• Getting a new digital humanities project off the ground

    In this session I propose a discussion of challenges and solutions that attendees have found for the initial steps of a digital humanities project: identifying collaborators, funding sources, tools, required skills, data sources, methods of data extraction and preparation. These considerations often take a back seat to the final display/dissemination of data analysis and the conclusions that arise from it, but they are essential to any project’s success. I would like to focus in particular on data extraction and preparation, since these steps often take a great deal of effort to implement, but documentation of these steps does not necessarily exist even when tools/code are publicly available, so that projects may unknowingly replicate work already done by others. Have you used unstructured textual data for a digital humanities project? What did you need to do to prepare it for analysis? What do you wish you had known before you started or along the way? What kinds of support did you find? OR Are you thinking about starting a new project? How do you anticipate finding and using your data? What kinds of documentation would be most useful to you?

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  1. ameliacarr says:

    I like this topic, and it’s one that colleagues at my institution (Allegheny College) have requested as a potential workshop. The process can be so different from the usual way that humanities scholars conceptualize a new book or article.

    • Noriko Akimoto Sugimori says:

      What a coincidence! I also think of doing a workshop in 2014 and I really would like to discuss more on how to conduct a workshop.

  2. Noriko Akimoto Sugimori says:

    I am continuing a ground work for a DH project, and I am happy to share what I have found so far. My students at a college in Michigan and I interview and videotape people who still remember World War II in Japan about their war memories. I am looking for DHers who are doing border-crossing projects like this. I am also exploring how to use these videos in college education. We are adding English subtitles onto the videos as a part of my Japanese language class and will use the videos as an instructional material. But I wonder if the videos have other ways to use.