Hello fellow HASTACers. In response to my last post:
Andrew, Amanda, Kevin, and I met up earlier this week to talk about some possible directions for the HASTACers to take this spring. I’m attaching an abbreviated list of the points we touched on, to keep you all in the loop. Please feel free to respond to this post with suggestions, or to bring your ideas to the next NUDHL meeting. We’re hoping we can get all of the HASTAC grads here on board to make next quarter productive.
Also, feel free to use the #NUDHL tag on Twitter to keep the conversation going. You can find me, for example, @emilydvb (as I desperately attempt to become a tweet-er). Looking forward to all of us collaborating on the next quarter.
(Apologies for the messy form of these minutes!)
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Andrew, Amanda, Kevin, & Emily
1. Discussed potential tools workshops (ex: text mining, coding, GIS, programming languages)
2. Discussed pooling opinions and information via census (which Andrew has created as a Google Doc)
3. Discussed potential census questions
4. Discussed possibility of creating an NUDHL twitter handle
5. Discussed enlisting grad students from other departments (non-humanities) to help us learn coding languages by leading workshops
6. Discussed the possibility of consolidating resources at NU to establish a larger digital community (ex: connecting our work with the library’s ongoing software workshops), trying to connect our grad student digital initiative to other ongoing digital resources @ NU
7. Discussed setting up informal working group (as outlined in NUDHL blog post)
8. What would this look like in a quarter? We think we should approach it on a month-to-month basis. We discussed alternating workshops (to learn tools/skills/technologies) with working groups (presentations and discussions with grad students, Michael, Jillana, and Josh).
9. We think the workshop topics should be determined by the grad student working group. We discussed tracking interests/suggestions/opinions via a short survey at the end of each group meeting.
10. Who is the audience for these workshops and working group meetings? We think it would be best to start out with these sessions being open to all NU grad students, and then eventually expanding to accommodate others. We could keep Michael, Jillana, and Josh in the loop, and ask faculty members to visit and do workshop presentations. We could even expand this to include undergraduates, eventually.
11. We tried to think of a name/label for this initiative FOREVER. Could not think of one that we loved. Agreed on a working title of: Graduate Student Digital Scholarship Working Group
12. Game plan: First step is sending census to HASTACers and non-HASTAC grad students. Second step is having a meeting with Michael, Jillana, (and Josh?). Third step is scheduling first working group (with one presentation and a general meeting among all participants to gauge interests and gather ideas). We are aiming for the second week of April. We’d like to do at least one workshop before the end of the year, and more than one working group.