Hello world!

Welcome to Day of DH 2010.

I’m looking forward to sharing my day on Thursday.

And it’s good to see a few more Australians this year.

Break of Day in Brisbane

My Day in Digital Humanities has begun and I am faced with a number of tasks that must be completed before I leave tomorrow to attend Book Logic, a conference on Textual Scholarship in Australia.

I’m the Project Manager of the Aus-e-Lit Project at the University of Queensland and the project team is planning a usability study that, like the Day in DH, requires ethics approval. Fortunately, the hard work is done, but the ethics committee requires a few minor changes. Job #1: finish ethics application.

At the Book Logic Symposium I’m giving a paper on Aus-e-Lit tools and their potential application in the field of textual scholarship. Job #2: finish paper.

This also requires a few more working examples to be completed. Job#3: finish examples

I’ve scheduled a weekly slot where I can do this kind of work in a room with data projector, allowing staff and students to come in, have a coffee and chat and watch while I play with tools that are not widely available. This is the first week I’ve done this, so I’m not expecting a huge turn out, but hopefully, I’ll get a few through the door before the end of semester. Note to self: next week, bring cake!

I’ve already attended to various emails from members of our testing group, making plans for meetings next week and after. Some members of our group are planning a panel on Digital Humanities for this year’s ASAL conference. For this session we’ll be talking about collaborative annotation, textual scholarship, adaptation, fine art and poetry books, and print culture networks.

That will keep me busy for a while and so I’ll be fairly quiet for most of the day, but I’ll log on again a bit later.

More Jobs to DO

A job I forgot to add to my earlier list is to collect quarterly review reports from the Aus-e-Lit team and complete my own by close of business today.

One person attended my demonstration hour this morning. It’s still start of semester here and so everybody is very busy … or so I tell myself. There is a growing interest in digital humanities, or perhaps curiosity, in the faculty of Arts at UQ. We have a Professor of eHistory and a recently established Digital Humanities discussion group is probing the area to see how our research interests, our technical capacities, and our relationships with IT colleagues can converge and produce interesting projects – or, at least, plans for projects. A part of my job is to get humanists and IT folk to communicate more in order to foster a more comfortable meeting place where these sorts of discussions can go on. Since AustLit and Aus-e-Lit physically moved into the School of English, Media Studies and Art History and since the School was nudged towards digital humanities in a recent review, there have been a lot of ideas for projects tabled, but these projects remain in their infancy while UQ attempts to establish a better infrastructure for supporting projects in digital humanities with computing expertise and a bit of money. How much computing expertise and how much money is required for each project to succeed continues to be a topic of conversation, but there is also discussion about basic research questions and the way digitals tools can help to ask them and answer them. The ability to geographically map data and the ability to visualise cultural networks seem to be on a lot of minds.

Gotta go and write that report…