Week 5 – Discovery and Metadata

Blog Post – Due Monday, June 26

Read “Reflections on a Movement” in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. We’ve spent a lot of time in the first half of this program thinking about different tools and methods you can use in creating your projects. How can your project be transformative? How can this program transform to change the needs of digital scholars? We discussed during the first day our ideas of what is and isn’t digital humanities/scholarship. How have your own thoughts on this changed?

Monday, June 19

We will be leaving for the PCLA Digital Liberal Arts Conference at 3pm.

8:30am-9am: Check-In (Library 014)

Rescheduling – TBD 9am-Noon: Workshop: Working with Metadata and Structured Data

Metadata, or the data that describes other data, is a key component of many digital scholarship projects. Most of what digital scholars use is descriptive metadata that helps other people discover their work. Metadata is usually structured, that is, formed in a way that makes it consistent and easy to locate in a database. Today we will look at a few ways to create and manage metadata, specifically looking at the Dublin Core standards, and XML.

Readings and Assignments

Noon-1pm: Lunch (on your own)

1pm-4:30pm: Research/project work (on your own)

Tuesday, June 20

PCLA Digital Liberal Arts Conference (Ursinus College)

Wednesday, June 21

PCLA Digital Liberal Arts Conference (Ursinus College)

Friday, June 23

9am-11am: Mid-Point Evaluations (Library 018)

Today we will go over the summer so far, check the status of your projects and research, and discuss next steps. If there’s something that we haven’t covered, or need to go over in more detail during the rest of the program, please bring your thoughts! Also, if you have thoughts on how to improve the program over the last half of the summer, please bring your ideas.

The morning will be split into two parts. The first part will be a group discussion; we will provide an evaluation form for you to complete. After the group session, individual evaluations will begin with members of the Digital Scholarship Committee.

Readings and Assignments

  • 2017 cohort: Please bring the following:
    • Your project charters and wireframes
    • A bibliography of resources you have consulted for your research
    • A list of the digital assets you intend to use
    • A list of the digital tools that you intend to use
  • 2016 cohort: Please bring the following:
    • If continuing your existing project, updates you have made or plan to make. If starting a new project, bring the materials listed for the 2017 cohort.
    • A progress update on your OER. This does not need to be a formal report, but should list out what has been done so far, and the next steps in completion.

Noon-1pm: DSSF Lunch (TBD)

1pm-4:30pm: Research/project work (on your own)