Digital Humanities Data Curation, a series of three-day workshops, will provide a strong introductory grounding in data curation concepts and practices, focusing on the special issues and challenges of data curation in the humanities. Workshops are aimed at humanities researchers — whether traditional faculty or alternative (alt-ac) professionals — as well as librarians, archivists, cultural heritage specialists, other information professionals, and advanced graduate students.
Applications are now being accepted for the third Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute workshop, to be held at Northeastern University, April 30-May 2, 2014. Visit the Institute Web site (http://dhcuration.org/institute) to complete an application by January 31, 2014. Workshops are limited to 20 participants, and applicants will be notified regarding acceptance in mid-February.
As the materials and analytical practices of humanities research become increasingly digital, the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of information science, librarianship, and archival science — which come together in the research, and practice of data curation — will become more vital to humanists.
Carrying out computational research with digital materials requires that both scholars and information professionals understand how to manage and curate data over its entire lifetime of interest. At the least, individual scholars must be able to document their data curation strategies and evaluate those of collaborators and other purveyors of humanities data. More fully integrating data curation into digital research involves fluency with topics such as disciplinary research cultures, policies and plans for information sharing, metadata standards and repository systems, and the technical characteristics of digital data. An overview of the content is available by browsing the schedules of our past workshops, which can be found online at http://www.dhcuration.org/institute/schedule/.
Organized by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), the Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, and the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at GSLIS, this workshop series is generously funded by an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, limited funding will be available to offset the cost of attending the institute and will be awarded based on need. Support may not cover all costs associated with attendance.
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