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Minimal Computing, or When Wordpress No Longer Sparks Joy [Online]

This workshop introduces participants to the various ideas and practices clustered under the term “minimal computing.” Defined by the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities group as “computing done under some set of significant constraints,” minimal computing offers a set of techniques for creating low-maintenance digital resources that are not only inexpensive (both in terms of material resources and technical debt), but are also sustainable and archivable (https://go-dh.github.io/mincomp/about/).

This 90-minute workshop will begin with a broad overview of the recent surge in academic interest surrounding minimal computing, particularly in the context of the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums), and will introduce participants to some of the reigning technologies available for creating minimal computing resources. Specifically, the workshop will show participants how to publish their own blog, research website, digital edition, or critical exhibit for free using Github and the static website generator, Jekyll.

Prerequisites: No technical experience necessary, but previous participation in the Github Workshop is encouraged.

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