News tagged with 'digital humanities'

Creating Value and Impact in the Digital Age Through Translational Humanities: A Case Statement by Abby Smith Rumsey

The Simpson Center is delighted to circulate the following case statement, written by Abby Smith Rumsey, director of the Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI). In it, she explores the value of the humanities in the digital era by emphasizing the importance of translational work in which humanities scholars engage with more diverse publics. Reaching out to publics beyond academic borders is one of the key missions of the Simpson Center.

Demystifying the Digital Humanities at UW

The emerging field of digital humanities (DH) has been attracting more and more attention on campus in recent years. But what exactly are the “digital humanities”? And how exactly does one going about becoming a “digital humanist”? To answer some of these questions, English graduate students Paige Morgan and Sarah Kremen-Hicks have created a year-long workshop series, “Demystifying the Digital Humanities.”

Rock the Archive: Women Who Rock’s 2013 (un)Conference & Film Festival Launches Digital Oral History Archive

The guiding impulse of the humanities involves the creation and interpretation of archives. Historically “the archive” connotes repositories of officially-sanctioned value—Shakespeare’s folios, the Eisenhower papers, government-sponsored entities such as the National Archives & Records Administration. The Women Who Rock research project, now in its third year of funding by the Simpson Center, wants to rock that idea, revising popular and academic accounts by producing alternative, community-driven archives in a D.I.Y. (“do-it-yourself”) spirit.

Simpson Center Meets Digital Humanities Fundraising Goal!

The Simpson Center has met its goal of matching the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in support of the digital humanities! Thanks to our donors, we have raised $1.875 million since fundraising began in 2009!

Cathy N. Davidson Delivers Winter 2013 Katz Lecture on Future of Higher Education, Digital Learning

In one generation, we have undergone tremendous changes in how we communicate, socialize, learn, do business, and engage in civic life. We rely on non-experts for information on sites such as Wikipedia and take the advice of strangers on everything from restaurant recommendations to health care. Interactive digital technologies have changed how we learn in everyday life far faster than they’ve changed the structures, motives, and metrics of our educational systems. Until now. According to Winter 2013 Katz Lecturer Cathy N. Davidson, we are on the threshold of a monumental transformation in higher education, one aimed at the needs and expectations of the next generation of resilient, connected, self-paced, peer-inspired, creative, multidisciplinary, and multicultural global learners.

A Sneak Peek at the Simpson Center’s Collaboration Space!

Construction is currently under way to transform three small offices into a 375 square-foot flexible, multidisciplinary collaboration space at the Simpson Center! The new space will be a hybrid: part digital scholarship lab and part space for scholarly discussion. Flexibility is the key concept behind this space. By selecting furniture and equipment that is easily stored, stacked, folded, and moved, this space will be a dynamic meeting space for a variety of small engagements and activities.

The Unconference Experience: InfoCamp and THATCamp

Unconferences are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional academic conferences. The model is especially appealing because it actively promotes collaboration and discussion acrossdisciplines, and participants are engaged at every level. This fall, Dana Bublitz, a graduate staff assistant at the Simpson Center, had the opportunity to attend two unconferences: InfoCamp (Information Camp), held here at the UW, and THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp): Digital Humanities and Libraries in Denver, Colorado.

"Thank You" from the Simpson Center!

We are very excited to announce that, counting funds and pledges raised thus far, we are just $25,000 away from our goal of matching the NEH Challenge Grant in support of the Digital Humanities Commons! Thanks to all who have donated to this initiative, helping us move even closer toward our goal of $1,875,000!

Laying the Groundwork for the Digital Humanities Commons

Anticipated to begin in 2014, the Digital Humanities Commons—a summer fellowship program for faculty and graduate students at the UW—will support innovative and experimental research both inspired by new technologies and about these new methods of research and forms of communication. Where research in the humanities is often undertaken by a single scholar, the Commons will enable faculty and graduate students to collaborate with librarians, technologies, and designers to animate their scholarship with new visualization tools, digital media, and communications platforms.

Technology, Scholarship, and the Humanities: A Conversation with Jentery Sayers

Jentery Sayers

Integrating computer technologies with humanities research. Utilizing computational tools to retrieve, analyze, and visually represent data. Exploring multimodal ways of teaching, disseminating, and publishing scholarship. Curating online collections. The field of digital humanities is all of this, and more.

 

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