Instructor: Susanna Allés Torrent
The growing field of Digital Humanities is enriching not only the academic world but also libraries and cultural institutions. An introduction to Digital Humanities is a great opportunity to introduce you to new methods and general tendencies within the humanities in general.
The course will also focus on the principles of the text analysis and text mining and will present some of the most common programs, in order to ask new questions and offer new ways to view and analyze texts (that otherwise, and done by hand, would be time consuming or even impossible).
You will have the opportunity to learn other markup languages, such as XML (eXtensible Markup Language), and the principles of the Text Encoding Initiative. This will allow you to understand the great challenges that faces digital scholarly edition nowadays.
You will also get in touch, even in a superficial way, with other metadata standards used by GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) and understand the relevance and mechanisms of cataloguing and structuring data.
By the end of the course, you will be familiar with digital tools and digital methods in literary studies in order to broaden your digital skills, techniques and methodological approaches to your current and future research. The class format will be part lecture, part hands-on. The course will be given in Spanish but readings and materials will be in either English or Spanish.
Even though the course has technical components, no previous computer programming or design experience is required.
The seminar has six main units:
- Computer basics: how the terminal works; server and connections
- Building a webpage: basics of HTML, CSS
- XML and Text Encoding Initiative
- Text mining and Text Analysis
- Metadata for GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums)
- Set up a simple website hosted from a Linux Apache server (CUNIX): http://www.columbia.edu/~yourUNI/ (10%)
- Markup of a text in XML/TEI, transformation and creation of a small webpage (20%)
- Textual Analysis of a literary work with one of the tools seen in class and a written paper about the results (no more than 2 pages, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, 1’5 space, with 1 inch margins). (10%)
- Description of a bibliographic item in Dublin Core, MARC, EAD, METS, RDF or MODS (10%)
- Final digital project (50%)
###Weekly Breakdown and assignments for each lecture Lecture 1 Introduction
Lecture 2 (Unit 1) DH Definition, History, and Projects
- Course materials
- Lisa Spiro, “Getting Started in Digital Humanities”, Journal of Digital Humanities 1.1, Winter 2011.
- M. Kirschenbaum, “What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments”, ADE Bulletin 150, 2010.
- Edward Vanhoutte, “The Gates of Hell: History and Definition of Digital / Humanities / Computing”, in M. Terras, J. Nyhan, E. Vanhoutte (eds.), Defining Digital Humanities. A reader, Surrey (UK) – Burlington (USA): Ashgate, 2013
- M. Popova, (“Digital Humanities Spotlight: 7 Important Digitization Projects”)(https://www.brainpickings.org/2011/08/12/digital-humanities-7-important-digitization-projects/), Brain Pickings (Blog)
Lecture 3 (Unit 2) Computer basics
Lecture 4 (Unit 3) Building a Webpage Basics of HTML
- Michaud. Foundations of Web design: introduction to HTML and CSS.  (“01. HTML Foundations”, “02. Text Elements”, “03. Links and Objects”; “04. Tables”)
- W3Schools, HTML(5) Tutorial
Lecture 5 Basic of CSS
- Course materials
- Michaud. Foundations of Web design: introduction to HTML and CSS.  (“05. CSS Introduction”, “Part 02”)
- W3Schools, CSS Tutorial
Lecture 6 HTML & CSS
- Codecademy, HTML & CSS (Tutorial)
Lecture 7 Frameworks: Jekyll
Lecture 8 (Unit 4) Extensible Markup Language & Text Encoding Initiative
- Course materials: S. Allés Torrent, Introducción a la edición digital de textos TEI-XML, Tema 1 - 2, 2015
- Burnard, What is the Text Encoding Initiative?, 2014 (Part II)
Lecture 9 Extensible Markup Language & Text Encoding Initiative
- Course materials: S. Allés Torrent, Introducción a la edición digital de textos TEI-XML, Tema 3 - 6, 2015
- TEI by Example. (0-3) (Tutorial)
Lecture 10 (Unit 5) Text Mining and Text Analysis Tools Overview: Voyant Tools, AntConc RStudio
Lecture 11 Text Mining and Text Analysis
- Jockers, Matthew. Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature. Cham: Springer, 2014.
Lecture 12 (Unit 6) Metadata for GLAM
- Course materials
- National Information Standards Organization. Understanding Metadata. Bethesda: NISO, 2004
Lecture 13 Metadata for GLAM
- Eva Méndez y José A. Senso, Introducción a los metadatos. Estándares y Aplicación, SEDIC, 2004
Lecture 14 Digital Projects presentations
Note: This course was taught for the first time in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (Spanish G4025 section 001) at Columbia University. Fall 2015