Providing resources and trai­ning in the practices and tools of the digital humanities

Élika Ortega to join IDRH as postdoctoral researcher

Elika OrtegaWe are thrilled to announce that Élika Ortega will be joining IDRH as a digital humanities postdoctoral researcher beginning in January 2015. Élika is highly active in the international digital humanities community, and comes to KU from the University of Western Ontario where she recently completed her PhD in Literature (Hispanic Studies) at the CulturePlex Lab. In her role at KU, Élika will develop and teach an introductory digital humanities course, conduct original digital humanities research, consult on digital research projects, and help manage IDRH's continuing activities. Welcome, Élika!

Élika Ortega completed her PhD in Literature (Hispanic Studies) at the CulturePlex Lab at the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 2013. She also holds an MA in English from the University of Toronto (2007) and an MA (2006) and a BA (2004) in Modern Languages and Literatures from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Élika writes about digital literature, (not necessarily digital) media, intermediality, reading practices and interfaces, books, networks, and multilingualism in academia. She is part of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities executive committee, and a member of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, Red de Humanidades Digitales, Modern Languages Association, Electronic Literature Organization, Laboratory of Extended Literatures and Other Materialities, and Red Latinoamericana de Literatura Electrónica. During her years at the University of Western Ontario, Élika co-founded and edited the graduate student peer-reviewed journal Entrehojas; co-led the speaker series for the Inter-Disciplinary Initiative in Digital Humanities for two years; worked on digitization projects of the Libraries’ special collection materials; led workshops, and trained undergraduate students in a variety of tools and methodologies. A tireless traveler, Élika has presented her work in conferences in the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, France, Switzerland, and Ghana.

Striving to Make Digital Humanities More Accessible: An Introduction to the Digital Innovation Lab

Striving to Make Digital Humanities More Accessible: An Introduction to the Digital Innovation Lab
Pam Lach
Associate Director, Digital Innovation Lab
University of North Carolina

Friday, October 31
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Watson Library 455

Launched in Fall 2011, the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an interdisciplinary, collaborative hub for digital humanities. The DIL values digital humanities as public goods, and strives to make its projects and tools as accessible as possible. This talk will provide an introduction to the Lab’s work in project and tool development and pedagogic innovation, as well as efforts to support data-driven uses of large digital collections. The talk will also highlight DH Press, a WordPress-based data visualization toolkit, which the DIL has been developing since 2012. 

Pam Lach is the Associate Director of the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a PhD from UNC in U.S. Cultural History with an emphasis on gender and film history (2007), and a MS in Information Science from the UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (2012). Pam is interested in how new and emerging technologies can support and redefine scholarship and pedagogy in the humanities and hopes to bridge the divide between technology and humanists. Among her many duties, she oversees DIL staff and project work, and is the Project Manager for DH Press, a WordPress-based digital humanities visualization toolkit. 

Seed grant opportunity: Collaborative Research Tornado

Friday, October 24
1pm - 4pm
​The Commons, Spooner Hall

Does your research incorporate computational methods? Might your research be further invigorated by expertise from a wholly different discipline? Are you interested in working across disciplines (humanistic and non-humanistic) with faculty and graduate students from other disciplines who do too? 

This month, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) is hosting a Digital Humanities Tornado, a research networking session aimed at developing internal grant proposals based in interdisciplinary collaboration between KU faculty (staff and grad students also welcome). The event is intended to bring researchers together to develop proposals for seed grants of up to $15,000 in the Digital Humanities and all allied fields, including but not limited to Computer Science and Information Technology, genomics, geography, law, journalism, social sciences and other fields. 

The IDRH Co-Directors, Advisory Board and facilitators Germaine Halegoua (Film & Media Studies) and Jonathan Lamb (English) invite you to participate in this brainstorming session on October 24 from 1-4pm at The Commons in Spooner Hall.

Refreshments will be served. Final proposals for seed grants of up to $15,000 are due Monday, December 1.  Please see the seed grant guidelines for more information. SEED GRANT APPLICANTS MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TORNADO TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL.

Schedule Outline

* Welcome and Overview
* Introductions (please come prepared to share your research projects or interests)
* Workgroup Session
* Large group discussion and reporting back from workgroups
* Wrap-up and next steps


IDRH Workstation Now Available in Watson 425

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities has recently finished the deployment of a computer in the GIS & Data Lab of Watson Library, room 425. The workstation is equipped with an array of tools for Digital Humanities research and work, including visualization, analytic, programming and publishing software, as well as a collection of bookmarks to online DH tools and resources. The current list of software and links hosted on the machine can be viewed on the Watson 425 Workstation page on the IDRH website. Requests for assistance or consultations, or for new software acquisition can be directed to us at

Documentary Editing in the Digital Age with Amy Hughes, Brooklyn College

Join us on Monday, April 21 at 1:30 in Watson 455 for a presentation on The Harry Watkins Diary Project, presented by Amy E. Hughes, professor of Theater History & Criticism at Brooklyn College.


The journal Harry Watkins kept from 1845-1860 is the only known diary of significant length and substance written by an American actor during the years leading up to the Civil War. To make this resource more widely available, a team of historians, students, and technologists is creating a critical edition that will be available in both print and digital form. Hughes will discuss how the original vision of the project gradually transformed to take advantage of opportunities available within the Digital Humanities, including open-source tools, best practices in documentary editing and text encoding, and prospects for funding. 

Proposals for Course Development Grants Due April 4th

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is once again offering its $1,000 grant for the development of a course related to the Digital Humanities. Those proposals which pertain to undergraduate studies,have an interdisciplinary scope, use open-source tools, and/or include methods which are applicable to Digital Humanities as a whole will be given preference. The course may be in any humanities or closely-related discipline, and may cover specific topics within a discipline (e.g. 19th c. English literature), as long as at least 50% of the course content covers DH skills, methods, and tools. All proposed courses must be taught on the Lawrence or Edwards campus within 3 semesters of receiving funding. We expect to make up to three awards.All applicants who are selected for the program will be asked to participate in a one hour Digital Humanities curriculum workshop in late April or early May (TBA). 

How to Apply: Interested participants are invited to submit a short proposal (two to three pages, double-spaced) that includes: (1) a narrative description of the new course, including a list of; (2) the course title and a (possible) course number; and, (3) a discussion of the potential impact you expect the course to have on KU’s digital humanities profile. The proposal should indicate whether or not the course is undergraduate or graduate, the expected enrollment, whether or not it is intended as a principal course, and the frequency with which it will be offered. It is expected that the course will be offered sometime during the next three semesters and that it will be offered at least three times within the next six-year period. Faculty from all humanities and related disciplines are invited to submit proposals.


Additional Guidelines

  • The deadline for proposals is Friday, April 4, 2014. All proposals should be submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time on that day.
  • The department chair and/or dean, as appropriate, must endorse all proposals.
  • Successful applicants will be notified on or before Friday, April 18.
  • The workshop for program participants will be scheduled for late April or early May, 2014. Date and time to be announced. Attendance by participants in the full program of the workshop is required in order to receive the summer stipend.
  • Participants will be asked to submit to IDRH a syllabus of the new course after it is offered.
  • For more information, please contact Arienne Dwyer or Brian Rosenblum, co-directors, IDRH, 864-8883 or

Full details can be read on the Course Development Grants page.

Talks with Piotr Adamczyk, Google Cultural Institute

Piotr Adamczyk, of the Google Cultural Institute, will be visiting KU on Monday, March 10th, to give the following talks:


Cultural Heritage Information Visualization

Watson Library, Room 455, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Cultural institutions are increasingly adopting open data policies, both for easy internal reuse of data sets and as a way of building community engagement online. While the opening up of data is a welcome development, too often key audiences see too little of this information through too small a keyhole. As linked and open data formats and application programming interfaces become more common for cultural repositories, providing a sense of the scope and shape of cultural collections is moving from a problem of data access to one of presentation. Information dashboards can be effectively applied in these contexts along with compelling multimedia experiences when cultural heritage data is shared beyond private silos.

Google Digitizing Culture?

Spooner Hall, The Commons, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

How is Google changing our relationship with traditional cultural institutions like art museums? In 2011, Google launched the Google Art Project, an ever-growing digital repository of artworks from museums around the globe, quickly followed by the Google Cultural Institute. Just recently the Cultural Institute opened its first physical location in Paris. Piotr Adamczyk, Program Manager at Google, will provide insight into the virtual and physical projects, initiatives and partnerships as well as the motivations and goals of the Cultural Institute.

Piotr Adamczyk

Starting with an analyst position at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the Data Lead for the Google Art Project, and now on the Content Team of the Google Cultural Institute, Piotr Adamczyk's work is focused on the use of open/linked data in cultural heritage institutions. With undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, Piotr holds graduate degrees in Human Factors and Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Piotr has authored papers, organized workshops, and served as a Program Committee member for Association for Computing Machinery and cultural heritage conferences, and his arts research includes residencies at the Banff New Media Institute, Medialab-Prado, and Eyebeam.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Digital Jumpstart Workshops

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is pleased to announce that registration for the Spring 2014 Digital Jumpstart Workshops, to be held on Thursday, March 6 & Friday, March 7, is now open.

These free workshops are intended to provide faculty, staff and graduate students with hands-on introductions to digital tools and practices in order to help you capture and digitize your data, discover and analyze patterns in your data, and present and disseminate your results. All skill levels, from beginner to seasoned digital humanist, are welcome.

Registration is free, but space is limited. For full descriptions of the workshops and to register, please see the Spring 2014 Digital Jumpstart Workshops page.

Thursday, March 6

Manipulating Your Videos for Research & Teaching

Instructors: Carolina Pardo & Wade Garrison
10:00 AM - noon
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library

Creating online collections and exhibits

Instructors: Melissa Fisher Isaacs & Wade Garrison
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Watson 455

Friday, March 7

Creating a Digital Scholarly Edition

Instructor: Andrew Jewell, University of Nebraska
9:00 AM - noon
Watson 455

Introduction to Text Analysis with the Natural Language Toolkit

Instructor: Matt Menzenski
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Watson 503A

Working with Scalar

Instructors: Liam Lair, Trevor Grizzell, Ray Mizumura-Pence, Ashley Mog, and Kay Walker
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Clark Instruction Center, Watson Library

We hope to see you there!

Registration is now open for the Fall 2013 Digital Humanities Forum: Return to the Material


The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our Fall 2013 Digital Humanities ForumSeptember 12-14, 2013 at Watson Library and the Kansas Union.


We are very excited about this year's schedule, which includes a number of established and emerging scholars who will be on hand for workshops, keynote talks, and presentations on the theme of "Return to the Material." The three-day Forum features the following events:

Thursday, September 12 & Friday, September 13

WORKSHOPS: A set of in-depth, hands on workshops on digital humanities tools and topics.

Friday, September 13

THATCamp Kansas: An “unconference” for technologists and humanists, with conversations about topics defined on-site by the participants.

Saturday, September 14

RETURN TO THE MATERIAL: A one-day program of panels and poster sessions showcasing digital humanities projects and research.


Colin Allen, Indiana University

Jentery Sayers, University of Victoria

Whitney Trettien, Duke University

Find more information about schedules, keynote speakers and registration at Digital Humanities Forum 2013: Return to the Material


Subscribe to blog

IDRH on Twitter
The latest episode of the IDRH DigitalKS podcast is now up! @sferna109 shares her project, United Fronteras, whic…

Directory of DH Scholars

Looking for collaborators, expertise, or other scholars with related interests?

Please see our list of affiliated scholars at KU.

If you would like to be included in this list please complete our affiliated scholars form.

Subscribe to our mailing list
Email Address *
First Name
Last Name

KU Faculty/Staff
KU Student

KU Today
Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times