Thursday, April 28, 2016

I Am Finally Going to Get Some Skills!

I am delighted to announce that I will be one of the attendees this summer at Doing Digital History 2016. "The goal of Doing Digital History is to introduce established historians to new media methods and tools, and to increase their confidence and abilities in applying those methods and in reviewing digital scholarly work," according to the website. The two-week institute is designed to provide hands-on instruction and access to a professional learning community for participants." Here is the draft schedule.

Doing Digital History, I should add, is put on by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History in New Media--the same outfit behind Omeka, Zotero, and other tools that I use all the time. Thanks, guys! It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.

Dear Reader, I have been leading a life of deception. I started blogging in 2007, and launched a local history smartphone app in 2012. Yet, I have no skills really--I do not code, or do GIS, or know Drupal from Joomla from a hole in the ground. I found some simple digital platforms developed by other people and I ran with them. My history colleagues sometimes think that I am some digital guru, but that is like impressing a four-year-old with a magic trick.

No longer, my friends. This summer I am getting some skills.