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Join us for the DH Café workshop series this spring!

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The DH Café presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.  

The DH Café theme for Spring 2018 is "How Do You Put the Digital in a Humanities Project?" This series will introduce you to the questions you will need to consider and the challenges you might face as you begin or develop a DH project. Join us for workshops and discussions about handling digitized materials, how to organize information and research objects, project management and research assistant labour, copyright consideration, and digital tools and platforms for your data.

Tools for Humanities Data Analysis

This workshop will explore some of the tools available for analyzing and presenting different kinds of data once it has been collected. It will provide an introduction to some of the free and easy-to-learn online tools available and ideas for how to integrate them into both research projects and the classroom. In this workshop, we will explore:

  • How to use Story Maps to integrate geographical data with text, images, and multimedia content to create beautiful and intuitive interactive maps;
  • How to curate digital exhibits using Omeka; and
  • How to use Voyant for text analysis and visualization

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Collecting, Organizing, and Describing Archival Research

This workshop is a practical session for image management, designed for researchers who work with rare books and archival materials.
The first part of this two-hour workshop will walk through the stages of collecting and organizing data, drawing on materials held in Special Collections to illustrate the process. Using Tropy, a free, easy-to-use open-source software, we will walk through what kinds of information it is important to record, how to import your photos into Tropy, and how to organize them.
The second part of this workshop will be a discussion about metadata - the language we use to organize our data. While Humanities researchers may be more familiar with library catalogue metadata, where a book, for example, has a title, a subject, a genre, etc, digital tools like Tropy offer other ways to organize the elements of our research. This cafe session will discuss what kinds of metadata humanities researchers often need to use, and how they can draw on metadata standards like Dublin Core to link their digital work to other sites and make it accessible to other researchers and institutions. While we’ll use Tropy as one of our examples, we’ll also discuss ways to create metadata for other research objects like books or recordings.

Note: Please bring your laptop preloaded with Tropy prior to attending the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Collaboration and Project Management in the Digital Humanities

This two-part workshop is designed to cover some of the pragmatic concerns involved in managing a large-scale digital project. Participants are encouraged to attend both parts, but are welcome to come to one or the other.

The first part of the workshop will present strategies for working collaboratively with other faculty, students, and libraries in developing a large-scale digital project.  The second part of the workshop will present two case studies of successful collaborative digital research projects: The Women's Print History Project, directed by Dr. Michelle Levy and the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), Co-Directed by Dr. Claire Battershill.

Note: The first part will be the first hour; the 2nd part starts on the 2nd hour. Please register and join us for the first part, second part or both parts.

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.


Spring 2018

Registration information

The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  Space is limited, so make sure to register soon to ensure a space.



The DH Café is a partnership between the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) and SFU Library's Research Commons. The workshops are also affiliated with KEY, SFU's Big Data Initiative.