On Friday, Dec. 9, digital humanists from across Georgia gathered at CURVE and CETL to discuss how institutions around the state could share resources, provide support, and collaborate on DH projects. The meetup was organized by Emily McGinn, Digital Humanities Coordinator at University of Georgia (UGA), and Jason Battles, Director of Library Technologies at UGA.
Participants attended from ten different Georgia universities: Agnes Scott College, Emory University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, University of Georgia, and University of West Georgia.
Participants’ research interests were varied: archaeology, geography, history, literature, pedagogy, libraries, and more. In small groups, we discussed topics such as DH centers, resource sharing, institutional support, and teaching DH.
Each group then summarized their discussion in a large meeting, which prompted some further discussion of issues and solutions. It was immediately apparent that some projects currently in development or planning stages might benefit from collaboration across institutions.
We enjoyed lightning talks from a few participants, including Robert Batchelor, Lauren Klein, Robin Wharton, Ruth Dusseault, Bryan Sinclair, and Brennan Collins. Our closing activity was to synthesize our various discussions into some action items that would ensure our next steps toward providing support across the state.
As the Digital Scholarship Librarian at GSU, I hope to offer support for the network or consortium as it grows. At very least, we hope to develop a network site that allows resource sharing and provides connections that might spark partnerships or collaborations between institutions.