Workshop Recap: The Lexicon of DH

Workshop Recap: The Lexicon of DH

On Tuesday, October 27th, I was delighted to work alongside my GC Digital Fellows colleague, Patrick Sweeney, on our inaugural workshop of “The Lexicon of DH.” Designed to bridge the gap between theory-intensive digital humanities seminars and specific tool-based workshops, “The Lexicon of DH” provided a collaborative learning space to explore a variety of projects that fall under the umbrella of digital humanities, as well as the tools and skill sets that give these projects liftoff.

We covered an array of information, including tools and techniques to get started in geocoding, geospatial analysis, text analysis, text encoding, data visualization, image analysis, digital editions, and beyond. Participants were encouraged to share their own research questions, which we discussed and developed through small group work and individual study.

With students from the Masters of Liberal Studies Program and DH Praxis course, visiting doctoral students from other New York City Institutions, as well as doctoral candidates and faculty from The Graduate Center PhD programs in Art History, Music, History, English, we had a diverse range of disciplines and skill sets represented.

Over the course of the workshop, we

developed a basic understanding of types of digital humanities projects

explored and critiqued methods, tools, and resources in digital humanities

discussed non-data driven approaches to digital humanities, and

built a working resource center using the open-source software Zotero.

The slides for this presentation are available online for your use; they are chock-full of links, resources, and reflective exercises to help you develop your own approach to digital humanities, and are available at:

Any questions about this workshop or other workshops offered through the GC Digital Fellows are welcomed at

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