Crash Course Digital Humanities 2015

19-23 October 2015, Crash Course Digital Humanities

During the last decade the humanities have witnessed an explosive growth in using digital tools.

While this trend has been beneficial for much humanities research, it also threatens to create a gap between humanities scholars who have and scholars who haven’t acquired the latest digital tools.

To bridge this gap, the Centre for Digital Humanities offers a one-week crash course on state-of-the-art digital tools for textual, historical, visual and other humanities research. This course includes demonstration and explanation of tools, small assignments to get hands-on experience with digital tools for research, and also offers ample space for critical discussion on the surplus and shortcoming of digital humanities.

The course is open to a maximum of 30 participants. The course is taught in English and consists of five full afternoons from 13.00 to 17.00. Participants should bring their own laptop, as no computers are available in the crash course location. The tools that will be used are mostly web-based, others require an easy installation.

Previous crash courses were held in: 2013 and 2014

Location:20140915_CFDH_Training_vertical_web Humanities e-lab at Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT, Amsterdam. This is on the ground floor of the Binnengasthuisterrein building 1 (BG1).

Part 1: Introduction
  •   topics: course setup, framework for Digital Humanities research
  •   slides
Part 2: Acquiring data, source criticism:
Part 1: Linked Open Data, Project Dive+
  • guest speaker: Victor de Boer (VU, Computer Science)
  • topic: exploration of cultural heritage collections
  • tools: Dive+ tool
  • slides
Part 2: DH and the university libraries (o.a. Crowdsourcing, Digitisation)
  • guest speakers: Mariëtte van Selm, Caspar Treijtel (UvA, UB), Sebastien Valkenburg (VU, UB)
  • Crowdsourcing, INVENiT2 (slides)
  • Research Data Management (slides)
  • Digital Scholarship Center (slides)
Part 1: Tools for text analysis,
Part 2: Projects Dilipad & Expose
  • guest speaker: Maarten Marx (UvA, Computer Science)
  • topic: diachronic, comparative research on political data
  • tools: Anaconda, iPython notebooks
  • Algemene beschouwingen notebook
Part 1: Geographical data & Mapping
Part 2: Web as object, tools for web study
  • guest speaker: Anne Helmond (UvA, Mediastudies, DMI)
  • tools: medley of web tools
  • slides
Part 1: Data visualisation
  • guest speakers: Federica Bardelli & Carlo de Gaetano (Density Design)
  • topics: data visualization, fallacies in visualizing data
  • tools: RAW
  • slides
Part 2: Interpretation in Digital Humanities research
  • Tool criticism
  • Tool building
  • slides (Fallacies in visualization + Interpretation)
  • Discussion
Part 3: Borrel/Drinks!