Week 1: Foundations

Reflective Post #1

Post by 9am on Monday, June 14

Using the discussion of “What is DH?” that we did on the first day, as well as Amanda Visconti’s piece on the what, why, and how of DH, 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? Use the Reflective Post 1 category. If you need help, this video will walk you through the process.

Monday, June 7

9–9:50am EDT: What are the Digital Humanities?

10:00am–Noon EDT: Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship Cohort Expectations (with GLC)

12:10–12:30pm EDT: Review of the #dssf21 Schedule

12:30–1:30pm EDT: Introduction to micro project and Albert Chance collection

Micro Project Brief

Tuesday, June 8

10am–Noon EDT: Project Management and Zotero Workshop

Register here: https://libcal.gettysburg.edu/event/7879156

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.

Before the Workshop

Wednesday, June 9

10am–Noon EDT: Metadata and Omeka Workshop

Register here: https://libcal.gettysburg.edu/event/7879362

This workshop will introduce the concept of metadata and explain 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 Albert Chance collection materials.  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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Thursday, June 10

10am–Noon EDT: User Experience, Writing for the Web, and Wireframing Workshop

Register here: https://libcal.gettysburg.edu/event/7879176

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 discuss the value of thinking through your project’s wireframes, as well as user personas. 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. A persona is a representation of your target user(s).

Before the  Workshop

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Friday, June 11

9:30–10am: Friday Updates and Planning

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.

10am–Noon: Copyright and Licensing Workshop

Register here: https://libcal.gettysburg.edu/event/7879365

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

Work through these tutorials:

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