DH Toolbox

The DH Toolbox workshops are a series of hands-on sessions introducing cutting edge tools and techniques in the digital humanities. The series was started by University of Ottawa Library, and organised by the DH Coordinator for the last two years. One of the most popular outreach events in digital humanities on campus, it has drawn participants from Arts, Medicine, Engineering, the University of Ottawa and St. Pauls Libraries, Libraries and Archives Canada, and Ingenium.


The DH Toolbox series is held on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 13:00 in the CreatorSpace (Pérez Hall, room 302), on the dates indicated below. This year the series will be offered in a hybrid format, with in-person attendance in the CreatorSpace and an option to attend remotely via Zoom. Registration is now open for remote participation via the links below. (Registration is not needed for in-person attendance.)

Masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged to ensure the safety of all participants.

We look forward to welcoming you this Fall!


28 September: Intro to Git and Github

Yoo Young Lee, Head, Information Technology (University of Ottawa Library)

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This hands-on workshop covers the basics of Git and GitHub for version control and collaboration. Git as version control software and GitHub as an online repository to easily store and share your projects have been widely used and adapted by academic communities for their research. In this beginner workshop, Librarian Yoo Young Lee will introduce key concepts of Git, create your own Git repository, publish it to GitHub, and clone/fork one of the existing GitHub repository. No previous experience is required.

Before joining the workshop, create a free GitHub account, and download Atom (or any other text editors that you like) and GitHub Desktop on your computer. 

Please bring your laptop to the workshop.

12 October: Static: a workflow for building websites that lasts

Dr. Constance Crompton, CRC in Digital Humanities and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication (University of Ottawa)

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Built on the model pioneered by The Endings Project (https://endings.uvic.ca/), this toolbox session demonstrates how to build web-based projects that are archive-ready and that can live on the web without patching, updates, or migration once they are complete (or when grant funds run out!). Led by Professor Constance Crompton, this workshop will start with a brief overview of HTML and CSS. We will then explore how to create an archivable, flat (i.e. databaseless) site, complete with search functionality.

2 November: Networks, Databases, and Collective Memories: A Look at Digitized Diasporic Memory

Candide Uyanze, graduate Digital Humanities program (University of Ottawa) and of Digital Futures (OCAD)

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In this workshop, alumna of the Digital Humanities program at the University of Ottawa Candide Uyanze will discuss the process behind Digitized Diasporic Memory. The project is a collective conversational archive which explores the relationship, intersections, connections, and divergent experiences between Black people in the African diaspora residing on Turtle Island. Candide will cover how she used Airtable and NocoDB to create a collaborative database of crowd-sourced audio memories which respond to each other. Next, she’ll discuss how she used Logseq (an open-source knowledge-base) to convert the database into a web application that maps and visualizes the connections between the submitted stories.

With an understanding of diaspora as networked, rhizomatic, and tentacled, Candide will illustrate how “freemium” and open-source software can be leveraged for collective storytelling, knowledge sharing, and what Anne-Laure Le Cunff describes as mind-to-mind networks.

16 November: Now I can see my tongue: Using ultrasound tongue imaging for linguistic research

Dr. Suzy Ahn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics (University of Ottawa)

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Ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) has become more and more popular in the field of linguistics, as a tool for phonetic and phonological research and fieldwork. In this DH Toolbox session, Professor Suzy Ahn will discuss some technical details of ultrasound tongue imaging including its pros and cons, data collection, and some methods for analysis. Some linguistic research topics using UTI will be introduced as well as how this technique is applicable to other fields such as second language learning and speech pathology. 

30 November: Trekking through Research Data Terrain: Data Discovery and (Re)use Among Digital Humanists

Lina Harper, graduate student in the Master of Information Studies (University of Ottawa)

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Where do digital humanists find data? How do they use data? In this DH Toolbox workshop, Master of Information Studies student Lina Harper will share preliminary findings from her thesis about data and DH scholars. We’ll run through a little bit of the methodology to show how interviews can be coded for thematic analysis in NVivo. Lina will also center her lived ADHD experience to reflect on the challenges and opportunities this brain differences bring to writing a thesis.