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Glossary of DH Terms

Glossary of Digital Humanities Terms, Building a Digital Portfolio (for Art History graduate students), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, July 2015. Supported by the Getty Foundation & organized by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. 

a11y: abbreviation for computer accessibility for all people regardless of disability. See

algorithm: “A rigid, logical argument made in regularized terms.” Lisa Rhody

API (Application Program Interface): provides the link between two systems, allowing them to communicate. On the internet, an API allows you to access a web service with another program or software. For instance, a program you write on your computer might ask a museum database for results that match a certain criteria.

API Key: when using an API, you need a unique key for access. Usually provided by the API creator when you sign up for the service.


Welcome to THATCamp Alabama!

Safe travels to everyone as you make your way to THATCamp Alabama!

Here are a few reminders:

You can view the schedule on Google Docs. If you take notes during sessions, upload them to the Google Drive folder to share with others.

– Stay tuned to our website and @THATCampAL on Twitter for updates throughout today and tomorrow.

– If you’re tweeting, add #thatcampal as a hashtag. We’ll Storify tweets and post them online.

– Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. today, and the opening session begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Presentation Room, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library. We’ll also have registration and breakfast there tomorrow.

– Visitor parking is on the fourth floor of the Stadium Parking Deck.

See you soon!

Fieldwork and the Digital Archive

Archives and Special Collections are becoming increasingly available to researchers everywhere as university libraries, museums, and enthusiasts digitize their holdings. As a result, a good amount of archival research now takes place on laptops rather than at the source of the material. For many undergraduates, research only takes place online, as in, it often doesn’t even occur to them to search their library’s catalog for actual books, let alone consider non-traditional sources such as images, oral tradition, and cultural artifacts as texts. Being out of touch with the tangible does lessen somewhat the thrill that hands-on research can bring, just as a good book just isn’t as enjoyable if you’re reading it from a pdf you found online so as to avoid buying the book for class. Looking forward to the next generation of students–who will be even more connected–how can we most effectively teach and use the vastness that is the digital archive while also stressing/remembering the value of immersive learning?

– Lydia Ferguson