JHI news

March 25, 2010 at 11:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Jackman Humanities Institute is hosting a THATcamp on 28 May 2010. Registration opens on 26 March and closes 20 April.

Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities has announced that it has formed a Digital Humanities Consortium with the JHI. Details are still skecthy at this point.


Day of DH 2010 tomorrow

March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Day of DH, where DH practitioners in many locations blog about their activities and thoughts for 1 day, is tomorrow!
You can see the latest postings and a list of the individual blogs here: http://ra.tapor.ualberta.ca/~dayofdh2010/

I’ll be participating in the Day of Dh this year! http://ra.tapor.ualberta.ca/~dayofdh2010/jasonboyd/

One Week | One Tool

March 10, 2010 at 10:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Here’s a very interesting DH summer institute — “One Week | One Tool”. It really would be wonderful to be able to host a event like this at UofT. I see so many announcements for interesting DH conferences, workshops and institutes, but none are even remotely local: Victoria, Virginia, Dublin, London. Nothing in Toronto or even Ontario. Given the concentration of colleges and universities in this province, I am sure there would be interest in gatherings like these, and UofT could really put itself on the map as a DH leader in Ontario if it sponsored events like this.

iSchools and DH

March 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Here’s an interesting initiative in the US: 3 iSchools are collaborating with 3 DH centres to develop an internship program that will place iSchool students at DH centres:



March 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another very interesting product from the Center for History and New Media (creators of Zotero): Omeka.

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability.

Until now, scholars and cultural heritage professionals looking to publish collections-based research and online exhibitions required either extensive technical skills or considerable funding for outside vendors. By making standards based, serious online publishing easy, Omeka puts the power and reach of the web in the hands of academics and cultural professionals themselves.

Ray Siemens talk: a summary

March 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Disclaimer: this summary was created from my notes and memory, and should not be taken as a verbatim account.

The Department of English hosted a talk by Professor Ray Siemens, Director of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria on 2 March 2010 entitled ‘Research in Electronic Textual Culture and the Digital Humanities: Understanding the TEI Community, Exploring Manuscript Culture, and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Project.”

After a gracious introduction by Professor Ian Lancashire, Ray outlined the four main subjects of what he described as a ‘casual, descriptive talk’: 1) Digital Humanities and Digital Literary Studies, 2) The ETCL’s work on the Devonshire Manuscript, 3) The INKE project, and 4) Understanding the TEI community.

The first part of Ray’s talk was an introduction to DH. He made reference to literature on DH, including the Wikipedia entry on DH, Willard McCarty’s Humanities Computing (2005), and the essay collections A Companion to Digital Humanities (2004) and A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2008). He also mentioned that Canadian scholars interested in DH could participate in the annual conference of the Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (SDH-SEMI) and in the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria (which attracts participants from around the world). Noting that the membership of SDH-SEMI has been growing exponentially, Ray explained that these forums offer a different type of scholarly engagement than other forums because of the interdisciplinarity of the participants, and that there is a great opportunity to learn about new methodologies of scholarly inquiry coming out of different disciplines. Continue Reading Ray Siemens talk: a summary…

Townsend Humanities Lab

March 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Townsend Humanities Lab (at the University of California, Berkeley) offers another model for university DH support (see the previous post on Brown’s Center for Digital Scholarship). The Townsend Humanities Lab, as it explains on the ‘About’ page of its website, is

a community-driven suite of digital tools to support interdisciplinary research and collaboration among Berkeley scholars and their affiliates.  Driven by a powerful content-management system, and hosted by new “cloud” computing services, the Lab provides project space and a suite of Web 2.0 resources to all Berkeley scholars with interests in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

I find the ‘community-driven’ aspect of the Lab very compelling — digital humanists drive what technologies, tools and functionalities the Lab develops. The Lab also offers an excellent forum for networking, collaboration and information sharing about DH work at UofC Berkeley.

The Lab was developed and is supported by the Townsend Center for the Humanities. The question is, does one need a Humanities Centre in order to develop a Humanities Lab? Or can this kind of Lab be sponsored by a Library? The answer might be forthcoming at a DH2010 pre-conference workshop hosted by the Townsend Humanities Lab, ‘Designing a Digital Humanities Lab’.

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