Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities 2011

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Coming: A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities 2011 on March 18th, 2011. Apply here:

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


The third Day of DH will take place on March 18th, 2011. You are invited to participate.

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.

Useful Links


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, 2011 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.


You can apply to participate by filling out the application for (coming soon) by March 14th.

Participants will be expected to:

  • Be part of a discussion list about the project (don't worry, there aren't that many messages).
  • Test the technology before March 18th to make sure it works for you.
  • Document 3 or more activities you do on March 18th in a blog of images and discussion.
  • Browse the blog-journals of others, link to them where appropriate and comment on them if you want.
  • Participate in the final editing of the site before it is made public.

Getting Started

  1. When you receive your e-mail from Word Press with your blog details, username and password click on the link to go to the Word press Login screen. You can then enter the username and password provided for you in your Day of DH invitation e-mail.
  2. After logging in, you will be taken to your Day of DH Dashboard.
  3. If you wish to change your password, you can by clicking on the ‘Users’ then ‘Profile’ links on the left side of the screen.
  4. Visit the 'Settings' link and under 'general' please set the time zone to wherever it is you will be blogging from on the day.
  5. Click on the link in the left hand column for 'Pages'. Click on the page entitled 'About'. Please customize customize the "About" page with a bio about yourself, both to let people know about you and to familiarize yourself with the system. We highly recommend uploading a photo with it.
  6. When you have finished with your 'About' page, update it by clicking the blue box on the right side of the screen.
  7. From the Dashboard, you can then click on the link for 'Posts'.
  8. You can now either edit the 'Hello World' blog entry, or add a new entry by clocking the 'add new' link under 'Posts' on the left hand side of the screen. Or you can click the 'New Post' button that the top of your dashboard screen.

You are now ready for the Day of DH.

NOTE: To add a link to your blog, you must use include the http:// in the URL.

Tagging your blog

This year we are encouraging all participants to make use of the blog tagging function within Wordpress. We have generated a list of post tags which reflect the rage of activities the Digital humanities community engages with in their working (and playing) lives. Below are links to the list of DDH post tags and instructions on tagging your own blog using the DDH list.


There are currently no questions.


General Inquiries:

Geoffrey Rockwell:

Stan Ruecker:

Peter Organisciak:

Kamal Ranaweera:

Project Details

More information coming

Other Links


This project is supported by:

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