The advance of digital technologies has added a variety of methods and possibilities to the humanities research and communication toolbox, from digital edition- and archive-making to computational and spatial research, to blogging and collaborative publication.This webpage is designed to broadly introduce digital forms of work in the humanities and resources for undertaking such projects at the University of Florida.
All UF faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join the DHWG, a group of scholars who meet to monthly to discuss current topics and projects in the digital humanities. The DHWG is co-convened by Sophia K. Acord (Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere), Laurie Taylor (George A. Smathers Libraries), and Dhanashree Thorat (Dept. of English). The DHWG also works to plan the annual Digital Humanities Day, which is held in April on the first reading day of the spring semester. To view membership, meeting agendas, Digital Humanities Day proceedings, and other materials, please see the Digital Humanities collection and archive.
To stay informed about DHWG meetings and digital humanities work at UF, subscribe to the Digital-Humanities-L listserv.
DHWG members are also encouraged to attend the annual THATCamp Florida, organized by the University of Central Florida each spring. For more information, see: http://florida2013.thatcamp.org/
We maintain a list of faculty and graduate student funding opportunities for supporting digital humanities projects on a separate page.
Digital humanities projects are frequently collaborative in nature, often involving a team of subject specialists (from humanities disciplines) together with faculty and staff from the information, computer, and library sciences. Graduate and undergraduate students in the humanities discipline (who may have specific training in digital tools and applications) can play important mediating roles in these projects while also cultivating research and career skills. As described below, there are a variety of UF faculty and facilities interested in such collaborative endeavors. Details on student training opportunities and certificate programs are included where available.
Before reading below, we advise browsing the guide to Getting Started in the Digital Humanities by Lisa Spiro, director of NITLE Labs (14 October 2011).
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) - A consortium of humanist, artists, social scientists, scientists, and engineers committed to new forms of collaboration across disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology.
Recognized journals in the digital humanities include:
Some forms of digital humanities scholarship may not fit into established publication genres. Nonetheless, the significant scholarly investments in these products can be recognized and credited through appropriate forms of peer review as explored below:
The growing online availability of full-text primary and secondary sources creates new and different opportunities for working with archival sources. Below is a (by no means comprehensive) list of useful digital archives and databases in the humanities.
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
The readings below examine the construction, use, and impact of digital archives such as those listed above:
In no particular order, the examples below provide some indication of the diversity of digital tools and products across the humanities.
The readings and reports below explore the impact of various digital tools and technologies on research and knowledge production in the humanities.
Crane, G. "What Do You Do with a Million Books?" D-Lib Magazine, 2009.
Friedlander, A. Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation (A Workshop Co-Sponsored with the National Endowment for the Humanities by the Council on Library and Information Resources). Council on Library and Information Resources, 2008.
Frischer, B, J. Unsworth, A. Dwyer, A. Jones, L. Lancaster, G. Rockwell, and R. Rosenzweig. Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities: Report on Summit Accomplishments, 2005.
Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come, University of Virginia, 2010.
O’Donnell, J. J. “Engaging the Humanities: The Digital Humanities.” Daedalus 138 (1): 99-104, 2009.
Our Cultural Commonwealth: The Report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2006.
Schreibman, S., R. Siemens, and J. Unsworth, eds. A Companion to Digital Humanities. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts, Thomas Bartscherer and Roderick Coover (eds), Uiversity of Chicago Press, 2011.
Waters, D. J. Archives, Edition-Making, and the Future of Scholarly Communication. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Working Paper, 2009.
Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship, Report of a Workshop Cosponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources and The National Endowment for the Humanities, 2009.
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