Author Archives: Alex Gil

Progress Report: THATCamp Caribe 2

We have great news to report! Casa de las Americas recently agreed to host the event. We were waiting for confirmation before delving into the planning in earnest. The event will likely take place on the second week of November. Our organizing committee is fully formed, with two teams, one in Cuba, one international.

The Cuban team:
Sandra Alvarez Ramírez
Yasmín S. Portales Machado
Milena Recio Silva
Luis Rondón Paz
Maité Hernádez Lorenzo

The International team:
Sonya Donaldson (Jamaica)
Rachel Finn (USA)
Amanda French (USA)
Alex Gil (Republica Dominicana)
James Neal (USA)
Amilcar Priestley (Panama)
Mamyrah Prosper (Haiti)
Marta S. Rivera Monclova (Puerto Rico)
German Vargas (Puerto Rico)

The Cuban team will be in charge of local logistics and local advertising. We will try to arrange for hotels and room rentals (a more economic option). Casa de las Americas is centrally located and it is easy to reach it from many different quarters. Local advertising will hopefully draw campers from the cities and the countryside.

The international team will be in charge of fundraising and running the site. The site will be run in both Spanish and English. We are still working out the translation duties. We will also try to have a version of the site that can operate on low bandwidths. Fundraising is a major goal of this THATCamp because it helps us attract scholars and students from the Caribbean. We hope to be even more aggressive than on last year’s THATCamp. We are also placing few limits on the range of possible funders. We do have to consider that some funders are out of the question because on their relationship to Cuba.

The whole team will soon meet to decide on registration dates and admission caps! Stay tuned for more.

Around DH in 80 Days

It is my pleasure to introduce to you one of our first pilot projects at GO::DH, Around DH in 80 Days!

AroundDH hopes to be a fun way to introduce the work of colleagues around the world to those who are just starting out. Everyday for 80 days we will visit a group or projects across the globe. An editorial board will select a total of 80 groups or projects out of master list created by volunteers like you. Groups in the list will be approached to describe themselves and highlight their work in 200 words or less. We will do our best to bring attention to digital scholarship outside of Canada, Europe, the US and Japan. In that sense, we are departing from a broad and inclusive vision of DH. Besides the audience of new comers, the global scope of the tour should also attract some of the more seasoned DH’ers. The greatest challenge of the editorial board is to balance the geographical margins with the greatest-hits of the northern mainstream. The greatest hope of the project is to paint enough of a broad picture of digital humanities to redefine it in the process. Thus, AroundDH can be read not only as a tour of the globe, but also as a dance around the periphery of DH.

The project began as an email experiment. One email was sent daily from my outbox to all the librarians in the H&H division at Columbia with the subject “The DH Daily.” Everyday, our librarians, who are in the middle of a 2-year professional development program to become the consultation arm of our Digital Humanities Center at Columbia, would visit a different DH center or project. Others outside of Columbia heard about the experiment and wanted to be included in the email list. The appeal was the small dosages. Like the librarians, the rise of DH across the land has brought crowds of DH-curious academic professionals and students to our doors asking, where do I begin?’ At the same time that the emails were going out, I was slowly but surely becoming part of the conversations around Global Outlook DH. There we were trying to discover as much as we could about the world outside the fields of vision of the member-nations of the ADHO. Eventually these two sets of concerns blend into one, and thus was born the idea for Around DH in 80 days.

The project is currently being developed by Ryan Cordell’s Doing Digital Humanities graduate class (#s13dh). You are still welcome to contribute to our global list. After Ryan’s class develops the first stage of the project, the project will be passed around the world for refinement and translation. Around DH indeed!

If you or your team would like to volunteer to translate the project once it’s ready, and/or become part of the editorial board that makes the final decisions for inclusion, please send me a line.

Election Results

Last week GO::DH ran a call for nominations/volunteers to join the executive or stand for chair. There was one nomination for chair, Daniel Paul O’Donnell, who is therefore acclaimed; there were 16 volunteers/nominees for the executive, all of whom were invited to join the inaugural committee (for this inaugural year, no volunteers were turned away: this year’s executive will debate more formal bylaws this coming year):

Sara Sikes (
Yasmin Portales Machado (
Joey Hung (
David Large (
Adeline Koh (
Dan Sondheim (
Timothy Thompson (
Domenico Fiormonte (
Laurie Taylor (
Innocent Opara (
Ernesto Priani (
Brian Rosenblum (
Barbara Bordalejo (
Marcus Bingenheimer (
Titilola Babalola (
Alex Gil (

An additional 3 members were appointed to the executive from the ADHO Constituent organisations as allowed by the GO::DH bylaws:

Ernesto Priego ( (ACH)
Paul Arthur ( (CenterNet)
Øyvind Eide ( (ALLC)

The executive is now establishing some core administrative principles and positions (webmaster, secretary, etc.) and will be announcing new vacancies and initiatives in the next week or so. As always we welcome all expressions of interest in helping GO::DH accomplish its goals.