DHSI 2016 offerings include the below. Thanks to overwhelming response from our community and the generous sponsorship of our partners, we'll have a number of additional courses on offer this coming year and, overall, smaller class sizes to facilitate better our learning together!

Fees for this year's DHSI are available here.

We're very pleased that academic accreditation for DHSI courses is available, for those who wish it, through the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities program. Details of the program available via its department webpage and university calendar entry). Apply to the program via the module at this link. Please direct any questions about the program to Stephen Ross (Director).

Important Notes:
- A DHSI course runs daily for the duration of a week, so only one course can be taken during a given week.
- Foundations offerings at DHSI are foundational in nature, requiring little by way of prerequisite save that those enrolled should have a basic knowledge of computing tools and methods. Other courses are aimed at those who have completed the relevant foundations course(s) at the DHSI or otherwise have similar foundational experience with digital humanities tools, methods, and approaches; note that some offerings have specific requisite skills and/or expectations and, in such cases, these are outlined in course description.
- If you are unsure of which course would be best suited to your strengths and interests, please contact the DHSI coordinator or the course instructor.
- In order to be eligible for a tuition scholarship, you must complete the scholarship application and receive your acceptance before registering for a course. (We regret that we are unable to offer tuition reimbursements to participants who register before receiving the results of their scholarship application.)
- Within and outside of the new Graduate Certificate in DH, DHSI courses can be taken for UVic academic credit (and, at times, transferrable academic credit) via a number of courses, including DHUM 491 (use this form to register), ENGL 509 (arranged via UVic English), and others.

Tentative DHSI 2016 Course Offerings: 6-10 June 2016     (+ DHUM 501)

  1. [Foundations] Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application

    Constance Crompton, and others [Please click for course details.]

    For those new to the field, this is an introduction to the theory and practice of encoding electronic texts for the humanities. This workshop is designed for individuals who are contemplating embarking on a text-encoding project, or for those who would like to better understand the philosophy, theory, and practicalities of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. No prior experience with XML is assumed, but the course will move quickly through the basics.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Advanced TEI Concepts / TEI Customization; Digital Documentation and Imaging for Humanists; Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Documentary Edition; A Collaborative Approach to XSLT; Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities; and more!

  2. [Foundations] Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application

    Robin Davies [Please click for course details.]

    For those new to the digitization field, this offering conveys skills necessary to bring real-world objects -- text, image, sound, video -- into a digital space, and then employ digital tools to further explore and strengthen those objects. Participants are encouraged to incorporate their own interests and materials into the workshops and lab activities of the course, and will build a personalized online document to house their newly digitized media. Assuming only basic computing competency, a hands-on format will quickly introduce participants to digitization project planning and management, data storage requirements, archival standards, and best practices in digitization and distribution.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Conceptualising & Creating a Digital Documentary Edition; Understanding the Pre-Digital Book; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); Sounds of :: in Digital Humanities; Digital Documentation and Imaging for Humanists; Open Source OCR Tools for Early Modern Printed Documents; and more!

  3. [Foundations] DH For Department Chairs and Deans

    John Unsworth, Harold Short, Ray Siemens, and others [Please click for course details.]

    Intended for university administrators who seek an understanding of the Digital Humanities that is both broad and deep, this offering establishes a cohort that [1] meets as a group for two dedicated sessions before the first day of DHSI (on the Sunday beforehand) and one dedicated session midweek to survey and discuss pragmatic DH basics and chief administrative issues related to supporting DH and those who practice it at their institution, [2] allows those enrolled to audit (as non-participatory observers, able to go from class to class) any and all of the DHSI courses, and [3] individually engages in consultation and targeted discussion with the instructors, who are the first three chairs of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO), and others in the group outside of course time during the institute.

    Please note that this course begins with a meeting on Sunday 5 June 2016, further details TBA.

    This offering is co-sponsored by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL).

    This is a seminar style / audit-oriented course. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; Models for DH at Liberal Arts Colleges (& 4 Yr Institutions); Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Digital Pedagogy Integration in the Curriculum; Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Research and Public Engagement; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; and more!

  4. [Foundations] Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists)

    John Simpson and Dennis Tenen [Please click for course details.]

    This course is intended for humanities-based researchers with no programming background whatsoever who would like to understand how programs work behind the scenes by writing some simple but useful programs of their own. Over the week the emphasis will be on understanding how computer programmers think so that participants will be able to at least participate in high-level conceptual discussions in the future with more confidence. These general concepts will be reinforced and illustrated with hands-on development of simple programs that can be used to help with text-based research and analysis right away. The language used for most of the course will be Python because of its gentle syntax and powerful extensions. Using the command-line interface and regular expressions will also be emphasized. We will also spend some time taking glimpses at what is happening in the other DHSI courses to understand how reading and writing programming code goes well beyond what we touch on in this class.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities; Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication; Data Mining for Digital Humanists; Understanding Topic Modelling; Stylometry with R: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts; RDF and Linked Open Data; 3d Modelling for DH and Social Sciences; DH Databases; Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects; A Collaborative Approach to XSLT; and more!

  5. [Foundations] Understanding the Pre-Digital Book

    Matt Huculak, Justin Harrison, Mary Elizabeth Leighton, Lisa Surridge, and Robbyn Lanning [Please click for course details.]

    This seminar is aimed at literary scholars, historians, archivists, librarians, booklovers, and others -- whether or not they have a digital humanities project in mind -- who wish to learn more about book culture in history and contexts from the medieval through modern periods. Each class session will combine intensive lectures with individual and small group hands-on work with items from UVic's special collections to focus on the circumstances of production and the continuous reception of objects that were "unique reproductions" (manuscripts) and "repetitive reproductions" (printed books). By providing an overview of textual creation, transmission, and conservation, this seminar will offer digital humanists an introduction to the methodologies and reference tools (historical, codicological, and contemporary) necessary to understand a book in its original contexts and thus to make informed encoding decisions. All will receive a toolkit that enables them to analyze and describe archival materials, facsimiles, and editions in a variety of ways and thus will leave the class ready to read, understand, and produce a bibliographical entry that could accompany a digital edition. Consultations on the bibliographical issues related to individual projects will be available; students who have a particular book (or type of book) they would like to work on are encouraged to contact the instructor before enrolling.

    This offering is co-sponsored by U Victoria Libraries Special Collections.

    This is a seminar style offering. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application; Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Documentary Edition; Open Source OCR Tools for Early Modern Printed Documents; and more!

  6. Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities

    David Hoover [Please click for course details.]

    This class will focus on using digital tools to enhance and deepen traditional ways of reading and analyzing texts. We will explore ways of answering questions about authorship, textual, chronological, and authorial style, genre, and meaning. The first sessions will introduce some freely-available tools and some widely available general software, and will address the issues of planning a project, finding/creating and preparing the texts for analysis. We will begin with some prepared text corpora for guided investigation as a group, so that we can concentrate on general problems, issues, and opportunities. Because my own background is in literature, the emphasis will be on literary texts. In later sessions, participants will be able to use these tools (and perhaps others, depending on their interests) to explore texts of their own choosing, or to examine some already-prepared sets of texts in greater detail and depth. The backgrounds and experiences of the participants will undoubtedly differ; therefore, we will aim for an intensely collegial and collaborative atmosphere, so as to capitalize on these differences.

    Most of the tools and methods work across different languages, though there may be some problems with transliterated and accented languages, and there is a good deal of variation in how effective different techniques are for different languages. Most also require a substantial amount of text–either one long text or at least several texts of 1000 words or more. On the other hand, this class will focus on relatively detailed and intensive analysis, and is not appropriate for those who are interested in working with huge data sets or very large numbers of very long texts. For the purposes and methods of this class, a set of 100 novels should be considered a very large amount of data.

    We will be meeting in a computer lab where all the software used will be available. Much of the work will be done in Minitab (a statistical analysis program) and in tools that operate in Microsoft Excel. Minitab for the Mac is scheduled for release in August 2014, but details are scarce, and there may be problems using some of the Excel tools on Mac computers (unless you have a dual-boot system that includes MS Windows). Potential participants whose own computers are Macs and/or who have specific (groups of) texts or kinds of problems in mind that they would like to work on in the class should definitely contact the instructor before enrolling to discuss any potential difficulties or challenges.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering to build on, or be built on by: Stylometry with R: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts; Understanding Topic Modeling; Data Mining For Digital Humanists.       Consider this offering in complement with: Data, Math, Visualization, and Interpretation of Networks: An Introduction; Open Source OCR Tools for Early Modern Printed Documents; Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists); Digital Humanities Databases; Understanding the Pre-Digital Book; and more!

  7. Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities

    Ian Gregory, with Cathryn Brandon [Please click for course details.]

    The course will be relevant to all humanities researchers who are interested in the geographies that their sources may hold, or whose research questions are geographical in nature. The course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the digital humanities. It will cover: converting humanities sources into GIS, georeferencing maps, querying and manipulating data within a GIS, producing high-quality cartographic output, and disseminating GIS material using virtual globes. It will be primarily based on using the ArcGIS software package although we will also introduce other software such as Quantum GIS (QGIS). The use of Google Earth to disseminate the outputs from GIS projects will also be included. The types of sources that we will cover include maps, texts and tabular data. The potential for using images and multimedia material will also be discussed.

    We do not assume any familiarity with GIS although a good level of general competence with computers is helpful. Some advance reading may help. Additionally, if you have your own data that you would like to use in GIS and use then please bring it along as the final sessions of the course will allow you to work with you own data if you so wish.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering to build on, or be built on by: [Foundations] Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application; [Foundations] Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application; [Foundations] Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists); Digital Humanities Databases; Creating Digital Humanities Projects for the Mobile Environment; Data Mining For Digital Humanists; Data, Math, Visualization, and Interpretation of Networks: An Introduction; Text Mapping as Modelling.       Consider this offering in complement with: Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Games for Digital Humanists; Stylometry with R: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts; and more!

  8. CloudPowering DH Research

    TBA [Please click for course details.]

    Background: While there may be some generally applicable “best practices” for research across all the academic disciplines there is no “one size fits all” in terms of methods and techniques. Rather, general tools must be gathered and adapted to meet the research needs of each project. Having general tools that are flexible enough to allow these adaptations to take place without sacrificing their intended power becomes very important. Cloud environments are quickly becoming just such a flexible tool, allowing researchers to deploy websites, gather, store, and crunch data in a variety of ways all from a set of raw resources that can be repurposed in a variety of ways. Still, cloud computing remains more of a concept than a tangible actuality for most Humanities researchers and questions such as, “What is a cloud exactly ?”, “What can really be done in the cloud?”, and “How could I really run a cloud?”, linger, sapping momentum from what would otherwise be valuable research projects.

    This course is intended for those involved in research who are looking for a flexible platform that can perform a variety of research tasks with beyond desktop performance. Familiarity with working within a unix style command line environment is strongly encouraged but not required. Emphasis will be divided between designing cloud based environments for a representative of sample of projects, multi virtual machine systems to power websites, run scraping projects, and support instances of generic web based tools and actually deploying these environments within the Compute Canada Cloud. Participants can expect to leave with the ability to oversee the provisioning of a variety cloud environments and, ideally, with the ability to do a good portion of that provisioning themselves. They will also have running template environments that they have built themselves. Other topics that will be covered include security, performance optimization, modular development practices, and networking.

    This offering is co-sponsored by Compute Canada.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Wrangling Big Data for DH; Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Stylometry with R; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); and more!

  9. Digital Storytelling

    John Barber [Please click for course details.]

    Digital (transmedia) Storytelling examines theory and practice of creating narratives across multiple digital platforms. Each platform is chosen for specific affordances to enhance the storytelling experience. This so called "transmedia" approach can make storytelling more immersive and interactive, and will be the focus of this course.

    The use of specific affordances of different digital media platforms is integral to how the story is told, why it is told, and to whom it is told and thus raises several interesting research questions: How might the use of specific digital media enrich the storytelling experience? Can digital storytelling serve as a form of tinkering apparati for collaborative thinking/creating, as a mode of knowledge production? How do we make the form of digital storytelling communicate its content effectively? How do we build interactivity into a narrative? How might we apply storytelling elements to the production and experience of narrative delivered on different digital media platforms? How might digital storytelling facilitate the creation and consumption of knowledge that will engage, enlighten, and involve diverse readers/interactors/participants?

    Addressing such research and project questions will promote the development of narrative techniques and skills with media tools that can engage critical thinking, communication, digital literacy, and civic engagement with digital humanities.

    This offering is co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organisation.

    This is a seminar style, integrated offering. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Introduction to Electronic Literature in DH: Research and Practice; Advanced Criticism and Authoring of Electronic Literature; Games for Digital HumanistsSound and Digital Humanities; Introduction to Computation for Literary Criticism; and more!

  10. Visualizing Information: Where Data Meets Design

    Aimee Knight [Please click for course details.]

    Data visualization - the representation of information through images - is a powerful and innovative tool for extending traditional methods of research. In this workshop, we will explore ways to creatively visualize data for research, while rendering information more useful, engaging, and accessible to audiences. From boutique data to big data, we will examine both qualitative and quantitative datasets to create a variety of visualizations, including illustrations, mindmaps, infographics, sparklines, data matrices, and interactive graphic displays using open source data and tools. Throughout the week we will work our way through the periodic table of data visualization methods, including information, concept, strategy, metaphor, and compound visualization. We will also become familiar with data visualization experts working within this creative medium, such as Hans Rosling, Kim Crawford, Edward Tufte, Beck Tench, Ben Fry, Jer Thorp, and Kim Rees. No prior experience or artistic talent necessary - just a willingness to experiment with different materials from pipe-cleaners to code.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with: R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization for the Humanities; Data, Math, Visualization, and Interpretations of Networks: An Introduction; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); and more!

  11. Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Integration in the Curriculum

    Diane Jakacki and Katherine Faull [Please click for course details.]

    This is a praxis course for teaching faculty and instructors who come to DHSI with a specific digital humanities course proposal. The emphasis is on workshopping these courses, identifying learning objectives, building assignments, creating rubrics and forms of assessment. As part of this workshopping we will survey existing humanities courses that incorporate a significant digital humanities component in their design, including but not limited to research-based and experiential learning, public digital humanities, cultural/media studies, interdisciplinary and team-taught courses, and the distinctions between introductory, advanced undergraduate and graduate course expectations. Where possible, consulting visits (both in person and virtually) from instructors who have taught courses such as these will be included. Participants leave DHSI with a fully-formed and teachable syllabus.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; Models for DH at Liberal Arts Colleges; DH for Department Chairs and Deans. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; and more.

  12. Digital Documentation and Imaging for Humanists

    Michael Ashley and Kelley Shanahan [Please click for course details.]

    A hands-on, practical training covering studio (artifacts, samples, publication imaging) and field photography. We will cover the essentials of color calibration, resolution, optimal aperture and shutter speed settings, lighting and composition. We will discuss how to develop a ‘born–archival’ workflow, helping to assure digital preservation from the field to the file. Workshop participants will also learn about exciting new state-of-the-art imaging techniques that are readily available to anyone with a Digital SLR, such as exposure fusion, gigapan imaging, stereo photogrammetry, reflectance transformation imaging, and focus stacking. This course is based on a CoDA immersive course, Digital Imaging for Archaeology.

    A strong interest in digital photography and basic computer skills (Mac or PC) will be helpful. Participants may be asked to complete pre-training tutorials online in advance depending on our skills assessment questionnaire. We provide everything you need, but also encourage you to bring laptops, cameras and other gear.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering to build on: Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application; Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Documentary Edition. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Sound of :: in DH; Digital Indigeneity; Visualizing Information: Where Data Meets Design; Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; and more.

  13. Text Processing - Techniques & Traditions

    John Maxwell [Please click for course details.]

    This course provides a hands-on introduction to the accumulated wealth of text processing tactics and strategies from the past four decades. We'll use them, and consider them in the context of the cultural histories of computing and publishing technology from which they arise: a blending of 'hack' and 'yack'. Over the week we'll work with a range of tools and toolkits, and explore methods for integrating and making text processes more efficient and more convivial. We'll go from venerable Unix tools (like regular expressions) to XML and markup concepts through to latter-day digital production methodologies -- useful for everything from cleaning up documents and data to preparing things for publication. We'll fold, spindle, and mutilate documents using tools like markdown, git, and regex, in pursuit of grace, elegance, and fine typography. Participants should bring a laptop and an article or other body of text to work with over the week. Some experience with HTML and CSS would be an asset, as would basic familiarity with the Unix command line.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with: Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop), Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods, Web Development for Beginners, with Ruby on Rails, Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects, Open Journal Systems for the Digital Humanities; and more! This offering is co-sponsored by Publishing@SFU.

  14. Issues in Large Project Planning and Management

    Lynne Siemens [Please click for course details.]

    This seminar will cover the basics of project management from project definition to project review upon completion. Topics such as budget setting and controls, risk management, critical path scheduling, software tools, and related Internet resources will also be discussed. Material will be covered through lectures, discussions, case studies, and presentations. By the end of the course, participants will be able to implement the course concepts and tools in their projects.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with: DH For Department Chairs and Deans; Models for DH at Liberal Arts Colleges (& 4 Yr Institutions); and more!

  15. 3D Modelling for the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

    John Bonnett [Please click for course details.]

    This course has three aims. The first is to introduce participants to the world of 3D modelling. What methods and software are available to generate 3D content? What languages are used to support their expression and dissemination over the Internet? The second purpose is practical: it will provide an introduction to 3D modelling, and show how such an activity can be integrated into courses devoted to digital history, virtual heritage, architectural history and theatre history, and related disciplines in archaeology and anthropology. Here participants will be introduced to Sketchup, an 3D modelling software package developed by Google that can be procured for free, or for minimal cost in an education institution. They will also be introduced to the 3D Virtual Buildings Project 2.0, a free on-line tutorial that will provide instruction in Sketchup, and in the use of historical sources to produce 3D models. The third aim of the course will be to explore the pedagogical benefit of 3D modelling. How can such activities support student learning, and in particular the development of their constructive and critical thinking skills?

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering to build on: Fundamentals of Coding / Programming for Human(s|ists); Web Development / Project Prototyping for Beginners with Ruby on Rails. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication; Understanding Topic Modelling; Data, Math, Visualization, and Interpretation of Networks; and more.

  16. Digital Humanities Databases

    Harvey Quamen [Please click for course details.]

    Databases are the driving engine behind a large number of classic and cutting-edge digital humanities applications. DH tasks -- such as wielding enormous GIS maps, aggregating the social media of wikis and blogs, building large archival repositories and even generating the semantic web -- all depend on some form of database. This course will introduce the inner workings of databases and demonstrate hands-on work with participants' own data sets to learn more about concepts like data normalization, relational table design, Structured Query Language (SQL), and effective long-term data management. Students need no prior experience with databases or programming.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with: [Foundations] Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists); [Foundations] Web Development / Project Prototyping for Beginners with Ruby on Rails; Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects; RDF and Linked Open Data; and more!

  17. Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects

    Jon Martin [Please click for course details.]

    At the heart of the course’s philosophy is the belief that free and open-source tools ought to be freely accessible to all, and that anyone can learn the essentials of the Linux environment. This course will be relevant to anyone who wants to get a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment up-and-running for either testing or project deployment. This course requires no prior knowledge, just a willingness to try (and occasionally fail at) new things. While some familiarity with the Linux environment will help, no prior experience is needed. We will quickly review how to use the command line, as well as the fundamental principles of file and user permissions. As you might expect, the course will involve a significant hands-on technical portion.

    In our work, we’ll be using a variant of Debian Linux that has been tailored to DH projects, and will explore setting it up in a variety of scenarios: as a virtual machine, as a separate partition on your own computer, and as a standalone server. From there, we’ll explore how to configure the Apache Web Server for both speed and safety, as well as how to keep common tools like Varnish, PHP, Ruby/Rails, and Python/Django up-to-date and working. Of course, our LAMP stack wouldn’t be complete without the ‘M’, and so we’ll be looking at how to deploy and configure MariaDB (a fully open-source replacement for MySQL). Other topics will include: security testing and hardening, mail servers (time permitting), and alternate Web servers like the super speedy Nginx.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with: [Foundations] Web Development for Beginners, with Ruby on Rails; Digital Humanities Databases; RDF and Linked Open Data; and more!

  18. RDF and Linked Open Data

    James Smith [Please click for course details.]

    This course explores how digital humanities projects have traditionally managed data and how opening access to data changes the DH project. We will cover the reasons for publishing open data, how we can create open data, and how we can work with open data. We will see how linked open data allows us to share data and incorporate data from other projects. We will learn about data models, data formats, and software tools for working with linked open data. Students should be comfortable with the basics of the UNIX command line: running commands, browsing the file system, viewing text files, and editing text files (a good introductory text such as http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/A_Quick_Introduction_to_Unix should be sufficient). Students should bring a Mac or Linux (e.g., Ubuntu) laptop. For those unable to do so, we will provide remote access to an Ubuntu server for data processing.

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Fundamentals of Coding / Programming for Human(s|ists); Web Development / Project Prototyping for Beginners with Ruby on Rails. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects; Digital Humanities Databases; and more.

  19. Introduction to Electronic Literature in DH: Research and Practice

    Dene Grigar, M.D. Coverly, Sandy Baldwin, and Davin Heckman [Please click for course details.]

    Electronic literature is described as born digital literary work––that is, literature produced with and only experienced on a computing device. Recent exhibits at the Modern Language Association and the Library of Congress as well as featured topics at digital humanities events, like the recent “Digital Cultures in the Age of Big Data” institute at Bowling Green State University, show a growing interest by digital humanists in the form. Needed, however, to further digital humanities research into and teaching of electronic literature is the opportunity for scholars to engage in a formal, in-depth study that provides a good understanding of electronic literature’s antecedents and traditions, authors and works, theories and methodologies, scholarly approaches, and artistic practices. This course, led by leading scholars and artists of the Electronic Literature Organization, combines seminar and workshop methodologies so that participants gain the background needed to critique and interpret and teach electronic literature with knowledge of its production.

    This offering is co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organisation.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Advanced Criticism and Authoring of Electronic Literature; Pragmatic Publishing Workflows; Text Mapping as Modelling; and more.

  20. Drupal for Digital Humanities Projects

    Quinn Dombrowski and Raf Alvarado [Please click for course details.]

    The open source content management system Drupal allows users to build complex and highly customized websites and web-based applications without having to write any custom code. Drupal powers a wide range of digital humanities sites, including professional organizations, journals, databases, and individual scholarly projects. This course is intended for anyone who wants to play a hands-on role in developing digital humanities websites, or web interfaces for digital humanities data. The course will cover Drupal installation and configuration, developing and implementing a data model for your content, using Drupal's UI to query your data and develop search and browsing interfaces, importing and exporting data, and how to maintain a Drupal site. Advanced topics will be addressed as needed by individual projects. Class sessions will include time for participants to work on their own project(s) with guidance and feedback from the instructor, or experiment with the example sites provided.

    No programming experience is necessary, but previous use of other content management systems (such as WordPress or Omeka) is recommended. Participants are asked to bring their own computers, and a project idea, along with a few pieces of content (texts, images, etc.) to use when developing the site. Contact us in advance if you're having trouble thinking of a project idea.

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: [Foundations] Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application; Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices; Digital Humanities Databases; and more!

  21. Palpability and Wearable Computing

    Jessica Rajko, Eileen Standley, and Stjepan Rajko [Please click for course details.]

    Wearable technology (WT) is moving closer to and even into the human body, effectively rendering it invisible. Coined by Mark Weiser as Invisible Computing, wearable technologies now “weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” While technologies may appear invisible to the naked eye and continue to demand less of our visual attention, our understanding of the world is created not just through our eyes but through our multisensory, bodily experiences. Therefore, this movement of technologies from our hands onto our skin should, but often does not account for our broader, felt experiences. In this seminar we will explore the central role of the palpability, of feeling of our active senses, in WT design.

    This seminar will begin with readings and discussion followed by small movement explorations to bring awareness to the rich information provided through our active, seeking senses. Participants will be offered a variety of selected of readings to ground the work in the history of embodied computing, personal affective computing, invisible computing and somatics (body/mind integration). The remainder of each session will be spent tinkering with existing wearable technologies and dreaming up designs for new WT through hands-on play. Participants will be able to explore and create with existing wearable technologies as well as various wearable microcontrollers, sensors and feedback output devices. No prior movement experience or experience with physical computing is assumed, but participants should come wearing comfortable clothing for movement explorations.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering to build on and be considered in complement with: Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication; Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements; Fundamentals of Coding / Programming for Human(s|ists)Digital Indigeneity; and more.

Tentative DHSI 2016 Course Offerings: 13-17 June 2016

  1. [Foundations] Introduction to Computation for Literary Criticism

    James O'Sullivan [Please click for course details.]

    This course will give students an introduction to computation for literary criticism, so that they might be in a position to pursue further offerings at DHSI with a similar focus. A variety of computational methods, which produce quantitative data for use in the support of critical arguments, will be introduced. Students will be given a brief introduction to a range of methodologies, as well as practical instruction in some of the key tools.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Stylometry with R: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts; Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists); Understanding Topic Modeling; Data Mining For Digital Humanists; and more!

  2. [Foundations] Web Development / Project Prototyping with Ruby on Rails

    Markus Wust [Please click for course details.]

    This class is an introduction for beginners to project prototyping using the Ruby on Rails (RoR) web development framework. It is targeted at those who have no prior experience with scripting languages (some knowledge of HTML and CSS will help, but is not required) and are interested in how to begin bringing their DH project idea to life. The course will start with a short introduction to Ruby, HTML, and CSS, and then delve more deeply into the Rails framework. Participants will get hands-on experience using the Rails generator and scaffolding to standup a prototype application quickly. The courses will also cover the Rails migration process and data architecture, as well as touch on how to use Github (https://github.com; for managing and sharing your code) and Heroku (https://www.heroku.com; for hosting your project) to create an external development environment and publish RoR projects. While the class will be taught in a computer lab to provide a consistent technical platform, we will help interested participants with installing Ruby on Rails on their laptops.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with: Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects; Digital Humanities Databases; and more!

  3. [Foundations] Models for DH at Liberal Arts Colleges (& 4 Yr Institutions)

    Janet Simons and Angel Nieves [Please click for course details.]

    This course will explore models for doing DH at four year institutions. Over the past half-decade liberal arts colleges and four-year institutions have begun to engage in the development of robust programs in the digital humanities. With a focus on teaching, these institutions have also developed frameworks in which we can incorporate students into our research agendas in meaningful and productive ways. Within a collaborative, interdisciplinary lens we will address approaches to teaching and research, developing models for sustainable infrastructure, student integration, project and resource management. Discussion will include administrative issues related to the recognition of collaborative efforts in DH. Participation is encouraged from across all areas of the institution including library and IT professionals, administrators, and faculty. Individuals who are interested in growing digital humanities and digital scholarship in their unique institutional settings should attend. Guest lectures will be included as part of the course structure.

    This offering is co-sponsored by Hamilton College's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    This course combines lecture and seminar formats. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; DH for Department Chairs and Deans; Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Digital Pedagogy Integration in the Curriculum; Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Research and Public Engagement; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; and more!

  4. Wrangling Big Data for DH

    TBA [Please click for course details.]

    Background: Big Data is the current Big Thing but this does not mean that it is generally well understood or straightforward. Looking around the web will reveal that Big Data must have anywhere from three to nine properties (all of which must start with the letter ‘V’) and that it fluctuates between being an actual thing that could be handled and acquired by anyone to a general concept for approaching highly specialized datasets that few people will ever have access to. This general state of affairs generally leaves researchers with at least three questions: Where can they get Big Data? How should they process Big Data? Where can Big Data processing be done? A course that addressed these questions while giving participants hands on experience with actual datasets that have volume, variety, veracity, velocity, etc., and that are drawn directly from Humanities repositories or from Humanities based interests would go a long way to empowering researchers.

    This course is intended for researchers who are looking to handle datasets that they can no longer comfortably process on a desktop computer, typically because the data no longer works well with standard tools or data storage formats. To get the most out of this course participants should have a general familiarity with unix style command line interfaces and have a project or two either in mind or at hand that they suspect could benefit from what this course provides. Emphasis is split between identifying tools and methods to handle such data (based on the properties of that data as well as the skills of the research team and the systems available to handle it) and hands on work that will generate understanding and impart relevant skills. Participants will be exposed to the creation of big data sets through web scraping and data aggregation, data formats for handling these results, processing techniques such as parallel processing, Hadoop, H Base, and Spark that can be run on Compute Canada systems, and attention to output formats for visualization.

    This offering is co-sponsored by Compute Canada.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: CloudPowering DH Research; Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Stylometry with R; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); and more!

  5. Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Edition

    Jennifer Stertzer and Erica Cavanaugh [Please click for course details.]

    This course will explore all aspects of conceptualizing, planning for, and creating a digital edition. It provides a basic introduction to the various types of digital editions, the practice of editing in the digital age, and a survey of the many digital tools available to serve project goals. Approaching a digital edition means taking time to think about how end-users will want to work with a particular edition. Beginning with the research and analytical needs of end-users in mind, editors are better able to develop effective editorial strategies that will result in a dynamic, useful, and usable, digital edition. In this course, participants will engage in hands-on learning and group discussions related to project conceptualization, editorial policies and processes, and the selection and use of digital tools that can serve the needs of researchers and other end-users. Participants will bring a few sample materials they are working with. We will use these in a class project - creating a digital edition over the course of the week using skills learned in each session. Our goal is for participants to return to their home institutions ready and able to build upon, enhance, and transform these initial ideas into robust digital editions.

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application; Understanding the Pre-Digital Book. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Digital Documentation and Imaging for Humanists; Pragmatic Publishing Workflows; and more!

  6. Stylometry with R: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts

    Jan Rybicki [Please click for course details.]

    This is an intermediate-to-advanced course in stylometry: the analysis of countable linguistic features of (literary) texts. While stylometry has been usually associated with authorship attribution, recent research shows that the same methods can be used in a much broader context of literary study. The statistics of such text features as word, word n-gram or letter n-gram frequencies, apart from being a highly precise tool for identifying authorship, can in fact present patterns of similarity and difference between various works by the same author; between works by different authors, between authors differing in terms of chronology or gender or genre or narrative styles; between translations of the same author or group of authors; between dialogic voices in novels. This in turn provides a new opening in literary studies; and the results of stylometry can be compared and confronted with the findings of traditional stylistics and interpretation. The participants will be able to learn some of the more useful stylometric tools and methods, from simple wordlist-making to multivariate analyses of word and phrase frequencies to complex graphs and networks.

    The instructors will present their own suite of packages written for the R statistical programming environment, which has proven itself to be a very efficient tool; the packages are a way to avoid R’s usually steep learning curve, so no expert knowledge is required. The texts used for the workshops can be provided by the instructors; if necessary, the participants’ individual corpora will be expanded as needed and as available (online or elsewhere). The texts will be literary, multilingual, and include both originals and translations.

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Fundamentals of Coding / Programming for Human(s|ists); Web Development / Project Prototyping for Beginners with Ruby on Rails; Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities; Understanding Topic Modelling; Data Mining for Digital Humanists; and more!

  7. R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization for the Humanities

    Jason Heppler and Lincoln Mullen [Please click for course details.]

    The visualization of historical and literary data has become a common practice in digital humanities, drawing on older traditions of visualizing in these disciplines. A variety of out-of-the-box tools exist for easily jumping in to data and information visualization, but when we use these tools we run the risk of research questions being wedged into a tool rather than the tool fitting the research. This course introduces students to humanities visualizations, using a programming language that let researchers prioritize their questions over the requirements of ready-made tools. Students will learn how to iteratively create plots and maps using the R statistical programming language, as well as how to manipulate data for their purposes. Students will get hands-on with spatial history, charts and plots, and network visualization in R. Along the way basic programming concepts will be taught and not assumed as a prerequisite. Students will become familiar with the entire pipeline of visualization---from data manipulation to exploratory graphics to online interactive visualizations.

  8. Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop)

    Susan Brown, with Mihaela Ilovan, and Karyn Huenemann [Please click for course details.]

    Online resources play an important role in contemporary scholarship, both at the point of production, and the point of dissemination. The web offers many opportunities for online publication, whether through social media or through the dissemination of scholarship via more formal scholarly channels in online journals. In between these two stages, however, most scholars still collect materials for study, do much of their analysis, and prepare scholarship for publication on personal computers. This means that work in progress and working archives are stored in silos on individual hard drives, making it harder to share information and ideas or to benefit from those of other scholars while the work is still in formative stages. There is an unrealized potential for sharing, reducing the time spent on lower-level activities, and collaborating either passively or actively.

    This course takes up the movement of scholarship to online environments, exploring possibilities for collaboration throughout the entire scholarly workflow, with an emphasis on leveraging computers to assist with the collaborative process. Collaborative scholarship in this context ranges from co-ordination of members of research groups engaged in distributed and asynchronous work on a single project to looser collaborations of scholars working in the same general area wanting to ensure that their research materials are shared and interoperable with each other. While the course will touch on matters such as the management of collaborative relationships, it is not primarily about this aspect of collaboration, but rather on the potential for leveraging standards and systems to enable collaborative scholarship online.

    The course is suitable for those wishing a general introduction to digital humanities as well as for those wishing to initiate a longer-term project, providing a general introduction to key principles associated with undertaking DH scholarship, ranging from platform-independent data formats and metadata standards to text markup, preservation challenges, and semantic web principles. It will touch on practical, institutional and cultural challenges associated with collaboration, as well as strategies for deciding what types and levels of collaboration are right for particular individuals or projects. Through readings, discussion, and hands-on sessions, participants will engage with the topic of collaboration in broad terms, while also being introduced to a number of fundamental principles related to the sorts of choices facing scholars engaging with digital research environments.

    Hands-on experience will be provided primarily within the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory’s online environment. However, long-term participation in CWRC is not a condition of the course; participants will be able to export the digital objects they create. Participants will be expected to contribute over the course of the week to a single collaborative class project, but will also have the option of bringing their own materials and beginning to develop individual or group projects. Participants should bring a wireless-capable laptop.

    This offering is co-sponsored by the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada.

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application; Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application; Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Documentary Edition; Models for DH at Liberal Arts Colleges (& 4 Yr Institutions); DH for Department Chairs and Deans; and more. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Pragmatic Publishing Workflows; Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; RDF and Linked Open Data; A Collaborative Approach to XSLT; and more!

  9. Sound and Digital Humanities

    John Barber [Please click for course details.]

    A class focusing on the basics of recording, editing, and manipulating sound files, either as the substance of or ambience for digital humanities projects. Course topics include: basics of sound recording and editing (using GarageBand and/or Audacity); soundscapes, collages, and remixes; digital storytelling using audio (perhaps as part of a transmedia context), and incorporating sound files in digital humanities projects (embedded sound, podcasts, Internet radio). Sound files will be provided for workshop demonstrations. Other sound recordings will be produced at DHSI. Students will produce and share individual / collaborative sound projects. Ideally, students will provide their own laptop computers with either GarageBand or Audacity loaded, or iPads (Garageband is available for them), and digital recorders, although many smartphones provide the ability to record "voice memos." View the previous year's course website at http://radionouspace.net/index.php/sounds-of-in-digital-humanities/.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities, as well as a self-directed component. Consider this offering to build on: Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication; Digital Documentation and Imaging for Humanists; and more.

  10. Accessibility & Digital Environments

    Erin E. Templeton and George H. Williams [Please click for course details.]

    In order to successfully reach a wide audience, digital projects must take into account the variety of potential users and their diverse needs. Not everyone accesses information in the same way, though we often assume otherwise. For example, people with disabilities of many different kinds--sensory, physical, and cognitive--represent a significant percentage of users for many digital projects, but most of these projects are designed without thinking about accessibility. However, digital humanists can ensure that they are designing for all users by taking accessibility into account from the beginning of a project. And existing projects can be adjusted and modified to improve their accessibility.

    This course will take a two-fold approach: students will read and discuss key works from disability studies scholarship in order to consider various applications for the digital humanities; these readings will form a critical framework for students’ hands-on work with tools that enable them to evaluate and create scholarly digital resources. Mornings will involve readings-based discussions on topics such as emerging standards for accessibility in digital environments, the social model of disability, user-centered design, and embodiment. Afternoons will be reserved for guided individual exercises and small-group work. Students are encouraged to bring their own projects or project ideas in order to evaluate them for accessibility and to make or plan changes as appropriate. Knowledge of and experience with web design is not required, but curiosity and a willingness to learn are a necessity.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; DH for Department Chairs and Deans; Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Digital Pedagogy Integration in the Curriculum; Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Research and Public Engagement; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; and more!

  11. Critical Pedagogy and Digital Praxis in the Humanities

    Jesse Stommel and Chris Friend [Please click for course details.]

    This course will focus on building community in collaborative digital learning environments and will interrogate notions of outcomes, best practices, and instructional design. Our work together will be productive, grounded in praxis, and driven by learner experiences.

    Digital Humanities, with its deep reliance on technological tools, is replete with courses about those tools. This course offers an alternative: It is an exploration of pedagogy, challenging teachers to re-think how they approach their classes and interact with their students. We will discuss critical pedagogy and the importance of letting students define, control, and take responsibility for, their learning environment. This course will also serve as a playground, letting participants experiment with critical digital pedagogy in a class-created open-access online course that we co-design, build, deploy, promote, and assess, all within the one-week seminar. Participants will leave with a better understanding of their approaches to teaching and how critical digital pedagogy applies to DH courses, and the course will conclude with the creation of a multimodal teaching philosophy re-shaped by the conversations of the week.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: Digital Pedagogy Integration in the Curriculum; Models for DH at Liberal Arts Colleges (& 4 Yr Institutions); Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements; Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; and more!

  12. Text Mapping as Modelling

    Øyvind Eide [Please click for course details.]

    The course will question one of the most important practices in Digital Humanities, namely, digital mapping of texts. The students will compare maps and texts through a model building experiment. They will also create reports in the form of map and text documents and compare what can be expressed in each of the media. The aim of the course is to understand better where the information we put on maps come from. How much is read from the text and how much is added from other sources, including the reader’s previous knowledge? To what degree is the information silently adjusted to fit the map medium? How much of what we express in text and as maps are steered by the medium?

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with: Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities; Visualizing Information: Where Data Meets Design; and more!

  13. Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills

    Daniel Powell and Melissa Dalgleish [Please click for course details.]

    Developing professional skills that are useful within the academy and transferable outside of it can serve digital humanists in a variety of ways. These skills--knowledge mobilization, working collaboratively, maintaining an effective online presence, clear-language research communication, networking, project management--can help digital humanists ensure that their work has the greatest possible impact, and that they have the greatest possible opportunity to develop and deploy those skills where they wish. While this list of professional and transferable skills might seem varied, they are all fundamentally about communication-- whether with collaborators, granting agencies, job interviewers, Googlers, undergraduates, administrators, or the general public. Throughout the week, our emphasis will be on mapping and strengthening the contours of the contemporary scholarly profile as it exists in the online world and in diverse professional networks. This will involve relevant readings, class discussion, tutorials designed to build online personas, small group work on presenting research clearly, and work on the “nuts and bolts” of the digital humanities scholarly persona.

    This course assumes nothing with regard to computational fluency other than the ability to use a web browser and a word processor. Participants should, however, come to DHSI with a clear idea of their research, the “lay of the land” for their subdiscipline, and some of their potential target audiences. While this course is oriented towards early career researchers, teachers, and #altac professionals--doctoral students and newly hired faculty- -involved with digital scholarship, all are welcome.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with: [Foundations] Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; [Foundations] DH For Department Chairs and Deans; Digital Pedagogy Integration in the Curriculum; and more!

  14. Digital Humanities with a Global Outlook

    Alex Gil [Please click for course details.]

    In recent years, Digital Humanities has begun to present itself as an asymmetrical global phenomenon. The local environments under which scholarly practices meet new technologies are marked by differences in funding, hardware, software, know-how, language, bandwidth and access. In this workshop we will explore a host of technologies--and the issues they address--which can help us foster digital projects that can traverse these diverse environments. These technologies can fall under two general categories: minimal and translatable computing. Through practice in minimal computing students will learn about static website generation, strategies for data transfer, low cost and DIY hardware, SVG mapping and site mirroring. Through practice in translatable computing, students will learn about a range of tools that can be used to foster communities of translation and facilitate the process of translating interfaces and content. We hope that the hands-on engagement with these technologies will help us think through issues of access, transnationalism and sustainability in the context of a global digital humanities.

    Note: Some experience with digital platforms, HTML/CSS, command line is recommended.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Fundamentals of Coding / Programming for Human(s|ists); Open Journal Systems for the Digital Humanities; Web Development / Project Prototyping for Beginners with Ruby on Rails. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication; Digital Indigeneity; Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements; and more.

  15. Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication

    Jentery Sayers, Devon Elliot, and Danielle Morgan [Please click for course details.]

    This course is a hands-on introduction to physical computing and desktop fabrication from a humanities perspective. It is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students as well as staff and faculty. The course allows all involved to explore a variety of approaches, across disciplinary interests, in a studio-like environment that encourages experimentation and iterative development. Participants will have opportunities to build simple, interactive, tangible, and even wearable devices using open source microcontroller platforms, 3D scanners, and basic electronic sensors and actuators. They will also digitize three-dimensional objects to create computer models, which will then be fabricated using a 3D printer, laser cutter, or similar machine. Participants will need to provide their own laptops, and they will be encouraged to re-purpose, hack, bend, program, and network electronic objects made available to them. Technologies will likely include Arduino, Raspberry Pi, LilyPad, MaxMSP, Processing, SketchUp, 123D Catch, and netfabb. Curiosity aside, there are no prerequisites for this course.

    This offering is co-sponsored by the Maker Lab in the Humanities.

    This is a hands-on course. Consider this offering in complement with: [Foundations] Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists); Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements; Sound of :: in Digital Humanities; Games for Digital Humanists; 3D Modelling for the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences; Digital Humanities with a Global Outlook; and more!

  16. XML Applications and Databases for Historical and Literary Research

    Jonathan Martin and Scott Paul McGinnis [Please click for course details.]

    This course is an introduction to the XML ecosystem and its uses in research on literary and historical documents. It will introduce a suite of closely related DH competencies, centered around eXist-DB, an open-source, noSQL XML document database and application platform. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of XML and be introduced to several of its most important applications, including XHTML, KML, SVG, and TEI, and they will explore website styling (CSS) and scripting (jQuery), useful for the presentation of their data and applications.

    Intended for researchers in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are newcomers to DH methods, the course assumes no familiarity with scripting or encoding, though students who are familiar with TEI and Web design would still benefit from the units on analytic tools and XML databases, which are central to the course.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with, and / or to be built on by: DH Databases; Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods; DH for Department Chairs and Deans; Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities; Digital Pedagogy Integration in the Curriculum; Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Research and Public Engagement; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); Professionalizing the Early Career Digital Humanist: Strategies and Skills; and more!

  17. Games for Digital Humanists

    Matt Bouchard and Andy Keenan [Please click for course details.]

    Games are a popular and quickly growing area of study in humanist disciplines. This course combines treatments of game criticism, game theory and game development toward understanding how to approach this medium as an object of research. We discuss games broadly, which includes table top games, board games, video games, card games, etc. Part of the course will provide instruction about creating a playable prototype game as part of game-first research -- ultimately combining theoretical aspects of game studies with the practical application of game building for both newcomers and experienced game scholars. Our focus in the course is to learn how games are structured and how they function, so prototypes are built with scissors, paper, and ideas to keep the focus on playtesting and iterative design.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication; Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Research and Public Engagement; Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities; and more.

  18. Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements

    Jacque Wernimont and Elizabeth Losh [Please click for course details.]

    Although there is a deep history of feminist engagement with technology, projects like FemTechNet argue that such history is often hidden and feminist thinkers are frequently siloed. In order to address this, the seminar will offer a set of background readings to help make visible the history of feminist engagement with technology, as well as facilitate small-scale exploratory collaboration during the seminar. Our reading selections bring a variety of feminist technology critiques in Media Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Science and Technology Studies, and related fields into conversation with work in Digital Humanities. Each session is organized by a keyword - a term that is central to feminist theoretical and practical engagements with technology - and will begin with a discussion of that term in light of our readings. The remainder of each session will be spent learning about and tinkering with Processing, a programming tool that will allow participants to engage in their own critical making processes.

    Pushing against instrumentalist assumptions regarding the value and efficacy of certain digital tools, we will be asking participants to think hard about the affordances and constraints of digital technologies. While we will be engaging with a wide range of tools/systems in our readings and discussions, we anticipate that the more hands-on engagement with Processing will help participants think about operations of interface, input, output, and mediation. In addition to the expanded theoretical framework, participants can expect to come away with a new set of pedagogical models using Processing that they can adapt and use for teaching at their own institutions.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Fundamentals of Coding / Programming for Human(s|ists); Web Development / Project Prototyping for Beginners with Ruby on Rails. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication; Digital Humanities with a Global Outlook; Digital Indigeneity; and more.

  19. Advanced Criticism and Engagement of Electronic Literature

    Dene Grigar, M.D. Coverly, Sandy Baldwin, and Aaron Reed [Please click for course details.]

    This course focuses on topic-specific intensive, advanced exploration and engagement of electronic literature in the context of digital humanities and knowledge creation, building on knowledge of electronic literature gained in the course, “Introduction to Electronic Literature,” or in prior experience in the field derived from personal and/or professional study. Daily activities are devoted to producing a critical or creative work aimed at publication so that participants completing the course will do so with a finished draft of a work and a plan for completion. Participants will be guided by a team of scholars and artists from the Electronic Literature Organization.

    Special Note: This course works in conjunction with the Action Sessions at the ELO conference, which begins on June 10. Action Sessions are drawn from among the following themes: Credentialing Self-Published Digital Scholarship & Creative Activities; Digital Archival Scholarship for New Literary Criticism; Global Taxonomies and Nomenclature for Building Infrastructure: Methods for Implementation; The Traversal and Its Application to Other Forms of Digital Media; Preserving Digital History: Documenting Web-Based and Mobile Works of E-Lit; Wikipedia-a-thon of elit authors and scholars and works; ELD Editing for CELL.

    This offering is co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organisation.

    This course combines lecture, seminar, and hands-on / workshop activities. Consider this offering to build on: Introduction to Electronic Literature; Scholarscapes, Augmented Dissemination via Digital Methods. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Advanced Criticism and Authoring of Electronic Literature; Pragmatic Publishing Workflows; Text Mapping as Modelling; and more.

  20. TEI XML, XSLT, and the Web

    Zailig Pollock and Josh Pollock [Please click for course details.]

    Building on the fundamentals of TEI XML, this course introduces the basic concepts of XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) and explores its use in transforming TEI markup into the HTML files required for web presentation. The course will provide two clear outcomes: [1] basic skills that will enable the students to produce, on their own, XSLT that will generate usable HTML from their TEI; and [2] a conceptual framework that will enable the students to develop more complex XSLT, either on their own or in collaboration with a developer. At the end of the course students will be provided with a package of material to enable them to continue to develop their skills in XSLT.

    This course also acknowledges that much work of this sort is carried out via "agile" working relationships between digital humanists and developers, in conversation together about the technical and content-oriented demands of their projects. This agile relationship is reflected in the collaborative pedagogy of the course, which will be jointly taught by a digital humanist and a developer; together, they have collaborated in creating the Digital Page Reader, a dynamic text/image editing tool.

    To take this course, students should have a basic familiarity with XML/TEI, HTML and CSS and should know how to use oXygen.

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering in complement with: [Foundations] Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application; [Foundations] Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists); Advanced TEI Concepts / TEI Customisation; Digital Humanities Databases; Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop); and more!

  21. Understanding Topic Modeling

    Neal Audenaert [Please click for course details.]

    Topic modeling holds great promise for analyzing and understanding large text collections as well as identifying potentially hidden relationships between documents that might otherwise go unnoticed in the piles of digital documents that are readily available. Open‐source tool kits such as Mallet make topic modeling available to scholars with a minimal learning curve. Despite their accessibility, these tools draw on mathematically complex algorithms that embody key assumptions about how documents function and what types of analysis are useful. Applying topic modeling effectively, interpreting its results correctly and critically assessing other’s work requires more than the ability to turn knobs on a black‐box until you get the results you want. In this course, we will take an in depth look at the algorithms behind topic modeling, review recent applications of topic modeling within humanities research and discuss potential applications and future research directions.

    Participants should have a strong background in digital humanities research and prior experience in text analysis and/or programming is helpful but not required. We will quickly review the mathematical basis for topic modeling as this course will include a significant technical portion.

    This course combines lecture and hands-on activities. Consider this offering to build on: Fundamentals of Coding / Programming for Human(s|ists); Web Development / Project Prototyping for Beginners with Ruby on Rails; Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities. Consider this offering in complement with and / or to be built on by: Stylometry with R: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts; Data, Math, Visualization, and Interpretation of Networks: An Introduction; Data Mining for Digital Humanists; and more.

Tentative DHSI 2016 Short Workshops: 5 and 12 June 2016

  1. Literary Annotation and/in the Digital Humanities

    Angelika Zirker and Matthias Bauer [Please click for course details.]

    Description TBA.

  2. Archives for Digital Humanists

    Lara Wilson, Jane Morrison, and Heather Dean [Please click for course details.]

    Archives reveal the context in which authors and artists create works of literature and art. From drafts of manuscripts, diaries, photoalbums, scrapbooks, financial and legal records, and correspondence researchers can explore the creative process, biography, literary circles and intellectual spheres. For this reason archives are rich resources on which to build digital humanities projects with impressive examples including The Shelley-Godwin Archive (http://shelleygodwinarchive.org/) and Photogrammar (http://photogrammar.yale.edu/). There is extensive writing within the scholarly community considering archives, ranging from Michel Foucault’s The Archaeology of Knowledge and Jacques Derrida’s Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression to contemporary memoirs, such as Arlette Farge’s The Allure of the Archives. Yet what are archives really? This workshop is designed to provide digital humanists with a foundational understanding of archives, including the theories and practices which underpin how such material has been historically collected, arranged, described, and accessed. Hands-on work with archives, and a deeper understanding of archival theory, will provide humanities scholars with a richer intellectual framework within which to interpret, analyze, and explore the meanings and potentials embedded in the archival endeavour.

  3. Building Scholarly Communities and Scholarship Online

    Matthew Hiebert and Shawn DeWolfe [Please click for course details.]

    This workshop is for those wishing to facilitate online scholarship in ways that involve a community creating or sharing content. We will introduce theory, technologies, and best practices for building scholarly communities online, and for adding social features into existing sites. Participants will engage a range of digital tools, platforms, and techniques for building social knowledge creation environments.

  4. Beyond TEI: Metadata for Digital Humanities

    Carolyn Hansen [Please click for course details.]

    High-quality metadata is essential for the description, discovery, and preservation of DH projects. While TEI is the most used metadata standard in DH, there is so much more to learn and explore! This workshop will introduce metadata schemas and standards such as Dublin Core, VRA, controlled vocabularies, and linked data and RDF. We will also discuss ontologies, ethics of standardization, data management, and digital preservation. Hands-on work with participants' own datasets will be given to practice such things as metadata/data cleaning with OpenRefine, creating custom schemas, and linking to external authorities. Students need no prior experience with metadata or programming.

  5. Dynamic Ontologies for the Humanities

    Jana Millar-Usiskin, Christine Walde, and Caroline Winter [Please click for course details.]

    This workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning more about dynamic ontologies and their applications for humanities scholarship. No prior knowledge about ontologies or Protege is required, and participants are welcome whether or not they have an ontology project in mind. Ontology development is an emerging method in the humanities for representing knowledge in a given field so that it is machine readable. Ontologies allow for new scholarly insight by structuring knowledge according to classes and properties and allowing machine reasoning to infer relationships that can lead us toward new research questions. Participants will learn what an ontology is, how to use Protege to build an ontology, and how to evaluate existing Web Vocabularies and apply them to their own research.

  6. Digital Preservation Basics for DH

    Lisa Goddard and Jane Morrison [Please click for course details.]

    Libraries and Archives have thousands of years of experience in preserving recorded human history and hundreds of years of experience with modern printed books. Our experience with electronic formats measures only in decades, and already we have lost significant amounts of digital material to obsolescence. Digital humanities projects that rely on complex software platforms are at greater risk than traditional, printed scholarly communication, with preservation challenges including the ephemeral nature of domain names and the high prevalence of link rot across the web. Threats to digital longevity are not purely technical in nature. This workshop will consider some of the biggest threats to sustainable digital humanities projects. We will discuss best practices for digital humanists and the role of libraries or archives as preservers of these works.

  7. Understanding Digital Video

    Josh Romphf [Please click for course details.]

    This workshop is envisioned to address the use of digital video tools in humanities research. The participants will be introduced to a range of topics, from simple video encoding software to computer vision programming. The intention is to look at video files in the same manner one would approach any digital object: as data that can be both analyzed and manipulated. Understanding Digital Video is primarily a hands-on workshop designed to familiarize participants with an open source suite of media tools. Beginning with the building blocks of digital video encoding (understanding imaging, codecs, and wrappers), we will then move on to working with video metadata, ultimately putting these principles into practice using FFMPEG, a highly versatile command line tool that is a welcome addition to any digital scholar’s toolkit. Finally, we will close the workshop by looking at advanced applications of digital video, including streaming with HTML5, annotation and interactivity with popcorn.js, and computer vision with Python and OpenCV. No prior experience necessary – participants will be required to bring their own laptops, but software will be available through GitHub (https://github.com/rochester-rcl).

Contact info:
institut@uvic.ca P: 250-472-5401 F: 250-472-5681