Category Archives: Working groups

Reminder: CFP – Minimal Computing Group Kickstart

The GO::DH Minimal Computing Working Group will kickstart itself at DH2014 with a workshop.  A key component of this workshop is a series of lightning talks (2-5 minute presentations) on current work going on in the area from around the globe.  The deadline for submissions is May 1.

As CFPs go the requirements are pretty light: just a single page on what you have been up to regarding minimal computing, whether it be working with hardware, software, theory, or any combination thereof.  We even have provisions being put in place to include those who would like to participate but who will not be in Switzerland for DH2014.

We can take up to 30 submissions for the workshop and expect that all submissions will be included in a bundled PDF file that will be circulated to the DH community and made available on the working group web page.

Sound great but just finding out about this now?  Need a little more time?  Send workshop organizer John Simpson a note at and we’ll happily work out a short extension with you.


Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Essay Prize Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the first University of Lethbridge, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique Global Digital Humanities Essay Prize.

How we determined these results

The competition received 53 entries in 7 languages, with 38 submissions in English. These were adjudicated by an international committee with competency in all submitted languages and topics.

Each essay was reviewed by two readers. In most cases, the readers of the paper included at least one native speaker of the language of submission (the exceptions were a few papers in English that were assigned to referees with strong L2 skills). The second reader too, in most cases, was also a native speaker of the language of submission.

Referees were asked to give a score of 1-5 (with 1 being the lowest score, and 5 the top) on the following three questions:

  1. To what extent is the abstract intellectually compelling? I.e. Is the problem or topic non-trivial? Is it well defined? Is the proposed solution or approach effective or convincing?
  2. To what extent is the abstract methodologically sound? I.e. does the author take an appropriate approach? propose the use of appropriate tools or arguments? use appropriate and/or convincing evidence?
  3. To what extent is the presentation of the abstract careful? I.e. is it clearly written? Free from typos? Appropriately structured? (Not this is not a test of artistry: many of our contestants are not writing in a second language and we should not hold them to native-speaker rhetorical style)

An additional question allowed referees to assign between 0 and 3 bonus marks for papers they thought were particularly exceptional, well suited to the goals of competition, or otherwise deserving of special attention. Submissions were then ranked on the basis of their average scores. Although mechanisms were in place for resolving cases in which the referees showed a wide divergence of opinion, there were in the end few papers on which referees’ opinions diverged markedly and none among the top four.

Although language was not considered as an adjudication criteria, the results reflect the linguistic diversity of the GO::DH community. Four of the top nine essays were in a language other than English.

The winning papers

The top essays/abstracts fall into three categories: “First Prize,” “Second Prize,” and “Honourable Mention.”

First Prize

There were four “First Prize” winners. First Prize includes an immediate award of $200 (all amounts are in Canadian dollars) plus a further $300 upon submission of a final paper suitable for review by the editors of Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. Funding for these prizes comes from a grant provided by the University of Lethbridge. The first prize winners, listed in alphabetical order, are

  • Dacos, Marin (Open Edition, France). La stratégie du Sauna finlandais: Les frontières de Digital Humanities. Essai de Géographie politique d’une communauté scientifique.
  • Gawne, Lauren (University of Melbourne, Australia). Language documentation and division: Bridging the digital divide.
  • Pue, A. Sean, Tracy K. Teal, and C. Titus Brown (Michigan State University, USA). Bioinformatic approaches to the computational analysis of Urdu poetic meter.
  • Raval, Noopur (Jawaharlal Nehru Univesity (JNU), New Delhi, India). On Wikipedia and Failure: Notes from Queering the Encyclopedia.

Second Prize

An anonymous donation allows the committee to recognise five additional papers with a “Second Prize” of $100. While no additional funding is available for these papers, the authors are also strongly encouraged to consider developing their work further for publication in Digital Studies or other Digital Humanities journals. The second prize winners, listed in alphabetical order, are

  • Arauco Dextre, Renzo (Memoragram, Lima, Peru). Memogram, un Cloud-Service Para la Memoria Colectiva.
  • Carlson, Thomas A. (Princeton University, USA). Digital Maps are still not territory: Challenges raised by’s Middle Eastern places over two millenia.
  • Tomasini Maciel, Julia (University of Maryland, USA). Humanidades Digitales y traducción literaria: Latinoamérica entre el portugués y el español.
  • Portales Machado, Yasmín Silvia (Havana, Cuba). Perfil demográfico de la blogosfera hecha en Cuba en diciembre de 2012.
  • Tasovac, Toma and Natalia Ermolaev (Centre for Digital Humanities, Belgrade, Serbia). Interfacing diachrony: Rethinking lexical annotation in digital editions.

Honourable Mention

The following sixteen abstracts/essays (listed in alphabetical order) are recognised by the committee as particularly deserving of an “honourable mention.” While the committee did not have the funds available to award prizes to these papers, it nevertheless also encourages the authors of these papers to consider developing their work further for publication in Digital Studies or other Digital Humanities journals. The papers given an honorable mention, again listed in alphabetical order by first author, are

  • Arbuckle, Alyssa (University of Victoria, Canada). The risk of digital repatriation for indigenous groups.
  • Baryshev, Ruslan, Igor Kim, Inna Kizhner, Maxim Rumyantsev (Siberian Federal University, Russia). Digitial Humanities at Siberian Federal University.
  • Calbay, Francis Raymond (, Taipei, Taiwan). User-Generated vitriol: Ethnic stereotypes in online comments on media reports of a South China Sea shooting incident.
  • Farman, Jason (University of Maryland, USA). Mapping virtual communities: The production of crisis maps and cultural imaginaries of the Diaspora.
  • Finney, Tim (Vose Seminary, Australia). How to discover textual groups.
  • Ives, Maura and Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University, USA). Establishing a digital humanities center: Vision, reality, sustainability.
  • Kaltenbrunner, Wolfgang (Leiden University, The Netherlands). Transparency strategies in digital scholarship.
  • López Villaneuva, José Manuel (Mexico). Reflexiones sobre la RedHD en México: desarrollo y alcance de la RedHD en la comunidad académica universitaria.
  • Menon, Nirmala (Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India). Multilingual digital publishing: A postcolonial Digital Humanities imperative.
  • O’Sullivan, James (Ireland). The emergence of Digital Humanities in Ireland.
  • Ouellette, Jessica (University of Massachussetts, USA). Blogging borders: Transnational feminist rhetorics and global voices.
  • Perozo Olivares, Karla (Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Venazuala). Una aproximación al desconocimiento de las masas digitales.
  • Riedel, Dagmar (Columbia University, USA). The digitization of books in Arabic script and the digital divide in Muslim societies.
  • Sandstedt, Jørgen (University of Iceland, University of Oslo, Iceland/Norway). Text-dependent automated methods in scribal hand identification.
  • Schmidt, Desmond (University of Queensland, Australia). Towards a model for the digital scholarly edition.
  • Sobczak, Anna (Szczecin University, Poland). A co z humanistami? – Cyfrowa humanistyka jako lekarstwo na
    obecny stan postrzegania humanistyki w mediach elektronicznych?

Other submissions

As the number of winners, runners up, and honorable mentions suggests, the competition was extremely strong, with only a few points separating the top from the bottom entries in each category. Several essays and abstracts not listed above also scored very close to the cut-off point or were otherwise remarked upon by the judges. We are currently gathering referees’ comments together and will be passing these on to the authors as soon as they are ready.

The adjudication committee would like to thank all who submitted abstracts or essays to this competition. The quality of the entries was extremely high and the process by which the winners were determined very difficult as a result. More than a few excellent papers had to be left off the list of named finalists.

Future competitions

Although this competition exhausts the funding received from the University of Lethbridge, we are actively seeking additional money to offer similar competitions in the future. We appreciate the patience and enthusiasm of all.

Adjudication panel

The adjudication panel consisted of the following members:

  • Daniel O’Donnell (Lethbridge, AB, Canada) (Chair)
  • Titi Babalola (Lethbridge, AB, Canada)
  • Marcus Bingenheimer (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
  • Barbara Bordalejo (Saskatoon, SK, Canada)
  • Hilary Culbertson (Durham, NC, USA)
  • Elie Dannaoui (Balamand, Lebanon)
  • Heide Estes (Monmouth, UK)
  • Domenico Fiormonte (Rome, Italy)
  • Neil Fraistat (Baltimore, MD, USA)
  • Alex Gil (New York)
  • Elena Gonzalez-Blanco (Madrid, Spain)
  • Jieh Hsiang (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Joey Jenjou Hung (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Anna Kijas (Storrs, CT, USA)
  • Ernesto Priani (Mexico City)
  • Gurpreet Singh (Punjab, India)
  • Laurie Taylor (Gainesville, FL, USA)
  • Christian Wittern (Kyoto, Japan)
  • Jamie Jungmin Yoo (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Thank you very much to all adjudicators for their thoughtful work.

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities: Global Digital Humanities Essay Prize

Deadline extended! New deadline: Noon GMT, Saturday July 6, 2013.

Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities (GO::DH) is pleased to announce the first Global Digital Humanities Essay competition.


This competition is for research papers looking at some aspect of the national, regional, or international practice of the Digital Humanities. Within this broad subject, participants may choose their own approach: focussing in individual problems or projects (e.g. some specific scholarly, preservation, or cultural heritage issue), or broader philosophical, geographical, sociological, political, or other discussion of the practice of Digital Humanities in a global context.


Up to four awards of $500 (CAN) each plus an opportunity for fast-track publication in Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. Additional awards, including fast-track publication, may be available for runners up and honorary mentions.


The competition is open to any interested party including students, graduate students, junior faculty, and researchers unaffiliated with a university or research institution. Only one submission is permitted per person.


Submissions may be in any language. The adjudication committee will attempt to find readers for languages that lie outside its own experience (A list of members of the adjudication committee and the languages they read is found below). Digital Studies/Le champ numérique publishes in English or French. Winning contributions in languages other than French or English will be published in their original language with a translation into either English or French.

Adjudication criteria:

The committee will adjudicate essays based on their interest and topicality, the quality and breadth of their research, and the quality of analysis and data. In each case these criteria will be considered in relation to the chosen topic. The committee is also committed to ensuring a diversity of voices and experiences in represented in the competition and among the finalists.

Submission process:

June 30, 2013 Noon GMT, July 6, 2013 Deadline for initial submission. Submissions may take the form of extended abstracts (500-1000 words) or complete drafts (recommended length: 6,000-15,000 words). Winning entries in this round will receive an interim award of $200.

October 30, 2013: Deadline for final submission. Winners from the initial round will be invited to submit their completed papers by October 30, 2013 for review, copy-editing, and submission to Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. Upon successful completion of the review process, the winning contestants will receive a completion bonus of $300.

Send your submissions to Preferred formats are PDF, HTML, Plain Text, Word, Open Office, or LaTeX.


By submitting to the competition, authors agree to grant the adjudication committee a Creative Commons 2.0 BY-NC licence to their work.

Adjudication panel:

Entries will be adjudicated by an international panel. The panel reserves the right to consult with others or add additional members to the committee. The decisions of the adjudication panel will be final.

  • Daniel O’Donnell (Lethbridge, AB, Canada) (Chair)
  • Titi Babalola (Lethbridge, AB, Canada)
  • Barbara Bordalejo (Saskatoon, SK, Canada)
  • Hilary Culbertson (Durham, NC, USA)
  • Elie Dannaoui (Balamand, Lebanon)
  • Heide Estes (Monmouth, UK)
  • Domenico Fiormonte (Rome, Italy)
  • Neil Fraistat (Baltimore, MD, USA)
  • Alex Gil (New York)
  • Elena Gonzalez-Blanco (Madrid, Spain)
  • Jieh Hsiang (Taipai, Taiwan)
  • Ernesto Priani (Mexico City)
  • Gurpreet Singh (Punjab, India)
  • Laurie Taylor (Gainesville, FL, USA)


Funding for this competition has been provided by the University of Lethbridge Office of Research and Innovation Services (ORIS) through its Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) internal funding programme.

Further information

For further information, contact Daniel Paul O’Donnell at

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.

The Global Women Wikipedia Write-In by The Rewriting Wikipedia Project: April 26, 2013, 1-3pm EST

by Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam


As part of the Rewriting Wikipedia Project, we will be hosting the Global Women Write-In (#GWWI) virtually on April 26, 2013 from 1-3pm EST. This globally oriented project  encourages editors to add more entries and information on women around the world to Wikipedia, since entries on individuals from these groups are often missing or neglected.

While Wikipedia has increasingly taken on the role of most commonly referenced encyclopedia, the number and length of entries on ethnic/minority and marginalized people around the world are lacking. This is arguably the result of the internalized biases and interests of most Wikipedia editors. According to the Wikimedia Wikipedia’s Editor’s Survey of 2011, “If there is a typical Wikipedia editor, he has a college degree, is 30-years-old, is computer savvy but not necessarily a programmer, doesn’t actually spend much time playing games, and lives in US or Europe.” As a result, we also aim to encourage new people to become Wikipedia editors to diversify the profile of Wikipedia editors, and we provide support for these editors and develop best practices for rewriting Wikipedia.

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is a working group within GO:DH that works in conjunction with the Postcolonial Digital Humanities (#dhpoco) movement to increase the number of and improve existing entries on marginalized peoples and cultures. The Rewriting Wikipedia Project argues that editing Wikipedia is one of the most important projects for global activists because Wikipedia is a commonly referenced source of information riddled with incomplete or missing entries on people from marginalized groups. Yet, anyone can edit Wikipedia, so this openness represents tremendous opportunity to help shape global forms of knowledge.

The write-in will be the first of a series of events sponsored by the Rewriting Wikipedia Project addressing inequalities in Wikipedia, and it builds on the success of the #TooFEW Feminists Engage Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in March.

How can you participate?

  1. Contribute to the list of  Wikipedia entries that we should edit or improve. Add your ideas to the working list here, or in the comments below. You can find ‘stub’ articles — those that have been marked as needing further information – by searching various categories.

  2. Sign up for a Wikipedia account (we recommend using a pseudonym).

  3. Watch this video to learn just how to edit Wikipedia. Be sure to set aside some time for this video. It’s an hour long, and we recommend clicking on FLASH – it tends to play better that way. If you don’t have time to do this, join the hashtag on Twitter or our designated chatroom.

  4. Review our resources for writing Wikipedia entries that stick and our useful links.

  5. Don’t want to write? Add images to feminist articles. Here is the image use policy for Wikipedia.

  6. Track our work and tweet your own using the hashtag #GWWI.

  7. Join us on Friday, April 26th from your own computer!

Expand the Project

  • Teachers – Do your students need extra credit? Can Rewriting Wikipedia become a class project?

  • Students – Are you learning about some really cool people in POC/Trans*/Queer/Women’s History who don’t have wiki pages or have pages with incorrect information? You can fix that!

  • Friends – Do you know other folks who should know about our work? Please send this link to activists, faculty or others who might be interested in participating. Everyone is welcome!

  • Organizations – Do you know organizations that have information on different communities, histories, or projects that should be added to Wikipedia?

  • Too swamped to edit right now but want to contribute? Add your idea to our list.

Additional Resources

** Credits go to Jacqueline Wernimont and Moya Bailey, Fiona Barnett and Amanda Starling Gould for some of the copy above.

**Wikipedia image remixed from original image from Octavio Rojas on Flickr.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

How to Create a Working Group

Perhaps you have noticed that GO::DH has several working groups or perhaps you have not yet explored this part of our site. Whether you already belong to a working group or whether you are thinking of creating one, here are some things you should know about them.

A working group is a group of individuals with a common task or interest and who would like to work with others sharing the same concerns.

You might already know that you want to start a working group or you might be thinking that it would be good to have a place to discuss a particular subject. If you have been wondering about this, if you have had discussions in the GO::DH mailing list, if you think that others are also interested, you could start your own working group.

GO::DH provides working groups with a space for a webpage, a mailing list pertaining to the group and guidance when you need it.

If you decide to create a working group, you must have a group coordinator, a page in GO::DH outlining the interest(s) of the group and the coordinator must report the group’s progress to the GO::DH  executive once a month.

If you think that you want to do this, send us a message and we will help you get things started.