Week 1: Foundations

Reflective Essay #1

Post by 9am on Monday, June 10

Using the discussion of “What is DH?” that we did on the first day, as well as the Amanda Visconti piece we read this week, what does your DH look like? How would you adapt this definition to fit your understanding of the Digital Humanities, and your expectations of DH?


Wednesday, June 5

9-10 am: What are the Digital Humanities? (Library 014)

10:15 am-Noon: Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship Expectations (Library 018)

Noon-1 pm: Lunch (Bullet Hole)

Lunch will be provided for the DSSFs

1:15-1:30 pm: Review of the #dssf19 Schedule (Library 014)

1:45–2:30 pm: Meet with Your Librarian Partner

2:30-3:15 pm: Getting to Know Musselman Library (Building & Staff)

Thursday, June 6

9 am-Noon: Project Management / Zotero (Public Session, Library 014)

Project management and documenting your processes is an important part of developing a digital project. Today, we will discuss  how to create a project charter, begin a timeline for your project, and look at ways to document the creation of your project so others can see how it was made. Guidelines for the charter are available at the Project Charter page. This will be a living document, of sorts; as you research your topic and think about ways to present and visualize your project, things may change. However, getting a good basis for your project is important.

Organizing your research is an important part of this fellowship; today we will discuss some strategies for using Zotero, a free tool that helps you manage, share, and cite your resources. Bring your laptop if you have one, so you can set up Zotero the way you like it (otherwise, use a lab computer).

Readings and Assignments

Noon-1: Lunch and Reading Discussion (Browsing Room)

Visconti, Amanda.  “A Digital Humanities What, Why & How”.

Lunch will be provided for the DSSFs

1-2:30 pm: Metadata (with Omeka) (Public Session, Special Collections)

Visit Special Collections and College Archives (Musselman Library, 4th floor) to learn about metadata and how important it is for digital collections and digital projects.  You will hear about how Special Collections creates and manages metadata for its digital collections and you will be creating metadata for The Vietnam Memory Project, so please bring your laptops.  We will discuss  the role of archives in the Digital Humanities to consider the differences between digital repositories or collections and Digital Humanities projects as well as the difference between digitization and preservation.

Before the Workshop

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Friday, June 7

9-10 am: Friday Updates and Planning (Library 018)

We will take time each Friday to reflect as a group and share our successes and failures of the week behind us, and expectations for the week ahead. What was a breakthrough? What are you proud of accomplishing? What didn’t work out as planned?  What needs some more attention? As a community of practice we will come together to see how we can support the work we are all doing and prepare for the next steps.

10 am-Noon: User Experience, Writing for the Web, and Wireframing (Public Session, Library 014)

Steve Krug, web usability expert, writes:

People often ask me: “What’s the most important thing I should do if I want to make sure my site or app is easy to use?” The answer is simple: It’s not “Nothing important should ever be more than two clicks away” or “Speak the user’s language” or “Be consistent.” It’s  … “Don’t make me think!”

Unfortunately, in order for your user to not think, you have to think a lot about user experience. Today, we’ll talk about the importance of design and writing in your digital projects. We will also work on wireframes for your projects; a wireframe is a mock-up of a website, a way to sketch out the design and hierarchy of a website before getting into the technical details of creating pages; it’s an important step in determining how you want your users to navigate your digital project.

Before the  Workshop

        • Find a digital project and be prepared to talk about its design, navigation, and how you interacted with it.

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1-2:30 pm: Copyright and Licensing (Public Session, Library 014)

So you found a great image or document online and want to use it in your project … but can you? Today, we’ll look at how copyright law affects digital projects, and how the idea of “fair use” can be leveraged to include the content of others. We will also discuss ways to open your own projects up so other people can use them through licensing.

Before the Workshop

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