My official work day ended by responding to a note from Security that some software libraries on some servers I’m responsible for are vulnerable. Emergency fix required, which I took care of. I’m reminded of a recent blog post of Miriam Posner‘s wherein she lists the required resources for an ambitious DH project:
“…time from a developer, time from a designer, time from a metadata specialist, time from a sys admin, project management expertise, server space, a commitment to host the project in the long term”
I’m not a file server of course, and long-term hosting is something we’re actively discussing a way forward on. The rest I have covered as a single resource, so that’s what a composite Day of DH is for me, anyway. Add to that research design expertise and my personal academic interests. I get the feeling I’m a rare bird in this way, but no, this is not pure self-backpatting; there is a price in depth paid for with breadth, which I know too well and hope to reconcile one day.
The day/night is young. There are few days I don’t work into the evening at home; guess as a DH newbie I still feel I have something to prove, or maybe it’s just that even if I’ve over-committed, that doesn’t de-value the “committed” part.
So this evening I will put the finishing touches on a manuscript for an encyclopedia entry on the topic of Spatial Concepts, read and comment on the latest draft of another manuscript — this one co-authored with Claudia Engel and Elijah Meeks, read (yet another) Hodder paper to see if what I’m building corresponds to theory, and do a little research on getting iPython notebooks going.
With Colbert and Rachel Maddow on in the background.