Providing resources and trai­ning in the practices and tools of the digital humanities

Digital Jumpstart Workshops 2011

Thursday & Friday, March 3-4, 2011
455 Watson Library
These four sessions aim to provide faculty, staff, and graduate students with hands-on introductions to digital tools and practices in order to help you capture and digitize your data, discover and analyze patterns in text, and present and disseminate your results. In addition, an opening keynote talk will provide a general introduction to digital humanities. Participants may choose any or all of the sessions below. All skill levels, from beginner to seasoned digital humanist, are welcome. Participants should bring their own laptops and, if available, data.
Welcome and Keynote: What is the Digital Humanities?
Session 1: Getting Started in the Digital Humanities
Session 2: Capture and Digitization: Text, Audio, Images
Session 3: Text Mining
Session 4: Visualization Tools for Beginners

Thursday, March 3
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome
9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. | Opening and Keynote talk: What is the Digital Humanities?
Speaker: Katherine L. Walter, Co-Director, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m | Session 1: Getting Started in the Digital Humanities
Speaker: Katherine L. Walter, Co-Director, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
This introductory session will cover a range of topics to consider when planning and launching digital humanities projects, such as: what are the digital humanities; ranges and examples of digital humanities projects; copyright issues; use of metdata standards; resources for getting started; and funding opportunities. 
12:00-1:00 p.m. | Catered Lunch (with registration)
1:00-4:00 p.m. | Session 2: Capture and Digitization
Speakers: Brian Rosenblum (KU Libraries): Text;  Arienne Dwyer (Anthropology): Audio; Sarah Thiel (KU Libraries): Images
This session covers techniques to get three kinds of data into digital form: text (via scanning, optical character recognition, and text structuring), audio (via analogue capture and digital transfer), and images (via scanning). Having data in these formats is the prerequisite for analysis, including text mining and visualization.

Friday, March 4
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Session 3: Discovery and Analysis: Text Mining
Speaker: Ron Zacharski (University of Mary Washington)
Data mining allows the discovery of patterns in textual, image, and other data types. It is a powerful tool that can enable humanists to extend their research by covering much more data than could ever be read or analyzed by hand. This introductory hands-on session we will focus on basic data mining techniques and software that can help find patterns in your or other people’s data.
12:00-1:00 p.m. | Catered Lunch (with registration)
1:00-4:00 p.m. | Session 4: Presentation and Dissemination: Visualization Tools for Beginners
Speakers: Phil Stinson (Classics), and Michael Anderson (Classics, San Francisco State University)
This hands-on session introduces powerful and flexible visualization tools available for free or at low cost on the web, with an emphasis on general applications in research and teaching in the humanities. No previous experience required.


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