Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities 2009

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A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities has wrapped!

You can browse the main feed of events or read the TEI data which is now available for use.

Thanks to all participants for making this project a success.


The Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH), a project looking a day in the work life of people involved in humanities computing.

What is it?

A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is a community publication project that will bring together digital humanists from around the world to document what they do on one day, March 18th. The goal of the project is to create a web site that weaves together the journals of the participants into a picture that answers the question, “Just what do computing humanists really do?” Participants will document their day through photographs and commentary in a blog-like journal. The collection of these journals with links, tags, and comments will make up the final work which will be published online.

On March 18th, participants will document and share the events of their day. However participants will also become co-authors, and the direction of the entire project will be influenced by their choices, both before and after the day of documentation. Eventually, the data will be grouped together, undergo some light semantic editing, and released for others to study. We hope that, beyond the original online publication, the raw data will be of use to those interested in further visualization or ethnographic experiments.


The project will consist of a number of phases:

  1. Gathering Participation. Gathering the community. Through invitations and an open call the Day of DH project will gather a community of participants. This community will, through discussion, identify the configuration of technology we want to use and the guidelines for the project.
  2. The Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities. On March 18th, 2009 all the participants will use a digital camera to take photographs of their activities. They will upload the images, add a description, and tag them.
  3. Communal Editing. After March 18th everyone will be asked to look at the contributions of others and comment on them. This will give us a chance to edit a coherent site and to develop interfaces to the materials.
  4. Open Research Sharing. The digital humanities community will then be invited to study the record of the Day, whether as a data source for academic analysis of various kinds, or as a resource for those interested in knowing what it means to self-identify as a digital humanist.


There are currently no questions.


General Inquiries:

Geoffrey Rockwell:

Stan Ruecker:

Peter Organisciak:

Project Details

"How do you define Humanities Computing / Digital Humanities?" - A selection of short-form responses from participants

RSS feeds for blog posts, biography pages and comments

How Do I...

Getting Started: a quick guide to your D of DH Blog

Advanced blogging: Details on blogging from other devices or offline.

List of Day of DH 2009 Participants

Other Links

Photography consent form

WordPress Mu Installation - The proposed site for the day's entries.

Mailing List Information (for participants)

Thoughts about how to run such a project for next time is a place for participants to record thoughts about how the project was run or could be run.

What to do when it isn't working

Category Tags

Final TEI encoded Data (zip)

Day of DH 2

Proposed Plan for the Second Day of DH

This project has been reviewed by the Arts, Science & Law Research Ethics Board (ASL REB) of the University of Alberta. Images and commentary will be publicly available online, and users will be able to download and reuse the final data. If you have any concerns or would like more information, you can contact Geoffrey Rockwell at, or the ASL REB directly at