The second annual Digital Humanities at Berkeley Summer Institute (DHBSI), August 15-19, 2016, grew to offer 6 courses to 100 participants. Geospatial Analysis, Data Workflows and Network Analysis, Database Development Using Drupal, and Computational Text Analysis were offered again, while Intro to Digital Humanities and Qualitative Data Analysis were offered for the first time.
In addition to individual courses, DHBSI included daily events, open to the campus community. On Monday, Eleanor Dickson and Peter Organisciak from the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) presented on computational text analysis and methods for accessing the data in the HTRC collections. That evening featured a keynote by noted digital humanities and new media scholar Tara McPherson (USC), entitled “DH by Design: Alternative Origin Stories for the Digital Humanities.” McPherson’s talk highlighted the importance of keeping theory and methods together in DH.
Interested in DH but not sure where to start? Want to learn some basic skills but not sure how to get going? The Digital Humanities at Berkeley Summer Institute has a new course for you. Introduction to Digital Humanities lives up to its name: an accessible “sampler” of several DH methods and tools relevant across humanistic disciplines.
As the librarian for history and history of science, I do not have to be an expert on digital humanities theory or applications, but given the burgeoning interest on this campus in DH, I feel like I need at least some rudimentary understanding of some of the tools commonly used and what they can do.
Stephanie Moore has joined the Digital Humanities at Berkeley staff as a consultant. Stephanie is a seventh-year Ph.D. student in the English department writing her dissertation on allegory and mnemotechnics in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She will primarily be consulting with the numerous Drupal-based digital humanities projects on campus, as well as running Drupal workshops and supporting the Drupal Developers' Circle working group.
Digital Humanities at Berkeley invites current UC Berkeley faculty, students, and academic staff to take advantage of our offerings for full tuition or discounted tuition in June 2016. The applicaton deadline has been extended to midnight on Friday, November 13th, 2015. We particularly encourage applications from departments in the Division of Arts & Humanities.
We are pleased to announce the first DH at Berkeley Summer Institute. From August 17 - 21, we will offer five week-long, intensive workshops in the following tracks:
Drupal, an open-source platform for building websites is a useful tool for many projects looking to build highly customized sites without writing custom code. In the academic context, Drupal is often used for building interactive sites for displaying research data. These sites can be used for public facing sites, such as the Dickinson College Commentaries.
Campus resources can be both exciting and dizzying. As a new graduate student at UC Berkeley, I spent most of my first semester lost in a sea of academic resources, departments, research centers, and events. I realize now that many of my meaningful connections I made revolved around the burgeoning community of digital humanities here at UC Berkeley.