Starting a digital humanities research project can be quite intimidating. This course is designed to make that process less so by exploring tools and platforms that support digital humanities research, analysis, and publication. We will begin by reframing sources as data that enable digital research. We will work throughout the week on approaches to (1) finding, evaluating, and acquiring (2) cleaning and preparing (3) exploring (4) analyzing (5) communicating and sharing data. Emphasis will be placed across all stages on how to manage a beginner digital research project in such a way that helps to ensure that your project remains accessible, that the process is well documented, and that the data are reusable.

Throughout this course, we will examine several existing projects, and move through the process of collecting, cleaning, and structuring humanities data and sources and plugging them into tools and platforms to analyze, visualize, share, and publish the data and analysis. Exploration of these stages of project-building will include a technical walk-through, as well as an examination of the tools and their underlying methodologies. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own research material to work with, but sample data will be provided.

Pre-HILT Assignments:

Class Readings are available in the class Zotero Library. Please complete your readings prior to class beginning.

For those who will be bringing their own laptop to HILT:

Please install the software listed in our TOOLS library. Each item contains a link to the appropriate software package. Follow the link to complete installation. You will need administrative privileges on your machine to do the installation. For those without administrative rights or without a laptop of their own, the course will take place in our windows-based computer laboratory which has all required software pre-installed.

Questions regarding readings or software installation should be directed to your course instructors.


Undergraduate Library Room 1130