Comments for THATCamp DC2015 Celebrating the Digital Humanities in the Nation's Capital Thu, 14 May 2015 09:13:11 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Session 3: supporting other people’s DH Project w/Meg by Stephanie Thu, 14 May 2015 09:13:11 +0000 Session 3: supporting other people’s DH Project w/Meg | That Camp DC 2015

Comment on More Notes and the Schedule by Faith Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:28:02 +0000 Notes from:
Wikis and owls: Communicating in Growing/Small DH communities w/ Kirsten

MLS at Catholic

Most universities have DH section but usually only a couple people, tend to be disconnected, mobile, de-centralized
-How can people support each other? We know that people want to, but we don’t always know how or what will be helpful.

How do you in this session communicate in your university?

Resources and tools and guide are available online, but not widely distributed or adopted

Is DH still trying to become relevant?

It depends on the community, and there is no set way to do things.

One person’s department pretty much only communicates through a listserv

It would be helpful for all the WRLC to be able to communicate with each other, but there is not a lot of cross-university collaboration

DH seen as an add-on but one that does not go towards tenure requirements

GWU’s DHI is wonderful, but centered in the English Department, and doesn’t always incorporate or connect with other departments even within the school

Could part of the disconnects between universities be because some DH communities are in English, while others are in History, or Library and Information Science?

Money and funding play a role in influencing communication

How can administrators be shown and come to understand that DH is real, legitimate, or value work? And how to foster positive communication with admins and other DH people.

What are some ways people can communicate between schools?
-Blogs, Twitter, definitely not Facebook or Linked-In, maybe a Wiki? (might be privacy concerns, but these conversations are already happening on Twitter so probably not an issue)

This issue is not unique to Digital Humanities, but applicable to all of academia

Traditional academic forums like conferences, journals, etc. are often not useful or beneficial to DH in the long run or even short run and can be actively damaging to collaboration

Knowledge Commons DC as an example of a way of sharing expertise and resources

Micro-credentials or badging as another way to quickly show and share skills – mostly used for CompSci and programming, but could be applied to DH, maybe?

Do these new ideas or resources create or deepen a technology or generational divide? Important to make any new system sustainable and useful in the long term

Project Management is needed more in DH

And how does money play into creating this?

Need for institutional buy-in

Not good to limit based on geography. Ideally ways of communicating and sharing information should be universal

Where would responsibility lie for protecting a network or people, skills and resources? And with whom?

Most DH projects we see are open and collaborative, but those are also the ones that people talk about on blogs so there is sample bias

Using Omeka as a place to create or discuss DH projects or more analog projects digitally

WordPress blog can be versatile as a way to encourage collaboration and sharing of skills and resources:
-Almost anything would be better than nothing at this point
-Good way to start, but maybe not sustainable in the long term
-Plus, it’s great to make something, but it’s not helpful or useful if no one will use it

Dependence on vendor solutions is not attractive to funding bodies, nor is it sustainable: novel approaches and original solutions are more favorable than giving away money to companies, Plus brings up issues of scholarly ethics because an outsourced company does not have the same ethics as an librarian or academic.

Where are resources housed? How expensive are they to move.

Should projects buy software that can be used out of the box, or should projects build programs and frameworks from the ground up?
-And then there is the issue of training and best practices for people using the technology

Difficulty with asking for help ingrained in many people, especially in academia

Right now, it’s about who you know, but at this point you need people to be connectors

“No website is going to replace a librarian.”

OpenAccess community is really wonderful, helpful, and beneficial especially for technology. Drupal and Omega have lots of buy-in and active communities, but those communities which work together and support new projects are not always there for all things

Importance of Stress-tests for new applications

Minimalist and user friendly design is ideal, especially for resource sharing

Summary of what group would like to see in a website, program, or tool to connect different DH people with different experiences and skills:
-user identities online (fulsome, username, contact info all options)
-Organize people by projects, skillsets, availability
+emphasis on function over design

Comment on More Notes and the Schedule by Kat Bell Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:36:41 +0000

Notes for Session 3 room 108 Supporting Other People’s DH Projects

Comment on Propose by David McKenzie Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:09:26 +0000 I’d be glad to help facilitate a session on creating digital archives from different collections, likeRemembering Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, and all that goes into that. I’d especially like suggestions on outreach!

Comment on Propose by Joseph Koivisto Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:30:50 +0000 Would love a brainstorming session on the future of crowdsourcing. Several recent projects have shown the great potential for crowd engagement on a great number of DH initiatives, producing exciting results and creating a new universe of volun-peers. But how do we envision the future of collaborative engagement on DH initiatives? What will be the next step in the evolution of crowdsourcing? Conversation would focus on both methodological approaches and technological solutions. Could also tie in to the proposed session on social media use.

Comment on Propose by Angela Spidalette Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:51:53 +0000 I would like to see something about Funding the Humanities: How to find funding in a competitive field. I know one was done last year but I think this is always a great thing to think about!

Comment on Propose by Liz Settoducato Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:15:49 +0000 I’d like to see a session on Queering Information, which I will happily co-facilitate with Faith Weis.

Our hope is to give time and space to a conversation about the intersections of queer identity and the field of information, or how we can queer information by utilizing non-normative ideas and practices. Examples of possible topics include how we can use digital technologies to preserve and archive the stories of queer communities (especially older LGBTQ folk), the differential valuation of various forms of information and knowledge production (“legitimate” versus “illegitimate” etc.), and how we can improve accessibility, visibility, and beyond through digital technologies. All respectful voices and participants are welcome!

Comment on Propose by Kirsten Mentzer Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:38:19 +0000 Wikis & Owls: Communicating in Growing DH Communities

I’d like to hear from others who work/ed in small DH communities how they have communicated with and encouraged others in their community. Listservs? Hashtags? Blogs? Email?

Comment on Propose by Meaghan Brown Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:42:57 +0000 Play-talk-? : Institutional MediaWiki, or how I learned to relax and enjoy the Wiki.

The Folger has recently implemented an outword-facing, publicly readable but gated wiki. I’m happy to talk about wiki development in institutional settings, the challenges of a gated but publically readable wiki, or mediaWiki quirks. I’d also be happy to show folks around Folgerpedia (the wiki of all things Folger), explain our implementation and engagement strategies, and discuss the best way of managing writing/reading institutional history and subject-specific content in public. This could be as hands-on as folks want. If anyone wants to try and make an account, you can go here:

Comment on Propose by Justin Littman Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:17:16 +0000 I’d propose a session on “Brainstorming uses for Flickr and Tumblr (and other social media) data in DH”.

GW Libraries has received an NHPRC grant to (among other things) add support for Flickr and Tumblr to Social Feed Manager, a tool for collecting social media data for research purposes. To make this as useful/successful as possible, it would be helpful to hear the hopes/dreams/aspirations for DH researchers that may potentially use Flickr/Tumblr/other social media data.