Digital Humanities 2.0 invites all interested parties at the University of Minnesota to join in advancing artistic creation and scholarly research in the humanities by exploring digitization and Web 2.0 technologies. This IAS collaborative builds on strengths across the University to envision the next generation of digital humanities tools, techniques, and approaches. Excerpts from the proposal to launch the collaborative are available; they include citations of several key statements about digital humanities today.
Spring 2013 Events
Friday, May 3, 4:00 p.m. Presentation by Alexander Galloway, associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University.140 Nolte Center for Continuing Education. Sponsored by the Department of English Theory Reading Group and the 20-21st Century Subfield with support from the University of Minnesota Student Activities Grants Initiatives. Professor Galloway’s most recent book is The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012).
Please subscribe to the collaborative’s Listserv, DIGITAL_HUMANITIES@umn.edu, by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org the following email message, as the first and only line in the body of the message (and leave the subject line blank): subscribe DIGITAL_HUMANITIES [Yourfirstname Yourlastname, with no brackets]
Conveners: Laura Gurak, professor and chair, Department of Writing Studies, and Michael Hancher, professor, Department of English.
Past Collaborative Events
Wednesday, April 3, 3:00 p.m. “Encoding Privacy Law” — A presentation by William McGeveran, associate professor, University of Minnesota Law School. 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education. “More policymakers and technologists are gravitating toward the notion of ‘privacy by design’ as a response to concerns about collection and use of personal information. This model seeks to embed privacy in the interfaces we use – and can include a role for traditional regulators encouraging or requiring architecture that protects privacy.”
Nita Krevans and James Brusuelas (Classical and Near Eastern Studies) and Lucy Fortson (Physics and Astronomy), “Crowdsourcing Ancient Texts” – Tuesday, December 4
Krevans, Brusuelas, and Fortson will report on the substantial progress that has been made so far in deciphering hundreds of thousands of unpublished Greek papyrus fragments, enlisting the help of more than a hundred thousand online volunteers, and refining the results with increasingly resourceful computer software. For general background information about the project see Kirsten Weir, “You, too, can translate ancient documents: Technology plus a cast of thousands open windows onto Ancient Greece,” Reach (Summer 2012).
Francis Harvey (Geography), “U-Spatial: Supporting the Digital Humanities” – Tuesday, November 13
U-Spatial is a five-year project that enables spatial research and creative activities at the University of Minnesota. In this presentation Professor Harvey will describe the history of this multifaceted project and its capacity to support research, including research in digital humanities.
Peter Sokolowski (Merriam-Webster), “What We’ve Learned about Dictionary Use Online” – Thursday, November 1
Looking up a word in the dictionary is an intimate act. Lexicographers of the past could have no knowledge about which of their entries were being consulted and which were ignored. Today, dictionaries are easier than ever to use and can be consulted from anywhere. Also, by watching trends of lookups on a heavily consulted online dictionary, lexicographers can now track which entries are being consulted, and when. Some words are perennial sources of curiosity, while others show spikes of interest triggered by news from the worlds of politics, entertainment, and sports. Some words express the general mood of the culture, while others reflect a poignant specificity. Sometimes words that are not entered in the dictionary are looked up or suggested in an open-source feature. Tens of millions of individual word searches every month, taken together, tell a story about language, curiosity, and culture and what is expected of a dictionary in the twenty-first century.
Peter Sokolowski is editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster, the principal publisher of dictionaries in the United States.
Jennie Burroughs (University of Minnesota Libraries), “Digital Humanities and the Libraries” – Tuesday, October 16
Jennie Burroughs is Academic Programs Director for Arts & Humanities at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Burroughs also chairs the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group. In this presentation she reviews the group’s recent findings, including a summary of its recommendations for increasing support for Digital Humanities initiatives at the University.
Dan Cohen is Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. His research is in European and American intellectual history, the history of science (particularly mathematics), and the intersection of history and computing. Professor Cohen is co-author (with the late Dr. Roy Rosenzweig) of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (2005), author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (2007), and has published articles and book chapters on the history of mathematics and religion, the teaching of history, and the future of history in a digital age. He blogs on Digital Humanities. Cosponsored by the Immigration History Research Center, the Department of English, the Department of Writing Studies, and University Libraries.
Loren Terveen is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where his research focuses on theory-based design of online communities: applying theories from the social sciences to create new interaction techniques and algorithms that elicit more positive participation from community members. Professor Terveen is also particularly interested in geographically-based online communities: creating novel open content systems to support geographically-based communities of interest. Cyclopath is a routing and wiki-map system for bicyclists that he has helped to develop.
Video – The Future of History
Video – Collective Intelligence
Debates in the Digital Humanities: Book launch with Matthew K. Gold, editor, and Douglas Armato, director, University of Minnesota Press, January 26, 2012
Matthew K. Gold, editor of this path-breaking book, and Douglas Armato, his editor at the University of Minnesota Press, will discuss the many perspectives on the digital humanities that leaders in the field provide in 29 chapters, and also how the book was created and reviewed in rapid time and what its next life will be online. For more information about the book, see the UMN Press website.
George Oates is project lead for Open Library, an open-source project of the Internet Archive. It currently provides free bibliographic records for more than 20 million books and direct access to digitized copies for more than 1,700,000 of them. She also is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. Before joining the Internet Archive, Oates was the lead designer for Flickr, where she developed The Commons, an archive of unrestricted photographs that are enriched on the site by social tagging. The several dozen institutions that share photos on The Commons now include NASA, The National Archives (UK), George Eastman House, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress.
Video – Debates in the Digital Humanities
Video – Social Seeing: Images Online
Voices from the Field: Practices, Challenges and Directions in Digital Humanities – presentation by Smiljana Antonijević, Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Smiljana Antonijević is Assistant Professor of Culture and Technology at Roskilde University, and a researcher at e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). She holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Antonijević’s research intersects the area of communication, culture, and technology focusing on issues such as scholarly collaboration in virtual environments (MIT Press, forthcoming); digital humanities (Palgrave Macmillan,forthcoming); nonverbal communication and affective computing (Routledge, forthcoming); trust in online interaction (Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale, 2009); psychological aspects of blogging (Sage, 2008); digital rhetoric (Sage, 2008); new media use in the state of crisis (Peter Lang, 2004).