Reinventing our work
1. to produce the first comprehensive scholarly edition of the works and letters of Mary Russell Mitford, and
2. to share knowledge of TEI XML and other related humanities computing practices with all serious scholars interested in contributing to the project.
* Mitford's Our Village = her most popular publication, a series of sketches about community interactions in an English country village
Digital Mitford project goals
How we're building it. . .
- fund by teaching
- big donors welcome (but not expected)
- teach by doing
- annual activity spurs the project
Thanks for the idea to our Pitt-Greensburg campus president, Sharon P. Smith!
- Tiny (~1500 to 1800 students)
- Divisions, not departments
- Behavioral Sciences
- Natural Sciences
- "teaching campus" -- also an underfunded cross-disciplinary research hub
- "state-related" at the tiny regional = Survival mode and always under pressure
- Academic programs: where "Digital Studies" fits for us
- Student-faculty collaboration
- Multi-institutional parternships
- "Powerhouse": always making more...
ULS Partnership with West Overton Village & Museums: Photogrammetry, GIS, and Virtual Tours
- Awarded: $43,000 in Pitt's first ever Seed Funding competition
- 23 / 171 successful applicants across the Pitt system
"Sibling courses": between the Obdurodon and the Newt...
a long-running DH dialogue of the "main" and the "regional"
Undergraduate-Led Projects...and Presentations
Dickinson by Fascicles:
up-conversion in stages
- printed editions to hypertext (1997)
- hypertext to TEI P5 critical apparatus
shared goal: encoding and reading interface that
- reproduces Dickinson's notation of optional variants + treats each as equivalent
- collates (and compares) alterations imposed by print editions
Students become the teachers and directors. . .
Becca Parker and Mitford Coding School instructor team
- Pitt-Greensburg connects MITH and Carnegie Mellon via the TEI
- (ADHO 2018 talk:
West Overton Project:
Pitt-Greensburg connects West Overton with Pitt Library System
Digital Mitford Project
cross-institutional editing team
Pitt-Greensburg hosts annual coding school and editors' summit
Pitt-Greensburg faculty connect with graduate student at U. of Santiago de Compostella, present/publish virtually together in Hong Kong
Pitt-Greensburg Faculty as Cornerstone / Initiator / Connector
Reflections on DH at a Regional Comprehensive
- "teaching generalist" => "computational generalist"
- We don't have or expect a support network to help with our DH "tech"
- "roll our own" systems because we must
- Small regional => high potential energy to be a DH nucleus
- Survival mode => motivation to learn cost-effective, sustainable methods
- Flexibility / expectation to work across disciplines
- Comparative irrelevance of "turf" faciliates collaboration
- Imperative for surviving and thriving
Find me on GitHub...
...with special thanks to my former student Becca Parker!
Reinventing our work together: The practice of "Digital Studies" at Pitt-Greensburg
By Elisa Beshero-Bondar