The first DHGetDown was a resounding success. We had a full house.
If you were not able to attend and wanted to, please accept my apologies, we had a far greater response than we had expected and we accommodated as many people as we were able. The keynote panel video and some other conference materials are available at DAHI’s ScholarSpace
. The event was live streamed, and for now, the video of the keynote panel in the morning and the closing panel in the afternoon are available on my YouTube account
(the ScholarSpace version of the keynote is much
better quality than the YouTube version. The live stream audience and people at the event created a fantastic Google Doc of collaborative notes
on all the talks.
Full house for the keynote panel (the empty seat is mine!)
The keynote panel was particularly well-received. Jeanette Hall spoke first on her “Blues Women” project, which I am hoping we will be able to release publicly this semester. Jeanette has created a sort of genealogy of women blues singers traced through their covers of each others’ songs. kuʿualoha hoʿomanawanui then spoke on her ongoing work on building a Hawaiian knowledge platform using DAHI’s implementation of Scalar. Noelani Arista closed out the panel with a talk on “Rebooting Hawaiian Intellectual Traditions” by working with a new generation of Hawaiian-language speaking scholars and students in the largest indigenous-language archive in existence, much of which has begun to be digitized. Check out the video and the Google Doc for the details on all of these excellent and thought-provoking talks.
Comments from participants: “Let’s have more!” “I really enjoyed learning about other peopleʻs experiences.” “More excellent talks with great set of resources shared.” “Love it! I learned new uses of the SoundCloud app.” “I loved that the workshop ask us to tour the campus and to have discussions on how we relate to the campus!” “All three speakers raised really interesting issues. It was good to see projects at different stages of development.” “A great day all around!”
In the hands-on workshop, we created “Crossing Paths @ UHM” (or DAHImon Go — check the logo 😉 ) In it we each thought of a story or something on campus to describe that took place along a path rather than in a single location, which we then marked on on a mapping web app created by program coordinator David Goldberg (Big shout out to David for getting all this to work in a couple of weeks!). Then we went out to our sites on campus and recorded the story on our phones, then, with many bumps and glitches, we uploaded them to our newly made or old SoundCloud accounts. We then attached the sound files to our paths. Ultimately, We would like to develop a mobile app from this. You can get an idea of how it would work from this minute-long video here
. Of course we would need more resources in order to make this happen, as we don’t have any app developers. Anybody here on the DAHI list know how to code apps?
The map we made is more a proof of concept, but the few people I have shown it to have gotten caught up in the stories, and once you try one, you will want to check out a few more! As soon as we clean up a few details with it, we will make it available.
Sveta Stoytcheva and David Beales, the humanities librarians who are working on digital projects with us (and the rest of the University!), closed out the conference with tours of some cutting edge digital projects at places other than UH. David brought his keen photographer’s eye to bear on Ben Schmidt’s Global Shipping Maps project. Sveta explored the intersections of Digital mapping and feminism. Links to all the projects they discussed are available in the Google Doc, and you can hear their talks on the (formerly) live stream
, although the visuals are not really visible on the YouTube version. Their handouts are available on ScholarSpace if you want to check out the visuals and links.
Thank you to everyone who made the mini-conference an event to remember and a great way to start the semester! Especially, DAHI got great support from the Library, The College of Arts & Humanities, and the College of Language, Linguistics, and Literature.