Here are some updates for the Rice Digital Humanities group:
Call for Participation
For the fall meetings of our group, we will explore current digital humanities research and/or teaching projects at Rice. Please let Lisa Spiro know by October 10 if you would be interested in giving a brief (15 minute) presentation about your digital humanities project or if you’d like to recommend a project to be included. Each session will feature two projects and will allow time for discussion.
Mark your calendars for three upcoming events of interest:
Dominic Boyer, Sidney Burrus and Caleb McDaniel, “Dimensions of Openness at Rice.” Thursday, October 23, 3 p.m., Herring 100. Part of Open Access Week, this faculty panel on open access and open education will feature Dominic Boyer discussing Cultural Anthropology’s shift to an open access publishing model; Sidney Burrus exploring OpenStax College, Connexions, and Rice’s MOOCs; and Caleb McDaniel explaining Open Notebook History, his experiment to conduct his research in the open, and the “open notebook science” movement that inspired it. Openness is frequently described as a core value of the digital humanities; come to this session to learn more.
Dan Cohen (Executive Director, Digital Public Library of America), “The Emerging Research Environment & the Digital Public Library of America.” Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, 301 Sewall Hall. Dan is a terrific speaker with deep expertise in digital humanities.
Looking to sharpen your DH skills? Check out the following workshops and online resources:
GIS Workshops: Fondren Library’s GIS-Data Center offers a range of workshops on topics such as Introduction to GIS, Getting Started with ArcGIS Boot Camp, and Mapping 3D Data. See https://library.rice.edu/services/gdc/gis-training-and-support-folder/instructor-led-gis-training/courses-rice
DMC Workshops: Fondren’s DMC offers workshops on topics such as managing citations with Zotero and creating a website using WordPress. See http://library.rice.edu/services/dmc/services/short-courses#desc
Next summer consider attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. Forty different courses are offered, and I’ve heard it’s a wonderful experience.
There are a number of online resources for learning about spatial humanities, network analysis, text analysis, and more. A favorite is The Programming Historian (http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/), in which digital humanities researchers offer lessons on topics such as topic modeling and data manipulation. Our own Caleb McDaniel wrote a great one on Datamining the Internet Archive Collection.
If you’d like to join a group to work through some of the lessons from The Programming Historian or another resource, please get in touch with Lisa Spiro.