CWRCShop at DHSI 2015

logo-dhsiCWRC is once again offering a course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. The CWRC-Shop will run June 8-12, 2015, at the beautiful University of Victoria. Visit the DHSI website to find the full course list and information on registration and scholarships. This year, DHSI has expanded to three weeks and offers more courses than ever before. Read a bit about last year’s CWRC-shop here, and read the full description of the course below.

Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop)

Susan Brown, with Mihaela Ilovan, and Michael Brundin

Online resources play an important role in contemporary scholarship, both at the point of production, and the point of dissemination. The web offers many opportunities for online publication, whether through social media or through the dissemination of scholarship via more formal scholarly channels in online journals. In between these two stages, however, most scholars still collect materials for study, do much of their analysis, and prepare scholarship for publication on personal computers. This means that work in progress and working archives are stored in silos on individual hard drives, making it harder to share information and ideas or to benefit from those of other scholars while the work is still in formative stages. There is an unrealized potential for sharing, reducing the time spent on lower-level activities, and collaborating either passively or actively.

This course takes up the movement of scholarship to online environments, exploring possibilities for collaboration throughout the entire scholarly workflow, with an emphasis on leveraging computers to assist with the collaborative process. Collaborative scholarship in this context ranges from co-ordination of members of research groups engaged in distributed and asynchronous work on a single project to looser collaborations of scholars working in the same general area wanting to ensure that their research materials are shared and interoperable with each other. While the course will touch on matters such as the management of collaborative relationships, it is not primarily about this aspect of collaboration, but rather on the potential for leveraging standards and systems to enable collaborative scholarship online.

The course is suitable for those wishing a general introduction to digital humanities as well as for those wishing to initiate a longer-term project, providing a general introduction to key principles associated with undertaking DH scholarship, ranging from platform-independent data formats and metadata standards to text markup, preservation challenges, and semantic web principles. It will touch on practical, institutional and cultural challenges associated with collaboration, as well as strategies for deciding what types and levels of collaboration are right for particular individuals or projects. Through readings, discussion, and hands-on sessions, participants will engage with the topic of collaboration in broad terms, while also being introduced to a number of fundamental principles related to the sorts of choices facing scholars engaging with digital research environments.

Hands-on experience will be provided primarily within the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory’s online environment. However, long-term participation in CWRC is not a condition of the course; participants will be able to export the digital objects they create. Participants will be expected to contribute over the course of the week to a single collaborative class project, but will also have the option of bringing their own materials and beginning to develop individual or group projects. Participants should bring a wireless-capable laptop.

This offering is co-sponsored by the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada.