The Digital Humanities Incubator is a program intended to help introduce University faculty, staff, and graduate assistants to digital humanities through a series of workshops, tutorials, “office hours,” and project consultations. Participants in the Digital Humanities Incubator are guided through a series of workshops and exercises on the process of developing digital humanities project ideas, finding data, evaluating tools, and crafting a compelling proposal for internal or external funding.

This first phase of the Incubator in 2012-13 concentrated on working with UMD Libraries faculty and staff exclusively. Academic libraries are reinventing themselves in support of teaching, research, and public service, but organizational culture often conspires against meaningful reform. Participating in and supporting digital scholarship is a key strategic need for academic libraries as the materials and analytical practices of many disciplines become increasingly digital.  These changes require libraries to develop new skills among staff and to realign roles and work patterns.

Participants in the Digital Humanities Incubator were guided through a series of workshops and exercises.  Skills learned in this program were grounded in participants’ own project ideas and interests, supported by brief in-depth lectures. The program offered a model for nurturing digitally engaged, research-intensive librarianship. The Incubator also contributed directly to librarians’ ability to act as subject liaisons with faculty. By understanding the project development process themselves, librarians were able to better communicate the potential of digital projects to faculty, help identify opportunities that integrate library collections, and enlist faculty and student researchers in joint projects.

The four workshops featured 1) an Introduction to Digital Humanities, 2) a workshop on developing your research ideas, 3) a workshop on working with data, and 4) project development best practices. Participants who attended the entire workshop sequence were guided through the process of developing digital humanities project ideas, finding data, evaluating tools, and crafting a compelling proposal for funding support (internal or external).

The second phase of DH Incubator, entitled “Researching Ferguson,” occurred in 2014-15 as  a broader campus-wide initiative to provide leadership and training on event-based social media data and network analysis.

Workshop #1: Introduction to Digital Humanities

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

**NOTE** This workshop was repeated on September 11,2012

Workshop Goals:

  • Be conversant with contemporary definitions of DH
  • Be aware of the scope & variety of DH approaches
  • Understand the outlines of what work is involved in “doing DH”
  • Be able to articulate some ideas for how DH might be applied in your librarianship, research, or service
  • Be inspired to learn more

Plan for the workshop:

  • Orientation
  • Introductions
  • Defining digital humanities
  • Survey of methods & projects
  • Q&A
  • Break
  • Doing the work of DH
  • The DH Incubator Program

Workshop #2: Developing Research Ideas

Tue, Oct 11, 2016
11:30 am12:30 pm
MITH Conference Room

**NOTE** This workshop was repeated on October 15, 2012

Plan for the workshop:

  • “Research” as an approach to your work
  • The four parts of an idea
  • Exercise: generating ideas
  • Your ideas & the DH Incubator

Workshop #3: Preparing & Working with Data

Mon, Nov 12, 2012
11:00 am12:30 pm
MITH Conference Room

**NOTE** This workshop was repeated on November 15, 2012

Plan for the workshop:

  • Data on the Web
  • Hunting and Gathering (data dumps, screen scraping & web crawling, APIs)
  • Searching & Sorting (operating system tools, programming languages)
  • Structured Data
  • Example/Case Study (data for topic modeling)

Workshop #4: Project Development Principles

Wed, Nov 28, 2012
9:30 am10:30 am
MITH Conference Room

**NOTE** This workshop was repeated on December 3, 2012

Capstone Celebration

Mon, Dec 17, 2012
1:00 pm3:00 pm
MITH Conference Room

Join us for a capstone celebration & hear your colleagues’ project proposals

Monday, December 17, 1:00-3:00 PM

This year’s round of the Digital Humanities Incubator workshop series is drawing to a close. To celebrate everyone’s great work, MITH will be hosting a capstone event and party on Monday, December 17, from 1:00-3:00 pm (Hornbake 0301).

Librarians and staff who have participated in the Incubator process will present very brief “project pitches” describing their ideas for digital projects. In the spring, MITH will continue collaborating on the best of these proposals—to help create the first version of the digital project. We’ll be hearing presentations from across every division of the Libraries. So, no matter which project is selected, this capstone event will be a great demonstration of the creativity and scholarship of Maryland librarians and staff.

Please, come join us and support your colleagues!

Cookies and light refreshments will be served.

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