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Open Beyond the Academy: Building Community Through Open Social Scholarship

Published December 21, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Dr. Hannah McGregor and Dr. Raymond Siemens

SFU Library ended Open Access week on October 27th with a panel called Open Beyond the Academy: Building Community Through Open Social Scholarship, featuring Dr. Hannah McGregor (SFU) and Dr. Raymond Siemens (UVic). This panel aimed to discuss the ways digital humanities work is accessible and accountable to non-academic communities.

Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship

Published December 13, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Sue Doner, Lisa Nathan, Amanda Coolidge, Christina Illnitichi, Dave Gaertner, Jessica Gallinger

The term Open Scholarship refers to the practice of making academic research and education freely available to both other members of the academy and the public. For many scholars, educators, librarians, and students, Open Scholarship represents a positive direction for the academy as a place of public access, inclusion, and engagement. Openness does, however, present challenges, and on October 26, 2017, panelists and participants gathered at BCIT to discuss these challenges and how to remain mindful of them.

Meet Our Team - Kim

Published November 23, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell

Hi, I’m Kim. I’m a Digital Fellow here at the DHIL, and a PhD candidate in the English Department. I started working in the Digital Humanities in 2012 as an RA for Dr. Margaret Linley’s Lake District Online. Dr. Linley was creating a digital bibliography and archive of the large collection of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century Lake District travel literature housed at SFU Special Collections.

Meet Our Team - Doğan

Published November 23, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Doğan Erişen

Hi there folks, it's Doğan. I’ve just become a Digital Fellow at the DHIL this fall and I’m already enjoying our work here. I’m currently doing my masters in the Philosophy Department at SFU, working on a project about how dreaming is not so much as we conceive it to be, but in general I’m into anything about consciousness. While I immensely enjoy digging the puzzles of mind though, I have a ‘meta-philosophical’ interest in the way we operate in philosophy, which, at some point, introduced me to digital humanities.

Meet Our Team - Kandice

Published November 23, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Kandice Sharren

In addition to being one of the new digital fellows at DHIL, I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of English. My interest in digital humanities has been fairly recent, and the result of my work on the Women’s Print History Project, 1750–1836 (WPHP), a relational database that seeks to account for women’s involvement in print by recording bibliographical data about the texts they were involved in producing.

Suspense: Towards a Digital Narratology

Published October 5, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Mark Algee-Hewitt on analyzing suspense with digital methods

In partnership with KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative, the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab was pleased to welcome Dr. Mark Algee-Hewitt on September 22, 2017. Mark is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English at Stanford University, and the Director of the Stanford Literary Lab. He spoke about his current project with the lab, which uses data analysis from works of fiction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to discover literary techniques that create the feeling of suspense.

Spotlight on the Database of Canada's Early Women Writers

Published October 4, 2017 by Kandice Sharren

In the 1980s, Carole Gerson received a SSHRC grant to research writing as women’s work in Canada and began compiling a list of the names of women whose works had appeared in print. As the digital became more integrated into humanities research and Gerson’s list grew longer, including these names in a print resource no longer made sense. “What do you do when you’ve got the names of 5000 obscure women writers about whom little is known?” Gerson asks. “You create a database.”

DH Café: Getting Students to Read Critically Through Online Annotations

Published September 26, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
The online annotation tool hypothes.is

The Digital Humanities Innovation Lab kicked off its Fall 2017 DH Café series on September 19 as Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin introduced participants to the online annotation tool hypothes.is. Juan is an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, and the Associate Director of Research with the Public Knowledge Project.

SFU-UVic Digital Pedagogy Symposium

Published June 18, 2017 by Kim O'Donnell
Claire Battershill presents at the Symposium's first panel

On May 4-5, 2017, the SFU-UVic Digital Pedagogy Network met in Victoria to share the ways they teach and learn in the digital humanities. In the newly-opened Digital Scholarship Commons at the UVic library, students, librarians, faculty members, and community partners gathered to present their research and projects, address opportunities and challenges in creating virtual and material communities, and discuss best practices in the DH classroom. Workshops made teaching and learning hands-on as leaders helped participants gain skills using different digital tools, environments, and resources. 

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