Digital Humanities Research Institute: Binghamton 2019


The Binghamton DHRI was held May 28-31, 2019. The 17 participants included faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, and visiting), graduate students, and recent PhDs. They were affiliated with the following Harpur College departments: Asian and Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, English, History, German and Russian Studies, Geography, Africana Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology, as well as Social Work and Teaching, Language, and Educational Leadership of the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA). All participants were accepted by application and were required to attend all four days of the institute.

The daily program balanced lectures, hands-on workshops, and small group breakout sessions focused on specific issues. Topics included foundational skills such as the command line, Python, HTML, and CSS, as well as platforms and tools, such as Tableau, ArcGIS online, AntConc, and Scalar.


Before the start of the DHRI, participants were asked to assess their familiarity with the topics that were to be taught and daily exit tickets were issued to gauge the efficiency of each day's sessions. The results showed that participants who claimed "I don't know what that is" or "Familiar/Aware" for certain topics were either "Familiar/Aware" or "Proficient/Knowledgeable" at the conclusion of the DHRI. This was particularly evident for topics such as "Command Line," "Metadata Schema," "Data Cleaning," "Python," and "Topic Modeling." At the end of the DHRI, several participants were confident that they were "Very Knowledgable" for topics such as "Digital Humanities Scholarship" and "Open Access." On the final day, when asked if they would recommend the Binghamton DHRI to a colleague, 100% responded "yes" (the other choices were "no" or "maybe"). Participants also indicated their avid interest in continuing to develop skills in these areas with the guidance of mentors. They also expressed the intention to apply these skills to their current and future research projects, and in the classroom setting.

Comments from Participants

Participants offered more focused comments in their daily exit tickets and in messages to the organizers. The following are anonymous or anonymized excerpts from those comments.

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