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.
We have a short list of optional class readings—you may want to take a look at them before the class starts.
The course be held in a computer lab with all necessary software installed. If you would like to use your own laptop, we ask that you install and test software ahead of time. We will not be able to troubleshoot software installation issues during the course.
Software is listed in our Zotero 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.