NCCU-Duke Digital Humanities Workshop

Introductions & Concepts

19 August 2017

Project Facilitators and Workshop Instructors

Matthew Cook, Professor, History and Language and Literature; Co-Director, NCCU Digital Humanities Initiative

Josh Nadel, Associate Professor, History, NCCU; Co-Director, NCCU Digital Humanities Initiative

Kathryn Wymer, Associate Professor, Language and LIterature, NCCU; Fellows Alumna

Hannah Jacobs, Multimedia Analyst, Wired! Lab

Victoria Szabo, Associate Research Professor, Visual and Media Studies & Program Director, Information Science + Studies; Director of the Duke DHI

2017-18 Fellows Introductions

Shelvia Dancy, Instructor, Department of Mass Communication, “More Sinned Against Than Sinning” – A History of the Black Press

Tony A. Frazier, Assistant Professor, Department of History, The African Presence in the English Archives, 16th-20th Centuries

Carolyn (Collie) Fulford, Associate Professor, Department of Language and Literature, Digital Humanities in First Year Composition

Lenora Helm Hammonds, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Interpreting the Arts: A Digital Library for Humanities Teaching in the Performing and Visual Arts

Charmaine McKissick-Melton, Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Historical & Contextual Advertising Timeline

Julie Nelson, Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literature, Rhetorical Visions: Creating Visual Stories and Digital Arguments

W. Russell Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication, 21st Century Black Masculinities: A Digital Archive of Video Oral Histories

Digital Humanities Sampler Platter

Digital Archives/Collections


  • Digital collections of historical, cultural
    and artistic materials organized in
    databases and presentations


Tools used:

  • Omeka
  • Drupal
  • Wordpress
  • Lentil
    (Instagram harvester)

Brian and Vic

Digital Storytelling

Telling stories with images, maps, timelines, or combinations of these, along with additional source media


Digital Pedagogies


  • Teaching with technology includes uses of digital resources, online courses, hybrid learning, digital humanities teaching methods, and digital project work


Text Analysis and Mining

Concept: Close and distant machine-reading of digitized documents; describing texts via structured markup; and topic modeling to find emergent patterns and trends.


  • Using Juxta to compare versions of Haiti's Declaration

of Independence

  • DC3 (Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing) - TEI markup
  • Exploratory analysis of the Religion in North Carolina collection

Tools used:

  • Voyant
  • Juxta
  • AntConc
  • Catma

--- ??? - Hannah

Network Diagrams and Analysis

Concept: Exploring
the interconnections amongst, people,
objects, or ideas
to surface connections and relationships


DeVido, E. A. (2015). Networks and bridges: Nuns in the making of modern Chinese Buddhism.
The Chinese Historical Review, 22(1), 72-93.


Networks: Examples


Fairy Tales


Social Media & Crowdsourcing

Concept: Study and use of social media and collaborative online production for information collection, data analysis, digitization, encoding, etc.

Crowdsourcing Examples:

Tools used:

Social Media & Crowdsourcing

Concept: Study and use of social media and collaborative online production for information collection, digitization, etc.

Social Media Examples:

Tools used:

Public & Civic Digital Humanities

Concept: Engage public audiences as collaborators in projects that address historical, social justice, environmental, cultural issues.


Digital Mapping and GIS

Concept: Exploring historical and cultural topics spatially through the use of historic maps, annotated locations, and quantitative analysis


  • Wired Lab Projects:
    • Digital Athens - Prof. Sheila Dillon & Timothy Shea, PhD Candidate (Duke) with Athens Collaborators Dr. Leda Costaki & Bruce Hartzer
      • ArcGIS
    • Statues Speak - Dr. Elizabeth Baltes (Duke 2016), Dr. Edward Triplett (UVa 2015)
      • (Mapping component) SketchFab, Photoscan, 3D Studio Max
    • Athenian Use and Acquisition of Timber in the Ancient Mediterranean - Maiya Aiba, Class of 2016
      • Omeka - Neatline
  • Dissertation Project
    • ADIMO: Architectural Database of Iberian Military Orders.
      • ArcGIS - Viewshed Analysis, Cost Distance Analysis
  • Outside Duke:
    • Imagine Rio - Prof. Farès el-Dahdah & Prof. Alida C. Metcalf, Rice University with Axis Maps
      • ArcGIS, Web mapping portal with timeline
    • Geography of Jobs - Axis Maps
      • Data-driven, time enabled visualization
    • Waters of Rome
      • ArcGIS, MySQL Database, Web mapping portal with timeline

Learning Opportunities:

  • Library Workshops
  • Undergrad HGIS course in ISS
  • Graduate proseminar in AAHVS

Tools used:

  • Google MyMaps, FusionTables
  • Omeka/Neatline
  • CartoDB
  • StoryMaps
  • ArcGIS, QGIS
  • CesiumJS

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Concept: Using simulated spaces, virtual worlds, and hybrid media annotation systems to reconstruct sites, explore counterfactual concepts, and offer contextualized/situated knowledge. Games and gamification.


  • Digital Archeology in the DiVE and Oculus
  • Duke Ghosts
  • Sta Chiara Choir Screen

Places to go/learn:


Critical Making & Physical Computing

Concept: Analog/digital hybrids; Internet of things; material objects; interactive installations; projection mapping. 3D printing.

Where it is Happening:


  • Arduino
  • Isadora
  • Processing

Theoretical and Critical Approaches to DH

DH and Media Theory/Studies

DH and Social Justice

DH & Feminism

Global DH

Decolonized/Postcolonial DH

Code Studies/Platform Studies/Software Studies

Project Management

  • Working Group Focus: resources for grad students
  • Work in progress
  • Resource list:

PM Group: Angela Zoss, Hannah Jacobs, Liz Milewicz, Molly Bragg

Project Management

  • Time management
  • Communicating with others
  • Logging research activities
  • Goal setting
  • Document management
  • And others…

How Digital Humanities Is Like Cooking

Identifying Your Cooking Style

Shopping & Foraging for Content Sources and Platforms

Units & Measures: Structuring Data

Plating & Serving: Presentation

Seasonings: Annotating Multimedia

Cooking School: Pedagogy

Workshop Focus: Digital Project-Based Teaching

    • Introductions
    • What it is and what we can do
    • Blogs for Collaboration on
    • Digital Archive Development with
    • Digital Storytelling with Timelines and Storymaps
    • Course Design and Project Management
    • Planning for Next Steps
  • DINNER w/ alums

Strategies Going Forward

  • Digest (see slides and blog) and ask for help w/ specific topics
  • Create a work plan and realistic goals
  • Involve students in content creation and as consultants; they teach ea. other
  • Focus on just one class, and assignments w/in a single class (hopefully a small one)
  • Incremental use over the years; step-by-step
  • Ask what everyone did last time...consult colleagues at NCCU, Duke and beyond
  • Use the DH Center as a local meeting-place and cross-roads
  • Challenge your students to rise to the occasion; show them the relevance

Post Workshop Plans

  • Fall NCC-Duke Digital Pedagogy Workshop(s) TBA
  • Equipment, Software, Travel Funds, Student Assistant Funds via FHI/Mellon Grant
  • NCCU DH Lab Implementation
  • Spring Symposium on Saturday, May 5, 2017 (tentative)
  • November 3-4, 2017 HASTAC Conference Panel Proposal (optional)
  • Other conferences, trainings, workshops (Duke NetID access to signups and resources)
  • Collaborative teaching/research projects w/ Duke and NCCU colleagues

Stay Connected mailing list (fellows + facilitators)

Blog posts on our internal site: - sharing your work as you go and soliciting feedback from our group

Related events, workshops etc. announced via:

2017 NCCU-Duke DH Workshop - Google Slides