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1 The Digital Humanities: From the Edge to the Center Goals Tools and Projects Getting Started Learning and Teaching Career Paths Predictions

2 Hanger 51 “Hanger 51.” Retrieved: October 29, 2012 from

3 Casaubon’s Key to All Mythologies “Edward Casaubon, Retrieved on October 31, 2012, from: fracasado.html

4 DH: Some General Goals Collaboration: Foster active scholarly conversations; engage the public as partners. Innovation: Use digital tools to ask new questions and create new forms of scholarship in new mediums. Academic Engagement: Adopt high-impact educational practices such as collaborative research. Cultivate both the traditional and the digital. Professional and Public Service: Build a new scholarly infrastructure and create resources that serve more diverse local local and global needs. Alternative Career Paths: Develop sustainable alternatives to the tenure track, while working to expand what “counts” for tenure and promotion. Strengthen the Humanities: Justify ongoing support from institutions, foundations, academic administration, the government, and the public, including students and parents.

5 DH: Tools and Projects Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki. Digital Research Tools Multimedia Publications: Southern Spaces.Southern Spaces Digital Archives: Walt Whitman Archive, Who Speaks for the Negro? Many others, see IATH-Sponsored Archives.Walt Whitman ArchiveWho Speaks for the Negro?IATH-Sponsored Archives Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Cleveland Project, Civil War Washington.Cleveland ProjectCivil War Washington Digital Simulations: Digital Roman Forum, World’s Columbian Exposition.Digital Roman ForumWorld’s Columbian Exposition Peer Editing: “Writing History in the Digital Age,” also countless blogs.Writing History in the Digital Age Data Mining and Visualization (“Culturomics”): Google Ngram Viewer, TagCrowd.Google Ngram ViewerTagCrowd

6 Some DH History The “Next Big Thing”: Father Roberto Busa ( ), The Index Thomisticus ( ): a corpus analysis tool including 188 books by Aquinas and 61 other authors, originally 70,000 pages, now online.online Roberto Busa – in the background the Index Thomisticus (2006). Retrieved October 29, 2012, from:

7 DH: Getting Started What interests you? What kind of pilot project could you develop? Seek inspiration and support. Visit “Getting Started in Digital Humanities” and NITLE’s Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki.Getting Started in Digital HumanitiesDigital Research Tools Read Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matt Gold; A Companion to Digital Humanities by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemans, and John Unsworth.A Companion to Digital Humanities Find solutions on “Digital Humanities Questions and Answers.”Digital Humanities Questions and Answers Become familiar with scholarly best practices for DH in your discipline (MLA and AHA guidelines). Identify sources of grant support, especially the NEH’s Office of DH, see their library of funded projects.NEH’s Office of DH Participate in the DH community – Look for DH sessions at your disciplinary conferences. – Attend a THATCamp or training workshops like the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.THATCampDigital Humanities Summer Institute – Read and respond to DH blogs like Dan Cohen’s.Dan Cohen’s – Follow DH’ers on Twitter.Twitter – Advertise your project on DH Commons.DH Commons – Find collaborators: other students, faculty, IT staff, and librarians; look beyond your campus, especially at the DH centers. Present at conferences (such as ADHO), build projects into your syllabi, and publish.ADHO Present your project at conferences; apply for grants; publish.

8 DH: Learning and Teaching “High Impact Educational Practices” (George D. Kuh). – Undergraduate Research – Collaborative Assignments and Projects – Common Intellectual Experiences – Service Learning – Diversity Experiences/Global Learning – Learning Communities – Capstone Courses and Projects

9 DH: Teaching Hybrid teaching; the flipped classroom. Social Media: Twitter, Facebook Public writing--individual and collaborative: blogs, wikis, Google Docs. Cross/multi-institutional courses; enhanced specialization Project-based classes that assemble teams from across disciplines. From student to author and project manager. Alternatives to the research paper, by itself. No more “Indiana Jones Warehouses,” Keys to all Mythologies. Consider: Early Novels Database, Looking for Whitman.Looking for Whitman DH Syllabi Wiki. DH Syllabi Wiki

10 DH: Alternative Academics Affiliated with DH, based in universities but usually located outside of departments. Includes graduate students, librarians, technologists, grant administrators, and faculty researchers. Also workers in museums, cultural organizations, and government. Often grant-funded and project-based. Feedback from off-campus programs: “We need research, writing, presentation skills—also tech skills, bootstrapping, entrepreneurship—in one person.” Online Journal: #alt-academy.#alt-academy

11 DH: Predictions: 1 Traditional scholarly publication, including peer review, will move online and will incorporate DH approaches. Collaborative research and writing will become more accepted in the humanities. Hiring, promotion and the tenure process will recognize and support DH. DH will become part of teaching at all levels of the curriculum, driven by student/market demand—a big faculty development challenge. There will be relatively fewer tenure-track positions but a wider range of alt-ac positions; academic careers will become more fluid and mobile.

12 DH: Predictions: 2 Undergrads will become even more skeptical of traditional graduate training. Humanists will be expected to find external support for their projects. Plan for long-term sustainability, collaborative partnerships, public engagement, and assessment. DH skills soon will cease to confer much advantage on the academic job market: they will be assumed. Digital Humanities methods will become part of the ordinary practices of the humanities.


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