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Introduction to the Digital Humanities

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Adeline Koh

on 25 March 2015

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Introduction to the Digital Humanities
What are the Digital Humanities?
Many contested definitions to this field
Broadly defined, the digital humanities concern the use of digital methods to produce, teach and analyze humanistic research and pedagogy
Examples of Broad-Based DH Projects
Write down three possible DH projects that you could undertake with your students or with a group of faculty!
Limitations of Non-R1s and Suggestions
Lack of dedicated resources and faculty for DH
Suggested Solutions
Join DHUC (Digital Humanities Undergraduate Collaboration), a new group I am starting for undergraduate-focused institutions to share resources on DH
Find ways to partner with nearby institutions to see how you can work together/collaborate
Next Steps
Support a few HASTAC scholars to boost your DH profile and to get students working on DH projects
Join DHUC! Add your name to http://tinyurl.com/slacdh!
Attend Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Canada or Digital Humanities Winter Institute (DHWI) at Maryland to pick up more skills
"Digital Humanities" is said to have developed out of an older field known as "humanities computing"
Field developed out of the 1940s with the work of Father Roberto Busa, an Italian priest who launched a tool to address traditional humanities research questions
E.g. Traditional humanities research question=What are the patterns across different texts that have social significance? Answered by computational textual analysis, e.g. through the use of algorithms to search for patterns in large textual corpora.
If we expand the definition of the "digital humanities" to include fields which have traditionally been left outside of "humanities computing"--such as media studies, and digital pedagogy, the "digital humanities" tent becomes a lot larger.
For e.g., if media studies is a part of the digital humanities, then DH isn't simply abt using computational methods to study the humanities, but also studying new media objects through humanistic inquiry.

Offer some examples of a broadly defined digital humanities
Special focus on non-R1 settings; what can you do?
Brainstorm about some new DH projects we could get started
Next Steps
The Digital Scholarly Edition
A common digital humanities project, creating an online edition for research and classroom use
Brown Women Writers Project
What You Will Need:
Texts to digitize (from your special collections?)
Scanner, software to conduct OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
Knowledge of TEI (Textual Encoding Initiative), a markup language for digital editions
Experiments with Long Form Arguments: Scalar
Easy way to experiment with multimodal, multimedia argument
Platform run out of USC, easy to use, free
Flexible Annotation System; Even for Videos
3D Modeling Project
Trading Races
What You Will Need
3D modeling software,
Google Earth
OpenSim/Second Life
"Storming" Wikipedia
Thank You!
Contact me with any Questions!
Twitter: @adelinekoh
Come to Digital Pedagogy Lab!
August 10-14, UW-Madison
Standard tuition $950, early bird rate $750, student/adjunct rate $400, scholarships available
Hands-on practice in application of digital technology to teaching
Three tracks: networked learning, digital identity, critical digital pedagogy
Instructor Resources
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