Today digital humanists across the globe (follow the project here) are participating in the third annual Day of DH, what I’ve come to think of as a fascinating cultural and academic experiment: part consciousness raising and DH awareness; part social and collaborative composing and publishing; and part data creation, mining, and visualization. Here’s the project’s own description:
A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is a community publication project that will bring together digital humanists from around the world to document what they do on one day, March 18th. The goal of the project is to create a web site that weaves together the journals of the participants into a picture that answers the question, “Just what do computing humanists really do?” Participants will document their day through photographs and commentary in a blog-like journal. The collection of these journals with links, tags, and comments will make up the final work which will be published online.
On March 18th, participants will document and share the events of their day. However participants will also become co-authors, and the direction of the entire project will be influenced by their choices, both before and after the day of documentation. Eventually, the data will be grouped together, undergo some light semantic editing, and released for others to study. We hope that, beyond the original online publication, the raw data will be of use to those interested in further visualization or ethnographic experiments.
I’ll be posting to my Day of DH later today, and while it’s too late to participate (if you haven’t yet signed up), rest assured that observing/following this great blogging experiment is an equally worthwhile endeavor.