DHSI Statement on Ethics and Inclusion

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute is dedicated to offering a safe, respectful, friendly, and collegial environment for the benefit of everyone who attends, and for the advancement of the interests that bring us together. There is no place at DHSI for harassment or intimidation of any kind.

As part of the DHSI community, together we:

  • Create and maintain a community that welcomes and encourages intellectual discussion and debate on issues impacting both our local DHSI community and the broader Digital Humanities community.
  • Affirm that we are an inclusive organization and community that is anti-oppression and recognizes intersectionalities.
  • Commit to ensuring that all events and engagements are free from harassment and/or oppression, including but not limited to restrictions on free expression, discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, and beyond. We do not tolerate harassment of DHSI participants in any form.
  • Commit to ensuring that all documents, presentations, slides, or materials connected to or otherwise disseminated at DHSI conform to these standards of inclusiveness.
  • Recognize that sexual harassment (including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature) is a specific type of discriminatory harassment and is abuse.
  • Commit to helping each other recognize our own positionality when articulating statements and beliefs, rather than enabling assumptions that we are “all on the same page.” This requires articulation, explanation, asking questions, working respectfully across difference, and showing compassion and understanding.
  • Resolve, collectively and individually, not to use sexually, racially, transphobic, or ableist derogatory or demeaning language or imagery in DHSI events and activities.
  • Agree to carry these commitments beyond the face-to-face or communal spaces, including into online venues.
  • Commit to educate each other on matters of discrimination and oppression, and support anti-oppression education, pedagogy, and research.

We acknowledge and respect the Songhees, Esquimault and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territories the University of Victoria stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

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Led by Jacqueline Wernimont and Angel David Nieves, with the DHSI community (2015, 2016).

DHSI@Congress 2017, Ryerson U, Toronto

Register now! [Please note: Courses that are full will not appear as options for registration.]

Are you curious about how the Digital Humanities can support your research, teaching, and dissemination? Join us for the fourth annual DHSI@Congress workshop series on May 27th and 28th at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Ryerson University. Built on the community model of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, the DHSI@Congress sessions are facilitated by established scholars and emerging leaders in the field. We invite interested Congress attendees to register for any and all workshops that engage their interest below.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and hosts, all spots in the workshops are made available via a tuition scholarship, requiring only the payment of a non-refundable $25 administrative fee for each session. DHSI@Congress has been developed by the DHSI in partnership with the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/ Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN), the Ryerson Centre for Digital Humanities, and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). The 2017 workshops will be delivered in English, with plans for French-language sessions in the coming years.

The DHSI@Congress workshops are only open to registered Congress attendees. Please have your Congress confirmation number on hand in order to register.

Register for DHSI@Congress here (for administrative reasons, each workshop requires a separate registration).

For more information, feel free to contact the DHSI@Congress organizer, Constance Crompton, at constance.crompton@ubc.ca or follow us @DHInsitute on Twitter.

DHSI@Congress 2017 Schedule

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DHSI@Congress Workshop Descriptions

  • Introduction the Digital Humanities, Emily C. Murphy (Queens U)
    This workshop will introduce participants to the variety of scholarly activity taking place within what is called the 'Digital Humanities' (DH). We will look at the state of the debate around defining 'Digital Humanities', a still evolving area of scholarly praxis, discussing and exploring issues around: collaboration models in DH; web-enabled public or social scholarship; large-scale curation and analysis ('big data,' distant reading); the significance of modeling or making (programming, coding, hacking, fabricating); and the role of cultural criticism (issues around gender, sexuality, race and economics) in DH.
  • Introducing Virtual and Augmented Reality, Reg Beatty (Ryerson U)
    VR immersive experiences are affecting approaches to education, journalism, documentaries, and arts and entertainment. Google Cardboard has created a successful entry-level VR experience by marrying a deliberately crude and inexpensive headset with sophisticated smartphone technology. We will explore this with participants’ own devices (Android or IOS) and look at how Cardboard works and how developers build for it using tools like Unity and Vizor. We will also shoot still photographs and video using a 360° spherical camera and integrate it into Cardboard. Finally, we’ll examine the phenomenon of AR, where device and world start to merge, and create some examples for our smartphones using Aurasma.
  • CWRCshop, Susan Brown and the CWRC team (U Guelph, U Alberta)
    The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CWRC, pronounced “quirk”; www.cwrc.ca) is an online infrastructure project designed to facilitate the study of writing in and about Canada. In this workshop we will introduce CWRC’s beta research environment and support prospective users in beginning to work within CWRC. CWRC provides an online repository in which users can create collections containing bibliographical records, page and other images, audio records, video records, and born-digital texts. It can be used to create focused collections of related research materials in a range of forms, biocritical scholarship such as that of the Orlando Project, timelines, critical editions, and side-by-side editions of texts and page images. It integrates tools including the ability to perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on page images to extract the text, and the ability to create or edit digital texts within the Collaboratory using CWRC-Writer (an in-browser text editor), image annotation, and structural markup. It supports the use of workflows and user permissions for managing collections. In order to ensure interoperability, CWRC also leverages linked data to create relationships between entities such as people, places, texts and organizations across all collections.
    This workshop will appeal to scholars, students, and writers who work in the fields of literature, particularly Canadian literature, Canadian Studies, Library Science, and/or Digital Humanities. It is suitable for those with little to no encoding experience and will include a short introduction to the principles of interoperability, preservability, and collaboration that inform CWRC. Participants in the workshop will learn how to create collections, add items to those collections with appropriate metadata, and begin to correct and encode ingested page images; time permitting, there will be a taste of some other CWRC functionality.
  • Introduction to 3D Printing for Humanities, Aaron Tucker and Namir Ahmed (Ryerson U)
    3D printing is challenging us to consider how we might integrate physical objects into our research and classroom environments and, by doing so, open new doorways to think about how knowledge can be visualized and produced. While the bulk of this hands-on workshop is centred around a beginner’s tutorial on Tinkercad and then printing a 3D model, we will also showcase some contemporary examples of 3D printing in the Humanities, with a step-by-step focus on Aaron Tucker’s collaborative project Loss Sets that will demonstrate the use of this technology from both the software and hardware perspectives
  • The Power of the Command Line, an Introduction, John Simpson (U Alberta)
    Few things are more intimidating to modern computer users than the command line. However, if you are really interested in unlocking the research power of a computer then getting comfortable on the command line is a necessity. In this short—hands-on—workshop you will learn the basics of controlling your computer from the command line so that you can navigate your system and create and manipulate files. You will also be introduced to powerful techniques such as regular expressions and scripting which can replace what could well be hours of work on a Graphic User Interface. This gentle introduction to the command line is the first step towards fulfilling your research computing destiny. Take it.
  • Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U)
    Intended for teaching faculty, instructors, librarians, and graduate students, this high-impact three-hour workshop provides an overview of how to apply DH tools to support larger pedagogical objectives, set goals, and manage expectations. In the workshop we will focus on two such applications: collaborative online writing systems and textual and spatial visualization. The workshop will involve discussion and analysis of multimodal project assessment, and single and scaffolded assignment development. Participants are asked to bring their own computers, together with one sample assignment (for a course already taught or to be taught), which will be used as the basis for our discussion and analysis. By the workshop's conclusion, participants should leave with a revised course assignment to meet their own expectations of digital pedagogy in the humanities.
  • Introduction to Compute Canada, OwnCloud & Globus, John Simpson (U Alberta)
    Tired of running out of space with Dropbox? Worried about storing your data on US servers? Compute Canada’s OwnCloud installation offers researchers and each of their collaborators 50GB of Dropbox-like storage that is held in Canada that can be accessed via the web, integrated desktop software, phone or tablet. It also makes sharing files a snap and it’s free. If you are not using this service then you should be. Interested in easy access to a minimum of 1.5TB of storage, 500GB of which is backed up to tape? Would you like to be able to start a massive file transfer and not worry about file integrity or connection loss? Have need for full encryption during data transfers? Want to be able to access all your files, whenever you want, regardless of what system they are on? Globus is a file transfer tool with a simple to use web interface that will put these powers in your hands. If you need to move data with any sort of volume or regularity then Globus provides a convenient package of tools to make sure that it just works: and it’s free.
  • Introduction to Databases for Humanists, Harvey Quamen (U of Alberta)
    Databases are the driving engine behind a large number of classic and cutting-edge digital humanities project. Databases and their query languages provide powerful and sophisticated ways to explore humanities data to reveal patterns that might otherwise go unnoticed. This workshop will introduce databases and offer tools to think through how and why participants might like to use them in their research and teaching. The workshop will address the inner workings of databases with hands-on examples for those who want learn more about concepts like data normalization, relational table design, Structured Query Language (SQL), and effective long-term data management.
  • Centering Digital Humanities: Collaboration and Community at Ryerson, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra (Ryerson U)
    At Congress 2017 Ryerson’s Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) is formally launching its new location in the Library, where it shares space and facilities with Special Collections and Archives. If “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library,” what does it mean to centre digital humanities scholarship and learning within this core institutional structure? In this talk, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra reflects on building and sustaining a Centre for Digital Humanities as a collaborative community of scholars, librarians, and students engaged in using computational tools to preserve, analyze, and create accessible digital objects for local users within the academy and the public sphere.

DHSI@MLA 2017, Philadelphia: Digital Humanities Tools and Training for Early Career Academics, Faculty Members, Librarians, and Administrators

Digital Humanities Tools and Training for Early Career Academics, Faculty Members, Librarians, and Administrators
Session 3
Thursday January 5th, 8.30am-11.30am
202B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Please note that all registrations are handled through the MLA conference site.

Description: Sponsored by the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, the Public Knowledge Project, the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project, this workshop offers participants both theoretical and hands-on considerations of Digital Humanities (DH) tools, software, and engagements, for students, scholars, librarians, and administrators alike.

We are exceptionally pleased to be working with the MLA Office of Scholarly Communication on this workshop.

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  1. 8.30-8.45: Welcome, Brief Opening Statements
  2. 8.45-10.00: Breakout Session 1
  3. 10.00-10.15: Break
  4. 10.15-11.15: Breakout Session 2 (a repeat, so attendees can engage two topics)
  5. 11.15-11.30: Wrap-up and Full Group Discussion

Breakout sessions and leaders:

  1. Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships (Aaron Mauro): The postdoctoral fellowship has long been a fixture of training and mentorship in the sciences. Digital humanities has also expanded the use of postdocs in training researchers. This workshop will present the benefits and challenges of transitioning into a postdoctoral role. Postdocs offer a period of professionalization after graduation to pursue further technical training, to become part of a distinct research community, and to establish collaborative networks. Mentorship and collaboration become key facets of a well used postdoc that will lead to employment. We’ll discuss expectations on postdocs and pay particular attention to teaching, research, and community. We will discuss the different kinds of digital humanities postdocs in the US, Canada, and Europe. We’ll understand where to find them and how to apply. We will talk about how to anticipate the skills needed and how to complete your projects. This session will be of value for doctoral students, faculty considering hiring a DH postdoc, and postdoctoral advisors.
  2. Digital Humanities Tools and Technologies (Diane Jakacki): This offering will give participants an opportunity to “taste test” a handful of relevant DH tools and technologies. Tools and technologies may include selections from data visualization, GIS, versioning software, data analytics, and programming, among others. Participants will encounter examples of technologies as well as explore them through hands ¬on activities.
  3. DH for Department Chairs and Deans (Ray Siemens): Intended for university administrators who seek an understanding of the Digital Humanities that is both broad and deep, this offering discusses pragmatic DH basics and chief administrative issues related to supporting DH and those who practice it at their institution, and engages in consultation and targeted discussion with others in the group. Note: This will be offered in the second breakout session only.
  4. Beyond the Protomonograph: Alternative Models for the Dissertation (Daniel Powell): This session is designed to provide an overview of current activity in the field of digital and non-traditional dissertations in humanities contexts. We will provide examples of such projects, with the aim of illustrating how graduate students are creating PhD capstone projects that effectively integrate digital technologies generally, and the digital humanities more specifically. The first part of this workshop will highlight between three and five projects currently in progress or recently completed, including: a dissertation project published as a constantly evolving blog; a multimedia dissertation project integrating text, video, and sound; and different projects integrating social media. The second part of the workshop will encourage participants to consider and actively talk through the logistical, administrative, and infrastructural issues that such dissertations prompt for university administrations, students, and those in mentorship and supervisory positions.
  5. Project Management for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars (Lynne Siemens): Project management skills are increasingly in demand for graduate students, early career scholars and those in academic adjacent jobs. This offering will cover the basics of project management from project definition to project review upon completion, including risk assessment and mitigation, work effort modeling, software tools and related internet resources and other topics.
  6. On-Campus Spaces and Services for Digital Scholarship (Rebecca Dowson): Libraries have long been spaces for traditional, print-based academic work, including the PhD thesis. But how are libraries evolving to support or intersect with digital humanities research? How does the development of the research commons reflect the need for alternative approaches to learning and scholarship in the digital age? This workshop will grapple with these topics, as well as explore the research commons at Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library in Burnaby, British Columbia, as an exemplar. The SFU Library’s Research Commons opened in 2014 and supports the research endeavours of the university community, with particular focus on graduate students during all stages of the research lifecycle -- ideas, partners, proposal writing, research process, and publication -- and provides easy access to both physical and virtual research resources.

Propose a 'Community' Course for DHSI 2019 (by 1 April 2018)

Thanks, everyone, for such amazing course suggestions and proposals!

Excited as we are about the DHSI’s coming meeting and planning already for 2018, we’re also beginning to think (at least a little bit) about our gatherings beyond that! As part of that, we are now receiving proposals for courses to be offered in 2019. Those who have been to DHSI will know that we have a number of core offerings that we repeat annually (and sometimes even more often than that) and a number of community-proposed offerings that rotate from year to year (with some repeated courses from among that group). Here, we’re hoping for proposals for new community offerings -- and especially so from members of the DHSI community.

If you’re interested in proposing a community offering for DHSI 2019, we’d welcome hearing from you (by 1 April 2018)!

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We’re very happy to consider any and all proposals members of our community might wish to bring forward. Suggestions made by DHSIers in the past have indicated that there’s particular interest in a number of areas complementing current curriculum, areas of DH convergence with traditional academic disciplines and societal concerns (social justice, race, class, and access to name a few), social media, new media in digital literary / historical / language studies, professional issues, crowdsourcing, serious gaming, computer-assisted language learning, humanities data statistics and visualisation, non-textual data (esp. audio and video), electronic publishing, musicology, augmented reality and immersive environments, app development, visual culture, art history, design, and new approaches to scholarly editing, among others. Especially, we’re interested in proposals for offerings that are highly interactive pedagogically, employing hardware that participants can readily access (i.e. their own laptop computers, with standard or easily acquired peripherals) and software that is readily available (for download onto those laptops). One quick hint, too: many of those who submit proposals try out some of their ideas at the previous year's DHSI unconference, colloquium, and workshop sessions.

We’re not asking for too much in advance: a proposal should be no more than one page + CV, and should take the shape of the below:

  1. Proposed title
  2. One paragraph description, including the intended audience (something similar to what's found on http://dhsi.org/courses.php)
  3. a brief statement of its association with other DHSI offerings (like the last paragraph of existing course descriptions, which read something like: "Consider this offering to build on, or be built on by ..." and/or "Consider this offering in complement with ..."
  4. ... and, if you're interested in leading it, also a
    1. Summative day-by-day overview, given the 5-day DHSI format (in a half-page)
    2. Instructor’s CV

And, for better or worse, our pockets aren’t deep: for those offering to teach our community courses, we can’t promise much more than glory (plus your travel, local lodging, and a free meal or two ;) ... but can generously extend something that all DHSIers value: the opportunity to engage with an excellent community, one that every year gets broader, deeper, and much richer in its Digital Humanities engagement!

Please be in touch with your proposals for DHSI 2019 before 1 April 2018, sending them to Ray Siemens at siemens@uvic.ca.

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