Digital Humanities Tech Bootcamp

June 5-7, 2013 at UNC-Chapel Hill

Curious about the digital humanities but haven’t dipped your toes in the water yet? This hands-on, skill-building bootcamp is intended for digital humanities (DH) enthusiasts with little to no technical expertise. Over the course of three days, the bootcamp will provide you with a crash course in a number of DH methodologies and tools. Bring your laptop and your curiosity, and you’ll leave with the skills you need to get started on your own DH project work.

The bootcamp will take place June 5 through June 7, 2013 at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Digital Humanities Tech Bootcamp will provide an introduction to foundational DH skills and tools via formal and informal instruction blended with hands-on workshops and instructor-facilitated lab time. Attendees must bring their own laptop running either Mac OS or Windows.

Bootcamp Schedule


Welcome & Brief Intro to Digital Humanities
This introductory session will provide a brief overview of the digital humanities as a way to contextualize the skills we’ll be building over the next few days.

Introduction to Markup (HTML, XML, TEI)
A general introduction to markup concepts, as well as when and why markup might be  used. We’ll begin with HTML as a way to ease into the world of markup, moving from there to the basics of XML and TEI.


Data Visualization
This session will explore the effective uses of data visualization in the humanities, the decisions that go into creating them, and frameworks for assessing them.

Data Visualization: GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
An exploration of different approaches to GIS, as well as the differences between desktop GIS applications and web-based GIS sharing.


Getting Your Scholarship on the Web: Working in a LAMP Environment
This session provides a basic introduction to LAMP applications, giving participants the opportunity to install and play in a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment.

Getting Your Scholarship on the Web: DH Press
This session will provide an overview of the principles and uses of content management systems (CMS), as well as hands-on work with DH Press, a humanities data visualization tool developed by the Digital Innovation Lab.

When & Where
The bootcamp will take place June 5-June 7, 2013 in the Incubator of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities in Hyde Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill. Sessions will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day.

Who Should Apply
Faculty, staff, graduate students, and independent scholars with an interest in digital humanities work but with little to no technical expertise are welcome to apply. However, priority will be given to those affiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill. Please note that space is limited and that we may not be able to accommodate everyone!

Application Information
The application period has ended. Please note that selections will be made April 17, so we are unable to consider late applications. Notifications will be sent by April 22.

Applicants will be required to provide a short statement (150 words) explaining how the skills acquired at the bootcamp will impact their scholarly practice and/or career goals.

The committee will look for individuals who have little to no technical expertise, but have an interest in cultivating and applying skills taught at the bootcamp to their work and scholarship. Applicants selected to attend will come from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds and will be at different points in their careers. Only those able to attend all three days will be considered, and priority will be given to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Registration Information
Applicants selected to attend will be notified by April 22 and will have until May 3 to register and pay the registration fee:

$100 for faculty and staff
$50 for graduate students and independent scholars

Important Dates
April 8-16                    Application period
April 17                       Applications reviewed
April 22                       All applicants notified of status
April 22-May 3             Registration/payment period for selected attendees

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The Digital Humanities Tech Bootcamp is organized by the Digital Innovation Lab & ITS Research Computing. Sponsored by the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Program for the Humanities and Human Values.