Call for Participants
D.igital C.ollective for the Humanities (Washington, D.C.)
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Are you itching to pick up more digital humanities skills, or looking for a reason to chat more with others who interested in the same digital projects as you? Consider joining the D.igital C.ollective for the Humanities club! No prior skills necessary.

D.C. for the Humanities will host bi-monthly meetings focused on gaining skills; think book club/tech class hybrid. We will focus on open source tools (i.e. not based on any software you would have to purchase). Attendance is open to all! Graduate students in the humanities are especially encouraged to join.

Meetings held every other month are FREE, the only cost to you is the book.* We aim to arrange Skype conversations with the authors and/or in-person Q&As with local experts who have demonstrated experience using the skill.

To join and receive more information and updates, please fill out this simple Google form. I solemnly promise not to spam you more than is necessary. For more information, contact Rachel Lee at or follow on Twitter @DCHumClub.


We will meet at local libraries and community meeting spaces (alternating between Arlington and D.C. to be fair and centralized to the most number of attendees). An option to join for informal drinks nearby the meeting location will follow each meeting.

Please note the following tentative schedule for early 2018:

Week of Feb. 5 - 9: Drupal for Humanists

Reading: Drupal for Humanists by Quinn Dombrowski.

No coding experience necessary! This is a simplified introduction to Drupal, a powerful tool that many use to build online sites, archives, and exhibits. (Along with Omeka and WordPress, is it is a common content resource management tool.)

Week of April 2 - 6: Demystifying Voyant Text Analysis

Reading: Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities by Geoffrey Rockwell,‎ Stéfan Sinclair

Voyant is a detailed text analysis tool used allowing text data to be input and viewed multiple ways, from word clouds to network linkages to text arcs. It also offers text extraction from existing webpages. We will talk about simple ways this can be used, as well as touch on a couple of more detailed examples and applications.

For those who are especially interested in this series and excited about helping start something from the ground up, I am searching for a co-organizer. No need to possess a lot of technical skills, but must enjoy organizing and outreaching! If interested, contact Rachel Lee at

*Concerned about book costs? Purchasing books helps the scholars doing important digital humanities education work. Occasional book discounts through the club are possible but not guaranteed; when available, you will receive advance notice with how to order. With two months to peruse each book, I also encourage sharing the cost of, and time spent reading the book, with other attendees.

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