Author Archives: Arienne M Dwyer

About Arienne M Dwyer

Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, University of Kansas Documentary linguistics, language contact, linguistic typology. China and Central Asia.

Who’s the fairest of them all? A DH popularity contest

DH awards 2012

In news that is now wilting away (being more than a week old, 18 Feb to be precise), 
James Cummings (Oxford) solicited nominations and votes on the first-even DH awards.
Looking through these awards provides at least two types of insight directly relevant
 to our course: (1) What are some terrific humanities resources out there (which happen 
to be digital)? (2) And a cultural insight: What does this field currently value? I'll 
be interested to hear which of these align with what you see as valuable in the field.

Source:  Humanist 26.792

Digital Humanities Awards 2012 Results

The winners of the Digital Humanities Awards 2012 are as follows.
Once '€˜accidental'€™ duplicates were removed there were 4101 ballots
cast by members of the public over two weeks voting for one or
more of the categories. The full list of sites nominated is still
available on the website. Sorry if your favoured resource did not
win. Open public votes are popularity contests and some of the
contestants certainly did seem to campaign more than the others.
Feedback I have received indicates that this has raised awareness
of DH in the wider community and awareness of little known
projects inside the DH community. The candidates were nominated
by the public and voted for by the public.

The winners of the awards receive no cash prize, only the respect
and honour of the DH community. They can also use the icons
available at on their
websites if they wish.

Congratulations to all the winners! Thanks to all those who voted!

*Best DH tool or suite of tools*
Winner: Omeka
1st Runner Up: Paper Machines
2nd Runner Up: Isidore
Total votes in category: 877

*Best DH blog, article, or short publication*
Winner: Digital Humanities Now
1st Runner Up: Leonardo Flores: E-Poetry
2nd Runner Up: Will Self (et al.): "Kafka€'s Wound: Re-imagining
the Literary Essay for the Digital Age"
Total votes in category: 1494

*Best DH visualization or infographic*
Winner: A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualization for the
1st Runner Up: e-Diasporas Atlas
2nd Runner Up: ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of
the Roman World
Total votes in category: 1099

*Best professional resources for learning about or doing DH work*
Winner: Digital Humanities Tool Box
1st Runner Up: Livingstone's 1871 Field Diary: A Multispectral
Critical Edition: Project History, pages starting from
2nd Runner Up: Bamboo DiRT
Total votes in category: 1048

*Best DH project for public audiences*
Winner: CEISMIC: Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive
1st Runner Up: La Biblioteca Virtual de la Biblioteca Luis Ángel
2nd Runner Up: Dickens Journals Online
Total votes in category: 3161

*Best use of DH for fun*
Winner: The Future of the Past
1st Runner Up: DigitalNZ magic squares
2nd Runner Up: 10 PRINT ebooks
Total votes in category: 911

Dr James Cummings
DH Awards (Founder)


Leaping gracefully from spatial data and GIS to textual data, on Monday 4 March and 11 March, we will have a two-course sequence in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language). These courses provide a small but powerful foundation for the preservation, analysis, querying, styling and sharing of textual and other resources. And I promise to make it both useful and comprehensible!

I’ll be teaching the XML introduction on the 4th, and University of Pittsburgh Digital Humanist Professor David Birnbaum ( will be teaching the XSLT introduction on the 11th.

For Monday, Mar 4 :

  • Please look over the syllabus’ readings:Text Encoding  by Allen Renear (Ch 17 of this volume), An even gentler introduction to XML by David Birnbaum.  If you are burning with curiousity about the Text Encoding Initiative, you will get an eyeful here: TEI P5 guidelines .
  • If the XML seems foreign, you might consider pre-reading the html basics article I mention below, which will highlight html’s similarities to and differences from xml.

For Monday, Mar 11:

  • Come back to class with <oXygen/> still installed on your laptop
  • One of our main exercises will be an XML-to-HTML transformation. While not required, it would be helpful to look over an introduction to html, html basics
  • If you want to get a head start on what will be discussed, you can look at David’s pages on XSLT Basics and his Introduction to XPath.

Looking forward to these classes!

Access, participation, and security: DH talk at Columbia

(reposted from the DHI)

Cultural Change in the Digital Humanities: 
talk on Feb. 19 @ Columbia by visiting Prof. Arienne M. Dwyer in Digital Humanities Initiative

Free & open to the public, no RSVP required
TOPIC:  Cultural change in the Digital Humanities: Balancing access, participation, and security

WHEN:   Tues, Feb.  19  ~  Noon - 1:30 PM
WHERE:  203 Butler Library
SPONSORS:  Columbia Libraries Digital Humanities Center and Digital Program Division

Arienne M. Dwyer
Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center
Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, University of Kansas
Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas

The digital humanities idealize openness, by promoting open access to scholarly resources, open source software, and the free sharing of information and knowledge. 
We digital humanists are making use of the democratic and collaborative potential of 
Internet to allow greater access to resources, as well as about gaining wider and 
more diverse audiences for our own scholarship. The interdisciplinary collaboration 
that this work necessarily entails creates a microsocial organization that contrasts 
with the lone-scholar approach of the traditional humanities.

With extreme openness comes security risks: material may be lost, borrowed without 
attribution, or insufficiently recognized as valid scholarship. Some security issues 
are amenable to technical fixes. Yet what motivates many humanists to decline to 
participate more collaboratively or openly is as much a social issue as a technical 
one; despite extensive reform efforts, scholarly recognition is still heavily tied 
to traditional modes of publication and recognition. Further, social networks entail 
a culture change. This talk focuses on taking the security and cultural concerns of 
humanists seriously, in order to encourage the broader participation of humanists in 
these emerging forms of scholarship.

Friday update

It’s been great to meet you all, and thanks to Jonathan and Lisa for posting.

I’ve been in touch some more with our guest speakers in the last few days, which has required some rearranging of the syllabus (the content has not changed, just the order). Specifically, David Birnbaum requested that his XLST workshop be moved forward one week to Mar 11 and be given the full 2 hrs; this requires moving my introduction to markup and XML to March 4, and moving the text-exploration tools previously on March 4th (TextStat, Voyant etc.) to March 18th. I’ll also be introducing Regular Expressions next week (Feb 4) instead of on Mar 18.

All revisions to the course syllabus can be found in its online version: