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CDHI Associate Director wins $449,922 to build counter-archive of diverse refugee experiences

Professor Thy Phu (Arts, Culture, and Media, UTSC and Associate Director, CDHI) has been awarded $449,922 through the SSHRC Race, Gender, and Diversity Initiative Grant competition. The Refugee States partnership will build the capacity of non-profit organizations and peer researchers to create and preserve knowledge that they want and need through the development of workshops on visual and digital storytelling.

My Experience with UTL Technical Skills Outreach Project and The Carpentries

By Sarah Park My first experience with a university community for technical skills was at UBC’s R Study Group. While I was working at UBC as an undergraduate student employee, my supervisor told me about this group where I could learn the programming language R. The student volunteers in the R Study Group led lessons using sample data in .csv files and R. I still clearly remember my experience of putting sticky notes on my laptop to indicate if I was doing fine, or if I was stuck. This spring...

The Global History Classroom: An Experiment in Collaborative, Intercultural Digital Humanities Education

By Elisa Tersigni                     International education can be a transformative experience for students, giving them a broader perspective and increasing cultural awareness. But for most students, international experiences are inaccessible: even study abroad programs, which are designed to lower the cost of international education, can be prohibitively expensive, and many students have commitments...

The Role Communities Play in Fostering Technical Skills

By Meaghan Carthy The opportunity to learn computational/data literacy or library skills can be exceedingly difficult to come by, especially for those who face barriers in knowing where to start or find and/or finding an inclusive and welcoming community to foster their growth. These barriers are especially an issue for people in non-STEM fields, and/or people who are often marginalized from computational skill resources or opportunities. These barriers can make taking up computational or...

Digital Humanities and Teaching Technical Skills to Novice Learners with The Carpentries 

By Elizabeth Parke It was in 2016, as the newly hired University of Toronto, Digital Humanities Network - Council for Library and  Information Resources (CLIR) postdoctoral fellow that I first learned about The Carpentries. The Carpentries: Data, Software, and Library Carpentries are communities of practice that offered me, a very novice technical skills learner, a way to think about the DH work I wanted to do in conjunction with the skills I needed to learn in order to do this work. I...

Thinking Together with Marginalia: A Reflection on Hypothes.is

Reading can be a solitary activity—an interior conversation between reader and author. Often this conversation unfolds as marginalia. While I typically read with a notebook next to me, much of my thoughts and reactions to what I read are overlayed directly on the text. An underlined phrase, a scribbled connection, a stray exclamation point reflecting the thrill of being surprised (amazing!) or feeling righteously indignant (how dare he!?!). While I’ve experimented with the highlighting and comment features offered by different pdf readers, these have never felt as satisfying as the closeness of scribbling my reflections alongside the text that prompted them.

Earlier in October, I had the pleasure of having my private world of pen and paper marginalia broadened by the concept of social annotation.

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