Cultural Research and Digital Collections Workshop, Fall 2010

Participation open to faculty, staff, students, and others curious about blending print and digital materials (i.e., hybrid publication) or integrating online publishing into community-based research. No experience in the digital humanities or digital collections is required.

Registration is required at:

For credit option available to graduate and advanced undergraduates.
An add code for HUM 597B (1 CR, C/NC) is required and can be requested when registering.

Sasha Su-Ling Welland (Anthropology and Women Studies)
Dave Lester (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities)
Jentery Sayers (English)

Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Communications 202
Friday, October 22, 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m., Communications 202
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Communications 202

Held in conjunction with The Humanities And Technology Camp (THATCamp) Pacific Northwest 2010 at the University of Washington, this workshop/seminar examines the intersections of cultural research with online publishing, focusing specifically on the collection, circulation, and curation of digital assets (i.e., digital texts, images, video, and audio). Sessions will blend critical theory on scholarly multimedia production, authorship, and design with demonstrations of existing collections, modules on available platforms (e.g., Omeka, Drupal, WordPress), discussions of best practices, and conversations with UW scholars who are currently developing and curating their own collections. Short readings will include material by Johanna Drucker and Walter Benjamin.

Participants will learn about the cultural issues—both technical and theoretical—related to digital collections and how to launch and sustain them. They may also choose to set-up and test a collection.

UW Students receiving credit will write an individual statement of interest (250 words, due prior to the first session) and collaboratively produce a needs assessment (written during the final session). With the permission of those enrolled, the needs assessment will be made public and circulated online.

Sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Related Events (not required for participation or credit):

Johanna Drucker (Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles),
Friday, October 22
5 p.m.
Henry Art Gallery, UW Seattle

THATCamp PNW 2010
Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24,
UW Seattle campus

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