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Digital Humanities: A Toolkit for Humanities' Researchers

Digital Humanities: A Toolkit for Humanities' Researchers
9 King's College Circle, Gerstein Library, Room 2320
Time: Sep 19th, 9:30 am End: Sep 21st, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Information, Faculty of, Humanities, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-

Digital Humanities:  A Toolkit for Humanities’ Researchers


Curious about DH projects, tool, and methodologies? Interested in learning the basics, expanding your toolkit, or earning your Centre for Medieval Studies DH Letter of Confirmation (for 4+ workshops attended, of the 6 workshops offered), in only three days?  Whether you are a faculty member, postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, librarian, or undergraduate student, you are most welcome to join us for the Digital Humanities Workshops (September 19-21). 

If you are a University of Toronto graduate student, then workshops in this series are also eligible for Graduate Professionalization credits.

By the end of this 'bootcamp', you will be conversant with DH terminology, from data curation to network graphs.  Through hands-on workshops, you will learn how to encode text (XML and TEI) for a scholarly digital edition; how to work with the library to get your DH project off the ground; how to build  your own digital archive and exhibit (Omeka); how to safeguard your data's integrity; how to show trends and concepts emerging from your data through graphs and visualizations (Juxta, Cytoscape, ManyEyes); and how to use a 3D printer and generate physical objects from digital models.


Time:  September 19, 20, 21, 2016 (9:30 to 5:30, lunch break 12:30-2:30).

Place: Gerstein Lab (room 2320); 2nd floor, Gerstein Library

Registration (free for U of T, mandatory):  https://goo.gl/o5Qi9L

Please note that participants need to bring their own laptops to do the hands-on exercises.  If you cannot do so, you may use one of the lab machines -- but your own laptop is best.





Digital Humanities:  An Introduction


Alexandra Bolintineanu, Assistant Professor, Digital Medieval Studies

Leslie Barnes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Toronto Library


What is Digital Humanities? We discuss the range of projects, activities, and concerns of this growing field, and we explore how participants can participate in DH and use DH theories, tools, and technologies to further their own scholarship. 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions about building a sustainable Digital Medieval Studies project:

*   What is your data?  How will you store and preserve it?

*   What are the aims and scope of your project?

*   What are your technological requirements for your project?  What are best practices in selecting or building software for DH projects?

*   How do you make your project sustainable? 

*   How can the library help you with project management, application development and support, promotion and discoverability, and grant applications?


Day 1, 9:30-12:30

Text Encoding:  TEI and Beyond

Text Encoding:  Introduction to XML and TEI

Speaker:  Kathy Chung, Postdoctoral Fellow, Records of Early English Drama


Whether you are preparing a digital scholarly edition or an online database of literary texts, you will encounter TEI (Text Encoding Intiative) standards. TEI is the most widely accepted system for digitally describing textual data, using XML (eXtensible Markup Language), in the humanities.


By the end of this workshop, participants will have a basic understandng of XML and the TEI Guidelines, what benefits and implications they have, and how to apply them to encode a brief, basic text.

Day 1, 2:30-5:30

Omeka:  Metadata, Content Management Systems, and Digital Collections

Speaker:  Alexandra Bolintineanu, Assistant Professor, Digital Medieval Studies



Omeka (omeka.net) is an open-source content management system employed by libraries, museums, and university departments to create online exhibits with rich multimedia options and rigorous metadata.  This workshop provides a hands-on, collaborative introduction to Omeka. By the end of this workshop, participants will know:

*   What Omeka is (and what content management systems are)

*   Why metadata matters (with special reference to the Dublin Core metadata standard)

*   How to create their own Omeka site:  building items, batch-uploading items, creating digital collections and exhibits featuring scholarly materials


Participants will also discuss alternative content management systems such as Wordpress and Drupal.  By becoming familiar with content management systems, their possibilities, and their requirements, participants will be better equipped to make technology choices in future DH projects.

Day 2, 9:30-12:30

Visualizing Your Data

Speaker:  Jacquelyn Clements, CLIR/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Toronto, Department of Art


How can maps, networks, and other visual displays help or change our understanding of our material?  This tutorial provides an introduction to data visualization in digital humanities, with hands-on tutorials for software platforms such as Cytoscape and Neatline. By the end of this workshop, participants will have gained familiarity with the possibilities of data visualization, and will have gained hands-on experience with at least two different visualization platforms (maps, networks, other forms of visualization).

Day 2, 2:30-5:30

3D Printing:  From Model to 3D Object

Speaker:  Alexandra Bolintineanu, Assistant Professor, Digital Medieval Studies


Location:  MADLab (Gerstein Library)


3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) is a suite of technologies for turning digital models into real, physical, three-dimensional objects. By the end of this workshop, participants will have become familiar with the 3d printing process--from using digital models to printing objects on the MADLab 3d printers--and will have explored research and pedagogical applications of 3d printing. 


If time permits, participants who get 3d printer certified before the session (i.e. attend a Tuesday workshop at the MADLab and then complete the online test) will have the opportunity to 3d print small objects during the session.


Day 3, 9:30-12:30

Organizing Your Research Data


Rachel Di Cresce, Digital Project Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries

Kathy Chung, Postdoctoral Fellow, Records of Early English Drama


How do you organize your research data, from the moment you create or collect it, to make sure that your data is secure, easy to find, and easy to use at a later date?  By the end of this workshop, participants will have become familiar with best practices for organizing and cleaning digital data, from notes, text documents, and bibliography, to maps and photographs.

Day 3, 2:30-5:30



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