My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Upcoming Digital Humanities Training for Textual Research

August 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on August 24, 2012 at NITLE’s Techne blog,

This installment of NITLE’s series on Building Capacity in Digital Humanities within the NITLE Network, focuses on upcoming training opportunities for liberal arts faculty and staff.

One of the biggest challenges for liberal arts colleges seeking to build capacity in digital humanities is training faculty and staff in new digital methods, especially due to the wide variety of methods that fall under the big tent of digital humanities and the lack of local expertise at small colleges.  Since many digital humanities centers at large research institutions do offer such training, small colleges can take advantage of these resources to build capacity in digital methodologies, though there will be some cost involved. « Read the rest of this entry »


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:

Wheaton College Digital History Projects Receives Grant from NEH Office of Digital Humanities

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Wheaton College Digital History Project has received a Level I Digital Humanities Start-Up grant from the Office of Digital Humanities of the National Endowment of the Humanities. The grant is entitled, “Encoding Financial Records for Historical Research,” and funded

A meeting of historians of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, archivists, and technical experts to discuss the development of a module for financial records for the Text Encoding Initiative to allow for additional mark-up and analysis of those records found in manuscript collections.

Many of the records being encoded by the Wheaton College Digital History Project consist of financial records.

Wheaton College Library Receives Two Digital Humanities Grants for TAPAS Project

March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

The library at Wheaton College partners in the TAPAS Project or TEI Archival Publishing and Access Service, which will help faculty and staff at small liberal arts colleges publish and store materials marked up according to the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Recently, this project received two digital humanities grants:

The Brown and Wheaton libraries received a $250,000National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which began in December 2011 and will run for two years. And the Wheaton library and SHANTI received a $50,000 Start-up Grant from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which began in January and will run one year.

Find out more about the TAPAS Project from their NITLE Symposium Poster  Video: [vimeo]

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