[Humanist] 31.294 physical space

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Sep 11 17:15:15 CEST 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 294.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Jacqueline Wernimont <Jacqueline.Wernimont at asu.edu>       (18)
        Subject: Re:  Physical Space for Digital Humanities Center

  [2]   From:    Matt Huculak <huculak at uvic.ca>                            (16)
        Subject: Re:  Physical Space for Digital Humanities Center

  [3]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (12)
        Subject: space

        Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:01:31 +0000
        From: Jacqueline Wernimont <Jacqueline.Wernimont at asu.edu>
        Subject: Re:  Physical Space for Digital Humanities Center
        In-Reply-To: <006f01d3295d$86899fe0$939cdfa0$@com>

Dear Bill,

A couple of years ago a team and I did an set of site visits for DH Centers as we were planning for a Mellon grant. We also did a set of conversations here at ASU recently about research/design spaces. I'm currently finish up my book mss (due Oct 1) so don't have time to dig up all of the documentation. But you can search the Claremont DH website for the write ups of some of the site visits and I can share the larger set of files with you after Oct 1 if you'll just ping me.



Jacqueline Wernimont, Ph.D.
Director, Nexus: A Digital Research Co-Op
Co-Director HASTAC
Co-Director, Human Security Collaboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Affiliate Faculty:
School for Social Transformation
School for Film, Theater, and Dance
School for Future of Innovation in Society

https://jwernimont.com/ | @profwernimont

        Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 21:57:17 +0000
        From: Matt Huculak <huculak at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Re:  Physical Space for Digital Humanities Center
        In-Reply-To: <006f01d3295d$86899fe0$939cdfa0$@com>

Hi Bill,

The University of Victoria Libraries just had the grand opening of its Digital Scholarship Commons during the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in June. The launch was the culmination of many months of construction in the library to accommodate the Library Systems Unit, an open commons space, as well as private office spaces for the Humanities Computing Media Centre--including the Internet Shakespeare Editions--and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab. I wasn’t privy to the original planning for the space, but I know it grew out of a strong collaboration and leadership among libraries, faculty, and staff to build spaces where it would be easier for us all to work together.

Each unit operates separately, but it has been wonderful for me as Digital Scholarship Librarian to simply walk over to our colleagues in the ETCL and HCMC to talk about potential collaborations and to see what is happening in our field. The ETCL just hosted Øyvind Eide, and one of his presentations was held in the library’s digital scholarship commons lecture space. It was a great opportunity to bring in archivists, librarians, and the wider community to hear about the great work happening here and around the world.

The library has starting running a series of workshops on 3D modeling, 3D printing, Twine, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi that have been very popular during the summer, so we expect even greater crowds during the term. You can see the library’s write up on the space at: http://www.uvic.ca/library/locations/home/dsc/index.php. On the library side of things, Lisa Goddard, Associate University Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Strategy was hired in 2014, and the University Librarian, Jonathan Bengtson has been committed to finding opportunities expanding the library’s goal of helping students achieve digital information fluency since being hired in 2012.

I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I think it has been a great opportunity for librarians and archivists to work closely with its colleagues in contiguous spaces dedicated to our respective goals. As you start your planning, I would recommend thinking about the library as well as present and future collaborators who might be interested in working together.

Feel free to write or call if you have questions about the planning process.

J. Matthew Huculak, PhD, MLIS
Digital Scholarship Librarian

McPherson Library, University of Victoria Libraries
PO Box 1800 STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 3H5

T 250-472-4970 | huculak at uvic.ca<mailto:huculak at uvic.ca>

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2717-1112

        Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:09:31 -0700
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: space
        In-Reply-To: <006f01d3295d$86899fe0$939cdfa0$@com>

The best design for a digital humanities lab that I have seen - a 
serious qualification, but nonetheless true - is Humlab 
(http://www.humlab.umu.se/en/) at at Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. It 
was designed, if memory serves, by Patrik Svensson, Professor of 
Humanities and Information Technology at Umeå. I'd consult with him.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of
Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western
Sydney University and North Carolina State University; Editor,
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20)

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