Feb 092016

Ian Milligan, expert en analyse de données massives dans le domaine des humanités numériques, est professeur adjoint au Département d’histoire à l’Université de Waterloo depuis 2012. Il a depuis publié deux livres : Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada (UBC Press, 2014) et Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope (with Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart; Imperial College Press, 2015).

En plus d’avoir publié de nombreux articles évalués par ses pairs et des chapitres de livre, Ian Milligan a contribué a démontrer les enjeux des humanités numériques et l’importance de l’histoire et de l’accessibilité aux données numériques par plusieurs publications de grande diffusion telles que : la revue Nature, la revue Literary Review of Canada, la Revue parlementaire canadienne et aux Archives de Radio-Canada.

Il est le cofondateur de ActiveHistory.ca, un site Web qui présente de nouveaux moyens d’être engagé collectivement et qui favorise la mobilisation des connaissances.

Ian Milligan est hautement dédié au développement communautaire. Il a mis de nombreuses plateformes à la disposition de la communauté afin que celle-ci puisse se familiariser avec le patrimoine numérique. De plus, il a contribué à quatre des leçons présentées sur le site web The Programming Historian. Il a documenté son processus de recherche qu’il présente sous forme de tutoriel sur son site web personnel et il dirige fréquemment des ateliers lors de conférences.

Il se démarque en tant que leader national dans le domaine de l’histoire numérique. C’est avec le site WebArchives.ca qu’il nous aide à découvrir les archives politiques, et ce, afin que nous puissions mieux comprendre notre histoire.

Il est aussi un important collaborateur au site Web Warcbase – un outil de gestion qui facilite l’administration des archives Web et la visualisation des données.

Il a démontré un leadership extraordinaire en développant une infrastructure de recherche. Il a dirigé le projet WALK (Web Archives for Longitudinal Knowledge/ Archives Web en connaissances longitudinales) pour la plateforme de Calcul Canada. Ce projet rassemble les données des chercheurs et des bibliothèques universitaires afin de colliger toutes les informations permettant la mise en place de collections d’archives canadiennes sur le Web.

C’est un très grand honneur pour la Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé canadienne des humanités numériques de décerner à Ian Milligan le prix 2016 – Début de carrière exceptionnelle.


Feb 092016

Ian Milligan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Ian Milligan is at the forefront of the growing field of big data analytics in the humanities.  Since joining the Department of History at the University of Waterloo in 2012, he has published two books: Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada (UBC Press, 2014) and Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope (with Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart; Imperial College Press, 2015).

In addition to publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, he has contributed to many mainstream publications, explaining the stakes and value of the digital humanities, history, open data, and web archiving on the CBC and to readers of Nature, The Canadian Parliamentary Review, and the Literary Review of Canada. He is a co-founder of ActiveHistory.ca, a website that demonstrates new modes of public engagement and knowledge mobilization.

Dr. Milligan is remarkably dedicated to community building: he has used a number of platforms to help others learn to work with digital cultural heritage. He has contributed four of The Programming Historian‘s lessons, has documented his research process to serve as tutorials on his personal website, and regularly leads workshops at conferences.

He has already proven himself a national leader in the field of digital history in Canada. With WebArchives.ca, he is paving the way in showing us how to recover and mine “lost” political web archives to study recent history. He is also one of the lead contributors to Warcbase, a web archive management tool that lowers barriers to web archive administration and data visualization.

He has shown extraordinary leadership in developing research infrastructure. He has led the proposal for and development of a Compute Canada Portal for Web Archives for Longitudinal Knowledge (WALK). This project brings together researchers and university libraries to aggregate and co-locate Canadian Internet Archive collections.

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé canadienne des humanités numériques is honoured to recognize Dr. Ian Milligan as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award.

Feb 072016

The CSDH/SCHN executive is seeking input on a coda to the society’s 2014 Compute Canada White Paper   The 2014 paper successfully communicated the needs of our communities to Compute Canada, and empowered them to express those needs to CFI and the federal government.  As Compute Canada prepares their application of the next round of operations funding we would be glad to be able to offer an update to the white paper, outlining which of the changes that they have made have been most useful to our community and which needs we anticipate in the coming years.

If you use Compute Canada resources or think that you may between now and 2022, please drop Constance Crompton a line at constance.crompton@ubc.ca before February 16th.

Dec 092015

We’re excited to announce two of our three keynotes for our annual meeting at the University of Calgary from May 30-June 1, 2016.

Tara McPherson will address us under the (provisional) title: “DH by Design: Feminism, Aesthetics + the Digital.”

Diane Jakacki will speak (provisionally) on “How do we Teach? Digital Humanities Pedagogy in an Imperfect World.”

Our third keynote will be given by the recipient of our Outstanding Early Career Award, which will be announced early in 2016.

There’s still a week before proposals are due, but thanks to all those who have submitted to date we know it’s going to be vibrant and stimulating conference. We also have travel funds available to assist graduate students and contingent faculty. See the full CFP for details.

Nov 102015

CSDH/SCHN Conference 2016
Calgary,  Alberta, 30 May – 1 June 2016

*Deadline extended to December 17th*

(Appel en français ci-dessous.)

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (http://csdh-schn.org/) invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers and digital demonstrations for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2016 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Calgary, from May 30th to June 1 (http://congress2016.ca/).  We encourage submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities.

Proposals for papers (20 min.), digital demonstrations,, and panels (2-6 speakers for a 90-minute session) will be accepted until 17 December 2015 and must be submitted to https://www.conftool.net/csdh-schn-2016/. Paper abstracts should be 500 words, and should specify your  thesis, methodology and conclusions. Panel proposals should give a 500 word overview of the panel and a brief synopsis of each speaker’s contribution. We also welcome proposals for digital demonstrations of innovative projects or tools. Demonstrations will be given table space and a backdrop so they can set up a poster and a computer for a 2-hour session. We encourage projects with software to show to apply for this venue.

CSDH/SCHN welcomes proposals for joint panels with The Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA), and we encourage presenters to note if they are open to a joint panel. Submit your panel proposal or individual paper proposal to either association. You and your panelists need to be members of either association, but not necessarily both.

CSDH/SCHN and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS/SCER) are organizing a panel on (Pre)Digital Models for Networks and Communities. Proposals should be submitted through the CSRS as outlined in their call for papers: http://csrs-scer.ca/documents/2016%20Calgary%20CFP.pdf . Partial travel funding for graduate student presenting in this session will be provided by Iter. Presenters need to be members of either association, but not necessarily both.

Please see also the CFP for our joint session with ACCUTE on Distance Technologies, Distant Reading, and Literary Pedagogy at http://csdh-schn.org/2015/09/16/distance-technologies-distant-reading-and-literary-pedagogy/.

There is a limited amount of funding available to support graduate student travel. Please note that all presenters must be members of CSDH/SCHN at the time of the conference.

Scholars in the digital humanities are engaged in diverse digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, and creation. CSDH/SCHN welcomes proposals from all constituencies and disciplines, and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal and Métis people, people of color, LGBTQ, or other underrepresented groups.

Selected papers from the conference will appear in special collections published in the CSDH/SCHN society journal, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique (http://www.digitalstudies.org).

2016 Program committee: Jon Bath (program chair), Michael Ullyot (local organizer), Jason Boyd,  Susan Brown, Constance Crompton, Lai-Tze Fan, Dominic Forest, Dean Irvine, and Stéfan Sinclair.



CSDH/SCHN conférence 2016
Calgary, Alberta, 30 mai – 1 juin 2016

La Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH-SCHN.org) invite les chercheurs(res), les praticiens(ciennes) et étudiants(tes) aux cycles supérieurs à soumettre des propositions de communication, de sessions et des démonstrations numériques lors de ce rassemblement collectif qui aura lieu au Congrès des sciences humaines à l’Université de Calgary,  du 30 mai au 1 juin (http://congress2016.ca). Nous encourageons les propositions portant sur tous les sujets touchant à la fois la théorie et la pratique dans le domaine des humanités numériques.

Les propositions de communication (20 min.), démonstrations numériques et tables rondes (2-6 conférenciers pour une séance d’une heure et demi) seront acceptées jusqu’au 10 décembre 2015 et doivent être soumises à https://www.conftool.net/csdh-schn-2016/. Les résumés de communication pour les propositions doivent être d’environ 500 mots et doivent indiquer clairement la thèse, la méthodologie et les conclusions. Les proposition de tables rondes devraient fournir un résumé de 500 mots de la séance et une brève synthèse de la contribution de chaque participant. Nous sommes également ouverts aux propositions portant sur des projets ou des outils numériques qui feront l’objet de démonstration. Les démonstrateurs disposeront d’une table et une toile de fond pour qu’ils puissent installer leurs affiches et ordinateurs pour une séance de deux heures. Nous encourageons les gens voulant présenter des projets avec logiciel à appliquer d’avance pour réserver cet espace.

La CSDH/SCHN accepte les propositions pour des sessions conjointes avec The Canadian Games Studies Association (CGSA) et nous encourageons les présentateurs individuels à nous indiquer s’ils sont intéressés à être planifiés dans une session conjointe. Vous pouvez soumettre vos sessions préformées ou individuelles à l’association de votre choix. Les panelistes devoient être enregistrés à l’une des deux associations, mais pas nécessairement aux deux.

La CSDH/SCHN et la Société canadienne d’études de la Renaissance (CSRS/SCER) organize une séance spéciale intitulée “Humanités et Humanisme: des modèles (pré)numériques pour les communautés en réseau?” Les propositions devraient être soumises directement à la SCER selon leur appel : http://csrs-scer.ca/documents/2016%20Calgary%20CFP.pdf. Des fonds seront rendus disponibles par Iter pour rembourser une partie des frais de déplacement pour les étudiants. Les participants doivent être enregistrés à l’une des deux associations, mais pas nécessairement aux deux.

Veuillez aussi consulter l’appel à communications pour notre session conjointe avec ACCUTE sur la « La technologies à distance, la lecture à distance, et la pédagogie littéraire » à l’adresse suivante : http://csdh-schn.org/2015/09/16/distance-technologies-distant-reading-and-literary-pedagogy/.

Il y a un montant limitée de fonds disponibles pour soutenir le voyage des étudiants(tes) aux cycles superieurs. Veuillez noter que tous les présentateurs(trices) doivent être membres de la CSDH/SCHN au moment de la conférence.

Les chercheurs(res) en humanités numériques sont engagés dans divers activités de recherche assisté par ordinateur, d’enseignement et de création en liaison avec des ressources numériques. La CSDH/SCHN accueille favorablement les propositions de toutes parties prenantes et disciplines, et encourage les femmes, les Autochtones et les Métis, les personnes de couleur, les gens LGBTQ ou d’autres groupes sous-représentés d’appliquer.

Une sélection des communications présentés à la conférence apparaisseront dans des collections spéciales publiés dans la revue de l’association CSDH/SCHN, Digital Studies / Le champ numérique(http://www.digitalstudies.org).

Comité de programme 2016: Jon Bath (program chair), Michael Ullyot (local organizer), Jason Boyd,  Susan Brown, Constance Crompton, Lai-Tze Fan, Dominic Forest, Dean Irvine, and Stéfan Sinclair.

Nov 022015

Le prix CSDH/SCHN – Début de carrière exceptionnelle vise à reconnaitre la contribution exceptionnelle d’un(e) chercheur(se) canadien(ne) ou d’un(e) résident(e) permanent(e) ou un(e) chercheur(se) dans un établissement canadien pendant le début de sa carrière. Pour être admissibles, les candidats doivent avoir obtenu leur doctorat depuis moins de 10 ans. Les candidats n’ont pas à être affiliés à une institution.

Lors de la remise du prix, le récipiendaire sera invité à prononcer une conférence lors d’une session plénière du congrès annuel de la Société canadienne des humanités numérique qui aura lieu à Calgary au printemps 2016. Une invitation à siéger au comité de rédaction de la revue Digital Studies /Le champ numérique sera également transmise au récipiendaire.

Ce prix est généralement accordé à un(e) chercheur(se) en début de carrière dont les travaux s’inscrivent dans le domaine des humanités numériques, ce qui inclut les travaux de nature théorique, critique, appliquée ou cherchant à contribuer au développement de la communauté de chercheurs(ses) dans le domaine des humanités numériques. Les réalisations des candidats peuvent prendre la forme de publications (papiers ou numériques), de portfolio, de conceptions de prototypes ou d’applications, de systèmes de production. Les travaux réalisés en collaboration au sein d’une équipe de recherche seront considérés pour ce prix. Dans ce cas, le dossier de candidature doit inclure une lettre du responsable de l’équipe (qui peut être le candidat lui-même) expliquant la nature de la contribution du candidat aux activités de l’équipe. Le prix sera décerné pour des travaux qui, de l’avis du Comité des prix SCHN/CSDH, constituent une contribution significative dans le domaine des humanités numériques.

Les mises en candidatures, d’un maximum de 500 mots, doivent être soumises au plus tard le 30 novembre 2015. Seuls les membres actuels de la SCHN sont autorisés à soumettre des candidatures. Les candidatures doivent être envoyées par courriel au président du Comité des prix CSDH/SCHN (dean.irvine@dal.ca).

Le Comité des prix dressera une liste restreinte de candidats, confirmera avec les candidats retenus s’ils acceptent leur nomination et, le cas échéant, leur demandera de transmettre tous les documents nécessaires à l’évaluation de leur dossier de candidature (curriculum vitae, lettres d’appui, accès aux réalisations, lorsque celles-ci ne sont pas facilement accessibles) au plus tard le 15 janvier 2016.

Le choix du(de la) lauréat(e) sera effectué par le Comité des prix CSDH/SCHN (Dean Irvine, Susan Brown, Juan Luis Suarez, Kevin Kee, Janelle Jenstad et Dominic Forest), qui pourra consulter au besoin les membres du Comité exécutif de la SCHN ou les membres externes de la communauté. Le choix du(de la) lauréat(e) sera effectué au plus tard à la fin de janvier 2016. Une annonce sera diffusée au printemps 2016 et sera accompagnée de la sortie du programme de la conférence de la SCHN pour le Congrès 2016.

Nov 022015

The CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Early Career Award recognizes exemplary scholarly work by a Canadian or permanent resident researcher or a researcher at a Canadian institution during the early stage of her or his career. Early career, in this context, usually extends from the later stages of doctoral work to up to 10 years since award of a PhD. The recipient need not be affiliated with an institution.

The recipient will be invited to accept the award and to address the society in a plenary session of the annual conference at Congress, which will be held this coming year at the University of Calgary in the spring of 2016. An invitation to serve on the editorial board of Digital Studies/Le champ numérique will also be offered to the recipient.

This award is typically given to an early-career scholar whose work relates to any area of the digital humanities, broadly conceived, whether theoretical, critical, applied, or in the area of community building. Evidence of scholarship may take the form of print or online publications, a design portfolio, fabrications, prototypes or tools, or a production system. Work produced by a member of a larger collaborative team may be considered for this award; in such a case, the nomination should include a letter from the leader of the team (which may be the nominee her or himself) explaining the nature of the nominee’s contribution to the team activities. The award will be given for work that, in the opinion of the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee, constitutes a significant contribution to the field.

Nominations of up to 500 words must be submitted by November 30, 2015. Only current members of CSDH/SCHN are eligible to submit nominations. Nominations must be sent by email to the chair of the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee (dean.irvine@dal.ca).

The Awards committee will compile a short list, and confirm with nominees whether they are willing to be considered, in December 2015. We will then request the submission of supporting material (CV, letters of support, and access to contributions or projects if not readily accessible) by January 15, 2016.

Adjudication of the award will be conducted by the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee (Dean Irvine, Dominic Forest, Susan Brown, Juan Luis Suarez, Kevin Kee, and Janelle Jenstad), who may consult the CSDH/SCHN Executive or external members of the community for assistance in evaluating applications. Selection will be made by the end of January 2016. An announcement will be made in spring 2016, along with the release of the CSDH/SCHN conference program for Congress 2016.

Sep 162015

Joint Session between CSDH/SCHN and ACCUTE for Congress 2016

What potential resides in the integration of the digital humanities with distance technologies? How might such an integration facilitate the offering of literature courses online? Although the phenomenon of literature courses delivered entirely or partially with the assistance of web-based technologies has made significant inroads into North American curricula and generated lively debates across social and traditional media, the prospects for teaching literature online still remain uncertain. With the rise in popularity of summer institutes such as DHSI at the University of Victoria, and the recent spread of localized DH institute offerings at Guelph and Dalhousie, the moment seems to have arrived when Canadian institutions might consider how the rise of the digital humanities could contribute to transitioning literature departments toward adopting year-round DH course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate level. How might techniques and technologies of the digital humanities be coupled with literature courses offered online? How productive is the relationship between the practices of “distant reading” and the pedagogy of distance technologies? What kinds of institutional resources are necessary for distance course design and support? What kinds of open-source tools and platforms might be enlisted in such courses? How do we measure the long-term impact of such offerings on enrollments? How do we persuade colleagues and administrators to accept the potential for the move toward dedicated distance course offerings?

Presenters are invited to speak to individual experiences in offering literature courses online, about efforts to collaborate with colleagues and administrators to propose such courses, about revising departmental curricula to accommodate both distance and traditional classroom-based courses, about local capacities to support distance technologies, about inter-departmental, -faculty, and -university collaborations, about blended or hybrid approaches to digital pedagogy, about best practices and emerging technologies, about web-based open-access learning, about for-credit and non-credit MOOCs, or about the history of distance technologies and literary pedagogy. 

Proposals for papers (20 min.) will be accepted until December 1st, 2015 and must be submitted at https://www.conftool.net/csdh-schn-2016/. Abstracts should be between 200 and 400 words and should clearly indicate the paper’s thesis, methodology and conclusions. Queries about submissions for this joint session should be directed to Dean Irvine (dean.irvine@dal.ca).

Jul 132015

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques will be publishing a refereed selection of papers from the 2015 CSDH/SCHN ACH Joint Conference in Ottawa in Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. The issue will be co-edited by Jon Saklofske (Acadia, CSDH/SCHN), Susan Brown (University of Guelph/University of Alberta, CSDH/SCHN), and Padmini Ray Murray (Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, ACH). Publication of accepted submissions is planned on a rolling basis and will be completed by April 30, 2016.

Submissions are invited from all participants who attended the meeting, including panels and digital demonstrations. Authors may supplement, expand on, or refine the material they presented at the conference. It is expected that most submissions will range from between 3000 to 6000 words (approx 10-20 pages), but there is no minimum or maximum length. Digital Studies/Le champ numérique is also always willing to consider generically unusual submissions.

DS/CN publishes content on a rolling basis, with pieces appearing as soon as the editorial workflow is complete. The expected timeline for this issue is as follows:

  • September 15th : Submissions due
  • October 15th – December 15th : Editorial decisions (on a rolling basis as the reviews come in)
  • January 1st  – February 28th  : Revisions due (rolling basis)
  • January 15th  through March 30th : Copy-editing and manuscript preparation (rolling)
  • February 15th -April 15th : Proofing (rolling)
  • April 30th: Last articles published.

Submissions should be in a contemporary word processing format (Word or Open/Libre Office preferred), LaTeX, (X)HTML, or TEI XML. Bibliographic citations should conform to the latest Chicago Manual of Style (author-date format). DS/CN style avoids foot/endnotes as much as possible. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for any images or similar material in their manuscripts before submission.

Submissions are due by September 15, 2015 and should be submitted electronically through the DS/CN website (http://digitalstudies.org/).  When submitting, choose “Articles” and please add a comment on the submission form indicating that your paper relates to the 2015 CSDH/SCHN & ACH conference proceedings.

Digital Studies/Le champ numérique publishes in French and English.

Jul 022015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that the venue of Digital Humanities 2017 will be Montreal, a multilingual and multicultural city in the Francophone province of Quebec in Canada. The conference will take place August 1-4, 2017 on the historic campus of McGill University in the heart of downtown Montreal, and will be co-organized by l’Université de Montréal. The theme of the DH2017 is “Access” which will guide both the local organizers (Stéfan Sinclair and Michael Sinatra) as well as the Program Committee chaired by Diane Jakacki.  In addition to the many local attractions including museums, festivals, restaurants and cafés, Montreal has a wide variety of activities and day camps available to families. Au plaisir de se voir à Montréal! See you in Montreal!