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Digital Humanities at Carolina: Learn Skills

A resource for those interested in practicing and surveying the digital humanities at UNC.

What would you like to learn?

Carolina offers the workshops and personal support to make your digital project a reality. We have you covered whether you need to learn Python, build a project website, or craft a digital sustainability plan. Workshops are offered across campus at Davis Library, The Undergraduate Library, Kenan Science Library, Murray Hall, and The Hanes Art Center. The best way to get started is attend a workshop for a basic overview and then start playing with tools. When the challenges get tough, specialists are available for one-on-one consultations and to help lead classroom instruction.

If you would like to get started before a workshop is offered, the following websites can offer general advice and introductions to DH tools and methods:

  • The Programming Historian
    The Programming Historian offers lessons on APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), Python, Data Management, Data Manipulation, Distant Reading, Command Line, Linked Open Data, Mapping, Network Analysis, Web Scraping, and Online Publishing.
  • Library Workflow Exchange
    The Library Workflow offers digital workflows for GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Musems) specialists including Digitization Workflows, Metadata Standards, OAI-PMH, Online Exhibits, Cataloging, Preservation, Electronic Resources and Collection Development.
  • UCLA Intro to Digital Humanities
    The UCLA Intro to Digital Humanities offers a basic overview of key tools and concepts including databases, visualization, data mining, text encoding, distant reading, network analysis, Timelines, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
  • How Not to Teach Digital Humanities
    Ryan Cordell shares his discoveries for effectively teaching digital humanities to undergraduate students.
  • Crafting Digital History, A Workbook
    Working with data including cleanup, analysis, and visualization with quick intros to TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), Git, Regular Expressions, Open Refine, R, Python, and more.
  • Getting Started with OpenRefine
    A great companion for learning OpenRefine, a useful tool for cleaning up messy data
  • The Sourcecaster
    Use the command line to work through common challenges that come up when working with digital primary sources.
  • An Introduction to Network Analysis
    This guide will help you visualize, measure, and describe features of network data.
  • LEADR Tutorials
    A variety of common methods tutorials from the LEADR lab including audio recording, Markdown, Neatline, Omeka, Github, and more.

If you're willing to travel, here are some great DH intensives:

  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI)
    For over a decade, the University of Victoria's DHSI has been the field's most successful training institute. New DHSI training networks are appearing across the world.
  • Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT)
    HILT rotates between campuses with strong digital humanities programs each year. Recent courses have focused on Black Digital Humanities, Collections as Data, Python, Scalar, R, and Image Analysis.
  • Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS)
    For those on the other side of the pond, the DHOxSS offers a variety of courses in areas like Data Curation, the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), text analysis, and Natural Language Processing (NLP).
  • The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp)
    THATCamps occur across the world and focus on many different topics. What they all share is a dedication to be "unconferences" that are open, low-cost meetings where humanists and technologists of all skill levels can learn.

UNC Workshops

  • The Research Hub
    Learn R, Virtual reality, 3D design and printing, QGIS, Python, Arduino, Endnote, Tableau, NextEngine, Critical making.
  • Be A Maker Workshops
    Learn Laser Cutting, Embroidery, 3D Design and Printing, Vinyl Cutting, Photoscanning, Wood Shop, Sewing, VR Development, and Sketchup
  • Odum Institute Learn Survey Design, NVivo, R, Stata, Atlas.ti, and SPSS
  • SkillfUL Learn Capturing and Editing Audio/Video, Adobe Suite, Wordpress, Podcasting, Sketchnoting, Zine Making, and Website Accessibility

UNC Teaching/Classroom Support

  • Research and Instructional Services in Davis Library
    Get help with bringing digital humanities skills into the classroom for your students.
  • Media Lab Classes
    The Digital Media Lab offers free one-on-one and small group instruction in the Adobe Creative Cloud package, Logic Pro, and a suite of media production equipment, as well as instruction based on the nature of the project at hand