The field, or practice, of digital humanities is rapidly changing, and as change comes faster and faster it can be hard to keep up with what you should know. Fortunately, there are many digital tools and resources that can help you keep abreast of things.
New York University
- NYU Humanities Initiative
- NYU Digital Humanities - special interest group of staff, faculty and students organized by the Library
- Consult a list of digital projects underway at NYU
- NYU Digital Commons – initiative out of the English Department that runs events, offers small grants for DH projects.
- NYU Digital Library Technology Service – provides technical support in terms of equipment and assistance for digital projects.
- NYU Data Services – GIS and database tools and advice.
Other New York DH Groups
- CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative
- digital METRO- Metropolitan New York Library Council
- Intro series on Starting Digital Projects begins in Oct.
- NYPL Digital Projects
Spend some time looking for blogs on digital humanities and on archives and public history as well and subscribe to them using an RSS feed program. (I use feedly now that Google Reader was discontinued). This will aggregate all your feeds in one place where you can read them at your leisure. You don’t only have to keep up with digital topics–it works with any topic that you are working on.
- Digital Humanities Now (If you only subscribe to one, this is the one, it gives a compilation of what’s going on.)
- ProfHacker (Chronicle of Higher Education’s technology blog)
- Lisa Spiro’s Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog
- ArchivesNext, Web. 2.0 for archivists
- National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities
- Scholarly Kitchen – on scholarly publication
- Melissa Terras‘ blog -on digitization
- Adam Crymble’s Thoughts on Public History & Digital History blog
- Jason Heppler’s Digital & Public History blog
- The Back Table – NYU’s Archives and Special Collections blog
- AcademHack (Tech Tools for Academics)
A general source on history blogging is Blogging for Historians
You can also subscribe to the Humanist Discussion Group (an e-mail discussion list)
If you are more inclined to short and sweet updates, Twitter might be more to your liking. Most of the major digital humanities experts tweet about what they are doing and what they are interested in. If you are inclined, follow some of these feeds or look at #DH #digitahistory and #digitalhumanities.
- Digital Humanities Now [http://twitter.com/dhnow]
- NYCDH [http://twitter.com/nycdh]
- Dan Cohen [http://twitter.com/dancohen]
- Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media [http://twitter.com/chnm]
- Matthew K. Gold [https://twitter.com/mkgold]
- See a list of digital humanists on Twitter to explore
One of the skills you will need to learn in order to do DH projects is troubleshooting. Most open source software platforms have robust websites where developers help users through difficulties. Learn how to Google your errors and find answers. For bigger questions, consult:
- Digital Humanities Questions and Answers (Association for Computers and the Humanities) [http://digitalhumanities.org/answers/] – a forum for posting questions and answers to questions on all aspects of digital humanities.
- DH Commons matches digital humanities projects seeking assistance with scholars interested in project collaboration. [http://dhcommons.org/about]
You can also enroll in workshops, courses, and attend conferences
- That Camp – The Unconference for Digital Humanities — try to make one of these, it is an unique experience and great for networking. More announced all the time.
- Digital Humanities Summer Institute –held at the University of Victoria each summer
- Digital Humanities Conference, run by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations is the major meeting of DH practitioners.
- 2014 meeting will be in Lausanne, Switzerland
- Association for Computers and the Humanities
- European Association for Digital Humanities/ALLC
- Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
- DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly
- D-Lib Magazine (focused on library issues)
- Journal of the Association for History and Computing
- Journal of Electronic Publishing
- Scholarly Editing
- A Glossary of Metadata Standards (PDF)
- Dublin Core Metadata
- Encoded Archival Description
- Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS)
- Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)(Library of Congress)
- Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines
Digital Humanities Centers
These centers run workshops and other courses, host digital projects, and are good to be familiar with.
- Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities-MITH (University of Maryland),
- Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities -IATH (University of Virginia)
- Center for Research in the Digital Humanities - CDRH (University of Nebraska)
- Center for History and New Media – CHNM (George Mason University)