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Reports from the Field

I wanted to share the Prezi portion of the workshop that Aaron McCollough (Subject Librarian for English and Comparative Literature) and I offered recently at the Teaching and Technology Collaborative.

The presentation, “Introducing the Digital Humanities,” was a whirlwind tour of new large-scale databases and tools for conducting and storing research, and a demonstration of some of the interactive platforms for broadcasting and publishing findings. We examined the digital humanities as a dynamic field (or perhaps “set of practices” is a better descriptor) that relies on and benefits from the scale of  the Information Age and which, in equal measure, provides a uniquely humanist take on the  new media making such scale possible.

We hope everyone who attended benefitted in some way from this first step toward increasing the “DH” profile at the University. Stay tuned for follow-up performances in the weeks and months to come!

–Korey Jackson, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at MPublishing

Below you’ll find a list of resources mentioned in the presentation:

Lisa Spiro, “Getting Started in the Digital Humanities”

Patricia Cohen, New York Times “Humanities 2.0” Series

Million Song Dataset

BBC ‘s “Arab Spring: An Interactive Timeline of Middle East Protests”

Google Ngram Viewer

Cytoscape (visualization software)


Stanford Literary Lab

Scholar’s Lab, University of Virginia

and the Scholar’s Lab Praxis Program

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Ancient Lives Project, University of Oxford

Hacking the Academy (edited by Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt)

Writing History in the Digital Age (edited by Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki)

Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular

Alexandra Juhasz, Learning from YouTube

Open Access
Open Source Initiative

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Open Access Week

ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations)

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)

HASTAC Annual Conference (hosted and the University of Michigan!)


Digital Conference Calendar

Discipline-specific Organizations
Digital Americanists

Digital Medievalist

Digital Classicist

Romantic Circles

Other Resources
ProfHacker (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Digital Humanities Questions & Answers

Digital Humanities Now

Vetting and Funding (a good source for exemplary projects)
NEH Office of Digital Humanities

NEH Library of funded projects

NINES (Nineteenth-Century Scholarship Online), Project list

DiRT (Digital Research Tools Wiki)

Stanford’s “Tooling Up for Digital Humanities”

Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria

Rare Book School, University of Virginia


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