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MDL at the 2019 Carleton Day of Digital Humanities


On Friday, June 7th, Carleton College held its fourth annual Day of Digital Humanities. The program for the day included a round of lightning presentations on recent digital humanities projects, then a "digital poster session" where presenters had the opportunity to answer questions about their work and connect with other attendees. I gave one of the lightning round presentations, on the topic of standardized rights statements as data, alongside other topics such as cultural and digital mapping, big data in historical research, making physical archives digitally accessible, and the technique of sketchnoting.

The presentations were followed by a lunchtime keynote by Dr. Siobhan Senier from the University of New Hampshire. She spoke about her effort to provide greater exposure to the work of indigenous authors through the creation of Dawnland Voices 2.0, a online collection of these authors' writings, contemporary and historic. The project started as a published compendium, Dawnland Voices, which took over ten years to assemble. Once the book was published, those involved wanted the work to continue, and the digital project was born. It continues to provide an active avenue for indigenous voices from the New England area, with new issues published twice a year. 

After this engaging and informative keynote, attendees participated in one of three hands-on workshops for the afternoon. The workshops covered incorporating Wikipedia into classroom pedagogy, narrative mapping using Story Maps, and community engagement via use of a mobile audio-recording studio. Seeing all the projects and learning about what is new in digital humanities made for an inspiring day!