A long time ago, in a meeting room in Seattle…

Space Needle Restaurant
Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “The Space Needle Restaurant” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 30, 2016.

It has been nearly three weeks since our joint DH SIG meeting in Seattle with our VRA colleagues. There were around 70 in attendance! Our conversation was full of ideas for supporting each other in our DH efforts, ways to communicate, and perhaps most significantly, to collaborate.

  • Guidance on preservation of DH research data and projects was identified as an area needing attention.
  • A SIG-fascilitated practicum was suggested where a group could work together on data sets using a variety of tools.
  • The NYC Digital Humanities group was suggested as a possible model for our SIG(s).
  • A DH Slack channel got many thumbs-up as a way to stay in touch.
  • Creating a knowledge base of SIG members with particular skills was also popular.
  • A list of MOOCs that offer relevant DH skills (Udacity was mentioned for programming languages) would be helpful.
  • Resources on project management would be useful. (A plug for SEI this summer which will include project management as part of the curriculum.)
  • A list of DH projects that SIG members are currently engaged in or have recently completed both to showcase our efforts and to serve as a resource.

Lastly, there was enthusiasm for ARLIS/NA DH SIG and the VRA DH SIG working together, either officially or unofficially. Duplicating efforts and splitting resources is inefficient and the meeting showed great camaraderie and interest in collaboration.

Using the communication channels we have established at this time- our blog, listserv (dh-sig [at] arlisna.org) and @arlisdhsig– let’s keep the conversations going. If you want any of these ideas prioritized or want to take the lead on something, say so! Progress on these issues will be posted here. Thanks to all of you who attended, and to those of you who didn’t but have expressed interest in our SIG. We’ve got a really healthy membership and we’re positioned to do some great work in the next year!

DH at ARLIS/NA and VRA Annual Conference

Washington Plaza Hotel at night, Seattle
Washington Plaza Hotel (now known as the south tower of the Westin Hotel) at night, c. 1969. University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division, Art Hupy Photograph Collection. via Flickr Commons

ARLIS/NA and VRA are heading to Seattle, March 8-12, 2016 for another joint annual conference. Here are the programming events that are likely to offer the most to those attendees looking to expand their digital humanities toolbox.