Discussion on Graduate Student Engagement

Here are resources we looked at during yesterday’s brown bag discussion on graduate student engagement with the ADHC. Thanks to all who came to discuss UA’s particular graduate students and programs and brainstorm some new approaches.

The Praxis Network: a coalition of programs that train students in digital work with a variety of goals and structures (for both graduate and undergraduate student)

Outside the Pipeline: From Anecdote to Data” from UVA’s Scholarly Communication Institute. Early results from SCI’s study on perceptions of career preparation in humanities graduate programs: http://www.scholarslab.org/announcements/outside-the-pipeline-from-anecdote-to-data/

On (Actually, Really, Digitally) Supporting Humanities Graduate Students.” Blog post by Josh Honn, Digital Scholarship Fellow at the Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation, Northwestern University: http://joshhonn.com/?p=2456



Resources from Metadata Brown Bag

Thanks to Mary Alexander and Nathan Humpal for presenting at our May brown bag on “Metadata & Digital Projects”! Their talk led to a great discussion with lots of attendance! They have also shared these resources for people who missed it and/or want to learn more:

NISO’s Understanding Metadata: http://www.niso.org/publications/press/UnderstandingMetadata.pdf

Seeing Standards:  A Visualization of the Metadata Universe

Its companion, Metadata standard glossary, pamphlet form

DH Grad Seminar Tool Reviews

Check out these thoughtful tool reviews produced by members of David Ainsworth’s “ENG 500: Digital Humanities” graduate course. Visit the course website’s “Work” drop-down menu for interesting project reviews and theory reviews as well (http://digitalhumanitiesseminar.ua.edu/). Feel free to leave comments!

Dropbox by Dallas Merritt: http://digitalhumanitiesseminar.ua.edu/work/tool-reviews/dropbox-tool-review/

Prezi by Cassandra Nelson: http://digitalhumanitiesseminar.ua.edu/work/tool-reviews/prezi-tool-review-nelson/

Edmodo by Rebecca Fil: http://digitalhumanitiesseminar.ua.edu/work/tool-reviews/rebecca-fil-edmodo-tool-review/

Zotero by Joseph Santoli: http://digitalhumanitiesseminar.ua.edu/work/tool-reviews/santoli-zotero-review/

Twitter by Alex Pieschel: http://digitalhumanitiesseminar.ua.edu/work/tool-reviews/twitter-tool-review-alex-pieschel/

Google Scholar by Lauren Liebe: http://digitalhumanitiesseminar.ua.edu/work/tool-reviews/google-scholar-review-liebe/


Register for THATCamp Alabama!

Registration is now open for THATCamp Alabama, a statewide event happening on August 9-10, 2013, at the University of Alabama. Organized by representatives from Alabama colleges, universities, and libraries, THATCamp Alabama (http://alabama2013.thatcamp.org/) is an “unconference”— a space to share skills and experiences with technology and humanities and brainstorm ways that we can work collaboratively on digital projects within our institutions and beyond. We are looking for technologists and humanists at all levels and hope to host a diverse group representing researchers, teachers, librarians, curators, archivists, and others. All participants play an active role in setting the event agenda by proposing sessions that reflect their interests.

If you or your colleagues would be interested in attending this event, please spread the word and visit our website: alabama2013.thatcamp.org. To sign up for this free event, please visit our registration page. Space is limited.

Hope to see you at THATCamp Alabama!

Topic Modeling the “Great Unread”

Here are the slides from Peter Leonard’s March 7 talk, “Topic Modeling the ‘Great Unread.'” He has done fascinating work with funding from Google on the Scandinavian Literature in the Google Books corpus. Topic modeling is also one approach to text mining worth knowing about. His talk includes many links and references to similar projects.

The Promise and Perils of Doing History in a Digital Age

Andrew Torget’s February talk, “The Promise and Perils of Doing History in a Digital Age” is now up on iTunes U (listed as part of the Summersell Center talks):


If you were unable to attend this talk, this is a terrific resource for people interested in new DH projects as well as an overview of the field and its history.


Creating and Managing Your Online Presence

Melissa Fortson Green (Gorgas Information Services) and Franky Abbott (ADHC) presented their “Creating and Managing Your Online Presence” today in the ADHC. Here  is video of the workshop, their handout, and resources for more information (below).


Further Reading


These free tools make it easy to create and maintain blogs and websites with no HTML experience required. More advanced users or those seeking additional features might consider Drupal (http://drupal.org/), Joomla (http://www.joomla.org/), or WordPress.org (http://wordpress.org/).

  • Blogger: http://www.blogger.com
  • Google Sites: https://sites.google.com/
  • Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com
  • Weebly: http://www.weebly.com/
  • Wix: http://www.wix.com/
    Wix will be the focus of the next Lunchtime Learning workshop, to be held Wednesday, April 10, 12pm – 1pm, in the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (Gorgas Library Room 109A).
  • WordPress: http://wordpress.com/
  • BrandYourself: http://brandyourself.com/
    The BrandYourself service helps you “control Google search results for your name,” submit and “boost” positive links, monitor changes, and see which companies have viewed your profile.

Document-sharing sites
Document sharing sites rank highly in search results. Consider using Scribd (http://www.scribd.com/) to embed a resume on your blog or website and using SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/) to share your presentations.


  • Activity Log
    Your activity log is a list of your Facebook posts and activity, along with stories and photos you’ve been tagged in. Dropdown menus next to each story allow you to adjust the privacy and control its visibility on your timeline.
  • Privacy
    Information to help you control your sharing on Facebook.
  • A Guide to Facebook Privacy Options (WSJ)
    Facebook privacy options change frequently, but here’s a recent guide from the Wall Street Journal.


  • Dashboard
    When signed in to your Google account, you can use the Dashboard to view and manage your personal information stored in various Google services.
  • “Me on the Web”
    When signed in to your Google account, you can search for yourself, have Google notify you when information abut you appears online, and review your Google profile, all from this page.
  • Profile
    Creating a Google profile is one of the easiest ways to create a distinct online identity for yourself.


  • LinkedIn
    LinkedIn is a networking site for professionals. LinkedIn profiles are easy to complete and rank highly in search results.

People search
People search services (also known as peoplefinder sites), allow users to see lots of information about you, including your online profiles and photos. Consider using these tools to see what information about you is freely available online. UnlistMy.Info (http://unlistmy.info/) lists additional people search sites and offers directions on how to remove yourself from their results.

Personal homepages
These personal homepage sites (also known as microsites or splash pages) allow users to easily present bios, contact information, and links to social media channels.


  • SimpleWash: http://simplewa.sh/about
    The SimpleWash app scans the content on your Facebook and Twitter profiles and detects keywords associated with things you might not want a potential employer to see.


  • Twitterhttps://twitter.com/
    The more you use Twitter, the higher it will rank in the search results for your name. Think about what you want searchers to see when they look for you.


  • IT Service Desk Web Publishing
    myBama account holders have access to web hosting on the bama.ua.edu server.
  • people.ua.edu
    The Office of Multimedia Services offers a simple tool UA faculty can use to create sites for professional use.

Save the Date for THATCamp Alabama!

We’ve been working hard organizing for THATCamp Alabama, a humanities and technology unconference, which will be held in the Ferguson Center August 9 and 10, 2013.   We are specifically interested in getting folks together from across Alabama to share ideas and resources about digital pedagogy, digital projects, and possibilities for inter-institutional collaboration. Funding the event is generously provided by the UA College of Arts and Sciences, UA Libraries, and UAB Libraries. Registration opens in early April.

For more information about this event and THATCamps in general, visit: http://alabama2013.thatcamp.org/ 

Building Digital Editions

For those of you who are interested but could not attend yesterday, Nathan Humpal and Franky Abbott gave a “Building Digital Editions” workshop about basic vocabulary, project planning, and possibilities for creating digital scholarly editions. Resources from their presentation include video and their presentation outline with resources and examples. If you are interested in thinking through or getting started with a digital editions project, don’t hesitate to contact the ADHC to set up a consultation. Thanks Nathan and Franky!

Using Relational Databases

Understanding how databases function and why they are important is key to doing much of the project work we do in the ADHC. Steven Turner of Web Services gave an intro workshop this week: “Using Relational Databases for Digital Research.” He covered some basics about what relational databases are, how they work, and why they are important for organizing data and building web-based projects. Here are resources from the workshop: video, slides, and handout of useful resources. Thanks, Steve!