Assessing DH Projects

I’m a historian at a small liberal arts college where all undergraduates produce an intensive senior research project.  Traditionally, this has been a 60-80 page thesis drawing on primary and secondary sources, but in the past few years more students are creating public history projects in digital formats.  For example, see ’10 grad Jacob Dinkelaker’s interactive campus history project.

I’d love to talk with dh folks about best practices for evaluating dh projects.

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DH and Professionalization

Though I admittedly dislike the word “professionalization,” my department administrators love to talk about this process and are always asking me how I’m going to distinguish myself as a digital humanists on the market.  Mostly they are talking about building portfolios, creating CVs that are “DH” oriented, etc.  I thought it might be a great idea to have a session on professionalization in relation to digital humanities.  Personally I’m having trouble creating a CV.  Where do I put events like THATCamp, or DHSI?  What can I do, with the two years I have left in my doctoral program, to make sure I’m joining a professional community of digital humanists?  I’m envisioning a rather broad session that can cover an array of topics including what others have done throughout the professionalization process.

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Teaching Digital Humanities

I would like to know if people think about digital humanities as part of the infrastructure of their colleges like the library or a service like writing programs, or if people see digital humanities as a discipline or field of inquiry with its own methods and objects of study apart from literature, language and philosophy?

For a more eloquent understanding of the issue check out this article by Kathleen Fitzpatrick in the Chronicle The Humanities, Done Digitally

I hope that link works.

pat oneill


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Digital Interpretation and Textual Analysis

I teach English lit, academic writing, and related things like comic books at a community college. I’m interested in tools for helping students or otherwise interpret images and texts. I’d love to know more about how we can use digital tools to perform textual analysis–breaking things into parts, formal congruencies, icon patterns. I currently use the UVic Image Markup Tool when I teach comic books to help students engage with image analysis and image as text, but also want something that can help students, and myself, work out the visuals of poetry and formal structures more generally in literature, like say in the poetry of E. E. Cummings.

Looking forward to the meet up!

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Session Idea? Feedback? Post It Here.

Hello, THATCamp participants!

Now that you have your WordPress ID and passcode, feel free to begin using this blog to share session ideas, provide feedback, ask questions, comment on people’s posts, and the like. This online conversation will help us not only get a sense of people’s interests but also organize the THATCamp schedule accordingly.

Here are a few examples of how (at previous THATCamps) session ideas have circulated in advance:

During the event itself, this blog will also function as a resource for sharing the schedule (as it emerges) and our notes, commentary, and relfections.

New to WordPress? Check out the codex!

Looking forward!

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the website for THATCamp Victoria (June 10-11 at the University of Victoria). Registration is now closed. If you registered by April 1st, then expect an email from us soon. Meanwhile, below are some important details related to the event.

  • All THATCamps are “unconferences” at the intersection of the humanities and technologies, with all sessions created “on the fly” and managed by the participants,
  • THATCamps are informal, with no lengthy proposals, papers, or presentations,
  • THATCamp Victoria is part of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI),
  • This year’s THATCamp Victoria is Victoria’s first,
  • You do not need to participate in the DHSI in order to participate in THATCamp Victoria (but we invite you to participate in both),
  • Participation in THATCamp Victoria is free of charge,
  • The event will not include a BootCamp (especially since it’s already a part of the amazing DHSI),
  • It will last 1.5 days (starting at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10th) and will begin with schedule and session planning,
  • Information about all participants will be listed here in May 2011,
  • Participants will be invited to use this blog to propose and organize THATCamp sessions prior to June 10th,
  • We’ve provided handy info on how to get to and around Victoria,
  • Registration closed on April 1st, and
  • The name “THATCamp” and the THATCamp logo are trademarks of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Got questions? Email THATCamp Victoria’s organizer, Jentery Sayers, at .

Thanks a bunch! Looking forward to seeing you in June in lovely Victoria!

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