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Digital Humanities Initiative

The CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative (CUNY DHI), launched in Fall 2010, aims to build connections and community among those at CUNY who are applying digital technologies to scholarship and pedagogy in the humanities. All are welcome: faculty, students, and technologists, experienced practitioners and beginning DHers, enthusiasts and skeptics.

We meet regularly on- and offline to explore key topics in the Digital Humanities, and share our work, questions, and concerns. See our blog for more information on upcoming events (it’s also where we present our group’s work to a wider audience). Help edit the CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide, our first group project. And, of course, join the conversation on the Forum.

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THATCamp comes to NYC!

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  • Exciting!

    I can see from the comments feed at the bottom of the site that some people have already been responding at , but the page is password protected. Can’t help but wonder: is the password set to be released on 9/1, or is there an “early registration” that only insiders know about? (Or, the more logical explanation: there’s a “setting up and testing the registration page” that only primary organizers know about…)

    Hi All —

    Elizabeth Cornell, a grad student at Fordham and one of the organizers of THATCampNYC, tells me that the event needs volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Elizabeth at . It’s a good opportunity to see what goes into organizing an unconference and to get involved with this important event.

    I’ve wanted to attend a THATcamp for years – and my wish was granted this past Saturday. It was a wonderful experience. You can see some of the results at:

    Unfortunately only a few sessions took minutes and put them in the Google Docs folder:

    Summary of digital pedagogy session:

    Attending a THATcamp puts one in space where one wants to do more. To that end, a number of us were talking about resurrecting an idea of having some kind of across-the-board inter-institutional digital humanities group for New York. Some even mentioned that they have accounts here on the CUNY Commons. I hope it’s possible to keep the momentum going and to create some kind of ongoing forum for informing, sharing, and even a way to collaborate.

    To that end, a number of us were talking about resurrecting an idea of having some kind of across-the-board inter-institutional digital humanities group for New York.

    We do have one group like that already started, but it has flagged a bit and needs to be revived. To date, it has consisted mostly of people running DH initiatives at area institutions, but if the group is really going to thrive, I think we need to broaden the user base and engage a more open model of participation. The group was using the Commons to organize itself for a while.

    This is New York City: It is unreasonable to expect that all interested will be able to attend all meetings. A fair number of people are interested in getting something going – and I know if students were allowed to take part, that would probably carry a lot of the impetus and momentum. The librarians from NYU – who were just recently commanded to take charge of DH – felt like they had mountains of stuff to learn and thousands of students to communicate this knowledge to. Knowing there is some “center” of DH info, resources, people would be a great tool to involve all schools (and unaffiliated people).

    Btw, is the space for this group still on the Commons somewhere?

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