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Today’s To Do: The Hidden DH

  1. Breakfast: send and check email, Twitter and Day of DH discussions.
  2. Early dental appointment.
  3. Admin-related phone calls.
  4. Meeting.
  5. Lunch: send and check email, Twitter and Day of DH discussions.
  6. Teach last class of term.
  7. Meetings with students.
  8. Meeting with research assistant.
  9. Some grading.
  10. Meet friends for end-of-term celebration.

So where’s the DH?

Well, some of my tweeting is about promoting today’s Recipes Project post and about soliciting nominations for the next Giants’ Shoulders History of Science carnival that I’m hosting at my Sloane Letters Blog.

But more specifically, I have some e-mails to send about hiring another summer student for my Sloane Correspondence research team and payment arrangements for my research team (especially while I’m on leave from July).  I’ll also be meeting with a research assistant who is helping to edit a digital transcription of a seventeenth-century recipe book.

What surprised me most about undertaking digital history projects is the amount of research time that is actually about project management: grant-getting, hiring and paying research assistants, overseeing and managing group work-flow, editing research assistants’ blog posts and scholarly work… (To just name a few activities.)

But what I love about digital projects is the sense of community that comes from building a group blog (The Recipes Project), collaborating with international researchers (recipe transcription) and working with a team of research assistants (Sloane Correspondence). With so many people involved, it’s often complicated and occasionally seems to be going nowhere fast–but it’s always interesting!

A Second Day of DH

I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where I research gender and medicine in eighteenth-century France and England. It’s only recently that I’ve started to think of myself as doing digital history. Over the last few years, I’ve been developing an online database of Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online and am a co-investigator on a crowdsourcing recipes transcription project.

I am also an avid blogger at The Sloane Letters Blog, co-editor of The Recipes Project and contributor to Wonders and Marvels and Notches.

This is my second attempt at the Day of DH. Last year’s experiment was a little shorter than I’d hoped. This Day of DH coincides with my last day of term and I already know that I have teaching and meetings lined up. I’m not actually sure how much DH will end up being squeezed into my day. But on any given day this term, you’re also likely to find me managing research assistants, checking database entries or transcribed pages, blogging, tweeting, researching or writing…