Day of DH Questions

From Taporwiki
Revision as of 21:47, 16 March 2011 by Organisciak (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

On Reading

How do I follow along with the Day of DH?

Our top recommendation for following A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities posts is by using a feed reader:

  • Google Reader users can subscribe to the entire bundle.
  • Users of other feed readers can download the OPML and import it into their desired readers
  • Users unfamiliar with feed readers can get started with Google Reader, then subscribe at the above link.

You can also follow along by watching the project-wide blog page or subscribing to it's newsfeed.

On Participating

What do I do?

If you've signed up for A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities, you participate on March 18th by blogging about your day using a blog that we provide for you.

We do not set restrictions on what this means and everybody interprets this is different ways. You can blog about what you do what you think. If nothing interesting is going on that day, you can blog about what other days look like. Some people take photos of everything they see in a day, others offer rankings of how typical their various tasks that day are.

Even the date is somewhat flexible. Past March 18th, we encourage participants to take time to finish their posts, write retrospectives, or engage in discussions with others through comment.

As a participant, you're not restricted to the blogs. Twitter has a healthy DH community, and on the Day of DH there is a separate track that goes on using the #dayofdh hashtag.

How do I log-in to my blog?


You can click "Site Admin" in the sidebar of your blog, or add "/wp-admin" to your blog url (i.e.

How do I include Twitter on my Day of DH blog?

In your blog's administration page, go to Appearance -> Widgets in the left sidebar (you may need to click Appearance to expand it if it is collapsed.

On the widgets page, there will be a series of blocks in the center of the page (called "widgets") and a bar labelled "Sidebar 1" on the right. Here, you can drag the "My Twitter" widget from the center to the sidebar, and fill in your Twitter information.

How do I post Youtube videos in Wordpress?

Rather than using the embed code provided by Youtube, simply include a square-bracketed 'embed' tag with the video url. For example:


Can I post from other devices?

Yes! We wrote Advanced blogging instructions related to the iPhone two years ago. Though some processes will have changed, the general method should still work.

I missed the application deadline / I don't have time for writing full blog-posts.

You don't need our permission to share your day with fellow humanists. Take part on Twitter through the #dayofdh hashtag. Discuss the event or talk about your own day. You can even share posts from your personal blog if you are so inclined.

I'm not interesting enough.

Sure you are.

About A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities

What is the project's official name?

We consider "A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities" to be the official project name, and "Day of DH" as the common abbreviation.

How is the project organized?

The project started at the University of Alberta in 2008, with the first Day of DH in March 2009. It is not a funded project, but resources are bootstrapped with various forms of support from TAPoR at Alberta and the University of Alberta Humanities Computing program. The current core team of organizers are Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta), Peter Organisciak (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Stan Ruecker (University of Alberta), Megan Meredith-Lobay (Oxford), Julianne Nyhan (UCL / Universitaet Trier) and Kamal Ranaweera (University of Alberta).

Our intention since the project was begun was that it would be a collaborative publication of sorts, where each participant is a co-author, and each has an equal say in decisions. After our first year, we discovered that most people are content with a more traditional organizer/participant dynamic of decision-making and labor. We still view the data as a collaborative project, however. So, when we encourage others to write papers and run their own investigations on it, we mean it!