Day of DH–18 hours later

I had the luxury of only teaching one class today, which gave me time to blog, to read blogs, to do some grading, and to do some work on my current project, Anthony Woodville.

Life intervened in the midst of that work–picking up kids, picking up dinner, taking a child for a sports physical, cleaning up after senior dogs, taking dogs for a walk on one of the warmest days we’ve seen in the midwest for months.

I am inspired by Michelle Moravec’s idea of writing in public and have been blogging my somewhat scary experience of going back to my first big research project after completing my dissertation 9 years ago–a dissertation that was begun before all research started online.  It’s tough to admit what I don’t know and to show the messy process that is the start of any project.  It’s like letting your friends come to visit after a busy week without first cleaning the house (maybe worse)!

Today I took another step in that journey, which is not yet a digital history project, but is a project using digital tools, by going very analog and transcribing Anthony’s prologue to the Dictes and Sayings and linking it as a Google Doc on my project blog.

Now to see if anyone sees it, if anyone comments, and what comments they make.

And to end my first Day of DH.  I look forward to my second Day of DH and looking back to see where I’ve travelled.

Digital humanities vs humanities with digital tools

I’m enjoying following various blog posts and tweets about what is considered digital humanities.  My day of DH will not include what is the consensus on a digital humanities project.  I’m not there yet.  I have, however, been using digital tools to help move my current project forward.  In  my classroom I announced today that they’ll be live tweeting our class session later this week and happily introduced some students to Twitter, others to the idea of live tweeting as a professional activity, and discussed the value of having separate personal and professional Twitter accounts.  I also fielded questions about one of their ongoing projects, a TikiToki timeline of the Middle Ages.  Many of the students at the community college at which I teach do not have internet access at home or own laptops.  They rely on public wifi and/or college computer labs.  These steps that seem so small to those scholars mapping historical change with digital tools, creating online exhibits with Omeka, or seriously grooving on text mining, are important first steps on the road to exploring the possibilities of the digital humanities.  So for this afternoon, I’m hoping that Briax Croxall is right and that maybe, after all, blogging is digital humanities and not “just” humanities with digital tools.

Diving in

I’m new to dh and trying to balance excitement with a sense of being overwhelmed by the possibilities. I’m playing with dh tools for my students to create and communicate as well as trying them out myself for my own research. As the sole medieval historian at my institution, I particularly appreciate the way the dh community brings like-minded scholars together in a daily, on-going conversation.

I started my day of dh with insomnia on twitter and ended up registering to participate. I look forward to seeing what the day brings!

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