Wheaton College Digital History Project

June 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

Page spread from Laban Morey Wheaton's day book.

Page spread from Laban Morey Wheaton’s day book.

The Wheaton College Digital History Project led by Dr. Kathryn Tomasek, Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College, offers an excellent example of how to integrate a digital humanities project into the undergraduate curriculum.  Students help transcribe and markup documents from the college’s archives. Project goals include:

  • Teaching historical methods through transcription and markup of primary sources with TEI*-conformable XML**
  • Making hidden collections accessible
  • Encouraging collaborative research and pedagogy
  • Exploring the intersections of history and digital media

Find out more about the project from these sources:

My Latest at NITLE’s Techne Blog: A Glossary of Digital Humanities?

June 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on June 12, 2012 at NITLE’s Techne blog, http://blogs.nitle.org/2012/06/12/a-glossary-of-digital-humanities/

One of the biggest challenges for digital humanities newbies is getting a handle on the vocabulary.  The digital humanities community is open, welcoming, and willing to answer questions. They even created a website for that, DHAnswers.  But, most newcomers don’t have enough vocabulary to be confident in framing a question. « Read the rest of this entry »

CLIR Releases Report on Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

June 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Council on Library and Information Resources released a new report, “One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge“.  This report documents the first eight projects and participants of the Digging into Data Challenge, which was co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with JISC in the UK, SSHRC in Canada and the NSF.

The report makes several recommendations to promote and support computationally intensive research in the humanities that are important for small liberal arts colleges, including:

  • Take a more inclusive approach to collaboration, including library, information technology and other academic staff, undergraduates, and citizen scholars
  • Adopt models for sharing credit among collaborators: This recommendation has implications for tenure and promotion for those who participate in collaborative projects at small colleges.
  • Make greater, sustained institutional investments in human infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure and Adopt models for sharing resources among institutions: Scholars at small liberal arts colleges may be effectively prevented from participating in computationally intensive projects if they must rely solely on the resources of their own institution.
  • Researchers should create opportunities for students to develop these kinds of expertise: Such opportunities would enable undergraduates to engage in humanities research and develop important technology expertise.

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