This Week in Digital Humanities and Pedagogy

Each week, a member of the JITP Editorial Collective assembles and shares the news items, ongoing discussions, and upcoming events of interest to us (and hopefully you). This week’s installment is edited by Stephen Brier.

This week (or actually several recent weeks) I decided to devote my contribution to the JITP blog to bragging on (as they say in certain regions of the country) various digital successes and triumphs at our home institution, the CUNY Graduate Center, with a special focus on our ongoing DH work.

First, our JITP colleague and comrade, Matthew Gold (in collaboration with Lauren Klein), announced the launch in mid May of a new digital book series entitled Debates in the Digital Humanities (DDH) from the University of Minnesota Press.

The new digital series is based on the pathbreaking 2012 edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities (to which several JITP EC members contributed essays), that Matt conceived and edited. The original 2012 edition had an open-access site that remains widely used by teachers and students.

The new DDH series from the University of Minnesota Press will include two types of volumes: books on special topics within DH, and annual volumes that will showcase the most compelling work in the DH field each year.

Having announced a CFP earlier in the year, the DDH editors have now received essay drafts for Debates in the Digital Humanities 2015. DDH 2015 contributors include: “graduate students alongside some of the most senior scholars in the field; dyed-in-the-wool DHers alongside outside observers; artists and activists as well as archivists, librarians, and scholars.” Many of these essays are now entering the peer-to-peer review stage which Matt and Lauren hope will spark sustained debate and discussion about large and pressing issues facing DH. We wish Matt and Lauren (and the U of Minnesota Press) good luck in their new endeavor and can’t wait to get a crack at some of this new-fangled peer-to-peer reviewing we’ve been hearing so much about.

Second, at almost the same moment as the new DDH book series was announced, the Graduate Center showcased an incredible array of student generated digital projects over the past academic year in courses, labs, and individual research projects. The event was widely tweeted at #digitalgc .

The two-hour event held on May 19th featured the launches of the four student project teams in the two-semester graduate Digital Humanities Praxis sequence that introduces students to the landscape of digital humanities tools and methods through readings, discussion, lectures, hands-on workshops, and culminates with students collaborating in groups over a single semester to build and launch working prototypes of Digital Humanities projects. The instructors for the two-semester DH Praxis sequence were Steve Brier and Matthew Gold (Fall 2014) and Amanda Hickman and Luke Waltzer (Spring 2015).

The four new student generated projects were:

Consolidating thousands of hard-to-find #HUAC testimonies into a single, searchable, interactive archive.

Broadcast classes, conversation & controversy with online radio at @GC_CUNY. Shout it out #CUNYcast

Simplify text & image data generation with @dhTANDEM, a unified #Djangoapp that combines #OCR, #NLTK, and #OpenCV.

NYCFashionIndex scrapes fashion imagery from @instagram for tagging and analysis, building a real time social index of fashion.

Following the Digital Praxis project presentations, other labs and individual students presented their most recent projects and accomplishments. Links below are to the general websites of each of these GC digital projects, which taken together, form the larger Digital GC initiative:

The GC Digital Fellows

Provost’s Digital Innovation Grantees

The New Media Lab

The Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program

The Futures Initiative

The GC Library

Program Social Media Fellows

The Graduate Center, CUNY has much to be pleased and proud of as the spring term ends.

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