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Election Results

The 2019 executive board elections have concluded. The following members have been elected to two-year terms (2019-2021):

Quinn Dombrowski, Stanford University, United States

Paloma Vargas Montes, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Thank you to all members who participated in the election.

2019 GO::DH Executive Board Candidates

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities is holding its Executive Committee elections. According to the approved bylaws that establish procedures by which GO::DH is governed, two out of eight of the seats on the executive committee are up for election this year. Each executive serves a two year (renewable) term.  The election will be open for members to vote from Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

We have five candidates for two positions.

All members should be getting an email for voting using Qualtrics.

 

Candidate information is as below:

Urszula Pawlicka-Deger

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Media at Aalto University, Finland and a member of Research Data Management (RDM) working group at Aalto. I was a Fulbright scholar in the Creative Media and Digital Culture at Washington State University Vancouver and a visiting researcher in the Department of English at Stony Brook University. Recently, I have been nominated the Willard McCarty Fellowship at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. My postdoctoral research lies at the intersection of digital humanities and infrastructure studies. I work on infrastructural changes in the humanities with a focus on the function and history of laboratory. In relation to this study, I am co-editing the “Digital Humanities Quarterly” special issue on the topic of situated research practices in digital humanities reflecting on different forms of situatedness: geographical, regional, cultural, and institutional. Besides, as a member of RDM group, I work on data management practices in the arts and humanities. I am currently involved in developing the Aalto database for artistic research. My contribution to GO::DH is to focus on open cultural data, open access, and the politics of knowledge transfer from a global perspective. I am interested in developing critical practices in discovering and reusing open data for cross-cultural research in digital humanities. To this end, I would bring the discussion on the dynamics of global open data infrastructure to GO:DH activities. (http://pawlickadeger.com/)

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Quinn Dombrowski

I am interested in serving on the GO::DH executive committee in order to support and increase the visibility of digital humanities research and pedagogy taking place worldwide, particularly in languages other than English. I currently work as the Academic Technology Specialist for the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University, supporting digital humanities work for all non-English languages except those from Classics and East Asian languages (though I also have projects with colleagues in the East Asian Library). My own background is in Slavic linguistics, and last quarter I taught a class on non-English textual DH where we worked with Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

I envision focusing on three areas:

1) sorting out GO::DH’s relationship with ADHO, given the change in that organization’s structure and relationship to SIGs. I have served on the ACH exec since 2015 and have been involved with ADHO in various ways (including infrastructure committee) since 2012. I’d like to apply that experience to finding an arrangement that gives GO::DH a voice in international-level DH decision-making.

2) working with the global DH community to refresh “Around DH in 80 Days” to highlight new developments in global DH in the past 5 years.

3) identifying tools, corpora, and collections that could be used as data, to support natural-language processing in non-English languages, including endangered languages and those with few existing resources. I’d like to cultivate collaborations that can apply methods like named-entity recognition or machine learning to ends such as decolonizing archives.

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Simon Mahony

I am Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London (UCL). I was part of the development of the highly successful and innovative graduate programme in Digital Humanities at the Department of Information Studies at UCL, working as Programme Director from its launch in 2011 until taking over as Centre Director in 2017. I have lectured and published widely on education and pedagogy in the field of Digital Humanities. I am chair of the UCL Open Education Special Interest Group and on the Project Management Team and Project Board for the UCL Open Educational Resources (OER) Repository. I am a supporter and strong advocate for all things open.

For the last few years, with support from UCL’s Global Engagement Fund, I have been traveling extensively in China (six trips in 2018) to build networks with DH groups and research centres in Chinese institutions: notably at Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Nanjing, Ningbo and Hangzhou. I have given talks and lectures there, run seminars and workshops with bi-lingual teaching materials released as OERs. I have participated in both ADHO and Chinese DH and library conferences. This has advanced my understanding of the essential need for increased diversity within our field of DH – something that I have presented on and published on both in the UK and China. It is important that we have conversations and establish collaborations and make efforts to bring East and West together to create a truly global Digital Humanities.

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Paloma Vargas Montes

Paloma Vargas Montes holds a PhD in History (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and in Hispanic Literature (University of Navarra). She is an assistant professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, where she teaches Medieval Spanish Literature and Spanish Golden Age Literature. Her research field is focused on the ethno history of the Mexican indigenous people by using textual criticism and book materiality approaches on the study of the primary sources. She is specialized in the ethno history of the Nahua people of the Valley of Mexico in the XVI century, and the Coahuilteco speakers, who lived in the Texan missions in the XVIII century.

Paloma Vargas Montes directs a Master in Humanistic Studies, an online program of the Tecnologico de Monterrey and coordinates a Master in Digital Humanities, an online program which the Tecnologico de Monterrey will launch on January 2020. She is developing a research project of computational text analysis as an approach to study the Cronique X, a lost mesoamerican codex that is believed to be the basis used by the XVI century chroniclers Diego Durán and Fernando Alvarado Tezozomoc.

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Adam Alberto Vázquez Cruz

I am a doctoral student at the University of Saskatchewan. Before I came to Canada, I got my BA and MA degrees from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. My research focused on Spanish medieval literature. I decided to come to the University of Saskatchewan to learn about digital stemmatology and digital editing. My involvement with the Canterbury Tales Project has allowed me to pursue my research; I work with the text of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. The goal of my research is to produce a stemma or stemmata that will inform the current scholarship around the edition of Troilus.

I am interested in being a more active member GO::DH so that I can familiarize myself with the research that the members of the Digital Humanities community are producing. I want to engage with the ongoing debates that are relevant to the digital humanities. At the same time, I would like to support GO::DH with my work so that the goals of the community come to fruition. This presents as an excellent opportunity for me to advance my career, be an active part of an academic community that consistently produces exciting research and to find the colleagues that will help me guide my research through criticism and feedback

2018 Executive Board Election results

2018 Executive Board Election has concluded. As this was an approval only ballot, so we have all four nominees elected to the board. Congratulations to incoming Board members (in alphabetic order- last name):

  • Barbara Bordalejo, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Marisol Fila, University of Michigan, United States
  • Rahul K Gairola, Murdoch University, Australia
  • Brian Rosenblum, University of Kansas, United States

Thanks to all the members who voted for this ballot.

Gurpreet Singh and Daniel O’Donnell

Election Officers

Election Results 2017

The 2017 executive board elections have concluded. The following members have been elected to two-year terms (2017-2019):

Amy Earhart
Miguel Escobar Varela
Alex Gil
Tunde Opeibi

Four other members serving the second year of their terms, which expire in 2018, are:

Elena Gonzalez-Blanco
Élika Ortega
Thomas G. Padilla
Roopika Risam

We would also like to thank the following outgoing executive board members for their leadership and service to the GO::DH community:

Gimena del Rio
Daniel O’Donnell
Padmini Ray Murray

Thank you to all members who participated in the election.

2017 GO::DH Executive Board Candidates

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities is holding its fourth Executive Committee elections. According to the approved bylaws that establish procedures by which GO::DH is governed, four out of eight of the seats on the executive committee are up for election this year. Each executive serves a two year (renewable) term. The election will be open for members to vote from March 27, 2017 to April 3rd, 2017.

Candidate Bios and Statements

1) Amy Earhart

Candidate Bio: I am an Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University and have been involved with digital humanities since 2003. My work has focused on building infrastructure for digital humanities work, embedding digital humanities projects within the classroom, and tracing the history and futures of dh, with a particular interest in the way that dh and critical race studies intersect.  I have been particularly concerned with representing a diverse history of digital humanities, as is the case with my projects The Millican “Riot,” 1868 and “Alex Haley’s Malcolm X: ‘The Malcolm X I knew’ and notecards from The Autobiography of Malcolm X” (a collaborative project with undergraduate and graduate students published in Scholarly Editing). I have published scholarship on a variety of digital humanities topics, with work that includes my monograph Traces of Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies, my co-edited The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, and a number of articles and book chapters in volumes including  Debates in Digital Humanities. My work has focused on building collaboration and understanding of the digital humanities within the traditional humanities.

Candidate Statement: I am honored to be nominated to run for a position on the executive board of GO::DH and welcome the chance to contribute to a crucial organization in DH. As I articulated in my keynote at the 2015 CSDH/SCHN and ACH conference, I believe that we are at a crucial historical moment in which we need to examine the current state of digital humanities and have a frank and introspective conversation about what we want to achieve in the future. A priority of my service would be to continue to broaden the type of work that we imagine as digital humanities with a particular focus on the inclusion of rhetoric, pedagogy, new media, critical race studies, and gender studies. Such areas are not add ons to our current understanding of digital humanities, but central to the vibrancy of our scholarship. This also means that I believe it is important to focus on community building and broadening, continuing to develop ties with a greater geographic and linguistic community and giving all involved with the organization a voice.

2) Miguel Escobar Varela

Candidate Bio: Miguel Escobar Varela is a theatre scholar, translator and web developer who has worked in Mexico, The Netherlands, Singapore and Indonesia. He is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and director of the Contemporary Wayang Archive (cwa-web.org), a digital video library of Javanese performances. His academic work on DH has appeared in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly and several theatre journalsHe has participated in regional DH conferences in Australia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. He is also a technical consultant for several digital projects in Singapore and maintains digitalhumanities.sg, a site on DH in Singapore (more at miguelescobar.com).

Candidate Statement: I would be very honored to serve at the Executive Board of GO::DH since my own work is devoted to promoting collaborations among people who work in different languages, technologies and academic disciplines. I am especially committed to the development of Digital Humanities tools and initiatives in Southeast Asia but also have strong ties with DH communities in Latin America, Europe and Australia. A big part of my daily work focuses on the generation of DH tools for intercultural dialogue around Indonesian theatre. Like many cultural and intellectual traditions around the world, this is an insufficiently researched but fascinating area of scholarship that stands to gain from a more global understanding of the Digital Humanities. I would be happy to learn from colleagues working in other places and to contribute to initiatives that can further the diversity of the DH landscape.

3) Alex Gil

Candidate Bio: Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Humanities and History at Columbia University. He serves as a collaborator with faculty, students and the library leveraging advanced technology in humanities research, pedagogy and scholarly communications. Current projects include Ed, a digital platform for minimal editions of literary texts; the Open Syllabus Project; the Translation Toolkit; and, In The Same Boats, a visualization of trans-Atlantic intersections of black intellectuals in the 20th century. He is founder and former chair and vice-chair of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities initiative; co-founder and co-director of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities and the Studio@Butler at Columbia University; and, founder and editor of sx archipelagos, a journal of caribbean digital studies.

Candidate Statement: In its short life, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities has had an important role to play in the way we understand and practice digital humanities as a field spanning continents. We find ourselves, though, caught in earlier agendas meant to drive change within ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations). We were founded as, and have been, after all, a Special Interest Group of the Alliance. We formed because we felt the Alliance was not ready to take in the world waiting at its doors—as it was (and continues to be) dominated by mostly white scholars from the north with a decidedly neutralist orientation—and we knew some of our friends around the world would benefit professionally from access to the “establishment.” We were also a place to have conversations that dealt directly with race, empire, colonialism and language in a welcoming forum. We have done good work, I believe. I also believe that we have lost our way, myself included. It is time now to retake the roads we strayed from and the ones we’ve missed: to go back to focusing on projects that pick at the thorny questions; to conduct our debates on our public mailing list (not the executive private list); to focus our energies away from ADHO; to ensure representation from each continent and a white minority on the executive; and, to simplify our governance structure to avoid political wrangling. If you want to join me in a radical new chapter of GO::DH, vote for me.

4) Merisa Martinez

Candidate Bio: As a PhD Candidate and Marie Curie Research Fellow in the DiXiT Network, my main focus in digital humanities has been on the process of collaboration with digitization professionals and scholarly editors in the library setting. I am looking at these two groups and their processes as a way of bridging the gap between LIS and textual scholarship, to benefit the dissemination of digital editions across epistemological and disciplinary boundaries. A forthcoming article also explores cultural heritage digitization at National Libraries in Scandinavia as a fractious process of identity building that obscures access to less well-known narratives of Scandinavian heritage and experiences, while simultaneously establishing hegemonic regional narratives instead.

Candidate Statement: For the past three years I have held the elected position of Student Representative to the Advisory Board for the DiXiT ITN, and this experience would serve me well on the Executive Committee. The GO:DH mission of promoting a broader view of the digital humanities outside of the Western-centric projects that have been its cornerstone in publications and conferences is a key reason I would like to join the Executive Committee. I am interested in discovering and developing ties to promote knowledge transfer between communities enthusiastic about DH, regardless of economic situation or geographic location.

5) Kristen Mapes

Candidate Bio: Kristen Mapes is the Digital Humanities Coordinator in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. She teaches and advises students in the Digital Humanities program, consults with faculty on research and teaching projects, organizes programs such as workshops, and is lead organizer of the annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium. She has graduate degrees in Library Science from Rutgers University and Medieval Studies from Fordham University. Her primary research focuses on scholarly communication and community in the digital world, specifically looking at how Medieval Studies scholars use Twitter at conferences. As a secondary research interest, she is exploring visualization and image analysis techniques to the Roman de la Rose Digital Library.

Candidate Statement: GO:DH is the space and the community where I see the crucial work of digital humanities taking place. I am invested in the long term future of GO:DH and hope to work on the Executive Board to assist in the sustainability of the organization.  In my own work at Michigan State, I am trying to embed the same ethos and values into everything that we do. I have been a primary organizer of the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, now in its second year, with the aim of creating a supportive and ethical space for exchanging ideas on key topics in DH, such as supporting and working with indigenous and underrepresented groups and environmental issues, to name a few. In my teaching, which is primarily in the “Introduction to DH” context, I am working to break with the canon to feature underrepresented narratives at the outset of undergraduate students’ interaction with digital humanities. Also, my College has taken on “Critical Diversity in a Digital Age” as a strategic goal, and I am interested in engaging deeply with the GO:DH community about what an initiative in diversity means in the context of the modern university.


6) Tunde Opeibi

Candidate Bio: Tunde Opeibi, PhD is Associate Professor (New Media & Digital Cultures) University of Lagos, Nigeria.  He has been Visiting Professor, Chemnitz University of Technology and Senior Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He has equally been a DAAD scholar at Leipzig University, Germany, as well as Visiting Commonwealth Fellow at the Centre for Good Governance, Westminster University, London. He is the current founding chair and principal investigator at the Digital Humanities Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, and University of Lagos. He is also the country (Nigeria) representative of Clarity- an international association promoting plain legal language. His research interests are in New Media and Digital Cultures, Discourse Studies, Legal Communication,  and Sociolinguistics.

Candidate Statement: Within the last few years, digital humanities(dh) has continued to ignite exciting debates and interdisciplinary collaborations across the globe. I have personally enjoyed exploring the field and seeking to spread the knowledge and benefits of digital humanities to academic and research communities in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. With my background in scientific approaches to language study and socio-linguistics, I have a record of achievement in teaching, research and administrative responsibilities in the last nineteen years. I have equally had a brief political career as senior advisor on speech and communication to the governor of Lagos state, Nigeria. One of my greatest interests in life lies in developing human capital. Influencing lives positively and mentoring young scholars has given me the greatest pleasure and fulfillment. Within the next few years, I plan to become more actively involved in dh works  that stand at the cutting edge of multidisciplinary innovations and interdisciplinary research space. I plan to expand my international cooperation and networking with other scholars. As a recipient of some highly competitive and reputable international scholarships/fellowships such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Commonwealth Fellowship and DAAD scholarship, I believe I have achieved some level of credibility with colleagues locally and in the wider international academic community. As the founding chair and principal investigator at the pioneer digital humanities research centre in Nigeria and sub-Sahara Africa (www.dhunilag.com), I am determined to develop the field within this region and collaborate with scholars in the wider dh communities across the world.

Election Results 2016

The 2016 elections for the GO::DH executive are concluded. The winners, in alphabetical order, are

  • Elena Gonzalez-Blanco
  • Élika Ortega
  • Thomas G. Padilla
  • Roopika Risam

All members were elected to a two year term. Four other members of the executive have terms that expire in january 2017. They are:

  • Gimena del Rio
  • Alex Gil
  • Dan O’Donnell
  • Padmini Ray Murray

Outgoing executive members (2014-2016) are:

  • Øyvind Eide
  • Maria Clara Paixão de Sousa

Thanks to all who participated in the election by standing as a candidate or voting. With over 90 votes, we had a participation rate of almost 20%–very good in a global, free access, volunteer organisation like this.

Thank you also to Gurpreet Singh for setting up an managing the election system.

GO::DH Executive Committee Elections – Candidate Profiles

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities is holding its third Executive Committee elections. According to the approved bylaws that establish procedures by which GO::DH is governed, four out of eight of the seats on the executive committee are up for election this year. Each executive serves a two year (renewable) term. The election will be open for members to vote from April 2nd, 2016 to April  8th, 2016.
We have following five nominations for this year’s executive committee:
1. Elena Gonzalez-Blanco
2. Élika Ortega
3. Nuria Rodríguez Ortega
4. Thomas G. Padilla
5. Roopika Risam

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

1. Elena Gonzalez-Blanco
I’ve been working with GO::DH committee since it was been created, and it has been a fruitful experience, as it is a very diverse group which focuses on broader perspectives for DH. I would love to continue working for the group, to strengthen the impact of DH outside the English-speaking world –with a special focus, in my case, towards the Spanish community- and to discover new ways of scholarly communication, tool generation, project preservation and helping emerging communities interested in DH, which need to be trained and oriented.
Elena is a very active member of the Digital Humanities community. She is member of the Executive Committee of EADH Executive Committee member GO::DH since 2013, Centernet Executive Committee, ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee, ADHO Awards Committee, and the President of the Spanish Association for Digital Humanities: HDH (Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas, Sociedad Internacional) and recently been appointed as secretary of the ADHO.

2. Élika Ortega
I have been a member of GO::DH Executive Committee for two years. During that time I have coordinated initiatives related to multilingualism and community translation. Aside from the outcomes of experimental exercises like DH Whisperers, my work at GO::DH has inspired me to continue to fosters avenues of exchange among DH communities all over the world. The Translation Toolkit, developed in collaboration with other GO::DH members, aspires to be one such avenue.
Up to now, GO::DH has been extremely succesful at highlighting the high quality DH work done around the world and putting into place cooperation practices with a handful of DH communities. This has made it imperative for DHers to engage with or, at least, recognized the field’s diversity. However, much work is still needed to move from this recognition towards an ecology of knowledges in DH in which sustainable relationships and collaborations among diverse communities are not occasional or the work of only a few. I envision this kind of collaborations as something that can become the norm in the field if made part of DH training and pedagogy. If re-elected to the GO::DH Executive Committee, I will continue to work on the multilingual and translation initiatives I am passionate about, as I see them as a pathway to mutual communication among local DH communities. Furthermore, in the next two years, I hope to lay the ground for interinstitutional and transnational student training projects as a way to foster, in the new generations, long lasting exchanges among distinct DH cultures and practices.

3. Nuria Rodríguez Ortega
http://www.uma.es/departamento-de-historia-del-arte/info/70968/nuria-rodriguez-ortega/

4. Thomas G. Padilla
http://www.thomaspadilla.org/

5. Roopika Risam
https://www.salemstate.edu/academics/schools/1188.php?id=6198

This election is being managed by Gurpreet Singh on behalf of Prof. Daniel O’Donnell, CHAIR, GO::DH.

GO::DH Election Results 2015

Over the past few weeks GO::DH held its second executive committee elections. With such a great slate of candidates, the election results were very close, but we are now pleased to announce the four elected candidates for the 2015-2017 term. In alphabetical order:

Gimena del Rio
Alex Gil
Dan O’Donnell
Padmini Ray Murray

Our voter turnout was a bit lower than we had expected, and we would like to encourage everyone on the list to get involved in any way you may wish. Our collective participation is crucial to make our initiatives as far reaching and relevant as possible.

We would like to thank all of the candidates for their enthusiasm and willingness to serve as part of GO::DH.

We also thank everyone who voted at these elections, the returning officers and nominations committee, and especially the outgoing GO::DH executive committee members who have worked tirelessly and made a great impact in the group.

The new executive will take office in the next few days, appoint a chair, vice-chairs and officers and will make the news available to the group.

Call for nominations: GO::DH Executive Committee

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities is holding its second Executive Committee elections. From this election on, according to the approved bylaws that establish procedures by which GO::DH is governed, four out of eight of the seats on the executive committee are up for election each year. When we elected the first executive last year, four of the candidates were elected for a one-year (renewable) term: Alex Gil, Daniel O’Donnell, Barbara Bordalejo, and Domenico Fiormonte. The other half, Elena González-Blanco, Élika Ortega, Maria Clara Paixão de Sousa, and Øyvind Eide were elected to a two-year (renewable) term.

The four positions held by officers appointed to a one-year term are now up for election to a two-year (renewable) term. Élika Ortega and Roopika Risam are serving as the returning officers and nominations committee for this year’s election. Élika is a current member of the executive committee, and Roopika served on the returning and nominations committee for last year’s election. We would like to open nominations for candidates for the executive of GO::DH.

Any member of our mailing list may stand for election and self-nominations are very welcome. If you would like to nominate somebody for election (including yourself), please email Élika Ortega and Roopika Risam at nominations@globaloutlookdh.org. We will need the name and email address of the nominee, along with a brief bio and short candidate statement (200 words maximum). Please ensure that your nominee is willing to stand for election.

In keeping with the goals and mandate of GO::DH, we strongly encourage diversity in our nominees: there are no linguistic, geographic, rank, or other requirements for office, and we encourage nominees from all countries and speakers of all languages to apply. To encourage diversity among our candidates, we ask all members to circulate this call for nominations and also to paraphrase it or translate it into other languages to encourage participation from underrepresented groups.

Nominations will close February 20th. A ballot will then be prepared with the candidates’ names and sent to all GO::DH members (everyone subscribed to the mailing list) where they will be asked to select up to four names for election. The ballot will close one week after it opens and the newly elected GO::DH executive committee members will be announced. The executive will later on choose a chair from among its membership and appoint all the officers the organization requires.

We look forward to your nominations and self-nominations at nominations@globaloutlookdh.org. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

GO::DH at DH2014

As many of you know DH2014 took place in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this month. During the days of the conference many GO::DH members got together (in some cases met for the first time) and were hard at work talking about everything that was done last year, making sure that our group’s infrastructure is up to speed and facilitates exchanges among all of us, implementing ongoing initiatives, and pushing forward new ones. All in all, our days there promise to keep us even busier that we have been and to continue our efforts moving towards a more global DH. Below is a summary of the conversations, sessions, and projects that took place during those days.

GO::DH panel

On July 9th, a pretty big crowd got together to hear about the first 18 months of GO::DH. Presentations by Alex Gil, Roopika Risam, Paul Spence, and Elena González-Blanco led everyone through some of the main concerns that the SIG has been working to address, among others, the problems of thinking about DH so that it encompasses a wide variety of projects around the world; issues of inequality in digital infrastructure and adopting principles of minimal computing; the different accents and languages of DH; the need to be self-critical as a DH practitioner/evaluator; and finally, highlighting the work done at AroundDH and at DH communities gaining global prominence as is the case of the Iberian peninsula.

DH Whisperers, Multilingualism Toolkit, and Translation Commons

We are happy to report that the “I whisper___” GO::DH initiative that took place during DH2014 was widely successful. For a detailed account you can read Élika Ortega’s post about it. Suffice it to say that the warm welcome received by the initiative has resonated and GO::DH has been asked to prepare a “translation and language best practices toolkit” proposing mechanisms that can be used to translate both formally and informally. We will be crowdsourcing this effort through our Translations Commons in the very near future.

Website

As previously announced, James O’Sullivan has joined the GO::DH ranks as our web editor. During DH2014 there were some conversations with him about redesigning our web presence a bit. More importantly, however, the new website features will make sure that the infrastructure can facilitate the working groups’ efforts and support new ones as they take shape. Furthermore, regarding issues of sustainability, we are negotiating with Chris Meister to migrate our site to ADHO servers, and doing that we can change the mailing list to @globaloutlook.org in order to ensure long term brand consistency and ease transitions as they happen.

Networks

Last but not least, conversations with various members moved forward towards the formation of self-organized networks according to self-determined regions. In other words, networks will be groups of people interested in ensuring a certain topic isn’t ignored in our efforts, and willing to provide input. The ideas behind the networks are several: a) to establish stronger relationships with DH communities around the world; b) to increase the diversity in the group at large (but also in the Executive Committee) in order to help push the conversation towards the global we claim for ourselves; c) to develop initiatives that more consistently move towards inclusion; and d) to better fulfill our mission learning from knowledge and experiences from all over the world.

Up to now, there are three groups that have started coming together, the South Asian network led by Padmini Murray; the Portuguese speaking network that’s coming out of AHDig already in place between Brazil and Portugal promoted by María Clara Paixão de Souza; and the African networks (based on the South/West/East Africa model which has worked for other organizations). Because much work is already being done in Cape Town, it will be South African network (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, etc.) that will start out the strongest. Øyvind Eide agreed informally to help out those efforts.

Invitation

As you can see, after a very busy week in Lausanne, we all have our hands full. There is work for everyone who wants to raise their hand and propose a new working group, help out with the translation toolkit draft, organizing a network. So you are all invited to take part in any of the initiatives outlined here, or come up with a new one.