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Global Digital Humanities Essay prize: Interim report

Submissions for to the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities essay prize closed yesterday. Approximately sixty submissions were received from at least 15 countries and in at least six languages. Submissions came from all types of researchers: undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, junior and senior university faculty, independent scholars and activists.

The submissions are now being sorted and prepared for the adjudication committee. The original goal had been to finish the adjudication process in July. The unexpectedly large number of submissions, however, will almost certainly require adjustments to the time table. We will inform the contestants (and the larger community) as soon as the new schedule is prepared.

2013 Report to the ADHO Steering Committee

The following is the chair’s 2013 report to the ADHO Steering Committee. Comments welcome!


Global Outlook::Digital Humanities is the first ADHO Special Interest Group (SIG). It is the successor to various “outreach” and “North-South” initiatives proposed by ADHO members and Constituent Organisations, including SDH-SEMI (as it then was), ACH, and the ALLC (while this is its heritage, it is important to note that the initiative does not share all of the assumptions and goals of these previous initiatives: in particular, experience has shown how important it is that an initiative of this type be a peer-to-peer community rather than an “outreach” or “aid” programme).

The SIG began to take shape during DH 2012 in Hamburg under the leadership of Marcus Bingenheimer, Neil Fraistat, Howard Short, and Daniel O’Donnell. Alex Gil and Titi Babalola joined the initial leadership in the course of the fall. Perhaps the biggest impetus to the formation of the SIG came from the meeting arranged by Ray Siemens and the INKE team after their Birds of a Feather meeting in Havana. Additional resources have come from the University of Lethbridge, which has donated $5,000 to establish a series of student research bursaries on the global scope and reach of Digital Humanities teaching and research.

The SIG was approved by the ADHO SC in January, 2013.


Since its approval in mid January, GO::DH has been quite busy: it has

  • built a multi-lingual website (http://globaloutlookdh.org/),
  • established twitter account, facebook page, and mailing list
  • appointed an executive and chair, and core officers
  • announced (and concluded the first stage of) a Global Essay prize (60+ submissions from 15+ countries in at least 5 languages).
  • organised a conference session on DH in Africa at the 2013 CSDH/SCHN meeting in Victoria (a paper at this session by Titi Babalola won the CSDH/SCHN prize for best graduate student paper)
  • submitted a grant application to the AUCC/IDRC for an exchange between Canada and Argentina (O’Donnell and Bordalejo)
  • assisted in organising the ADHO SIG session for DH 2013
  • agreed to assist in writing a chapter on DH in a global context with Representatives from CenterNet (O’Donnell and Gill)
  • established five working groups:
    • Around DH,
    • THaTCamp Caribe 2,
    • Translation commons,
    • Minimal computing,
    • Rewriting wikipedia
  • advised the DH2014 programme committee on potential Keynote Speakers.

Upcoming or proposed activities, include a proposal for a hacker competition similar to the Global DH essay prize.


Progress has been less quick on governance matters.

As was mentioned in our initial report last January, GO::DH was established with a laissez faire attitude towards its governance. The was a result of initial experience which showed just how widely experience, expectations, and (infrastructure) capabilities varied among regions. Few if any decisions the group has made since its inception have failed to include significant, unforeseen modification once the wider community has become involved.

For the first year, this approach meant that there were few formal rules. The executive was formed from all volunteers who expressed an interest in joining. Officers were appointed on a first-come, first- appointed basis; all positions are held by two or more people from different regions and language communities. The idea was that these first-year structures would then establish rules and procedures that reflected the expectations and interests of the community.

In actual practice, it has proved quite difficult to get the initial structures operating. The officers, in particular, have found it almost impossible for infrastructure reasons to establish a workable method of meeting in order to develop the kind of policies we set as our goal for this year. Amongst other things, this has meant that the bylaws are running behind schedule and we have not made adequate use of our larger executive. One of the two secretaries to the SIG, Titi Babalola is investigating ways of organising meetings that take into account the infrastructure issues facing us.

Day of Digital Humanities in Spanish and Portuguese (DíaHD): 10 June 2013

Posting of an announcement emailed by Isabel Galina (Red de Humanidades Digitales RedHD) [reblogged from Ernesto Priego]:

Some of you may be interested in the following invitation to participate in DíaHD (Día de Humanidades Digitales) to be held on 10th of June 2013. Similarly to DayofDH the aim of the project is to document for one day what digital humanists do. This particular version focuses on digital humanists from the Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries or researchers from other parts of the world that work primarily in these languages. We hope to provide a forum that will help us identify digital humanists in these regions as well as providing them with the opportunity to share their work.

DíaHD is organized by:

  • CenterNet
  • Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas. Sociedad Internacional (HDH)
  • Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD)
  • Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Humanidades Digitais, Universidade de São Paulo

Please distribute as widely as possible.

Twitter: @Red_HD and #DiaHD.

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 prizes@globaloutlookdh.org. 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 prizes@globaloutlookdh.org

Report on the Global Women Write-In #GWWI, Friday April 26 (Rewriting Wikipedia Project)

By Roopika Risam and Adeline Koh

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is proud to declare that Friday’s event was a success! As a result of the Global Women Write-In (#GWWI), 18 pages/stubs were created, and 17 pages were improved upon. If you haven’t added your outcomes yet, please add them here.

Some highlights: GWWI participants created pages for Karen Lord, a Caribbean science fiction and fantasy author; Budhan Theater, a group comprised of “criminal” tribal people in Ahmedabad, Gujurat; the novel Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, on a post-apocalyptic future of the Sudan; and the Francophone author and literary critic Frieda Ekotto. Improvements include pages on Ana Castillo, a Mexican-American Chicana novelist; Aya of Yop City, a series of comic strip albums set in Côte d’Ivoire; and Nikki Seung-hee Lee, a Korean-American artist and filmmaker.

Two of our participants, Paige Morgan (@paigecmorgan) and Michael Widner (@mwidner) were thrilled when Karen Lord herself tweeted a thank you for their #GWWI work.

The Rewriting Wikipedia Project was also featured in the International Business Times.

We encourage you to take a look at our results and to help improve our entries and contributions. Our goal is to create high-quality entries that will stick in Wikipedia by meeting its editing rules and conventions.

A Storify of the #GWWI proceedings is located at the end of this article.


Participated in the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In? Committed to making editing wikipedia part of your ongoing commitment to public scholarship? The Rewriting Wikipedia Project is soliciting participants for a WikiProject on increasing the presence of women of color from around the world on Wikipedia.

A WikiProject is a group of editors committed to working as a team to improve the quality and quantity of articles on a specific subject. Through a WikiProject, we can coordinate resources and facilitate the writing and editing of articles within our chosen category. Learn more about WikiProjects here. If you are interested in joining us for a WikiProject please contact Roopika Risam (rrisam at gmail dot com) or Adeline Koh (adelinekoh at gmail dot com).


Given the success of the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In, we will be hosting Rewriting Wikipedia Project Write-in Days (hashtag #RWP) once each semester (tentatively: in October and February). To accommodate participants from around the world, we are designating these events write-in days rather than finite events with specific times. We will, however, establish a time period during which we will be available and actively participating.


We welcome groups or individuals to partner with us when we host the write-ins. If you partner with us, we can share the work of advertising for the write-in, supporting participants at different times during the day of the write-in, and building greater support for the project. We ask potential partners to keep in mind the mission of the Rewriting Wikipedia Project: to increase the quality and quantity of articles on ethnic/minority and marginalized peoples on Wikipedia.

Please stay tuned for specific details on partnering with the Rewriting Wikipedia Project, coming soon! Feel free to contact Roopika Risam (rrisam at gmail dot com) or Adeline Koh (adelinekoh at gmail dot com) to discuss partnering further. We also can be found on Twitter at @roopikarisam and @adelinekoh.

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Minimal Computing

To learn more about our group, please visit our website on github pages. or join our mailing list.

Our original page:

Visit here for our DH2014 planning document


At these early stages in the life of the GO::DH Minimal Computer Working Group “minimal computing” is used to simultaneously capture the maintenance, refurbishing, and use of machines to do DH work out of necessity along with the use of new streamlined computing hardware like the Raspberry Pi or the Arduino micro controller to do DH work by choice.  This dichotomy of choice vs. necessity focuses the group on computing that is decidedly not high-performance and importantly not first-world desktop computing.  By operating at this intersection between choice and necessity minimal computing forces important concepts and practices within the DH community to the fore.  In this way minimal computing is also an intellectual concept, akin to environmentalism, asking for balance between gains and costs in related areas that include social justice issues and de-manufacturing and reuse, not to mention re-thinking high-income assumptions about “e-waste” and what people do with it.

Questions the group hopes to consider include:

  • In digital humanities and other computing contexts, what is being done with what technologies, how, and why?
  • What are best practices for application construction in order to maximize availability, decrease obsolescence, and reduce e-waste?
  • How and in what ways does experience in mid- and low-income economies inform ongoing assumptions about how research and collaboration are conducted in high-income economies?
  • In terms of computing and culture, what meaningful differences emerge across economical, infrastructural, and material conditions?

But that’s just how we started started thinking about the group when GO::DH was first being formed. What will become of the group in terms of how it will define itself and what activities it will concern itself with will be largely figured out between July and August 2014, starting with a workshop held at DH2014.  Anyone interested in making a short presentation about their work or interests in the area and/or helping shape the group as a whole is welcome to attend.  See the CFP and come out to join us!


Initial Co-Chairs: Jentery Sayers (University of Victoria) and John Simpson (University of Alberta)

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.

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