DHSITE 2021

DHSITE is going virtual!

DHSITE 2021 is taking place the weeks of May 17-21 and 24-28. This year, we are offering six 18-hour micro-course workshops that will unfold over this two-week period. Workshop topics include an Introduction to Python (in English and in French), Issues in Digital Humanities, Introduction to Linked Open Data, Text Analysis and Machine Translation.

Part of DHSITE2021, the University of Ottawa Library will deliver a two-day research data management workshop!

The workshop will unfold on Friday of both weeks (May 21 and 28) and will cover all areas of data management including: IP permissions and informed consent, data collection, metadata standards, file sharing, preservation (data deposit), and data sharing through the open data spectrum of access.

Visit the “Making Research Data Public” website for a complete schedule and information about registration.

Registration to the panel and the workshops is now open!


Registration is open! Be sure to reserve your spot. Micro-course workshops with low pre-registration will be cancelled.

DHSITE 2021’s micro-course workshops will have 18 hours of class time, spread over two weeks. Each micro-course workshop will have 3 hours of class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of both weeks. After each week, participants will have small assignments to work on to apply the techniques learned in class.

Micro-course Workshop and Schedule

Session A Workshops

  • Weeks: May 17-21 and May 24-28
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Time: 9:00-12:00 (eastern standard time)
A: Introduction to Python (English)

This micro-course introduces Python, a programming language that is very popular both within the Digital Humanities community and in the software industry as a whole. We will cover concepts common to most programming languages, such as variables, conditional statements, data structures, loops and functions, as well as Python-specific idioms and functionality. These concepts will be applied to real-life humanities problems in text mining and data visualization.

Course Codes – Section A is full!

  • DHN 3312 A for undergraduate students
  • DHN 5101 A for graduate students
  • DHN 0900 A for special students

NEW SECTION:

  • DHN 3312 G for undergraduate students
  • DHN 5101 G for graduate students
  • DHN 0900 G for special students
A: Introduction au Python (Français)

Ce micro-cours présente Python, un langage de programmation qui est très populaire tant au sein de la communauté des sciences humaines numériques que dans l’industrie du logiciel dans son ensemble. Nous couvrirons les concepts communs à la plupart des langages de programmation, tels que les variables, les instructions conditionnelles, les structures de données, les boucles et les fonctions, ainsi que les idiomes et les fonctionnalités spécifiques à Python. Ces concepts seront appliqués à des problèmes réels de sciences humaines dans l’exploration de textes et la visualisation de données.

Course Codes:

  • DHN 3712 A for undergraduate students
  • DHN 5501 A for graduate students
  • DHN 0900 F for special Students
B: Issues in Digital Humanities (English)

This workshop will introduce participants to the variety of scholarly activity taking place within what is called the “Digital Humanities” (DH). We will look at the state of the debate around defining ‘Digital Humanities’, a still evolving area of scholarly praxis, discussing and exploring issues around: collaboration models in DH; web-enabled public or social scholarship; large-scale curation and analysis (“big data”, distant reading); the significance of modeling or making (programming, coding, hacking, fabricating); and the role of cultural criticism (issues around gender, sexuality, race and economics) in DH.

Course Codes:

  • DHN 3312 B for undergraduate students;
  • DHN 5101 B for graduate students
  • DHN 0900 B for special students

Session B Workshops

  • Weeks: May 17-21 and May 24-28
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Time: 2:30-5:30 (eastern standard time)
C: Introduction to Linked Open Data (English)

This workshop serves as an introduction to the semantic web for humanities researchers interested in learning to use Linked Open Data (LOD) for their research. We will begin with a conceptual overview of the problems that LOD tries to address, explanation of the components of the LOD stack, and an overview of several projects that use LOD. Participants will learn how to interact with LOD through a range of interfaces, and to critically evaluate from a research perspective the ways in which the data is structured and presented. We will explore several methods of creating linked open data, as well as tools for data cleanup and conversion. Our consideration of ontologies and vocabularies for LOD will include methods of locating, evaluating, and choosing among possible ontologies. Participants are encouraged to bring a small body of content they are interested in mobilizing in the form of an essay, article, primary text for editing; XML (e.g. TEI or MODS) data; or a spreadsheet or CSV file. These will form the basis of discussions, analyses, and experimentation with tools.

Course Codes:

  • DHN 3312 C for undergraduate students
  • DHN 5101 C for graduate students
  • DHN 0900 C for special students
D: Text Analysis (English)

How can digital tools be used to analyse texts? What tools are available and what can be learned through this type of analysis? Technology has given us means to directly shape and examine research materials with tools like nVivo, Gephi or Voyant Tools. These powerful software offer solutions to sort data according to its core themes or concepts, as well as to visualize and interpret the data in a way that would not have been possible otherwise. For example, these tools can allow a researcher to discover networks in texts or evaluate the proximity of terms. By the end of this workshop, attendees will learn innovative methods to analyze and visualize their own data with nVivo, Gephi and Voyant Tools.

Course Codes:

  • DHN 3312 D for undergraduate students
  • DHN 5101 D for graduate students
  • DHN 0900 D for special students
E: Machine Translation (English)

Interested in becoming a more critical and informed user of machine translation? This workshop will introduce linguistic and data-driven approaches to machine translation and teach participants how to evaluate their respective strengths and weaknesses. Participants will reflect on human-computer interaction by considering what happens before, during, and after the translation process. This will include learning how to pre-edit input texts (using controlled language techniques) and post-edit machine translation output. Participants will also learn how text typology, communicative function, translation purpose and situational factors can inform decisions about if and when machine translation could be an appropriate choice for meeting translation needs.

Course Codes:

  • DHN 3312 E for undergraduate students
  • DHN 5101 E for graduate students
  • DHN 0900 E for special students

Registration

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Instructions are outlined below based on registration status.

The DHSITE micro-course workshops are designed for both researchers/professionals and students, with the view of gaining more technical, methodological and theoretical grounding in a particular area of digital humanities research.

Researchers/Professionals

Researchers/Professionals will register through the Undergraduate Office of the Faculty of Arts as a Special Student. Registration will provide access to the learning management system, the library, and other services for the duration of the course. Registration for Researchers/Professionals is $300.00 CAD per microcourse.

Registration will open on April 14, 2021.

If you have never applied to or studied at uOttawa, follow steps 1-3. If you have a uOttawa student number, follow steps 3 and 4 only.

  1. Complete the Personal identification form for undergraduate students. This will accelerate the registration process at the Faculty of Arts. Select the special student category of Personal Interest.
  2. You will receive an email confirming the creation of your profile and student ID.
  3. Obtain written permission from the Coordinator of Digital Humanities for the micro-course of interest.
  4. Forward this permission to arts@uOttawa.ca to request enrolment as a Special Student in the appropriate DHN course code(s) provided in the list below. Include a completed Special Student registration form in the attachment, and identify first and last names and your uOttawa ID in the email. Please include in the email the DHN0900 course codes and section titles in the email (as well as in the form). Please cc dhnarts@uOttawa.ca in the email.

Once all required documents have been received, an agent will verify that there is space in the micro-course and proceed with your enrolment and send you a confirmation email. Once enrolled, you must pay your tuition fees within the next 24 hours. For more information on how to pay fees, visit the uOttawa page on Methods of payment.

Note: this process is for DHSITE only and does not apply for permission to take a regular course or seminar in the undergraduate or graduate level programs at the University of Ottawa. For more information on either of these processes please email the Undergraduate Studies or Graduates Studies office of the Faculty of Arts.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students can take these micro-course workshops and receive 1.5 units toward their degree. The schedule was built so that students can take two micro-courses to earn 3 credits over the course of the two-week summer institute. Undergraduate students may register to take this course “out of program”, and the micro-course will still appear on their transcript. Registration fees are calculated based on cost per unit at the appropriate level of study. Visit the University of Ottawa website for more information about fee calculations.

Registration for Undergraduate Students opens on March 31, 2021 online through the registration portal.

Students that do not have the prerequisites (DHN1100 and DHN2100) will be unable to register online and must email dhnarts@uOttawa.ca to request permission to register for a micro-course workshop. Please include in your email your full name and student number, the course code (including section and title) and the Coordinator will reply with instructions for registration. Note that undergraduate students will register with the DHN3312 or DHN3712 codes.

Undergraduate students from institutions other than the University of Ottawa will be able to register as of April 14, 2021. Details to follow.

Graduate Students

Graduate students from the University of Ottawa may also register for these micro-workshops, but must obtain permission from their academic unit to register in the DHSITE micro-course workshops and to have the credit count toward their program of study. Graduate students may register to take this course “out of program”, and the micro-course will still appear on their transcript. Registration fees are calculated based on cost per unit at the appropriate level of study. Visit the University of Ottawa website for more information about fee calculation.

Registration opens on March 25, 2021.

Students registered in a graduate program at the University of Ottawa require permission from their academic unit to be able to register for a DHSITE workshop. Please contact the director of graduate studies in your department to request permission to register in these workshops and be sure to indicate if are seeking permission to register and have the credit count towards your degree (for credit) or for your own research interests (not for credit, but as “out of program”).

Once you have permission, forward that email to the Graduate Studies Office in your faculty to request enrolment in the appropriate DHN course code(s) provided in the list below. Include the duly completed graduate student enrolment form, your first and last names, your uOttawa ID, the course code and your registration type (for credit or out of program). Please cc dhnarts@uOttawa.ca on the email.

Graduate Students from other institutions than the University of Ottawa will register as Special Students to DHSITE. The special student status applies to those who do not intend to complete a degree at the University of Ottawa but wish to take certain courses without being subject to the requirements of a particular program.

There are two steps required for registration as a special student to DHSITE micro-courses:

  1. Obtain written permission from the Coordinator of Digital Humanities for the micro-course of interest (you can simply reply to this email to request permission and include the course codes, letter section and title along with your level of study and institution).
  2. Once you receive written permission from me, you can forward the email to the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Arts by email and include a registration form duly completed. (Please include dhnarts@uOttawa.ca in cc on the email)

Once all required documents have been received, an agent will verify that there is space in the micro-course and proceed with your enrolment and send you a confirmation email. Once enrolled, you must pay your tuition fees within the next 24 hours.

For more information on tuition and university fees please consult the fee calculator.

Note: this process is for DHSITE only and does not apply for permission to take a regular course or seminar in the undergraduate or graduate level programs at the University of Ottawa. For more information on either of these processes please email the Graduates Studies office of the Faculty of Arts.

Questions? Issues with registration? Contact the DH Coordinator at dhnarts@uOttawa.ca.