neophyte question

I am about as neophyte as they get regarding DH. I assume that a session on what exactly DH is would be redundant for most attendees. In any case, I am wholly unprepared to teach one or provide a presenter.

SO, my QUESTION is, are there sources you all particularly like for gaining a sufficient foothold on concepts in preparation for THATCamp?

One that I am going to try to follow is this one recommended by a lit colleague (see below). But I may find that it isn’t basic enough.


Programming for Humanists: A Continuing Education Course offered by the
Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M

Teachers: Laura Estill, Laura Mandell, Matthew Christy, Violeta Ilik (for
TEI and XSLT), Quinn Dombrowski and Dave Rettenmaier (for Drupal), Luis
Meneses (for Processing).

*Course Description*: We will explore the role of XML (eXtensible Markup
Language) and XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations,
themselves XML documents) in digital library and digital humanities
projects. We will be teaching best practices in the process of building
digital editions and their metadata:

The current class Syllabus is available at

*Course Requirements and Results*

Anyone can attend the course *for free* through videoconference or google
hangouts.  However, to receive a training certificate in the areas covered,
one must enroll via the Texas A&M Continuing Education Program at the
following costs:

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About Andrea Humphrey

My fields are literature, composition, and Women's Studies, but for years I have worked to facilitate faculty in providing students with tech literacy the same way we provide them linguistic literacy, because it has become that imperative for professional success. This work has become an official position (Dir. of Regis Technology Innovation Program or rTIP) and focused on pedagogy. DH offers a chance to get into some scholarship again. YAY!

3 Responses to neophyte question

  1. Hi Andrea,

    I still have real affection for Blackwell’s _Companion to Digital Humanities_, edited by Schreibman, Siemens, and Unsworth. A preview is available online at The text is a bit dated, but it’s still a relatively helpful lay of the digital landscape. I’m sure others can offer more contemporary suggestions, too. Best,


  2. Andrea, you will have a BLAST! I walked into my first THATCamp with zero preparation, and learned a ton, and met such wonderful people. And then I started dipping my toe into DH by (a) listening to some of the great “Digital Campus” podcasts out of George Mason University; (b) surfing; and (c) getting on Twitter, and following some of these folks [no joke–Twitter is probably where I have learned the most, because DH’ers are inveterate tweeters and incredibly helpful curators of other DH work]. The Chronicle’s ProfHacker blog also remains one of my favorite resources. Hope to meet you!

  3. I’m pretty sure that a “What is DH?” talk session would be important and helpful to many people — you aren’t the only one coming who is new to THATCamp and/or DH! And, I imagine it will be interesting and helpful to veterans, too.

    So, I’d suggest proposing that session. Proposing a session doesn’t mean you have the knowledge. It just means you try to get the right mix of people together and you get the conversation started.

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