UF Digital Humanities Working Group Fall 2012 Events The UF Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG) is a group of academic and library faculty, staff, and graduate students who meet monthly to discuss current projects and topics at the intersection of digital technologies and core research needs and question s in the humanities disciplines. The Fall 2012 working scholarly activity, and how scholars can collaborate with librarians and archivists to think criticall y and productively about making archival materials digitally usable by scholarly communities and wider publics. For more information on the Digital Humanities at UF, see our Digital Humanities grants and resources page DHWG events are open to all UF faculty, staff, and graduate students. For more information, contact humanities firstname.lastname@example.org Fall 2012 meetings (details follow on separate pages subject material may change depending upon DHWG member interests ) : 12 1:30pm Pugh Hall 210 1. Wednesday, Sept. 5 th 2. Wednesday, Oct. 10 th 3. Wednesday, N ov. 7 th 4. Wednesday, Dec. 5 th
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 12 1:30pm Pugh Hall, 210 Digital Humanities Manifesto of humanities disciplines. es new opportunities for academic researchers to work with primary archival sources. As some argue, traditional humanities are critically needed to make sense and use of the abundance of digital materials. The increased recognition and use of these traditional skills also affords opportunities to rethink how and where else those skills are needed, and how other traditional humanities practices can inform digital sch olarly practices and digital practices more generally. In thinking more deeply about these issues, DHWG members are invited to read the publication browse the project examples, and contemplate the questions below: Reading: Unsworth, John. 2000. Scholarly Primitives: What Methods Do Humanities Researchers Have in Common, and How Might Our Tools Reflect This? Paper presented at the Humanities Computing: Formal Methods, Experimental Practice, May 13, King's College, London. http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/~jmu2m/Kings.5 00/primitives.html Project Examples: Nineteenth century Scholarship Online (NINES) http://www.nines.or g/ Discussion questions: 1. What new research opportunities are made available in the age of computing and digital texts in your discipline ? 2. Are these extensions of core questions and themes in the humanities disciplines, or do they break with established traditions?
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 12 1:30pm Pugh Hall, 210 In the digital age, primary and secondary sources can be intertwined, variance and interpretations can be explored across manuscripts, and reade rs can move easily from annotation to primary source material. Digital genres of scholarly editions and curated archives can allow for primary and secondary sources to be accessed together and with reference to the greater context of interpretive work and archival materials Although such support has been previously available through facsimile documentary editions o r CD/DVD ROM packages, Web based editions allow for greater content, ongoing development, and ease of access Digital scholarly editions and curated archives also, when available in Open Access online, can provide opportunities to expand research communities, support teaching, and engage the public. In thinking more deeply about these issues, DHWG members are i nvited to read the publication, browse the project examples, and contemplate the questions below: Reading: Don Waters. 2009. Archives, Edition Making, and the Future of Scholarly Communication. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Working Paper, March 2. http://msc.mellon.org/staff papers/EditionMakingPaper Project Examples: Digital Edition: Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music T he purpose of the Digital Image Archive of Medi eval Music (DIAMM) was to obtain and archive digital images of European sources of medieval polyphonic music, captured directly from the original document. http://www.diamm.ac.uk/ Language Archive: Speaking Maya The primary aim of this collaborative, multilingual project is to help raise the profile of Yukatek Maya and other indigenous languages in the Western Hemisphere. http://tsikbalichmaya.org/ Online Exhibition: The Prese rvation Conversation This online exhibition explores the conversation that occurred during three of the historic preservation projects Herschel E. Shepard was involved in: the ongoing Gamble Mansion restoration, adaptive use at Government House, and the re construction at Mission San Luis de Apalachee. Curated by graduate students: Austin Bell, Renee Kiefer, and Kim Tinnell. http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/shepard/ Discussion questions: 1. Why do you use a pa rticular medium to publish in? What would you like to be able to do? 2. What editions or compilations have been essential for your work or your field (e.g., a critical edition of a novel, a library resource collection that you advocated for the libraries to purchase, etc.)?
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12 1:30pm Pugh Hall, 210 As cultural objects and texts. But, others have argued that tracing the reproductions of texts (their Furthermore, some elements of digital reproduction actually permit closer study of archi val objects temporal unfolding of a written poem or score). Bearing in mind the constraints and affordances of digital reproduction, the online reproduction of some archival objects can enable them to be better inserted into their sociocultural context, thus contributing to their originality rather than their artificiality. In thinking more deeply about these issues, DHWG members are invited to read the public ation, browse the project examples, and contemplate the questions below: Reading: Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press. Online: http://www.factum arte.com/eng/texts/switching_codes.asp Project Examples: Physical copies of Haiti located in the British National Archives in 2010. Many copies can now be found online, as well as many articles and commentary about it. http://dloc.com/AA00000600/00001/thumbs The Milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid ( http://pro.europeana.eu/documents/858566/2cbf1f78 e036 4088 af25 94684ff90dc5/ ) where the holding museum made the high resolution files available online in order to protect and support an accurate portrayal of the original and, in doing so, to support the original as a valid version. Roman de la Rose Digital Library T he R oman de la Rose Digital Library is a joint project of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins Uni versity and the B ibliothque nationale de France to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th century poem Roman de la Rose. With digital surrogates of more than 130 Roman de la Rose manuscripts, and the collection continuing to grow, this project represents the creation of an online collection that does not physically exist. http://romandelarose.org/ Discussion questions: 1. What are the particular concerns about the relationship of the original and reproduction in your field? (e.g., in art history, some have argued that making reproductions available online could reduce travel funding opportunities.) 2. How can elements of digital reproduction o r artefacts in your field? Can possibilities for digital reproduction open new research questions for you?
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 12 1:30pm Pugh Hall, 210 Contemporary curation projects in the humanities are blurring the lines between databases and communities. These newest editions can also be integrat ed publication environments, where primary sources and texts, translations and annotations, and refereed scholarly work can all be interwoven. The further development of analytic tools that are integrated into the databases can allow scholars to search, te xt mine, graph, map, and otherwise examine and analyze digital objects in the same archival environment. In thinking more deeply about these issues, DHWG members are invited to read the publication, browse the project examples, and contemplate the question s below: Reading: TELDAP International Conference, opening keynote. Taipei, Taiwan, 21 February. http://msc.mellon.org/staff papers/waters_teldap.docx Project Examples: The Vodou Archive http://www.dloc.com/vodou Unearthing St. Augustine http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00004298/00001 Discussion questions: 1. What kinds of scholarly methods and activities would you like to see made available in the digital archive ? 2. What obstacles does your field face to making primary source material and scholarly annotation in a shared environment?