Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to graduate students at U Toronto as one of the panelists on a DH Roundtable organized by Matt Schneider and Elisa Tersigni. The graduate students asked excellent questions, and I really appreciated the opportunity to think through my own experiences with DH in the past six years. I also got to tour the print shop in the bottom of Massey College, and it was just delightful, and I want to go back, and I am more than a little envious of graduate students who have the opportunity to learn letterpress printing there.
This post is a link dump — I recommended various sites/essays/tools in the conversations after the roundtable, and I thought it would make it easier for people to find them if I collected them here. I jotted down a list of them on the subway back to Union Station, so I think I’ve remembered them all, but if I’ve forgotten something, then hopefully someone will nudge me on Twitter or via email.
TransformDH, which examines issues of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Class in DH
Brian Croxall’s tutorial for a Simile Timeline exercise; the Simile Timelines assignment I developed for students in one of my courses several years ago; the outcome of that assignment. And Google Fusion Tables, which allow for similar visualizations based on spreadsheets — there’s no timeline functionality, but you also don’t have to precode any HTML.
Bamboo Dirt / the DiRT (Digital Research Tool) Directory, a good source for finding all sorts of tools for digital scholarship.
USC/ANVC’s Scalar CMS, which has really neat functionality in terms of allowing multilinear scholarship, even though I think that its export functionality needs work, and hope that ANVC will keep improving it.
The revised Demystifying Digital Scholarship values (which contain a link to the earlier version)
Model View Culture, a journal about tech, culture, and diversity media.
I will note here, for personal record-keeping as much as anything, that when asked what I wish I had known when I started, I said that I had felt very tentative/uncertain about the value/importance of writing publicly about my work. I now know that said public writing was really important. It helped me find my voice, and develop my own sense of the field of DH, and what I wanted to do. I think, in fact, that blogging and tweeting have been instrumental in helping me make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional academic (in humanities generally, not just in re: DH). Writing in public allowed me to go from being an DH onlooker to being a participant in the larger community of practice.
More on that subject in a future post, I hope. But not this morning.