Recap of the DH101 Workshop by Miriam Posner

At our DH 101 session, we had the great pleasure of learning from Miriam Posner, Coordinator and Core Faculty, Digital Humanities Program, University of California, Los Angeles. This workshop turned out to be a particularly reflective, even philosophical one. Miriam is interested in uncovering the typically unexamined actions, practices, assumptions, and decisions made over the course of a digital humanities project. She urged us to be more open and reflective when we talk and write about our projects, to explain the assumptions in our work and help our readers/users understand how and why decisions were made.

Redesigned AWDL site launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL). An initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), AWDL will identify, collect, curate, and provide access to a broad range of scholarly materials relevant to the study of the ancient world. This site redesign, featuring all new scholarly content, was over a year in the making, involving a deep dive into book metadata and book publishing as well as an overhaul in site functionality. A special thanks to Alberto, Carol, Joe, Kate, Laura, Melitte, and Rasan for their work on this project.

Camp Kinderland collection is live

Camp Kinderland was founded on Sylvan Lake in Hopewell Junction, NY in 1923 by members of the Workmen’s Circle who worked in the organization’s New York City schools. The camp’s founders sought to create a summer youth camp that would not only provide a recreational escape for the children of working people from the tenements of New York City, but also one whose culture would encourage and foster a commitment to socially progressive activism and the embracing of a rich Jewish secular tradition. DLTS digitized the photographic materials for this collection, which were glass negatives. The digitization process was complex and interesting, and the results are beautiful.

Bibliographic Metadata Lecture and Workshop Wrap-up

Last week, NYU Libraries hosted Molly O’Hagan Hardy, Digital Humanities Curator at the American Antiquarian Society. After giving a public lecture discussing some of the theoretical aspects of using bibliographic metadata in digital humanities projects, Hardy led a workshop the following day that taught graduate students some of the skills and methods for utilizing bibliographic metadata in their own research. The events marked a successful beginning to the Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods series, which is supported by a grant to the Graduate School of Arts and Science by the Polonsky Foundation.