Proposed Plan for the Second Day of DH

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The following a draft plan for how to run the second Day of Digital Humanities.

Questions and Issues

  • Do we want to run it again?
  • What do we hope to achieve? [SR: I think it might be very interesting to people to be able to compare the two years, both at the macro level of the entire set of blogs, and for individual participants who blogged both times.] [PO: Yes, longitudinal analysis would be wonderful. In addition, any benefits of the first one would only be magnified. (i.e. the open dataset, the large-scale peek into the life of an academic, the benchmarking DH and the conduction of community) ]
  • Should we use the same technology? [SR: I vote yes, for simplicity's sake]
  • Can we provide not only an RSS but also a live blog-like feed that can be read with images inline. [SR: I believe Kamal said yes, but we should test it out. We have the first year's blogs if we want to do a test on aggregating them.] [PO:Wordpress MU is well supported. I believe I saw a plug-in for this task last year.]


  1. Identify a date [SR: I like the idea of using the same date. March 18 is a Thurs in 2010.][PO: I Agree. Like Dec 20th at GR's house: adding meaning to an arbitrary day eventually makes it a holiday]
  2. Inform the participants of the last round and invite suggestions
  3. Send personalized invitations to all the participants from the last round
  4. Set up a form for new and old participants to register to participate. Do we include the request for a definition of digital humanities? Do we ask for the same information? [SR: I think asking the same question each year would not necessarily be well received. We could either ask the same question for newcomers only, or else pose a new question for everyone.][PO: I think a new question would be good. Also, we should let them choose in their form if their answers can be public (or simply tell tell they will)]
  5. Send out invitations to lists
  6. Set up a twitter tag and invite by twitter [PO: we should encourage RTs, to get a snowball invitation going. Hopefully this'll reduce the number of interested people that don't hear about it]
  7. Review applications again
  8. Review ethics application and resubmit. It would be good to deal differently with the photo issue. [SR: it might be worth talking in person to someone at the ASL REB. I've lost track of who is currently serving.] [PO: I agree with Stan. After ethics training, I realized that we were asked to be a bit too cautious]
  9. Ask participants for suggestions on technology. Do we want to try another technology? [SR: I think let's ask them only if we want to try a different technology. I don't see that we need to change, although I agree we could improve our instructions, especially around how to include images. I see you've mentioned that below.]
  10. Review the instructions and edit. It would be nice to provide better instructions on tagging and how to do entries. [PO: Two thoughts: a) we should teach them on the difference between categories and tags, or b) modify the interface to remove tags altogether.]
  11. Set up the technology and test it.
  12. Announce the Day of DH to relevant media so it can be followed.
  13. Send around instructions before hand, especially around the inclusion of images.
  14. Have a great day!