DH Working Group

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The DH Working Group at UNC-CH meets monthly in the Research Hub of Davis Library to discuss issues related to current research in DH here on campus. The working group is meant to be a valuable resource for scholars to meet and share information on projects that they are currently working on and is particularly geared towards providing support and community for graduate students interested in pursuing research and projects in the digital humanities. Working group members not only share monthly updates on their current projects, but offer feedback on others’ works, discuss events in the Carolina Digital Humanities community, and plan events and talks for the future.

Meeting information is posted in the Events calendar.

To find out more information or to ask questions, please email Stewart Varner.

Meeting Minutes

For this meeting we had three presentations given by CDHI and Digital Innovation Lab affiliates Julie Davis, Jacob Hill, and Mishio Yamanaka. Julie Davis is a post-doctoral fellow at the Digital Innovation Lab and is currently working for Digital Loray, a public digital humanities project centered around the history of the Loray Mill in Gastonia, NC, and its companion project, a history center at the renovated and repurposed mill in Gastonia. She talked about her work on the project’s online archive, public website, and data visualizations developed in DH Press, specifically focusing on her own work as a public historian interested in how individuals in a community not affiliated with an academic institution understand, interpret, and relate to the past and, then, how academic scholars can then understand, interpret, and relate the past for a broad general public. Jacob Hill, a Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Graduate Fellow from the School of Information and Library Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill discussed big picture questions regarding drastic evolutions in the production of knowledge with changes in the accumulation of knowledge and the breakdown of traditional publishing institutions. He related his own experiences working in Baha’i Studies and what he sees as challenges and exciting changes within the field. Mishio Yamanaka, another Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Graduate Fellow from the History department of UNC Chapel Hill, discussed her digital humanities project on racial integration and the Fillmore Boys School of New Orleans in 1877. Her work centers on the end of Reconstruction in New Orleans and visualizes the state of public school desegregation in New Orleans through the study of admission list records from the Filllmore Boys School. She discussed her use of geospatial analysis tools like ArcGIS and network analysis tools like NodeXL to examine patterns related to residence and social networks. She also discussed her work on developing a public history website to gain public awareness about the history of public schooling in Louisiana.

For our first meeting of the 2014-2015 year, working group members were added to a mailing list and began brainstorming ideas regarding the goals for the working group. Many members are invested in finding more opportunities for collaboration and possibly holding events during the 2014-2015 academic year. Graduate students proposed a number of ideas for sharing information about current research projects and interests, including holding informal coffee dates and possibly organizing a more formalized spring colloquium. Additionally, graduate students brought up interest in holding more tool-specific instruction sessions, a brainstorming session for masters projects, looking for projects that will involve more community-involvement in NC, collaborating with other institutions in the area, and inviting a speaker to come. Planning for next session, members have decided to begin discussing current DH projects and considering the possibility of a spring-semester colloquium to display current work being done in DH on campus.