DHSITE 2022: workshops

DHSITE 2022 will offer four intensive two-day workshops between 24 and 27 May. These 10-hour workshops are open to researchers, professionals and students. The workshops are priced at $200 for researchers and professionals and $60 for students and self-employed. Workshops will be delivered in a bimodal format to allow for in-person and remote participation.

Workshop descriptions

A: Digital Curation in the Humanities Classroom (bilingual)
  • Instructors: Jada Watson and Roxanne Lafleur
  • Days: Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25
  • Schedule: 9:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00

Interested in bringing digital curation into the classroom but not sure how? Want to learn how to engage students in digital curation and exhibit building? Curious about how to partner with local institutions and build curation projects for students? 

This workshop will introduce participants to the world of digital curation with an open-source platform called Omeka. Participants will learn principles of archival curation in a digital world and be introduced to the first phases of a digital research project from selecting, digitizing, and describing cultural artefacts. And will share various tools for designing public-facing exhibits. The workshop will also focus on integrating digital curation into the university-level classroom – from ways to design curation projects, to teaching description and exhibit design, and on to different methods of assessment and evaluation. Participants will be provided with pedagogical resources, a variety of examples from different disciplinary settings, and the opportunity to engage in hands-on experience with Omeka.

Jada Watson is an Adjunct professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches in Information Studies and Music and Coordinates Digital Humanities. Principal investigator of the SSHRC-funded SongData project, Watson’s research focuses on the role of market data and data-driven systems in the formation and evolution of genre categories. Her work has been cited in a legal brief submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission, as well as in the Grammy Recording Academy’s Report on Inclusion and Diversity. Dr. Watson integrates a variety of digital humanities methods in her teaching, including digital curation and exhibit building with Omeka, data-driven inquiry, and video analysis.

In her 34 years at the University of Ottawa Library, Roxanne Lafleur has managed image collections and providing users with reference assistance. She was instrumental in the implementation of the library’s digital image collections and as a member of the ARTstor Institutional Advisory Group, which contributed to the creation of Shared Shelf (now known as JSTOR Forum).

As Digital Humanities Support Specialist, she provides guidance, assistance, and training primarily in the areas of digital exhibit curation, custom cataloguing, and imaging. She collaborates on several research- and student-led digital projects, including the Christina Rossetti in Music project.

B: Planning Web Projects for Longevity and Sustainability (English)
  • Instructor: Constance Crompton
  • Days: Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25
  • Schedule: 9:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00

What does it mean for a digital project to be done? What will its final home be, and how will it be preserved for the future? How can we start online projects that will last long after anyone has continued updating them?

Built on the model pioneered by The Endings Project (PIs Janelle Jenstad and Martin Holmes), this workshop sets out to answer these questions and to prepare participants to build web-based projects that are archive-ready and that can live on the web without patching, updates, or migration. No prior technical knowledge is needed: we will start with an overview of the digital dark age that The Endings Project principles could stave off, followed by brief hands-on overview of HTML and CSS. We will then explore how to create an archivable, flat (i.e. databaseless) site, complete with search functionality. We will conclude with a discussion of how to use research data management, versioning, non-dependency, and licensing to ensure project sustainability. Participants are encouraged to bring project ideas and materials (e.g. plain text, digital images etc) with them.

Constance Crompton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities. She co-directs the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project with Michelle Schwartz (Ryerson University) and directs the University of Ottawa’s Labo de Données en Sciences Humaines/Humanities Data Lab. She serves as an associate director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (Victoria). Currently, she, her research team, and colleagues are converting vast amounts of peer-reviewed, authoritative, open-access digital humanities content into linked data—and creating models of the past to inform plans for the future. 

C: Making Research Data Public: Data Curation for Digital Humanists (bilingual)
  • Instructor: Felicity Tayler
  • Days: Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27
  • Schedule: 9:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00

This workshop will provide an overview of the different aspects of data curation and management best practices for Digital Humanists. We will get you started on thinking about how to integrate best practices into your projects, such as: consent and intellectual property in data collection; transforming data into scholarly and creative work; publishing and archiving your data. Workshop participants will follow a Data Primer, collaboratively co-authored by over 30 Digital Humanists that outlines how a Data Flow and Discovery Model helps digital humanists assess and plan their data curation and management needs as an iterative process that can be conducted throughout the life of their research project. The best practices outlined here can be applied across the broad spectrum of digital humanities (DH) methodologies.  

Felicity Tayler, MLIS, PhD is the Research Data Management Librarian at the University of Ottawa. As a member of the National Training Experts Group at the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, she specializes in Digital Humanities data. Her interests include art historical metadata modeling, data visualization, and the print culture of artistic community. Her work as co-applicant on the SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb partnership positions the visualization of co-publishing metadata as an entry point into oral history narratives, public events and exhibition practices. Tayler’s critical and scholarly writing has been published widely and related exhibitions have taken place at Artexte and the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, among other venues.

D: Introduction to Linked Open Data with LINCS (English)
  • Instructors: Kim Martin and Susan Brown
  • Days: Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27
  • Schedule: 9:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00

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.

Kim Martin is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Guelph and the Research Board Chair at the LINCS Project. Her PhD from the University of Western Ontario’s Library and Information Studies Department focussed on the role of serendipity in historian’s information-seeking, in both physical and digital environments. This work is now being extended to look at the ways that linked data and the semantic web can provide both serendipitous environments for humanities scholars, and expose the contextual information they need for their research.

Susan Brown is a Professor of English at the University of Guelph, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship, and Visiting Professor in English and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. She explores the impact of new technologies on knowledge production, representation, and publication. Her research involves collaborating to produce experimental online resources; making prototypes, interfaces, tools, and infrastructure to support socialized scholarship; investigating the potential of linked data and the semantic web to support inquiry into difference, diversity, and the nuances of culture; and examining the effects of rapid social and technological changes on writing in the Victorian period.


Registration will open soon. Please fill-out this form to specific your workshop interest. We will email you once registration opens.

Questions? Email the DH Coordinator at dhnarts@uOttawa.ca.