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Digital Humanities and Digital History

History Practicum Orientation SessionFaculty: Jessica Harland-JacobsDate: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:40-11:30am, Turlington 2354Scope: Gateway course to the history major for fresh/soph/transfers.

Session Goals:Basic introduction to the digital humanities and various resources that historians are developing and using.Theme of this practicum is the early modern British Atlantic world (and students will be doing an exercise using the Atlantic Slave Trade database), but she would be happy with a fairly general presentation on history and the digital humanities

Introduction to self and goals for this session:Basic introduction to the digital humanities and some of the various resources that historians are developing and using.

1Defining the Digital HumanitiesThe humanities in and for the digital age.

A term of tactical convenience.2Defining the Digital HumanitieseResearche-ScienceBig HumanitiesDigital HumanitiesDigital HistoryPublic HumanitiesHumanities ComputingSpatial HumanitiesPublic HistoryWhich means?Were in the data era. Prior eras were agricultural, industrial, and now data. Fields are being prefixed by big and e: eResearch, e-Science, Big Humanities, Digital Humanities, Digital History, etc.Were all facing the same challenges across fields:How to deal with so much information in a way that makes it usableHow to work together because we can undertake different types of work that requires collaborative effort in responseWere all benefiting from the same opportunitiesSpatial humanities and the ability to spatially present and visualize information to give us new ways of seeingNew toolsNew ways of communicating with people in a specific field, across fields, and with the public as with public humanities and public history

Where/whenDigital Humanities emerged at the point of need and possibility like the other big data/research fields.It also grew out of traditions of humanities computing, which has a rich history in text mining and data analysis. Schools like UVA with its humanities lab and the George Mason University with its Center for History and New Media have been pioneering leaders

3Ways of Doing Digital HumanitiesHumanities Computing, Spatial Humanities

http://www.scholarslab.org/

4Ways of Doing Digital HumanitiesDigital History & Public History

http://chnm.gmu.edu/

5Ways of Doing Digital HumanitiesMapping Relationships

http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/

6Ways of Doing Digital HumanitiesThere can be no preservation without access.

Preservation without access is pointless.Introduction to the Digital Humanities at UF, a definition: Digitization is getting stuff into digital form, digital humanities work deals with the stuff once its digitalImportant to remember that scholarship insists on work being accessible and preserved. If it ceases to exist, it ceases to have impact. There can be no access without preservation. Preservation without access is pointless.UF understands this. UF is interesting because UF has a wealth of experience in digitizing materials for digital preservation and access. UF was concerned with this in the early 1990s when it started experimental digitization. Supporting the what do you do with it question is now a much more pressing concern because UF has amassed so many materials.UF Digital Collections

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Ways of Doing Digital HumanitiesBuilding Digital Archives & Building from Them

http://dloc.com 8Ways of Doing Digital HumanitiesBuilding Digital Archives & Building from Them

http://dloc.com

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http://ufdc.ufl.eduThis shows the homepage for the UF Digital Collections or UFDC. On one level, UFDC is like any other library resource, if that resource is amazing.

UFDC includes over 500 digital collections, over 8 million pages of unique manuscripts and letters, antique maps, rare children's literature books, theses and dissertations, newspapers, historic photographs, oral histories, data sets, and more. Many of the materials are from the holdings in this building. 10Partners & Contributing Institutions (as of April 2011)

Archives Nationales dHati Caribbean Studies Association Flagler College Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida International University Florida Museum of Natural History Florida State House of Representatives Florida State University Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art History Miami Jacksonville Public Library Matheson Museum National Library of Jamaica Panama Canal Museum Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela) University of MiamiUFDC is so much more than the technology or the stuff already online.

UFs sheer size and scale demands a great deal. UF has leveraged that capacity to support others as well, serving as the technical infrastructure partner for over 90 other institutions.

This slide shows a list of our partners. There are always new partners, so this is always out of date. The list shows academic institutions, scholarly societies, NGOs, GLAMS (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums), publishers, governmental agencies, and more. 11

http://ufdc.ufl.edu/newspapers

One of the collections is the Florida Digital Newspaper Library. UF supports this statewide program, which developed from the PK Yonge Library collection and its history of preserving and providing access to local Florida newspapers.12

Another collection is the African Studies Digital Collection which includes many African art objects from the Harn Museum. 13

The humanities in and for the digital age.Return to definition

Its about doing humanities work, and making it work, leveraging capacity where it exists.

UF offers many opportunities for you to engage in relevant work:Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, classes and internshipsInternship program in Special Collections with Jim CusickOther colleagues for collaborationMuseum Studies (MA program, and faculty for collaboration)Research ComputingWays to integrate other work into larger concerns for Public Humanities / Public HistoryFaculty research and projects

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