We are pleased to announce the results of our recent election of two new members to the CSDH-SCHN executive. Congratulations to Christine McWebb, Vice-President (Français), and Matt Bouchard, Graduate Student representative. And thank you to Christine, Matt, and all nominees for their willingness to serve.

A new position now available:

Digital Humanities Specialist

Reporting to Director of Research Computing, Digital Humanities Specialist (DH Specialist) provides Digital Humanities (DH) and related support to researchers at the U of A and other Universities in associated research consortia (WestGrid/Compute Canada) to facilitate their research. The supports include research level consultation for DH and High Performance Computing (HPC), expert level advice on the use of HPC resources in DH, recommendation and support of DH applications, and support of information visualization. The DH Specialist also participates in WestGrid/Compute Canada’s working groups and provides input to the development and implementation of local and national DH strategies, and takes a strong role in new DH initiatives. It is essential for the DH Specialist to have a strong understanding of the current and future state of information science/digital humanities research. The successful candidate can look forward to an energetic, professional team environment where there is a commitment to personal and professional growth.

[Click here for the full job description]

The following call for papers should be of interest to our members:

Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture – Orlando turns 20

Edmonton, Canada 7-9 May 2015

How have new technologies transformed literary and cultural histories? How do they enable critical practices of scholars working in and outside of digital humanities? Have decades of digital studies enhanced, altered, or muted the project to recover and represent more diverse histories of writers, thinkers, and artists positioned differently by gender, race, ethnicity, sexualities, social class and/or global location?  This conference examines the trajectory of feminist digital studies, observing the ways in which varied projects have opened up the objects and methods of literary history and cultural studies. It marks the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Orlando Project, an ongoing experiment in digital methods that produces Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles, from the Beginnings to the Present (orlando.cambridge.org). Alongside pioneering projects such as the Women Writers Project, the Corvey Project, the Dickinson Electronic Archives, the Perdita Project, and the Victorian Women Writers Project, Orlando blazed a new path in the field, bringing together feminist literary studies with emerging methods of digital inquiry.  These twenty years have witnessed a revolution in how we research, produce, and circulate knowledge. It is time to reflect upon the impact of the digital turn on engagement with the literary and cultural past.

We welcome presentations that will together reflect on the past, present, and future of digital literary and cultural studies; examine synergies across digital humanities projects; and stimulate exchanges across such fields as literary history, history, art history, cultural studies, and media studies.

[For more information, please visit the conference website]

Voting members of CSDH/SCHN have received an email from OUP inviting them to participate in an election for the newly created positions of Vice-President (français) and graduate student representative. Please find below the candidates’ biographies. Elections will begin on 18 JULY 2014 and end on 15 AUGUST 2014. Continue reading »

The Roberto Busa Prize is an award of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). It is named in honour of Father Roberta Busa (b. 1913), the first pioneer of humanities computing, who in 1949 began experiments in linguistic automation as part of his research on the writings of Thomas Aquinas. This computational work was central to publication of the 56-volume Index Thomisticus, completed in 1980. The Busa award is given to recognise outstanding lifetime achievements in the application of information and communications technologies to humanities research. The award is given every three years, alternating with other ADHO awards, such as the Zampolli award.

The first award was given to Father Busa himself in 1998. Subsequent winners have been: 2001, John Burrows; 2004, Susan Hockey; 2007, Wilhelm Ott; 2010, Joe Raben; and 2013, Willard McCarty.

The next Busa Award will be given at the DH conference in 2016. The Award Committee now invites nominations. Nominations may be made by anyone with an interest in humanities computing and neither nominee nor nominator has to be a member of any ADHO Constituent Organisation. Nominators should give some account of the nominee’s work and the reasons it is felt to be an outstanding contribution to the field. A list of bibliographic references to the nominee’s work is desirable. Nominators are welcome to resubmit updated versions of nominations submitted in previous years.

The recipient of the award receives 1500 GBP and is expected to give a keynote or plenary lecture (on a topic of their choice) at the 2016 Digital Humanities conference. ADHO will host the recipient as a guest of honour for the conference at which the Prize is awarded and the lecture given-this means that all travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of the Prize recipient will be paid by the Alliance.

Nominations should be emailed to Hugh Craig (Chair of the 2016 Busa Award Committee @ hugh.craig@newcastle.edu.au) no later than October 1, 2014. The winner of the Award will be announced at the 2015 meeting and awarded at the 2016 meeting.

More information about the award can be found on the ADHO web site:http://www.digitalhumanities.org/awards/BusaPrize.

Constance Crompton
June 2, 2014

Compute Canada For Humanists

Of the 8800 scholars who used Compute Canada in the last year only 42 were humanists, but Dugan O’Neil, Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer, is working with his team on a series of initiatives to increase humanists’ slice of the Compute Canada pie chart. The CSO position is new this year, and comes with a mandate to develop a national strategy for data processing across disciplines. In short, his address to this year’s CSDH/SCHN AGM made it clear that there is room for our community at Compute Canada, so we’re invited to pack our forks.

In order to work with the digital humanities community, five of Compute Canada’s 150 analysts will become the core of a new digital humanities team. Those five analysts will be led by a yet-to-be hired Digital Humanist (we can expect the job ad in the coming weeks). The first stop for the team? A week-long visit at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

In addition to a dedicated humanities computing team, Compute Canada will provide a few new data storage and transfer services:
- OwnCloud, a dropbox-like service for researchers, hosted by WestGrid at SFU. OwnCloud comes with up to 50MB per account and offers synching with local files. If you go to the WestGrid site you can start using OwnCloud now. If you don’t have a WestGrid account you’ll need to sign up for one on the site.
- GlobusOnline, a transfer service for researchers who need to move terabytes of data at a time. Coming soon.

For more, please read Dugan O’Neil’s slides from the AGM, available here.

The Compute Canada announcment of the Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing initiative is here.

Dugan O’Neil, Chief Science Officer of Compute Canada, came to our AGM this year to present the latest news from Compute Canada, an important partner to our community. Our members can now access his slides online.

The DHSI-partnered Graduate Certificate in Humanities at University of Victoria was announced on Monday 2 June by Provost, Reeta Tremblay. Details of the program are now available in U Victoria’s 2014/2015 academic calendar, at http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2014-09/GRAD/GPROGS/Engl/PrRe.html#GCinDH, with registration beginning in September 2014 for a May 2015 start. For more information on the announcement see here. Preregistration is also open.


Le comité des prix de la Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) est ravi d’announcer que le Prix pour une Contribution exceptionnelle de 2014 sera remis à l’équipe du Day in the Life of Digital Humanities (Day of DH) – un jour dans la vie des humanités numériques. Le Day of DH était hébergé à l’Université d’Alberta depuis son inception en 2009 jusqu’en 2012. Nous reconnaissons les six membres fondateurs de l’équipe:

  • Geoffrey Rockwell
  • Stan Ruecker
  • Peter Organisciak
  • Megan Meredith-Lobay
  • Kamal Ranaweera
  • Julianne Nyhan
Le Day of DH est un projet annuel de documentation de la communauté qui rassemble des partisans des humanités numériques de partout au monde pendant une journée de l’année. L’objectif est de donner la voix aux participants pour répondre, chacun à sa façon, à la question fondamentale de ce que nous faisons dans les humanités numériques. Les participants partagent des moments de leur journée avec des réflexions, des commentaires et des photos grâce à un blog collectif.
Le Day of DH est reconnu bien au-delà de sa communauté de participants. L’équipe a publié un article sur l’initiative dans la revue Digital Humanities Quarterly et l’événement récurent a aussi fait l’objet d’un article dans la Chronicle of Higher Education. Les participants sont invités à définir les humanités numériques et plusieurs de ces définitions ont paru dans nombre de présentations et de publications, comme le recueil Debates in the Digital Humanities ainsi que Defining Digital Humanities. Le Day of DH a par ailleurs inspiré le Day of Archaeology et d’autres initiatives connexes. La DíaHD (Día de Humanidades Digitales) inaugurale a eu en 2013 pour ceux et celles qui s’expriment en espagnol ou en portugais.
La Day of DH est désormais une initiative sous l’égide de centerNet et se promène entre institutions. La transition à une initiative internationale et durable témoigne de la portée de cette grande initiative d’origine canadienne. CSDH/SCHN est fier de reconnaître ce groupe canadien et sa contribution remarquable à la communauté internationale des humanités numériques.


2014 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award

The Awards Committee is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2014 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award
is the A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) team at the University of Alberta. The Day of DH founders ran the project out of the University of Alberta from its inception in 2009 until 2012.  We recognize its six founding members:

  • Geoffrey Rockwell
  • Stan Ruecker
  • Peter Organisciak
  • Megan Meredith-Lobay
  • Kamal Ranaweera
  • Julianne Nyhan
Day of DH is an annual community documentation project that brings together digital humanists from around the world to document what they do on one day in the spring of each year. Its goal has been to have participants reflect on a fundamental question, “just what do computing humanists really do?” Participants document their day through photographs and commentary using one of the Day of DH blogs.
The Day of DH initiative has received significant attention far beyond its evolving community of participants. The team published an essay on the project in Digital Humanities Quarterly. The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story on it. Definitions of the digital humanities from the project have been republished in collections such as Debates in the Digital Humanities and Defining Digital Humanities. It has directly inspired projects such as the Day of Archaeology. It has also inspired other communities within digital humanities. The first DíaHD (Día de Humanidades Digitales) was held on June 10, 2013 for those who speak and work in Spanish and Portuguese.
Day of DH has now become a centerNet initiative that moves from institution to institution. The successful transition to a sustainable international initiative is a sign of the impact of this initiative’s origins in Canada. CSDH/SCHN is honoured to commemorate this founding Canadian group and its extraordinary contribution to the global digital humanities community.
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