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What are the digital humanities?

Presentation given to uOttawa graduate students and profs on Feb 26th to talk about DH support and services from the library.
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Nancy Lemay

on 19 February 2015

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Transcript of What are the digital humanities?

Creation of resources

Crowdsourcing
Wikis
Tool building
Digital collection development

Outline*
Defining DH
Type of analysis and research

Network analysis
Data visualizations
Text mining
GIS
Digital exhibits

Network analysis
Explore the relationships between individuals, places, topics, and more...
Data visualization
Visualize to tell a story, understand, identify trends, make connections, see patterns...

... with great speed
What are the digital humanities?
Crowdsourcing
Collaboration
Wikis
Digital collection development
Text mining
Studying texts with computers
and software to uncover new
patterns, overlooked connections,
and deeper meaning.*
Geographic Information Systems
A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.



Digital exhibits
Today we'll be creating our own digital exhibits using TimeMapper and Google Drive.
Digital Tools and DH support @ library
Shared Shelf (media management software): manage, store, use, and publish their institutional and faculty media collections within their institution or publicly on the Web.

ArcGIS Online: collaborative, cloud-based platform that allows researchers within uO to use, create, and share maps, apps, and data.

Data visualization: help in selecting and using different websites, software and code.

Omeka: the library will soon offer Omeka hosting sites and also help build Omeka.net sites.
Seek community project support

Members of the public: contribute, tag, define, identify, explain, etc.

Adds value and enhances discoverability

Many hands make light work
http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/
How to create network graphs with Google fusion tables
http://bit.ly/1eb3Lq1
Different type of DHers:

Research digital humanities impact on Humanities
How to embed technology in pedagogy
Project managers bringing together experts in various fields
Study large collections of text, numeric data, images, videos, etc...
Visualizing traditional humanities data using new data visualization techniques
Digital content creation (digitizing archival collections, images, maps, etc.)



What is needed to run DH projects :

transdisciplinary team
network based
computer based technology
technical skills
tools
infrastructure...

Sex, race, and allegiance in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
http://bit.ly/1jglZM7
What's a digital object?

simple
(text files, images, sound files, etc. + metadata)

complex
(websites, visualizations, video games, databases, software, etc).
Curation Lifecycle Model
Should they be digitized?

Collection in demand, importance, will sufficient value be added?

May they be digitized?

Intellectual property rights held by institution, out of copyright, etc.

Can they be digitized?

Will digitization achieve the goals of the project?

Scanning and OCR

Reformatting

Digitization of maps

Metadata creation
Types of collaboration**:

jointly composing the complete text of a document;

contributing components to a document;

modifying, editing and/or reviewing

drafting a document based on the ideas of a group





http://digitalscholarship.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/collaborative-authorship-in-the-humanities/
http://mako.cc/academic/collablit/writing/BenjMakoHill-CollabLit_and_Control/book1.html
http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume14/ej55/ej55m1/
Collaborative writing can be used in the classroom to allow students to work within a group to produce a better end product. ***
"Building digital collections, creating software, devising new analytical methods, and authoring multimodal scholarship typically cannot be accomplished by a solo scholar" , Lisa Spiro. *
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Using CommentPress...
ShareLaTex: collaborate online (closed environment)...
Wikis are collaborative in nature and facilitate community-building within a group of researchers, classroom, etc...

Essentially, a wiki is a web page with an open-editing system.

The rise of liquid scholarship:

Online sites to create a Wiki:
Google Sites
Wikispaces Classrooms
PBwiki
http://liquidbooks.pbworks.com/w/page/11135951/FrontPage
http://www.visualizing.org/

http://www.stanford.edu/group/spatialhistory/cgi-bin/site/gallery.php
* http://dynamicsubspace.net/2012/12/05/down-and-dirty-guide-to-literary-research-with-digital-humanities-tools-text-mining-basics/
DIY|History
http://diyhistory.lib.uiowa.edu/
Community-driven collaborative textbook
http://atlas.lib.uiowa.edu/
http://lovecraft.neatline.org/neatline-exhibits/show/lovecraft-in-providence/fullscreen
http://neatline.dclure.org/neatline/show/neighborhoods-of-san-francisco
http://timemapper.okfnlabs.org/sarahsimpkin/faces-of-second-world-war-timemapper
http://timemapper.okfnlabs.org/sarahsimpkin/quebec-churches
Techniques
Library staff can work with DH scholars to answer digitization questions:
Defining digital humanities

Creation of resources used in DH projects

Type of research that falls within DH

Digital tools and DH support available at uOttawa


* Exercises throughout afternoon.
By: Nancy Lemay, Catherine McGoveran, and Sarah Simpkin
http://futureofthebook.org/HASTAC/learningreport/about/index.html

http://whatisdigitalhumanities.com
http://programminghistorian.org
https://sites.google.com/
https://www.wikispaces.com
http://www.pbworks.com
http://wdi.worldbank.org/table/4.1
http://devdata.worldbank.org/DataVisualizer/
vs
Departmental affiliation
http://dayofdh2014.matrix.msu.edu

Collaborative
Executive director of Digital Scholarship Services at Rice University's Fondren Library
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