Spring / Summer

Montreal Digital Humanities Showcase 2013

May 22, 1-4pm Leacock 232
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - DUE MAY 12 to Digital.Humanities [at] mcgill.ca

Are you using digital research methodologies and resources in your humanities research and scholarship? Or are you making new tools or applications? We want to hear about it! The Showcase is an informal occasion to bring together Montreal’s faculty and student researchers to discuss current work-in-progress. Presentations should be snappy and short: a maximum of 5 minutes (we’ll have a projector and sound!) Your quick paced and punchy presentation will be followed by 15-20 mins of open floor discussion on your work. New to Digital Humanities? No worries – we’re also interested in how you can re-imagine or think about your work using digital tools and methods. If you’re thinking about a new project, or want to transform your research using digital methods, put something together and make the pitch to a friendly room. Students are strongly encouraged to present, and group presentations are welcome! Communications en Francais ou Anglais!! Hosted by McGill Digital Humanities.

who: Montreal Researchers

What: Projects using or considering digital technologies & Methods, resources, or tools in humanistic research

how: send a 200 word description to digital.humanities [at] mcgill.ca

when: by may 12th

Where: McGill University

Do: Prepare a 5 minute snappy short on your work for an interdisciplinary audience


Workshop: The Pre-Modern Manuscript and Digitization

Feb 7, 10am 688 Sherbrooke rm 455
(RSVP required, limited space)


Roger Easton “The Impending Second Renaissance: Imaging Technologies and the Future of Manuscript Studies”

Feb 20, 5pm, Arts 160

Hosted by McGill Medievalists


McGill 2013 DH Lecture
Matt Kirschenbaum (Maryland)

Mar 21, 630pm, reception to precede in conjunction with Interacting with Print, from 5pm.


Andy Stauffer (Virginia) Director of NINES

Sept 21, 930-11am Ferrier 456

Sept 21, 5-630pm Leacock 232 – Interacting with Print Public Lecture


Sebastien Caquard (Concordia)

Nov 2, 3-430pm, Burnside 426 – co-sponsored with Geography’s Geospectives Speaker Series


Gregory Crane (Humboldt) Director of Perseus

Nov. 27, 4-530pm Leacock 232


Jon Voss (HistoryPin), "Q & A with Historypin, Crowdsourcing History on a Massive Collaborative Scale"

Dec 12, 10am Ferrier 456.

 Jon Voss is the Strategic Partnerships Director of Historypin. He recently organized the first International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit, hosted by the Internet Archive and funded by the Sloan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He's also the project manager of Civil War Data 150, a collaborative project utilizing Linked Open Data to connect and discover information about the American Civil War during the 150th anniversary. Jon is a native Michigander and long time resident of San Francisco. 

About HistoryPin: A new take on Oral / Public History?  see http://www.historypin.com/

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories. Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world.


Dirk Wintergruen, Robert Casties, Jamil Ragep (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / McGill) "The Open Mind database of the Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative (ISMI) "

Dec 13, 1pm, Arts 160

Traditional databases work well with structured data that can be organized into tables. But humanist scholars often deal with very unstructured information that is fluid and in need of flexible structures. The Open Mind database of the Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative (ISMI) was developed by humanist scholars and technical experts working jointly through a partnership between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin and McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies. The technical humanists and humanist technicians from both Institutes will discuss their experiences over almost a decade in developing the database and answer questions about how other projects can profit from the experiences made during the development of the project and how this open-source data structure might be re-used by other humanist scholars. 


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