A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is an open community initiative sponsored by centerNet that each year brings together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day. The goal is to create a website that weaves together a picture of the participants’ activities on the day and which answers the question, ‘Just what do digital humanists really do?’ Participants document their day through photographs and text, all of which is published on a community online platform, forming a record of the day.
The DiRT directory and centerNet are pleased to announce that the DiRT directory has been adopted as the newest centerNet initiative. As a directory of tools for digital research, maintained by an international community of volunteers, DiRT will benefit from closer ties to centerNet’s member centers around the world, as well as to centerNet’s DHCommons project directory.
June 29-30th, 2015 at the University of Western Sydney
CHCI, centerNet and UWS are collaborating to organize a pre-conference seminar for new scholars interested in the digital humanities. They have arranged for support for up to 10 scholars from outside Australia and 5 scholars resident in Australia to help with the costs of transportation and accommodation to the seminar in Sydney. An additional 10 bursaries are available under a separate scheme for research students from the University of Western Sydney.
The centerNet nominations committee has prepared a balanced slate for the upcoming centerNet International Executive Council election to be held in late February and early March. New board members assume office immediately after the DH 2015 conference. Members in good standing will receive ballots.
As you can tell, centerNet Inc. has a new website! Many thanks to Quinn Dombrowski (UC-Berkeley—special appreciation!), David Rettenmaier (MITH), Jean Bauer (Princeton) and Karin Dalziel (Nebraska). Other content and functionality will be coming soon.
centerNet is exploring co-sponsorship of DH workshops in Africa. Bruce Janz (U of Central Florida), Brian Rosenblum (Kansas U), Dean Rehberger (Michigan State) and Iryna Kuchma of eIFL (http://www.eifl.net/) of Addis Ababa are spearheading this effort.
At DH2015, centerNet and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) are providing joint funds to assist 10 graduate students to attend a New Scholars Seminar (NSS), a one-day event immediately preceding DH 2015 at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Sydney, Australia next July. It would be designed to help new scholars affiliated with CHCI centres develop a shared vision of the next generation of digital humanities research and encourage the networked research collaborations that will help bring that vision about.
Be looking for centerNet events on the DH 2015 web site. Board members convene on Monday, June 29 and a reception for all centerNet center directors will be held later that day. The reception will be co-hosted by the Australasian Consortium for Humanities Research Centres (AHCRC).
2014 is a transitional year for centerNet as we adopt our new governance structure. Consequently, this International Executive Meeting will be highly participatory, with extended time for unstructured group work and sharing of ideas, in the THATCamp or Unconference Model (also known as Open Space Technologies).
The editorial team of centerNet’s new DHCommons journal is thrilled to request submissions for its inaugural issue. We seek mid-stage digital projects who wish peer review and feedback that will contribute to the project’s development.
DHCommons has a new editorial board! As centerNet’s flagship publication, DHCommons has taken on the task of peer reviewing mid-stage digital humanities projects from around the world in multiple languages. These new board members will assist the Founding Co-Editors-in-Chief Ryan Cordell (Northeastern University), Isabel Galina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and Laurent Romary (Humboldt Universität Berlin and INRIA) to prepare DHCommons’ Vision Statement, Submission Guidelines, and Review Guidelines.
Call for participation in DíaHD (Día de Humanidades Digitales) to be held on 10th of June 2013. Similar to DayofDH the aim of the project is to document for one day what digital humanists do. This particular version focuses on digital humanists from Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries or researchers from other parts of the world that work primarily in these languages.
We hope to provide a forum that will help us identify digital humanists in these regions as well as providing them with the opportunity to share their work:
The centerNet Executive Committee seeks nominations for Advisory Board members for its new publication, DHCommons, which will provide peer review for mid-stage digital projects. DHCommons aims to provide a truly global picture of the DH community. To that end, its leadership will be comprised of members from each of centerNet’s regions.
centerNet has recently updated its website, and we are looking for volunteers to translate the new pages. If you are interested in helping us with this important international outreach, please contact centerNet Secretary Jean Bauer at jean_bauer [at] brown [dot] edu
Prof. Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen of the University of Oulu and chair of the ALLC: The European Association for Digital Humanities, passed away in Helsinki on Feb. 2, 2013 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Prof. Heikki Hänninen of the University of Helsinki, and she will be remembered by generations of digital humanists. Lisa Lena was born in Helsinki in 1957. Her father, who she was always close to, was a career diplomat, which promoted Lisa Lena’s growing up to be a polyglot.