooling Up for Digital Humanities Introduction to Digital Humanties | Concepts, Methods, and Tutorials for Students and Instructors » Getting Started in Digital Humanities Journal of Digital Humanities Lisa Spiro When I presented at the Great Lakes College Association’s New Directions workshop on digital humanities (DH) in October, I tried to answer the question “Why digital humanities?” But I discovered that an equally important question is “How do you do digital humanities?” Although participants seemed to be excited about the potential of digital humanities, some weren’t sure how to get started and where to go for support and training. Building on the slides I presented at the workshop, I’d like to offer some ideas for how a newcomer might get acquainted with the community and dive into digital humanities work. I should emphasize that many in the digital humanities community are to some extent self-taught and/or gained their knowledge through work on projects rather than through formal training. Determine what goals or questions motivate you As with any project, a research question, intellectual passion, or pedagogical goal should drive your work. Attend a THATCamp. Stay informed

A Guide to Digital Humanities | Northwestern University How did they make that? (Cross-posted on UCLA’s DH Bootcamp blog) Edit: Dot Porter made a Zotero collection for this post! Thanks, Dot! Many students tell me that in order to get started with digital humanities, they’d like to have some idea of what they might do and what technical skills they might need in order to do it. Here’s a set of digital humanities projects that might help you to get a handle on the kinds of tools and technologies available for you to use. I’ve tried to include a few different types of projects, but it’s hard to provide a really representative list. Here, I discuss: A Gallery of Primary Sources: Making the History of 1989 What it is A collection of primary sources related to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, accompanied by teaching materials and interpretive essays. What you’d need to know Get started A Digital Scholarly Edition: The Willa Cather Archive TEI by Example A Mapping Project: The Negro Travelers’ Green Book What it is Alternatives A Historical 3D Model: Digital Magnesia

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities | Promoting collaboration among Digital Humanities researchers world-wide Short Guide to the Digital_Humanities 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, is now being released, section by section and with a video preface, by the online edition of the Bard Graduate Center’s journal of decorative arts, design history and material culture W 86th. Though it refers back to the arguments of earlier chapters of our MIT Press book, the Short Guide also stands alone as an overview of the field. As digital methodologies, tools, and skills become central to work in the humanities, questions regarding fundamentals, project outcomes, assessment, and design have grown in importance. sets out to provide a set of checklists and guidelines in concise and shareable form. Below you will find also images of the individual pages that make up the Short Guide.