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What is Digital Humanities?

Plainly stated, digital humanities is a field of study at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. However, that is a simple definition of what the digital humanities is and what the field can be. There are many different definitions of digital humanities and each one can be germane to a researcher or instructor's field of interest or individual to the work of an organization. Digital humanities can be the use of computing tools in the course of humanities research, the presentation of humanities research in a digital environment, or the investigation of the intersection of media, technology, and culture in the "digital age." However one defines digital humanities, it is a significant academic research field of inquiry and the Center for Digital Scholarship strives to meet the needs of DH researchers in their work. 

Supporting Digital Humanities

The Center for Digital Scholarship supports digital humanities through many different avenues. Some of them are listed below. However, if there is a service, methodology, or technology that is not listed below and you would like to speak to the Center for Digital Scholarship, please email Caitlin Pollock, Digital Humanities Librarian at pollockc@iupui.edu.

Consultations

The Center for Digital Scholarship offers consultations on all stages of the development of a digital humanities project, from creation to publication of your DH content. The Digital Humanities Librarian can consult on different aspects of digital humanities including data visualization, project management, web design, data management, digitization, text encoding and analysis, digitization, and metadata creation. IUPUI students, staff, and faculty can schedule an appointment with the Digital Humanities Librarian or come during walk-in consultation hours. The Digital Humanities Librarian holds walk-in consultation hours on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the 5th floor lobby of Cavanaugh and on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, 4th floor of University Library. 

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Consultations are also available by appointment. To schedule an consultation please email Caitlin Pollock, Digital Humanities Librarian, at pollockc@iupui.edu.

Workshops

Center for Digital Scholarship offers several different digital humanities workshops. The list below is all the DH workshops that the Center for Digital Scholarship offers but not all the workshops that may be conducted during the semester. Workshops may be requested for a class or project. Please contact Caitlin Pollock, the Digital Humanities Librarian at, pollockc@iupui.edu if you are interested in requesting a workshops.

Available DH Workshops: 

"Introduction to Text Encoding: Text Encoding with XML and Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines"

Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines (TEI) are a standard that defines an XML format for textual materials represented in a digital form. TEI is now the accepted standard for text-encoding and digital humanities projects and is the preferred standard for granting agencies like the National Endowment for Humanities. This workshop provides attendees with a hands-on introduction to basic text encoding with TEI and doing research in the TEI Guidelines to provide context and support visualization of features of text relevant to humanities scholars. 

Requisites: This workshop assumes attendees have some basic knowledge of XML or other markup languages, like HTML. Prior to the workshop, attendees can go over basic XML using the "A Gentle Introduction to XML", from the TEI Consortium. 

"Text Mining for Beginners: OpenRefine"

OpenRefine is a data wrangling tool that can be used to “clean” messy data, transform data, and query APIs and return the results. In this workshop, participants will learn to text mine a historical textual document and extract data from an XML file. Participants will gain experience with cleaning up messy data in the form of text and transforming it into a clean, simple, and easily read (by humans and computers) format. OpenRefine will allow you to work with data with no computer programming skills in a user interface. This workshop will include hands-on exercises.

Requisites: No computer programming skills are necessary; however, comfort with quickly transitioning to and from computer programs will be beneficial.

"Getting Started with Omeka"

Omeka is a platform that supports the publication of digital exhibits. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create collections, develop the metadata for individual items, and the different settings of Omeka. This workshop will also discuss Omeka plugins and participants will get experience with one plugin, Neatline, which provides mapping and timeline support for collections. 

Requisites: Materials to work with will be provided to participants. However, participants are encouraged to bring their own materials. No experience is required. 

This workshop requires at least 2 months' notice.

"Creating Interactive Data Visualization using JavaScript for the Humanities"

Interested in learning how to make interactive maps, content sliders, and slide shows? This workshop will provide a gentle introduction to JavaScript, which along with HTML and CSS, is one of the core technologies of the World Wide Web. JavaScript is responsible for interactive components on webpages. Participants, besides learning how to read and write simple JavaScript, will gain experience with well-known JavaScript libraries and will learn how to search for JavaScript projects on GitHub and implement them on projects. 

Requisites: Basic knowledge of HTML. Participants should come with GitHub account already set up. Instructions for setting up a GitHub can be found here: https://github.com/join

Digital Humanities Pedagogy

The Center for Digital Scholarship supports the inclusion digital humanities pedagogy into curriculum for classes. Digital humanities pedagogy ranges from digital literacy and digital storytelling to humanities research using digital research methods or a humanities class with a strong computing component and survey of digital humanities projects. The Center can provide technology guidance, digital literacy library sessions, and data sets or digital facsimiles for class projects or research. For classes with a digital project requirement, the Digital Humanities Librarian can be embedded in your course, as well as help develop the syllabus to help shepherd digital projects to completion.  For more information, contact Caitlin Pollock, Digital Humanities Librarian at pollockc@iupui.edu.

Project Partners

The Center for Digital Scholarship can be a partner for Digital Humanities. The Center can offer tools, expertise, and services that can enhance a DH project. Furthermore, we are happy to collaborate and partner on grant-funded projects, starting at the grant-writing process. We also have technical language for grants that require a description of digital humanities technology such as Text Encoding Initiative.

Other Services

Digitization 

If you are interested in a digital humanities service that is not listed on this page, please contact Caitlin Pollock, Digital Humanities Librarian, pollockc@iupui.edu.

Updated Dec 07, 2018 by Digital Humanities Librarian