Some reflections on Day of DH

This year’s Day of DH at the Scholars’ Collaborative was organized á la THATCamp style. We asked participants to propose workshop or discussion-style sessions, which were run simultaneously and followed by open hack sessions. The full schedule and proposed topics can be found here. The morning sessions consisted of using NVivo to analyze social media data from Twitter, discussion about pedagogy and planning for a DH syllabus, and user friendly web design. The afternoon sessions consisted of two group discussions, the first on using geo-spatial tools for literary visualizations, and the second about mapping cultural and historical events, and a repeat of the popular NVivo workshop from the morning.

Here are reflections from two participants: Joanna Huckins MacGugan  (PhD candidate, UConn Medieval Studies) – “Dabbling in DH,” and Brandon W. Hawk (PhD candidate, UConn Medieval Studies) – “A Hawk’s Eye View Day of DH,”

To find out more about digital humanities/digital scholarship work being done at UConn, visit the following sites:


Geospatial Mapping Workshop

The informal Geospatial Mapping workshop at UConn’s ‘Day of DH’ sparked a wonderfully productive conversation about various tools and model projects for creating cultural or historical maps. These are the links we discussed; some of them are pretty fantastic! Hopefully this will be helpful in sparking new mapping projects, or moving some current projects along. (My apologies for the Medieval Studies-centric content!).

Google Maps Engine Lite

Help section for Google Maps Engine Lite

Neatline (plugin in for Omeka)

Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Map (built with Mapbox)

More about Mapbox

Europeana (archive portal) (CH Context – widget allows you to pull content from Europeana to your own sebsite):

Story maps (open account for free!):

Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations

Buildings in the Netherlands by year of construction (built using Leaflet)

More about Leaflet

ESRI for GIS mapping

ESRI on Github

April 8: Day of DH

April 8 is Day of DH and we will be hosting a small-scale event at the University Libraries on Level 4. There will be librarians, staff, students, and faculty with different skill levels and areas of interest/expertise on hand. The event is open to all and not limited to those in the humanities! Feel free to drop in for one session or stay the entire day! You should plan to bring your own device (i.e. laptop, tablet) to this event.



You may be thinking, so what are the workshops on? This depends on you. What topics, tools, methods (etc.) are you interested in teaching or discussing? Propose a topic and the top 2 will be voted on and announced at the Day of DH. If you propose a topic, you’ll be expected lead or co-lead the workshop/discussion. Proposals should be informal, a la THATCamp!

To propose a topic, please fill out this form:

Bonus: if you propose a topic, you’ll get some Day of DH swag!

Day of DH swag







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