Event: Digital Scholarship Retreat 2015

We are happy to announce that on March 13 we will be holding our annual digital scholarship retreat for the University community. The goal of this event is to build a digital scholarship community on campus and promote the exploration of practical issues in the field.

At DSR 2014, we explored how to define digital scholarship at the University. For DSR 2015, we hope to facilitate dialogue on project management: the ideation-to-implementation phase of digital scholarship (DS). Using existing DS projects as cases, we will focus on successes, roadblocks, and lessons to learn for the future. As part of facilitating future DS projects, we will produce a collective directory of campus resources (both human and technological) as a deliverable of group work.

This year’s retreat is sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and MLibrary. Our invited speaker is Brandon Walsh, Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Virginia, former Praxis Fellow at the Scholars’ Lab, and NINES project manager.

We hope you will join us in this opportunity to learn about digital scholarship here at the University, and help support ongoing and future projects. Come to meet, plan, and network with others who are interested in digital scholarship projects. (Also, free lunch!)

Event: Digital Scholarship Retreat 2015
Date: March 13th (Fri), 2015
Time: 12 – 4:30 pm
Place: Hatcher Gallery Lab
Registration: http://dhcollective.org/dsr2015/

Please be in touch at dhc-officers@umich.org if you have any questions!


Panel: Digital Humanities Internships

Join the Digital Humanities Collective and the UMSI Career Development Office to explore and discuss internships within the digital humanities. Come to hear from 2nd year students about their internship search, what they learned from their internship experience, tips they have for 1st year students, and other bits of DH wisdom.

Date: February 20 (Fri), 2015
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Place: UMSI Engagement Center

Hope to see you there!

Panel: Digital Librarianship

The Special Library Association and the Digital Humanities Collective are excited to announce a panel on digital librarianship featuring members from MPublishing, ICPSR, the Digital Conversion Unit, and the Clark Library here at the University of Michigan. Topics will include their role in digital libraries and the continuum of publishing, archiving, and digitizing in the digital library space.

Date: February 16th (Mon)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Place: North Quad Room 2185

Hope to see you there!

Happy Hour with Prof. Chang: @ Jolly Pumpkin

We are extending invitation to the workshop this Friday and the happy hour following the event with Professor Edmond Chang

As you might have already heard, Prof. Chang is giving a workshop at the Institute for the Humanities titled “Towards a (New) Video Game Pedagogy: Critical Players and Gameful Assignments.” You can find the details of the workshop and the link for the registration from here. Also, there will be a happy hour following the workshop. If you are interested in digital pedagogy and/or in the contemporary technoculture; we highly recommend you seize this opportunity to talk informally with Prof. Chang at the happy hour!

Date: January 16th (Fri)

Time: 2-3:30pm

Place: Institute for the Humanities (202 S. Thayer)

*Happy hour will be at Jolly Pumpkin.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Workshop: Introduction to Omeka

This is an invitation to our last event of the semester: Introduction to Omeka!

Omeka is a free, open source content management system (CMS) widely used among the cultural institutions. Notably, Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library has been producing Omeka plugins such as NeatLine and TeiDisplay to better facilitate DH inquiries. Being able to tweak the open source system is the grand scheme in which we are working. But everybody must start somewhere. This workshop, therefore, will serve you as an introduction. Our instructor Denise Foley will walk you through the ABC of Omeka. If you don’t know a thing about CMS, or you are familiar with how other systems such as Drupal and WordPress work, why don’t you join us this Wednesday and add to your knowledge Omeka?

Date: December 3rd (Wed)

Time: 11:30 – 1pm

Place: NQ1265

RSVP: dhc-officers@umich.edu so that we can prepare coffee & munchies for you.

* Before the day of workshop, please 1) make a free account from omeka.net and have a look around. On wednesday,  2) bring with you a laptop to work on!

We look forward to seeing you! Do RSVP and let us know if you have any questions.


Corinne, Rebecca, Steven, Walker, Setsuko

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Peer Advising: Winter 2015

As the registration for winter courses opens in less than two weeks, we are hosting a peer advising next week. It can be confusing when thinking about a DH career. But the following two questions may help you navigate your path.

1) What is the field you’d like to pursue? There are different subfields within the field of DH. Some examples include digital library and archives, scholarly communication, data science, and so forth.

2) How would you like to be involved? Once you know your subfield, you may want to think about where in the spectrum of DH team you’d like to find yourself. Some example positions include technical staff with coding knowledge, subject specialist, UX designer, and so forth.

Of course, these distinctions are only conventional and often blurry. But we are hoping these pragmatic distinctions may help you select your courses while at the UMSI. If you are having difficulties, come to our peer advising in addition to other advising sessions. We might be able to offer some help!

Date: November 17th (Mon)

Time: 12-1pm

Place: NQ 1278

We are more than happy to answer your questions via email/Twitter/Facebook, too!

Call for Officers Nomination

It continues to be an election season, and DHC, too, is looking for two new officers! We are currently accepting both self-nominations and nominations of others who are enthusiastic about digital humanities. Please let us know of your nominations by Nov. 10th (Mon) midnight at dhc-offivers@umich.edu.

Officers’ Role:

DHC officers are responsible for facilitating people’s interests in DH on campus. This involves programming events and workshops, sharing information about the DH events and career opportunities, and connecting and cultivating the existing efforts of DH.

Election Process:

Nominated candidates will be then asked to submit 1) a short bio (max: 100 words) and 2) a short blurb for the DHC offer’s position (max: 100 letters). This is due Nov. 12th (Wed) noon.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Brown Bag: Interest Session

We are hosting an interest session on Oct. 8th (Wed), noon -1 pm. The idea is to collectively brainstorm and program project/s of the year we can work on together and/or individually. We are planning to tailor workshops according to our interests to realize the “great ideas” in our heads, and to have the end products to present at the expoSItion towards the end of the year. If you are interested in the hands-on application of DH, this is your opportunity to come and meet your potential collaborators!

Date: October 8th (Wed)

Time: 12-1pm

Place: NQ 2185

If you are interested in building the project/s but not able to come to the session, let us know of your ideas for projects/workshops at dhc-officers@umich.edu. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday!


Corinne, Steven, Setsuko

Digital Humanities Collective

Crowdsourcing: DH Event Calendar

We now have the “DH Event Calendar” for events that take place on and beyond the University of Michigan campus. It is mainly maintained by the DHC officers, but we very much appreciate if you could help us spot and share the DH events that are happening around us. The idea of this calendar is to serve everybody interested in DH by facilitating the virtual space to exchange information. As such, we have set the calendar to “public.” That means you too can edit it; and we encourage you to! (Please do not delete the existing events though.) When you add an event, make sure you have:

1)  Name of the event

2) Time & Place

3) URL of the event in the description (if applicable)

This is our experimental attempt to gather information about otherwise scattered DH events. You can also let us know about the events via Twitter, Facebook, Email (dhc-officers@umich.edu), what-have-you for us to spread the word.

Thank you!