Hosted this year by Michigan State University’s MATRIX: The Center for the Digital Humanities & Social Sciences, a Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is an open community publication project that  brings together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day.  This year, Day of DH will take place on April 8th. An initiative of CenterNet, the goal of the project is to create a web site that weaves together a picture of the participant’s activities on the day which answers the question, “Just what do digital humanists really do?” Participants  document their day through photographs and text, all of which is published on a community online platform (which, for this year, lives at dayofdh2014.matrix.msu.edu – this website!).

Anyone who considers themselves as being part of the Digital Humanities community (by any definition) is invited to participate, write, share, and comment.

Interested in participating?  Here is what you need to do:

  1. Create an account by registering. Doing this creates a personal Day of DH blog for you.
  2. When you register for an account, fill out the “How do you define DH” field – these definitions will live on the How Do You Define DH section of the Day of DH 2014 Website (this website!).
  3. Once your account has been approved, create an “About Me” page where you describe who you are and what you do. You can do this before April 8 as a way of learning the version of WordPress we use.
  4.  Make sure you have a digital camera (or other photo capturing device) so you can post pictures of your day. However, be conscious of copyright issues when documenting your activities (i.e.  don’t post pictures of children!).

Once your account has been created and approved (and you have your Day of DH 2014 site), here are some things you should think about doing (before) April 8th:

  • Customize your Day of DH 2014 site theme (adding a custom header, changing sidebar widgets, etc)
  • Change your site password (located in Users > Your Profile in the Dashboard)
  • Change the timezone to wherever it is you will be blogging from on the day (Settings > General in the Dashboard)
  • Create an About Me page.  This lets people know who you are, where you work, your interests, etc.  We recommend uploading an image as well to put on the page (Pages > Add New in the Dashboard)

When Day of DH 2014 is in full swing, here are some ways to following along

  • In your browser, you can see all Day of DH 2014 blogging activity on the activity page.
  • View all of the community groups here, and all of the community group discussion forums here
  • In an RSS reader (i.e. newsreader), there is also a feed of of Day of DH activity.
  • On Twitter, follow discussion at #DayofDH and feel free to join in.

As a reminder, there are many way to participate. If you find notable posts and tweets, share them on Twitter or on your Day of DH blog. To respond to posts, don’t be shy about commenting. Join the discussion, Day of DH is a community event.

Participants should also check out past Day of DH events, including 2013 (which was also hosted by MATRIX) and 201220112010, and 2009 (which were hosted and organized by Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts at the University of Alberta). The previous hosts of Day of DH also put together a wonderful wiki with all sorts of helpful information for Day of DH participants – which participants should also take the time to read.

Day of DH 2014 is generously supported by the following kind folks at Michigan State University:

For more details, mosey on over to the About Day of DH page at your leisure.

Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Musings?  Requests for the site? Simply comment on this post, or wander on over to the Day of DH 2014 Discussion Forum and ask your question.

image courtesy of Flickr user opencontext