LIS 2671: Digital Humanities
Beyond assigning readings and encouraging conversations in and outside of the classroom, this course was all about resource-sharing. Here are some practices and resources that were particularly helpful throughout the term and during different phases of project-conceptualization.
- I highly recommend reading “Getting Started in the Digital Humanities,” originally written by Lisa Spiro in 2011. I also really like Digital_Humanities, from Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner and Jeffrey Schnapp. There’s also, of course, the 2012 (Matthew Gold) and 2016 (Gold and Lauren F. Klein) editions of Debates in the Digital Humanities. There are many more readings out there, but I would lastly suggest taking a peek at Bethany Nowviskie’s 2012 blogpost “reality bites.”
- Regardless of whether I’m starting a project or just trying to get to know a tool better, I find it useful to look at extant projects for inspiration. Such directories as this one from the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative are a good place to start. I also have spent a lot of time with Digital Research Tools (DiRT). This is a great resource, as well: Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR).
- I also recommend looking at resources, tutorials, and reviews on blogs, including the ones listed here. DHers (as of 2017) are also active on Twitter so some of the traditional blogs have been abandoned.
- In creating my own digital humanities projects (of various shapes and sizes and degrees of success and failure), I have often used data that I’ve collected myself or with others. However, there are also data sets out there!