Monday, October 28, 2013

HILT: Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching: registration is now open

Registration is now open for HILT: Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching:

Sponsored and run by MITH: Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, the first instiute was called the Digital Humanities Winter Institute which was run during the second week of January, 2013.  I attended that institute--Humanities Programming--and you can see my posts here.  Participant feedback from the insttute was positive with a request that the institute be moved to a different time of year rather than the beginning of the semester. Consequently, the HILT will be August 4th-8th, 2014 at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Digital Humanities 2014 -- Call for proposals

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) invites submissions of abstracts for its annual conference on any aspect of the digital humanities. The conference will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 6th-14th, 2014.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sydney, Australia is the 2015 DH Conference location: DH2013 begins today

The Digital Humanities Conference 2013 begins today at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Here is a quick roundup of links:

Tweets: #dh2013

Future conferences will be in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2014 and Sydney, Australia in 2015. Here is this morning's announcement from the ADHO regarding the selection for Sydney.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Literary Texts and the Library in the Digital Age: New Collaborations for European and American Studies

For those of you attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago June 27-July 2, 2013, here is an interesting meeting on digital humanities and how it is changing the work of humanities librarians.  My friend Colin McCaffrey, Classics Librarian at the Yale University Classics Library, is co-chairing the program.

Literary Texts and the Library in the Digital Age: New Collaborations for European and American Studies.
Presented by WESS, LES, and SEES with the generous support of Librairie Internationale Touzot/ Aux Amateurs de Livres and Digitialia

Saturday June 29, 2013
McCormick Place Convention Center

Digital technologies are opening up new possibilities for the investigation of literary and historical texts. They are also changing library spaces and reconfiguring relationships between librarians and researchers. This program investigates new roles for European and American Studies librarians in this emerging physical and virtual environment. What old skills remain relevant and what new skills are needed? What new forms of collaboration are developing between librarians, scholars, and IT personnel?

*Paula Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
*Laura Mandell, Professor of English, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Texas A&M University
*Glen Worthey, Head, Humanities Digital Information Service, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources

*Patricia Thurston, Catalog Librarian/Team Leader, Yale University Library


ACRL WESS Executive Committee (Western European Studies Section)
ACRL LES Executive Committee (Literatures in English Section)
ACRL SEES Executive Committee (Slavic and East European Section)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New ACRL Initiative: Keeping Up With....Digital Humanities

The Association of College & Research Libraries launched today a new current awareness publication titled "Keeping Up With...." The goal is to offer "concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education. Each edition focuses on a single issue including an introduction to the topic and summaries of key points, including implications for academic libraries."

The inaugural issue features the topic Digital Humanities. David Free, editor, contacted Jennifer Adams and I in January to ask if we would be interested in doing an update of our Internet Resources article in the October issue of College & Research Libraries News.  That article received good reviews and and large number of hits.  A couple of new developments worth mentioning since October:

  • January issue of the Journal of Library Administration devoted entirely to Digital Humanities. Table of contents: 
    • Nowviskie, Bethany. "Skunks in the Library: A Path to Production for Scholarly R&D." Journal of Library Administration 53.1 (2013): 53-66. Web.
      Posner, Miriam. "No Half Measures: Overcoming Common Challenges to Doing Digital Humanities in the Library." Journal of Library Administration 53.1 (2013): 43-52. Web.
      Rockenbach, Barbara. "Introduction." Journal of Library Administration 53.1 (2013): 1-9. Web.
      Sula, Chris Alen. "Digital Humanities and Libraries: A Conceptual Model." Journal of Library Administration 53.1 (2013): 10-26. Web.
      Vandegrift, Micah, and Stewart Varner. "Evolving in Common: Creating Mutually Supportive Relationships between Libraries and the Digital Humanities." Journal of Library Administration 53.1 (2013): 67-78. Web.
      Vershbow, Ben. "NYPL Labs: Hacking the Library." Journal of Library Administration 53.1 (2013): 79-96. Web.
      Vinopal, Jennifer, and Monica McCormick. "Supporting Digital Scholarship in Research Libraries: Scalability and Sustainability." Journal of Library Administration 53.1 (2013): 27-42. Web.

Friday, January 11, 2013

DHWI: Humanities Programming: Day 5

Day Five

Our first order of business on this last day was to update our software to address the bug issue mentioned in yesterday's post. Essentially, type 'bundle update' at the prompt in the iTerminal and that took care of it.  Quite easy.

Next, we forked from someone's account on GitHub.  We contributed to someone else's project (making changes to the forked files and saved them). We made a pull request to let the author of the original files know that we made changes.  Jeremy wrote a blog entry on the process: Forking Fetching Pushing Pulling.

Useful Tools and Web Sites encountered over Day Five

An A-Z Index of the Bash command line for Linux:

Project Management for Humanists:

Railsbridge Installfest for Windows:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

DHWI: Humanities Programming: Day 4

Day Four

We spent the day working on web design issues and improving our web site.  Later in the day, an alert was sent out regarding a bug in the Ruby on Rails framework.  This evening, I received an email from Heroku on how to fix the bug:

How to Upgrade:
Open the Gemfile in the affected application and change the Rails version to one listed above:
    rails '3.2.11'
Then run:
    $ bundle update rails
Then commit the results to git, and push to Heroku:
    $ git push heroku master
Repeat for any susceptible applications. If you cannot upgrade at this time, please consider enabling maintenance mode or scaling your app down to zero dynos. Any applications running an insecure version are at risk.

Here is the code for interested parties:

Useful Tools and Web Sites encountered over Day Four

Digital Humanities Pedagogy:
CSS Mania:
CSS Specifity Wars: 
Color Scheme Designer:
CSS Drive: 
Ruby on Rails Guides:

DHWI: Humanities programming: Day 3

Day Three

Introduction to Rails
We spent the day coding in Rails! Here is a summary:
  • We developed a real world example, a voting system that we could manipulate.
  • Ruby on Rails was set up and we used basic tools such as a source control, editor, console, local server and moved our work from the local host to the remote server. 
  • The concepts Model, Viewer, Controller were explained. 
  • Learned about CRUD: Create, Read, Update, and Destroy records. 
  • The uses of Git--back up regularly with specific messages. 
  • Set up Heroku, a cloud-driven platform that lets you use the application and store it (GitHub does not do this)
  • Used Gems, ready made apps for Ruby. 
  • We created a new repository (repo) on GitHub so we can share our files with the world.
Million Syllabi Hackathon
In the evening, I attended the Million Syllabi Hackathon with Dave Lester. How can we manipulate thousands of syllabi gathered from 2002-2009 to find meaningful relationships with words, documents, etc.  and what sort of challenges are faced with working big data.  The file unpacked was over 700MB.

Useful Tools and Web Sites encountered over Day Three
A Note about Git Commit Messages

Getting Started with Ruby on Rails



Rails for Zombies:

Ruby and Rails Resources Pinterest:
Ruby Rogues: (for advanced users)
Ruby Inside:
Ruby Weekly:
Ruby User Groups:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DHWI: Humanities Programming: Day 2

Day Two

A shorter entry today. 

We started the day by setting up Git and Github, open source software for managing projects.

After setting up accounts, we linked our Github desktop to the GitHub web site.  This software is great for saving files and sharing with others.

GitHub guide:

Once we set up RUBY, we spent the afternoon learning coding fundamentals: arrays, strings, hashes, etc. by using Sublime Text 2.

We ended the class practicing coding in RUBY in the Code School

The day ended with a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon:
We divided into groups depending on expertise.  I was with a group learning to edit an existing article. Others were creating new pages.  Learned alot about procedures from Melanie Kill, Professor in the Department of English from the University of Maryland.  I mentioned that I was interested in using Wikipedia as an assignment for my LSC634 Humanities Information course at Catholic University.  She stated that she uses it in her classes to show students how wrting for Wikipedia is different than writing a term paper. The students also leanred that their work will be edited and not to take it personally.  Last, the students learn to collaborate with other editors in creating an excellent article.  She told me that I should outline my goals for using Wikipedia before creating any assignments.

Useful Tools and Web Sites encountered over Day Two

GitHub guide:
RUBY Strings:
RUBY Arrays: 
Code School:
CSS demos, go to Zen Garden:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DHWI: Humanities Programming: Day 1

The Digital Humanities Winter Institute

(previous post)

Day One

We began with introductions.  Over half the class are graduate students.  Some librarians in the mix.

Our instructors are Wayne Graham and Jeremy Boggs of  the Scholar's Lab at the University of Virginia.

We began learning basic commands at the terminal prompt using Mac computers: cd for change directory, mkdir for make a directory, etc. This took me back to the early 1990's when I was learning how to use DOS.

We moved on to basic HTML and spent most of the time with CSS.  We learned how to put together elementary scripts and Jeremy and Wayne showed us some shortcuts, what to use and more importantly, what functions to avoid.

Keynote lecture by Sebastian Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media at the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.  Dr. Chan talked about rethinking  museum collections from passive experiences to interactive, mobile opportunities.  He used the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia as an example. Some thoughts:

  • Porous border between the museum and myth, wonder, imagination
  • The museum without walls
  • Museum as data provider
  • Our authority is entirely contextual
  • Tensions between:
    • Exhibitions vs collections
    • Families vs Scholars
    • Galleries vs platforms and media
  • Museum metadata exchanges build collections more quickly
  • Seeking: 
    • Abundance
    • Shareable
    • Connected
    • Portable
    • Visibly curated
The Cooper-Hewitt is undergoing renovation so Dr. Chan sees "renovation as an opportunity to innovate."

Useful Tools and Web Sites encountered over Day One

Data Management Plan Tool
Bootstrap: new tool!
Sass--Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets:
Sublime Text 2.0: great text editor:  
Font Squirrel:  
Google Web Fonts:
The League of Moveable Type: (Open source typography)  


Friday, January 4, 2013

Digital Humanities Winter Institute January 7th-11th, 2013

The Digital Humanities Winter Institute January 7th-11th, 2013 will be at the University of Maryland, College park next week. It is based on the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.  The Institute is sponsored by MITH.

I will be attending the Humanities Programming course.  The course covers how to set up a small-scale web application.  Here is the course description:

"Humanities Programming
Instructors: Wayne Graham, Head, Research and Development, Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia
Jeremy Boggs, Design Architect, Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia

This course focuses on introducing participants to web development through the use of the Ruby on Rails web application framework. This course will introduce programming and design concepts, project management and planning, workflow, as well as the design, implementation, and deployment of a web-based application. Technologies covered in this course will include git, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, and relational (and non-relational) data stores. Over the course of the week, we will work through the practical implementation of a developing and deploying a small-scale web application."

I received a Certificate in Computer Information Systems back in 2000 so I am vaguely familiar with programming concepts but consider myself very rusty.   I took courses on C++, Java, LANs, Data Communications, Microsoft Office, Desktop Publishing (Adobe Pagemaker), Advanced Web Design (Dreamweaver), Database Management (Oracle and MySQL). I even did a mathematics course called 'Discrete Structures.'  I am looking forward to getting back in the groove and meeting new people.