DH2002 Tools and Methods II 2017/18

Module Description
Learning Objectives
Office Hours
Late Submission


Module Description

This module is a reflective examination of primary tools and methods employed in the Digital Humanities.

Learning Objectives

This module will challenge participants to:

  1. Consider the broad variety of practices existing and emerging in the Digital Humanities;
  2. Have a broad understanding of the variety and typology of tools currently being employed to undertake humanities research, analysis and presentation;
  3. Be in a position to judge and evaluate those tools for appropriateness to current and future scholarship;
  4. Have an appreciation of various modes of inquiry to remain abreast to emerging tools and methodologies.

Office Hours

Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 otherwise by appointment.


There are two (2) assignments to be completed for this module during the semester. They are detailed in the Assignments Tab/Menu to the left of this Agenda. Submission links are provided there.

Assignment 1

Date Due: 23 February 23:59

Assignment 2

Date Due: 20 April 23:59


Late Submission

Assignments will be accepted up to 1 week following the due date. Following that they will be graded as 0. 7% of possible marks for the assignment will be deducted for each past 23:39 of the submission date. For example: if an assignment is graded out of 50% of the semester mark and it is submitted three days late, it will contribute a maximum of 39.5 (less 21% of 50 marks = 10.5). So an excellent paper earning 80% would have gotten 40points/50 but with the three-day penalty will receive 31.5/50. It may be advantageous to submit late if you can raise your submission grade appropriately, but it is up to you do the math! If you submit over a week late, you will receive 0 for the assignment, so do plan your work now. The assignments are listed below and you have plenty of time between now and due dates to complete, submit to maximise your marks.


In Advance of our first meeting on 16 January: please read: ‘Annabel Scheme‘ (https://www.robinsloan.com/annabel-scheme/) by Robin Sloan (if you are not already doing so). There are a variety of free ways to read AS and even a very inexpensive Kindle version.

Week 1 Intro: Digital Potential – Digital Peril

This first session will be a friendly and informal look at modules objectives and expectations, a short discussion of the assignments and a broad form of a survey of the Irish DAH ecosystem with an eye towards contributions and relevance of tools to your own MA projects.

Date: Tuesday, January 16 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Introduction, Logistics and Hello
Video: Intro and Logistics

For Next Week:

  1. Alan Liu, “The Meaning of the Digital Humanities,” PMLA (2013)
  2. Marisa Parham, interviewed by Melissa Dinsman for LA Review of Books (2016)
  3. Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, Jeffrey Schnapp, “Humanities to Digital Humanities,” Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012)
  4. N. Katherine Hayles, “The Digital Humanities: Engaging the Issues,” How We Think (Chicago UP, 2012)

Further Exploration: Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 2016) More interviews in the Digital in the Humanities LA Review of Books (2016) Between Humanities and the Digital (MIT Press, 2015)

Week 2 OPEN

Date: Tuesday, January 23 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: OPEN and all that
Video: OPEN

For Next Week: ‘The Social History of the Archive’ (http://past.oxfordjournals.org/content/230/suppl_11/9.full) Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education (http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/articles/10.5334/2013-02/)

Week 3 Collecting and Organising

Date: Tuesday, January 30 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Collecting and Organising
Video: Reading, Collecting and Organising  

Week 4 Curating and Storytelling

Date: Tuesday, February 6 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Curating and Storytelling
Video: Curating and Storytelling


  1. Windy Tool
  2. disconnect.me
  3. Storify
  4. Scrivener
  5. Kapsul
  6. Pinterest
  7. Omeka
  8. Mukurtu
  9. Duraspace

For next week:

  1. Difficult Thinking About the Digital Humanities
  2. Knowledge or Tools?
  3. Signs that social scholarship is catching on in the humanities

Week 5 Social Scholarship and Collaboration

Date: Tuesday, February 13 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Social Scholarship and Collaboration
Video: Social Scholarship and Collaboration


  1. Exhibit Tutorials
  2. Facebook Research
  3. Hastac
  4. HubZero
  5. GitHub
  6. Exhibit
  7. Palladio

For Next Week: The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment Evaluating Collaborative Digital Scholarship (or, Where Credit is Due)

Assignment 1  Due

Week 6 Crowdsourcing and Public Engagement

Date: Tuesday, February 20 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Crowdsourcing and Public Engagement
Video: Crowdsourcing and Public Engagement


  1. Hastac
  2. HubZero
  3. Github
  4. Letters of 1916
  5. Transcribe Bentham

For Next Week: DHAwards 2016

Week 7 Community

Date: Tuesday 27 February – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: DH and Community
Video: DH and Community


  1. TAPOR
  2. TAPOR2/3
  3. Voyant
  4. DRAPIeR
  5. DHAwards 2017

For Next Week:

  1. Make sure to Vote in DHAwards 2017
  2. The Power and Danger of Data Visualisation (Short)
  3. The Dangers of Visual Data Manipulation (Short)
  4. The Dangers of Bling Data Visualizations (Short)
  5. Explore KANTAR Infomation is Beautiful Showcase of Showcases (Play)
  6. NYTimes 2016 The Year in Interactive Graphics (Play)

Week 8 Information Visualisation 1: Intro

Date: Tuesday, March 6 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Intro to Data/Info Visualisation
Video: Data Vis Uno

For Next Week:

  1. Context, Content and Critique: Commenting on a Data Visualization Blog Example Critique and Rework from Bret Victor Another Critique from the Why Axis 😉 (Clever) Finally – one more from Robert Kosara On Critique and Redesign by Viegas and Wattenberg What is Spatial History?

Week 9 Information Visualisation 2: Spatial Vis

Date: Tuesday, March 13 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Space, Place and Visualisation
Video: Visualisation Deux

For Next Week:

  1. Using Voyant for Text Analysis (Thanks to Digital History Methods course at Rice University)
  2. Grouping Documents with Topic Models (Thanks to Digital History Methods course at Rice University)

Browse: Text Analysis Methods and Tools

Week 10 Information Visualisation 3: Textual Vis

Date: Tuesday, March 20 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Textual Analysis and Visualisation
Video: Text Analysis and Visualisation


  1. VisualEyes5
  2. Browse: Text Analysis Methods and Tools Using Voyant for Text Analysis Grouping Documents with Topic Models Text Analysis Recipes Wordle.net Voyant Voyant Guide PaperMachines in Zotero To Read or Not to Read – Use of TA Google NGram Viewer New York Times Chronicle Tool Bookworm: Movies Getting Started with Topic Modelling Topic Modeling 2010 Day of DH

Assignment 2 Due Tomorrow

For After the Break: Consider/Imagine/Construct a useful visualisation of Jocker’s Topic Model of Day of DH 2010

Read: Data Humanism, the Revolution will be Visualized

Scott Weingart, “Demystifying Networks”

UCC Easter Break  24 March – 8 April

Week 11
Information Visualisation 4: Net and Relation Vis

Date: Tuesday, March 20 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Net and Relationship Visualisation
Video:  Net Vis


  1. Mapping Shakespeare’s Tragedies
  2. Exploring Dáil Data
  3. Star Wars Social Network
  4. Star Wars Original Storyline (XKCD)
  5. Kindred Britain
  6. Cytoscape
  7. Pajek
  8. NodeXL
  9. LoxaWeb
  10. Netminer
  11. Social Networks Visualiser
  12. Polinode
  13. Onodo

Jenna Townend, “Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Early Modern Networks: The Case of George Herbert and his Imitators,” Literature Compass (2016) Michael Gavin, “Historical Text Networks: The Sociology of Early English Criticism,” Eighteenth-Century Studies (2016) Ruth Ahnert, “Protestant Letter Networks in the Reign of Mary I: A Quantitative Approach,” ELH (2015) Evan Bourke, “Female Involvement, Membership, and Centrality: A Social Network Analysis of the Hartlib Circle,” Literature Compass (2017) Scott Selisker, “The Bechdel Test and the Social Form of Character Networks,” New Literary History (2015)

Week 12 Project Conceptualisation and Design

Date: Tuesday, April 10 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Project Conceptualisation and Design
Video:  Project Design

Week 13 Digital Project Management

Date: Tuesday April 17 – 12:00-14:00
Location: DAH Active Learning Space

Lecture: Digital Project Management
Video:  Digital Project Management

Date: Tuesday/Wednesday May 1/2
Location: DAH Active Learning Space
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