Last week, students wrote about Digital Humanities projects. This week, you’ll write about a DH tool.
If you’re able to, install or explore the tool you’ve been assigned to get a sense of what it’s for and how it works. Some tools will be easy/practical to install, while others may simply require research on your part to get a sense of what it does. Once you have a sense, tell the class about the tool, how it works, and whether it is likely to be useful for our digital projects. The questions here are not meant to be a list that you answer systematically, but to spur your thought process as you write about the tool:
- What is the primary purpose of this tool?
- How have people used this tool in a digital-humanities context OR how might someone use this tool in a digital-humanities context?
- What does this tool do that other tools can’t?
- What is distinctive/notable about this tool’s approach?
- How would this tool be useful to scholars doing/presenting research?
- If we wanted to use this tool, how would we get started with it?
- If this is a tool that many of us are already familiar with, what are some features of the tool we might not know about?
- Are there any aspects of this tool that might be useful to the project groups in our class as they conceive of, design, and implement their digital projects?
The goal of this report is less to judge or evaluate any given DH tool than to explore how DH scholars are doing and to find aspects of these projects that might inform the approach of groups in our class.
The specific assignments/projects we discussed in class are after the break.
Google Earth: yurakim
Google Books: erinmullins
Google Docs/Google Drive: allyouellette
Hathitrust Digital Library: davidquinlan
SIMILE Timeline: robshimshock