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ODH Resource Library: Workshops, Reports, and Initiatives

Articles on various ODH-sponsored workshops, projects, or initiatives.

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"Are We Speaking in Code?" (Voicing the Craft & Tacit Understandings of Digital Humanities Software)

In November 2013, The Scholars’ Lab at UVa Library convened a summit and planning meeting for intermediate-to-experienced digital humanities software developers for critical discussion and hands-on activities to further articulate and theorize the intellectual work behind the technical development of digital projects. The workshop was supported by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51674-13).

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Berlin 9 Conference on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences & Humanities

The Berlin 9 Conference on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, held November 2011 in Washington, D.C., examined the impact that Open Access can have in advancing the conduct and communication of research and scholarship, with a particular focus on the impact this can have on the public. The conference brought together key stakeholders from the library, academic, and museum communities to explore the opportunity the digital environment presents to ensure permanent, sustainable, and equitable access to our nation’s educational and cultural resources. The conference was funded by a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement with the Association of Research Libraries (HC-50009-11).

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Bringing Digital Humanities to the Community College and Vice Versa

This project, funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up grant (HD-51671-13), conducted a survey of community college faculty and administrations and hosted a series of workshops at the Community College Humanities Association annual meeting to consider how community colleges can better participate in and contribute to the multiple ongoing conversations about digital humanities teaching and research.  

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Building an Open-Source Archive for Born-Digital Dissertations

This workshop, hosted by Michigan State University in the summer of 2012, explored relevant issues and identified requirements for the development of an open-source archive, Digital Dissertation Depository (D3), for the preservation of dissertations that incorporate interactive or dynamic digital media. The workshop was funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51561-12).

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Campus Services to Support Historians

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians”, is the culmination of the Campus Services to Support Historians study conducted by Ithaka S+R and funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-31320-11), which investigated how scholars in the field of history rely on existing information services and identified concrete opportunities for new support services that would address unmet needs.

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Case Studies on Sustainability for Digital Resources in the Humanities

A cooperative agreement between NEH and Ithaka to perform case studies on the topic of long-term sustainability for digital scholarly projects to analyze the successes and challenges of different sustainability strategies and revenue models, and point the way toward best practices for supporting online resources. This study was funded by a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50005-09) and provided the foundation for the final report, “Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start Up Phase.”  This report examines institutional support frameworks and administrative attitudes toward sustaining digital humanities projects in higher education, as well as provides guidance for on-campus sustainability workshops and a research toolkit to facilitate the continuation of this research.  The final report was funded by a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant (HK-50022-12).

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Encouraging Digital Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities

This project, led by University Press of North Georgia, brought together directors of university presses and experts in publishing and peer review to explore the process for publishing born-digital book length scholarly monographs in the humanities in order to encourage their support, acceptance, and use in academia and work toward developing a sustainable model to increase both institutional and technical support for digital monographs. The project was supported by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51539-12).

Read the project’s white paper.

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LOD-LAM: International Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums Summit

The LOD-LAM summit took place on June 2-3 in San Francisco. It convened leaders in their respective areas of expertise from the humanities and sciences to catalyze practical, actionable approaches to publishing Linked Open Data. The event was hosted by the Internet Archive with funding from the Alfred Sloan Foundation as well as a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51262-11).

For more information, see the LOD-LAM website.

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Media Systems: Envisioning the Future of Computational Media

The Media Systems project identifies key opportunities, challenges, and recommendations for the future of creating and understanding media — a future in which computation will play an increasingly important role. The project began with the Media Systems convening (held at UC Santa Cruz in 2012), which brought together field-leading participants from media-focused computer science, digital art, and the digital humanities — located in and across universities, industry, federal agencies, publishers, and other stakeholders in the future of media. Different participants focused on diverse aspects of how new media forms are impacting culture, education, the economy, and other areas of national importance, using examples ranging from the World Wide Web to computer animation, and from video games to social media. Participants engaged in deep conversation focused on a coherent set of shared activities, which comprise computational media.  A Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50011-12) provided funds to support the travel and participation in the convening of eight humanities and humanities-related interdisciplinary scholars. The workshop was co-funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Microsoft Research.

Watch videos from the 2012 Media Systems convening and read the Media Systems project Final Report.

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MITH API Workshop

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities hosted a two-day workshop on February 25th & 26th, 2011, on developing APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for the digital humanities. The workshop gathered 50 digital humanities scholars and developers, who along with industry leaders demonstrated their APIs during this “working weekend.” We discussed ways that existing and future APIs could be leveraged for digital humanities projects.The workshop was funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51151-10).

See videos of presentations from the workshop.

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NEH Workshop on Military History: Doing the History of the Military & Foreign Policy in the Digital Age

A Cooperative Agreement between the NEH and the NuLab at Northeastern University (HC-50021-14), with further participation from the Society for Military History, to host a two-day professional development workshop, to be held October 10-11, 2014 in Boston, on the application of digital humanities methodologies to military history.  Workshop lecturers will be leading scholars from the digital humanities community, providing hands-on instruction in topics like GIS, deep mapping, and network analysis. Participants, drawn from the military history community, will learn new ways to conduct their research using the latest in digital tools and techniques.

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One Culture: Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge

This report, released by the Council on Library and Information Resources in June 2012, culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. The report, co-authored by Charles Henry, President of CLIR, and Christa Williford, CLIR program officer, produced recommendations that the authors describe as “urgent, pointed, and even disruptive” for researchers, funders, libraries, and universities who are embarking on collaborative research projects that take advantage of large-scale “big data” in the humanities and social sciences. The study was funded by a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50007-10)

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Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film

Organized by the Black Film Center/Archive, this conference and workshop in November 2013 brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, moving image archivists, and technology specialists in digital humanities to consider how digitization of early motion picture film might be improved to better capture the physical attributes of the film print.  The conference and workshop were funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51642-13).

Watch videos from the conference and the workshop

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Report on the first year of the JISC / NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants

Report (PDF) on the grants jointly awarded by the NEH and JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) of the United Kingom in March 2008.

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Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), working in cooperation with the Office of Digital Humanities at the NEH and the National Library of Medicine at the NIH, hosted the Shared Horizons symposium in April 2013.  The symposium explored collaboration, research methodologies, and the interpretation of evidence arising from the interdisciplinary opportunities in this burgeoning area of biomedical-driven humanities scholarship.  There were opportunities for disciplinary cross-fertilization through a mix of formal and informal presentations, which promoted a rich exchange of ideas about how large-scale quantitative methods can lead to new understandings of human culture. Bringing together researchers from the digital humanities and bioinformatics communities, the symposium explored ways in which these two communities might fruitfully collaborate on projects that bridge the humanities and medicine.  The symposium was supported by a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement with additional support from Research Councils UK (HC-50015-12).

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Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007 – 2010)

This report includes a brief history of the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program, some charts and statistics about applicants and awards, and the results of a survey conducted with project directors about the first two years of the program (2007 - 2008).

View Summary Report of ODH Start-Up Grants (2007 – 2010)

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Sustainability of Online Educational Resources

Ithaka, in cooperation with the the JISC Strategic Content Alliance, the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities, and the National Science Foundation, recently completed a study on the "Sustainability of Online Educational Resources." NEH funding was via a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50005-09). This study seeks to answer the question "How does a digital resource continue to thrive once the grant has run out?" Ithaka has released several reports from this study:

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Tools for Data-Driven Scholarship

A conference co-sponsored by NEH, NSF, and IMLS and jointly run by two leading digital humanities centers, the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. The conference took place on October 22-24, 2008, on the topic of tools and methodologies for scholarship. The final conference report is now available.

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Topic Modeling for Humanities Research

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will host the Topic Modeling for Humanities Research workshop on November 3, 2012. The workshop will facilitate a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization, information exchange, and collaboration between and among humanities scholars and researchers in natural language processing on the subject of topic modeling applications and methods. The workshop will be organized into three primary areas: 1) an overview of how topic modeling is currently being used in the humanities; 2) an inventory of extensions of the LDA model that have particular relevance for humanities research questions; and 3) a discussion of software implementations, toolkits, and interfaces. The workshop was funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51627-12).

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Visualizing the Past Workshop

This workshop brought together leading scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines (geography, history, geographic information science, computer science, graphic arts, among others) at a workshop that was held on February 20-21, 2009 at the University of Richmond that explored the potential of visualization work for humanities research.

Read the conference white paper.

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Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship

Working Together is the final report from a symposium sponsored by the NEH and CLIR. The symposium was held on September 15th, 2008, and brought together 30 leading scholars to discuss research challenges in the humanities, social sciences, and computation. The report was funded via a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50004-08). The report is now available for download via the CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) website.