Through digital reality – part one

I have just spent one week with 400 other Digital Humanists. This is what happens when you go to the yearly conference of the DH association of the German-speaking countries. It took place, as I mentioned in an earlier post, in the lovely city of Graz and the program was, to say things euphemistically, somewhat dense.

I listened, tweeted and chaired. These three activities filled the five days in a way that I, in part, expected and in part did not. Continue reading “Through digital reality – part one”

Good Graz – #dhd2015

Only a couple of days, if not rather hours, before the yearly conference organized by the association for Digital Humanities in the German-speaking countries begins. This year, it takes place in the Austrian city of Graz, where I already had the opportunity to attend a conference in July 2011 and was absolutely charmed by the place.

I have several reasons to look forward to the event. One of them is the conference live-tweeting. On the scale of several parallel sections and a whole week, it takes such proportions that you cannot dedicate just one person to it, and the archiving doesn’t get done by itself either. I have joined forces with Frederike Neuber and Lisa Bolz to try and archive the tweet reports and discussions as well as possible, especially because discussions are usually extremely rich in DH contexts and you might want to get back to one of them at some later point.

This requires those that tweet to follow as far as possible a few simple rules. There are basically 3 of them and they are really not complicated. Continue reading “Good Graz – #dhd2015”

Find your comet

I haven’t blogged in what feels like a very long time. In the past weeks, I have given the final classes of my locum professorship and returned to a life where I take my bike to go to work (even in February). It turns out to be a much quieter life, even though I had never really had that feeling before I started commuting – everything needs something to be compared to in order to gain its real value, it seems.

Not that I would be bored in any way. In my last week in term (when I had my last commute), I took over the Twitter-account @EnDirectDuLabo for a week

It was originally planned that I would do so a few weeks later, but I jumped in at the last minute to fill a gap, which made this final “let’s-cross-Germany-and-back”-week look very different from what I had expected.

I have also been trying to put some order in my various files and documents (I have been planning a blogpost on bibliography for 2 weeks and preparing myself mentally to switch back to TeX in a month when I will start writing) – and in my ideas. I think that what I am spending most time thinking about right now is the scholarly and social value of open knowledge.

Continue reading “Find your comet”