DH Tool Review and Presentation
Due in class 8 MAR 2018
- Selection of a DH Tool to review.
- 10-Minute presentation of your tool to the class.
The Big Idea
There are a great many low-barrier-to-entry tools out there to help facilitate digital humanities research. As an example, you might consider Voyant: for me, this is “low-barrier” because (1) it’s web-based so it doesn’t require a software download/install and (2) the entry point is dead simple, just paste, link, or upload. Low-barrier tools help humanists get to the humanistic questions and analysis more quickly. They are most often, however, gateways to more refined, if sometimes more cumbersome tools.
I want you to identify a tool that you would like to choose a tool from from the list below. You will explore that tool, learn how to use it, discern why one might choose to use that tool (what kinds of questions will it answer?), and prepare a demonstration in which you demonstrate your understanding of these components for your peers and your professor.
Criteria for Evaluation
You will be evaluated on a 10-minute presentation that you will give to your peers during a class meeting. Your presentation should include:
- A visual presentation that has a logical and thought-out progression.
- A brief explanation of what the tool does (i.e. what kind of data it needs and what it does with data that’s helpful).
- Suggestions for the kinds of work one might do with this tool (i.e. the kinds of questions one might ask/answer).
- A concise demonstration of how to use the tool that includes the dataset you used to test it (and why) and a step-by-step, guided tour of going from data to analysis with the tool.
You will be evaluated according to how thoroughly you address these points and how organized your presentation appears to be. Time will be of the essence: rehearse and do not go over the allotted 10 minutes.
Low-Barrier Tools for Review
Mapping and/or Timelines
* Requires a download/install
Course Archive: 2017
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