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Digital Humanities: Blogs & Online Communities

Resources for teaching and scholarship in the field of digital humanities.

NEW! ADHO Special Interest Group dedicated to Libraries and DH

dh+lib recently posted that the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) issued a call for proposals for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), through which “those with similar professional specialties, interests, and aptitudes can exchange ideas, stay current, and mobilize to pursue common goals across the boundaries of ADHO’s individual Constituent Organizations.”

One goal of the newly-proposed SIG is to work with dh+lib and the ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group on projects such as DH “toolkits,” mentorship and training, and collection development policies ("CFP: New ADHO," 2013).

Sign up for the SIG


Online Communities/Discussion Forums

The CUNY Digital Humanities Research Guide provides a list of general DH online communities and discussion forums to help you get started keeping up with DH news!


RSS Readers and Personalized News Readers

"How To Explain RSS The Oprah Way" Back in Skinny Jeans 

RSS Reader
An RSS reader or news reader is another must-have to keep up with DH news.  Here's a great video that explains RSS in Plain English. In counterpoint, this piece from the New York Observer offers some caveats. GoogleReader was once the king of RSS readers, but the search giant retired the service in July of 2013. Lifehacker explores some of the alternatives, including popular choice Feedly.  Another popular application is netvibes, which creates a single dashboard for all your feeds, apps, and tweets and syncs across all your devices (desktop, mobile, and tablet).  

Netvibes screenshot CC Flickr user ghbrett

Personalized News Reader

You may also want to investigate a solution for "asynchronous reading" via a tool such as Instapaper or ReadItLater– see the ProfHacker article on this. These allow you to save sites for offline reading later. Another off -shoot of  the RSS reader field is smart, passive personalized readers such as Zite, which monitor your behaviors on sites like Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, then algorithmically construct a personalized stream of articles and posts you might be interested in. Zite was also fast to offer support for users to import their Google Reader subscriptions.


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