A work-in-progress compilation of digital humanities projects happening in Detroit.

Data Driven Detroit


Ethnic Layers of Detroit –

Ghana on the Go

Mapping Slavery in Detroit

Wayne State Press Humanities Open Book digitization project

Wayne State Library Digital Collections


Syllabi et cetera.

The below list is more the beginning of a reference list for anyone who is getting ready to teach a digital history course for the first time (a category that includes me, for example). You’ll find digital history syllabi and course website, though I intend to include eventually digital humanities courses that could easily lend themselves to the history classroom. At the end you’ll find a few resources on digital pedagogy in general. This list is not comprehensive, and the emphasis is material oriented towards beginners. Also, this list does not distinguish between physical classrooms and digital classrooms. Enjoy!


Introduction to Digital Humanities course by Amardeep Singh and Ed Whitley at Lehigh University.

Death // in the digital age by Annelise Shrout at Davidson College

General Resources

10 Things the Best Digital Teachers Do by Jesse Stommel at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Teaching with Twitter by Christopher Haynes at University of Colorado

How Not to Teach Digital Humanities by Ryan Cordell at Northeastern University


Weekly Roundup: September 26

pietro mellini

  • Quadrigam, a tool to “create & publish data driven websites” (via Miriam Posner)

Weekly Roundup: September 6

Just a quick post due to the holiday weekend. In honor of Labor Day tomorrow in the US, I wanted to repost “Tools for Digital Labor History,” a concise intro useful to all historians, compiled by Toby Higbie for the Laboring Big Data panel at LAWCHA (Labor and Working Class History Association) 2015.

I also want to take a moment to revisit the Digital Labor conference from last year, at the New School. Select videos from the proceedings can be found via this youtube playlist.

And, considering that it is the beginning of a new semester, check out “How Not To Teach the Digital Humanities” by Ryan Cordell, and “5 Reasons Why Jekyll + github is a Terrible Teaching Tool” by Vince Knight.



Weekly Roundup: August 27

Schomburg Emmet Till

  • This iPhone app, BibUp, from the University of Fribourg, that allows you capture citations via ISBN or barcode, as well as take pics, that can later be downloaded into Zotero. University of Fribourg users have the further advantage of an OCR feature.

Beginning with Git(Hub)

I’ve been exploring GitHub, as I’m working on a group project that will be using it. I’d like to say I understand it, but to be honest, I don’t really. Not yet.

Some basics. GitHub hosts repositories using Git. Git, according to those who should know (meaning its creators),  “is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency,” and as far as I understand, a version control system is the management of any large group of files or whatnot.

So management of systems. According to https://help.github.com/articles/github-glossary/#git, GIT is “an open source program for tracking changes in text files. It was written by the author of the Linux operating system, and is the core technology that GitHub, the social and user interface, is built on top of.”

Tracking changes, managing systems. Cool.

Plus this is all open source, and according to the same, er, source of the above Git definition, open source software is “software that can be freely used, modified, and shared (in both modified and unmodified form) by anyone. Today the concept of “open source” is often extended beyond software, to represent a philosophy of collaboration in which working materials are made available online for anyone to fork, modify, discuss, and contribute to.”

Tracking changes, managing systems, collaboration, and the free use, modification, and sharing of materials. Now we’re getting somewhere.

Anyway, here’s a list of resources I’ll be making my way through in the near future, so expect some posts about repositories, forking, branches, and pull requests.

Beginning with QGIS

Goal for the summer: learn the basics of GIS (Geographic Information System). The end result will be a tutorial for Programming Historian, but I’ll post my stumbles and bumbles here. I’ll be using QGIS since it’s free and freely available. Below is the beginning of a list of resources/tutorials/introductions/etc.