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Do you work with the digital humanities? Do you have some familiarity with TEI and perhaps XML? Are you interested in jumping into TEI with a hands-on learning approach? If you answered yes to these questions, then join us for a series of 3 hack sessions. A PDF flyer for this event is available here.

Select the date(s) to register for a session:

July 7 - 1:30pm – 2:30pm

July 14 - 1:30pm – 2:30pm

July 21 - 1:30pm – 2:30pm

All sessions will be held in the Scholar’s Collaborative, HBL Level 4.


What are hack sessions?

These provide a collaborative, informative and hands on opportunity to learn more about how the TEI standard is implemented for the representation of texts in digital form. Interested persons will mark up text using the TEI standard and follow examples from the TEI website and additional resources. Participants will learn from each other as we work through TEI examples.


What people should bring?

A laptop with a text editor such as Notepad++ (PC), TextWrangler (Mac) or any text editor capable of editing XML documents.


Some handy prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of TEI in general such as the consortium, why & when the TEI standard is used and general information about TEI.
  • Basic knowledge of XML.


Some ideas of what to use to help us code:


If you have any questions, please contact Anna Kijas ( or Jennifer Eustis (




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Cross-posted on Day of DH | Scholars’ Collaborative

This year’s Day of DH at the Scholars’ Collaborative was organized á la THATCamp style. We asked participants to propose workshop or discussion-style sessions, which were run simultaneously and followed by open hack sessions. The full schedule and proposed topics can be found here. The morning sessions consisted of using NVivo to analyze social media data from Twitter, discussion about pedagogy and planning for a DH syllabus, and user friendly web design. The afternoon sessions consisted of two group discussions, the first on using geo-spatial tools for literary visualizations, and the second about mapping cultural and historical events, and a repeat of the popular NVivo workshop from the morning.

Here are reflections from two participants: Joanna Huckins MacGugan  (PhD candidate, UConn Medieval Studies) - “Dabbling in DH,” and Brandon W. Hawk (PhD candidate, UConn Medieval Studies) - “A Hawk’s Eye View Day of DH,”

To find out more about digital humanities/digital scholarship work being done at UConn, visit the following sites:


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Join us and meet other faculty, students, and staff who share an interest in various areas of digital scholarship. This will be an informal meeting meant to encourage discussion and interaction about areas of digital scholarship of interest to attendees.

Mark your calendars and share this event with your colleagues, students, and folks in other departments!

Date: April 25, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Digital Media Center Commons (lower level), Bishop Center



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Proposed workshops and/or discussion sessions for the 10 am – 11 am and 1 pm – 2 pm times will be posted in the sheet below. If you are interested in leading a workshop or session, it’s not too late, just fill out this form: should plan to bring your own device (i.e. laptop, tablet) to this event.

Final workshops and sessions will be voted on between 9:30 am and 10 am on April 8 (Level 4 in Babbidge Library).

Reminder: Workshop and Discussion sessions will depend on you. What topics, tools, methods (etc.) are you interested in teaching or discussing? Propose a topic and the top 2 will be voted on and announced at the Day of DH. If you propose a topic, you’ll be expected lead or co-lead the workshop/discussion. Proposals should be informal, a la THATCamp!



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April 8 is Day of DH and we will be hosting a small-scale event at the University Libraries on Level 4. There will be librarians, staff, students, and faculty with different skill levels and areas of interest/expertise on hand. The event is open to all and not limited to those in the humanities! Feel free to drop in for one session or stay the entire day! You should plan to bring your own device (i.e. laptop, tablet) to this event.



You may be thinking, so what are the workshops on? This depends on you. What topics, tools, methods (etc.) are you interested in teaching or discussing? Propose a topic and the top 2 will be voted on and announced at the Day of DH. If you propose a topic, you’ll be expected lead or co-lead the workshop/discussion. Proposals should be informal, a la THATCamp!

To propose a topic, please fill out this form:

Bonus: if you propose a topic, you’ll get some Day of DH swag!

Day of DH swag












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Do the occasional misspellings, extra spaces, random punctuation, weird capitalization or different styles of entering data plague your data consistency and accuracy?

Messy data are a problem for data retrieval, interoperability, indexing or discovery. OpenRefine is a tool to help you clean up messy data. This introduction to OpenRefine will give you the basic tools to cleaning up your messy data. Join us with your own data or use our sample data to learn how this tool can help.

Date: March 26, 2014

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Location: Electronic Classroom Level 2, HBL

To register for this workshop, click here.

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Have you thought about using text analysis tools in your research, but don’t know where to start? Join us for a workshop where you will work with a sample of basic text analysis tools available for free online, such as Voyant Tools and TAPoRware.

Date: April 10, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Location: Electronic Classroom Level 2, HBL


This workshop will assume basic familiarity with text mining (which can be explored here:, so that we can work with specific tools and techniques beyond an introduction. Some sample texts and data will be provided for use during the workshop, but participants should also feel free to bring their own.

To register for this workshop, click here.



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Omeka is a free, open-source content management system, which is being used by libraries, archives, museums, and scholars to curate objects (i.e. text, photo, map), as well as present research in a flexible and interactive setting.

This workshop will be offered twice: 

March 14, 2014 at 2:00 – 3:30 pm in Electronic Classroom 1, HBL, and

March 24, 2014 at 10 – 11:30 am in Electronic Classroom 2, HBL.

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the platform and teach them how to create and describe items (i.e. photos, text, maps), organize items within collections, and publish content for the public. In addition, metadata standards (i.e. Dublin Core) will be discussed during the workshop as they relate to creating descriptions of items in Omeka. A list of resources and tips will be provided to participants.

This workshop will appeal to participants who are interested in presenting their research using a collection of texts, images or maps, or who are looking for a content management system for classroom use. If you have questions or for more information, contact Anna Kijas.

To register for one of these workshops, click here.


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At the end of January 2014, a group of UConn graduate students, faculty, librarians, and Institute for Teaching & Learning (ITL) staff met to share information about digital humanities activities at UConn, as well as brainstorm ideas for how to support and foster digital humanities work, as well as the people (i.e. graduate students, junior faculty) who are interested in some aspect of digital humanities. This meeting grew out of a conversation started by Brandon Hawk (PhD candidate, Medieval Studies) this past fall, in which he proposed that we bring together students, faculty, and staff who are in some way involved with digital humanities and craft a DH values statement.

There were two goals for this retreat, the first was to start a conversation about a digital humanities community at UConn with people who already were part of this community, but may not have realized it. Second, we wanted to begin a discussion about shared values amongst those working in digital humanities at UConn. We feel that it is important to consider the values shared by members in our community and also acknowledge that these are not static, but will evolve and even change as the community too will grow and change.

We began our conversation by sharing information about any digital humanities courses, work or projects already underway in departments or units at UConn. The English department recently hired three new faculty members with background and interest in digital humanities. Courses with aspects of digital humanities work are being added to the departmental offerings, for example: Digital Materiality (6750-02) is being taught this semester (spring 2014) by Fiona Somerset. In Digital Media and Design, Tom Scheinfeldt is developing a concentration in digital humanities (Bachelor of Arts degree), which requires the completion of four courses additional to those required for the BA degree. Digital Media and Design is involved with several sponsored projects, including, a project which brings primary sources to life through essays written by experts from various institutions around Connecticut. This project is a partnership with Connecticut Humanities and Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University. 

As part of the 2014 Pre-College Summer at UConn, which provides rising high school juniors and seniors with a hands-on, non-credit, week-long course experience on campus, the Digital Media & Design Department will be offering a digital public history session (as well as one on game design). The digital public history session will provide students an opportunity to investigate a topic at UConn’s Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and create a digital exhibit about the past using simple digital tools in the Digital Media & Design Department’s computer labs. The one week session will be offered twice: Session 1: July 28 – August 1, 2014; and Session 2: August 4 – August 8, 2014.

In addition to course offerings and exciting partnerships, the online presence for digital humanities at UConn exists through Steven Park’s Digital Humanities @ UConn website, which has and continues to provide a space for those who wanted to find events, resources, and other information related to digital humanities at UConn. Digital Media and Design MFA student, Susana Aho, is in the process of building a website as part of an independent study with Tom Scheinfeldt, which will feature information about digital humanities work at UConn, as well as highlight projects and community interests. In the University Libraries, the Scholars’ Collaborative (University Libraries) was launched in 2013 as a pilot initiative with the goal of supporting and collaborating with students and faculty on digital humanities projects, as well as to create a network of people engaged in digital humanities work who can exchange ideas, provide support, and collaborate. Three projects are underway, two of which are featured here. The Scholars’ Collaborative will continue to offer hands-on-workshops and individual consultations in order to provide training, as well as demonstrate the application of different digital tools and methods.

Representing the Humanities Institute, Brendan Kane discussed the role of the Humanities Institute and that it welcomes ideas and suggestions for speakers who are active in digital humanities work. He also mentioned that fellowships are open to scholars using both traditional and digital methods. In the department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (LCL), Anke Finger (German Studies) recently hosted a symposium: Redmediating Flusser ( and is working on a project using the platform, Scalar, in order to present scholarship and reflection related to Vilem Flusser. Courses, such as “Media Studies and DH” (LCL 6020) are being offered in the department and graduate students both in and cross-departmentally are engaging in conversations and projects related to digital humanities. Also in LCL, Roger Travis (Classic and Ancient Mediterranean Studies) uses game-based learning in his courses and writes for Play the Past, a collaborative blog which explores the intersection of cultural heritage and game culture. He is currently developing a game-based curriculum using the practomimetic learning method in partnership with the Neag School of Education.

Following the info-sharing session, we broke out into groups where we focused our conversation about common values in digital humanities related to teaching and pedagogy, research and application, and outreach.[1] Here is a list of the values identified within these groups and some of the ways in which we can begin promoting them at UConn.

  • Inclusivity and diversity
    • Invite and engage with people from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds
  • Collaboration and partnerships
    • Forge partnerships with people in other disciplines and outside the academy
  • Collegiality
  • Advocacy and support
    • Attend and show support for colleagues’ presentations, workshops, talks, etc.
  • Openness
    • Write or publish in an open access setting
    • Share your research with the community
  • Experimentation
    • Instill a culture of experimentation with new digital tools, platforms, methods, and ideas
    • Accept failure as part of the learning process

These common values are not static. They will change and develop as the community at UConn evolves and grows. We invite you to join us and share the DH values that are important to those practicing all aspects of digital humanities at UConn. One way in which we will facilitate these conversations is by holding digital humanities meetings at least twice a semester, which will be open to people from all disciplinary areas of academia.

Our next Digital Humanities meeting will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 1 pm to 2 pm in the lower level (Digital Media Center Commons) of the Bishop Center. This is an informal (public) meeting and we invite you to join us!




[1] For examples of DH Values Statements, see: Lisa Spiro, ““This is Why We Fight:” Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities,” Debates in the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota, 2012; “Values of DH,” Demystifying Digital Humanities,; “Values and Methods,” A Guide to Digital Humanities. CSDC Northwestern University Library,

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Join us on Friday, February 21, 2014 for a presentation by Joanna Swafford (Ph.D. candidate, University of Virginia). She will discuss her digital project and tools: Songs of the Victorians, an archive and analysis of parlor and art song settings of Victorian poems, and Augmented Notes, a tool that will let scholars build their own interdisciplinary websites like Songs of the Victorians.

Swafford is a literature scholar, self-taught programmer, and creator of her own digital research tools. More information about her work can be found on the UVa Scholars’ Lab site and her academic blog. Refreshments will be provided during the presentation. The talk will be followed by a hands-on workshop for those interested in exploring and using Swafford’s tool for those interested in using Augmented Notes. To view or download flyer, click here.


Date: February 21, 2014

Time: 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. (Class of 1947, HBL)

Workshop: 3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Electronic Classroom 2, HBL)

To register for workshop, click here.


This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Digital Media & Design, University Libraries: Scholars’ Collaborative and the Connecticut Digital Archive.