Critical Approaches in DH

Collaborative notes taken by paricipants of the DH Summer School Switzerland:

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Tutorial/Workshop Session 1: David Berry(@berrydm): Digital Humanities: Critical Approaches in Digital Humanities

[notes by @xaentenza]

*EXERCISE*: Start thinking about Digital Humanities. David Berry starts asking: what comes to mind? The key to notion of DH? (keywords given by auditorium)
– sharing
– community
– interactivity
– computation (digital)
– archives (clearly a keyword, and what he calls “infinite archive”)
– visualisation
– funds
– cybernetics
– search infrastructure / environnement
– Virtual Research Environnement
– national culture
– iteration
– Open Access/copyright
– discovery
– digital literacy
– databases
– remediation
– access: TOS, Licencing, Use
– curation
– big data
– editing (text editing)
– publishing
– tools and methods
– interoperability/DH Islands
– Crowd sourcing
– “More hack less yack”
– gamification
– transcription
– academic promotion, recognition
– GIS, mapping
Map of keywords associated with DH on blackboard:
*EXERCISE* Choose 5 keyterms and think how they play out (groups of 6 persons).
Every group gives now a summary of what they talked about
[Bad wi-fi, and internal discussions between the groups hard to reproduce]
Group 1:
digital photography changed last years. Photography now is about stream. Got photographs by systems.
Argument about “remediation” Remediation, an overused word? A crouch people use, empty word. But for others, remediation is useful (but why).
Group 2: 
Talking about gamification. Gamification:  difficult subject. Gamification is using of game structure, encouraging  using tricks to get the users to do some things.
Good things and what is just “sexy” things for DH. Talking about cheating the users.
Group 3: 
Talk about transcription and its problems. In Lausanne, program building database about Pays de Vaud in XVIIIe century (Lumières Lausanne, First, transcribe documents in Word by instruments. They noticed is that some students wanted to reproduce the words layout. Also discovered that some didn’t know about writing in the 18th Century. Lot of work to edit and correct all of that word data.
Group 4:
Began with sustainability and talked about digital data, archeological missions.
Group 5: 
Practices in different countries, promotion, libraries, …