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The Day is Done – Next Steps, a Personal Thanks, and Some Thoughts About Community

Well, thats it folks, the sun has set (all over the world) on another exciting Day of DH.  Thanks for everyone’s exciting posts and enthusiastic participation.

So, where do we go from here?  Some points about what happens next:

  • Take some time to add to or edit your posts until you are happy.  If you didn’t get around to getting up as much as you would like, go ahead and add some additional posts.  If you have images from the day (but didn’t get them up), please feel free to add them to your blog.  We won’t turn off the system for a couple of weeks
  • If you didn’t, please consider categorizing your posts (see a list of suggested categories here – these are pulled from the Day of DH 2013 website)
  • Spend a little time taking a look at and comment on what other people wrote (the Activity Stream is the best place to do that). Also, have a look at the Community Groups that people formed.  Remember, Day of DH is as much about forming connections between individuals as much as it is about documenting what each of us does.
  • If you experienced any technical issues that got in the way of you posting, ping us through our Contact Form or through the Day of DH 2014 Help & Conversations forum

On a personal note, I’d like to offer up my thanks to the community for a great experience.  When Neil Fraistat (on behalf of CenterNet) asked if MATRIX would take over Day of DH for 2013, I didn’t honestly know what I was getting myself into (story of my life, quite honestly).  Despite the sometimes seemingly insane amount of work involved with both the lead up and the day proper, I think we were generally pretty successful (at least people liked our swag).  I never thought that I would find myself helming the event for for a second year.  The work has been no less intense this year around.  Its also been no less rewarding.

Its also very important to note that pulling this off was a group effort at MATRIX.  Dan Jaquint (MATRIX’s Lead Designer) is responsible for Day of DH 2014’s identity design – as well as the design of the website and all of the rad swag.  Credit for everything pretty about Day of DH 2014 should be placed directly at the feet of Dan.  Zak Schlemmer (MATRIX’s brand new sys admin) is responsible for ensuring that the site ran smoothly throughout the day.  Caitlyn Przbysz (one of MATRIX’s dedicated clerks) made sure that all of the shipments of swag made it to their local, national, and international destinations.  Finally, Day of DH 2014 was generously supported by a whole host of folks at Michigan State University (the full list can be seen at the bottom of the About page). Without their support, we wouldn’t have had near as much cool swag to give out locally and send out globally.

Its important to note that this is also the last year that MATRIX will be hosting Day of DH.  Its been fun, but its time for another center to take the reins for 2015.

In closing, something that I feel needs to be said.  In my humble opinion, one of the most important things about the Digital Humanities is (and has always been) that we’re a community – an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary community that is riotous and chaotic and wonderful.  The community is made up of  librarians, instructors, museum professionals, archivists, professors, authors, editors, developers, readers, administrators, designers, activists, students, writers, teachers, artists – all of us scholars.  In recent years, however, I’ve seen cracks start to develop in this powerful sense of community, this sense of oneness, this sense of “we’re all in this together.” Sometimes this makes me sad.  In some ways, this is just the natural, social progression of a scholarly community that is well (well) beyond its first, baby steps and entering into maturity.  In other ways, this is a factor of egos, territoriality, selfishness, ignorance, and general contemptible behavior that saturates much of the academy.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.  We don’t have to succumb to the perceived inevitability of some weird, scholarly entropy. We can be different, we can be better…we can be awesome.

For these reasons (and many more), community events like Day of DH have never been more important.  Events that bring us all together to recognize and celebrate our intellectual, disciplinary, linguistic, ethnic, and geographic diversity.  Events that amplify all of the voices in our little scholarly community.  Events that underscore that we are all different, but we are also one.

Building and fostering community is hard, don’t let anyone tell you different.  But if its something you believe in, something that is important and meaningful, its always worth doing.

Thanks for everything, folks.  your hard work on this day has been inspiring. Now I think I’m going to go take a nap.

Cheers,

Ethan

Senshi image courtesy of Flickr user DieselDemon

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Day of DH 2014 is Here!

Welcome folks to “the big day!” Day of DH 2014 is officially here and happening as I type this.  We’re so very glad and overwhelmed by the level of participation and enthusiasm so far (and the day is just dawning in North America).  Some things to remember as you move through your day (of DH):

  • If you tweet, use the #DayofDH hashtag
  • What you document isn’t just about “purely” digital activities – the point of the Day of DH is to document all of the things we do…and a whole heck of a lot of that is non-digital (meetings, teaching, family stuff).  All these activities form the rich tapestry of what we do.
  • If you have technical problems, ping us through our Contact Form or through the Day of DH 2014 Help & Conversations forum
  • Check out what other people are writing about (everything can be viewed on the Activity Stream).  If you want to comment on someone else’s post, do so!  Day of DH is also about conversations.

Above all, have fun

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Printable Day of DH 2014 Poster

Along with Day of DH stickers and notebooks, we’ve sent out Day of DH 2014 posters (designed by MATRIX’s awesome Lead Designer, Dan Jaquint) to a wide variety of individuals and institutions.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t send them out to everyone who participates in Day of DH.

This is a bummer as the poster (in our humble opinion) is pretty sharp.  So, in an effort to make it available as widely as possible, we’re offering up a hi-res, printable version of the poster for download.  Some details.  First, the version of the poster we are providing is intended for printing – as a result, the file is quite large (14+mb).  If you want to print out a smaller version, you can just shrink to fit when printing.  Second, we’re offering up the poster as a PDF only.  If you want to use it on your own website, you are welcome to convert it to whatever format works for you.  Thirdly, we’re releasing the poster under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

Enjoy!

Download Day of DH 2014 poster

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Transferring Day of DH 2013 Accounts

Did you participate in Day of DH 2013?  Do you want to participate in Day of DH 2014 but don’t want to create a brand new account?  You are in luck!  Given that Day of DH 2013 was also hosted by MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences, we were able to transfer over all Day of DH 2013 accounts to the Day of DH 2014 site.  So, you’ll be able to use the exact same login/password to access the Day of DH 2014 website.  There are some caveats:

  • You’ll need to manually create your Day of DH 2014 site (a process that normally happens automatically when you sign up for a Day of DH account).  Don’t worry, this is super easy, just login and go to http://dayofdh2014.matrix.msu.edu/blogs/create/.  Here you’ll be able to create your own Day of DH 2014 website.
  • Unfortunately, the account transfer process doesn’t bring along all of your info.  While your login, password, and first name/last name are transferred, your bio, affiliation, and personal definition of DH (all of which are aggregated here).  This means you’ll need to login, visit your profile page, and enter that content.

We don’t forsee any problems with the transfer process.  However, if you have any difficulties, hit us up with a question at the Day of DH 2014 Help & Conversations discussion form.  If you are having issues with the help forum, you can always get in touch with us via our handy dandy contact form.

HH-65C Dolphin image courtesy of Flickr user Henry_Lo

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New Day of DH 2014 Feature: Community Groups & discussion Forums

In addition to the individual Day of DH blogs, we’re offering up another way for people to connect and interact before, during, and after Day of DH 2014: Community Groups and Discussion Forums.  Groups (which can be found listed here) are just a way for people to gather around a specific topic of their choosing.  Day of DH 2014 participants can create as many groups as they want (and be a member of as many groups as they want).  Each group can also have a dedicated discussion forum (all of which can be found listed here)

So, if you want to create a community forum just for digital medieval studies, digital cultural mapping, digital rhetoric, data visualization, TEI, mobile development, or digital papyrology…you can! Use the discussion forums to connect with folks working in the same space as you.  Another cool use of the new community groups and discussion forums is to connect people on your campus, city, region, etc.  The community groups and discussion forums are a great way to connect people who might be physically close, but who don’t normally cross paths.  This connection might help to facilitate in-person meetings and collaborations.

To create a group (and an associated discussion forum if you want), go here.

If you are having trouble with your Day of DH 2014 Community Group or discussion forum, just hear on over to the Day of DH 2014 Help & Conversations discussion forum!

image courtesy of Flickr user opencontext

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Announcing Day of DH 2014 – April 8th

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

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