Looking forward …

… to the Day of DH. The day for me promises to start with a graduate seminar in Literary Computing, and to end with a game of darts at the pub. I might not blog the end of day activity….

Thinking about things DH

One of the things I suppose I’m looking most forward to, today, is thinking explicitly about what I do in a typical workday in a DH context, and perhaps even what a pertinent DH context is as it relates to the work I do.

Discussion with a colleague the other day suggested to me that I might have a “limited definition of DH” because I asserted that it was a reasonable expectation that a digital humanist have a grasp not only of disciplinary-specific concepts (in my case, those associated with English as a discipline) but, also, the means to be able to model them computationally, on one’s own or in a team. Right or wrong, then, I’ve since been thinking a fair bit about whether my expectations of what it means to be a digital humanist are too high. To be a digital humanist, is it enough, for example, to know one’s discipline in a traditional sense, chiefly, and have the interest in building a website and the resources to hire someone else to do it, plus digitise some film clips or copy a page from EEBO for you to put on that website? Or do we expect more? I recall a discussion of this sort on HUMANIST when I was in grad school some 15 years ago ….

Well, enough navel-gazing. Time to roll up sleeves and get to work.

Summer Institute Stuff

Just planning a few things related to our summer institute (dhsi.org) to which about 175 people are coming this year. It is modeled after what was offered at CETH, Oxford, Toronto, and elsewhere up to the mid 90s, and it fits well with similar offerings now at Dublin and Leipzig. It also is (to my mind) very nicely complementary with THATCamp, and I suspect in the future we will incorporate some of THATCamp elements in with the more formal university-integrated curriculum that we offer.

Right now, am processing details of a few tuition scholarship spots in our SEASR offering (we’ve got a few more available, too, if people are interested), and thinking of a title for a talk I’m hoping to give in Leipzig’s summer school in July. Am steering toward a discussion of one aspect of our INKE project, with the title “Exploring the Future of the Book, in Electronic Form, from the Perspective of the Past” but I’d welcome suggestions from the INKE team for something better ;) .

Just got official notice …

… about a European libraries conference that I’ll be speaking at about a pilot project the ETCL (etcl.uvic.ca) has been doing with colleagues in our Education faculty and School District 62, on introducing ebooks and an integrated elibrary structure into the classroom. The person who designed the elibrary is Serina Patterson, just heading off to do a PhD this fall, and other researchers / authors are James Nahachewsky and Devon Stokes-Bennett. I’m the least of the team, but happen to be in Europe at the time, so I get to represent the team. The paper’s title is “A Case Study of the Implementation of E-readers and an Online Library in two Canadian High School Classrooms,” and it is to be presented at the LIBER gathering in Aarhus.

Literary Computing Grad Seminar

Just about to go to the grad seminar in literary computing that I’ve been leading this year, co-instructing a group of 8 with Cara Leitch, Meagan Timney, and Bridget Sweeney at times. The syllabus is at http://web.uvic.ca/~siemens/Literary%20Computing%20Spring%202010.htm, and today we’re talking about gaming and electronic narrative, with two student presentations leading our deliberations.

Putting the final touches on the RSA New Technology panels …

… at the moment, in the form of a mini-program — which is pure pleasure. RSA is the Renaissance Society of America, and for the past decade or so I’ve had the pleasure of working with U Toronto’s Bill Bowen to organise what has become a conference-within-a-conference dealing with DH issues as they pertain to those studying the renaissance, literature, art, history, music, and beyond.

This year’s group meets in Venice the week after next, and is the largest and most diverse yet, with 12 dedicated panels featuring some really interesting intersections of renaissance studies and computing technology. A list of papers and proceedings is available here. This year, also, Iter has sponsored a number of travel bursaries for graduate students; thanks, Iter!

Quick post before a DH talk by Christian Vandendorpe

I’ve been madly trying to finish up a few things related to the third number of DS/CN (http://www.digitalstudies.org/) so that we can follow up on some work that Serina has been doing on making OJS work in arXiv fashion … but, alas, the DH servers are down, so I can have a more leisurely dinner before going to hear our visiting speaker, Christian Vandendorpe, give a talk entitled “Who’s afraid of Wikipedia.” All in all, a very fine end to my day of DH….