Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Understanding Digital Culture: Humanist Lenses for Internet Research is an open-access workshop that provides humanities scholars with resources and training about working with computational tools and conducting ethical research on the web. The workshop contains five modules centered around an individual research question that participants can create, develop, and explore as they advance through the workshop and enhance their understanding of digital culture. 

The modules of this workshop cover the following topics:

  1. an introduction to platform studies (Youtube, Twitter, Reddit, Github)
  2. discussions of ethical digital research practices
  3. potential data collection tools and research methods
  4. how to create and analyze data visualizations (Orange and Gephi)
  5. and an introduction to bots and how they can influence and collect data on the web.

By engaging with these topics, participants should become comfortable working with specific digital tools and leave the workshop with a solid understanding of developing future digital research in the humanities. 

This workshop was designed by a team of interdisciplinary humanities scholars and originally hosted as a (virtual) one-week workshop at the University of Central Florida in June 2020. The materials are accessible to a wide audience through clear and concise language, hyperlinks to outside readings and resources, and scaffolded assignments. The team encourages other scholars to integrate the workshop materials into their academic courses and other discussions of digital ethics, research, and tools in the humanities.

(Main) Workshop Instructors

Dr. Anatasia Salter, Director of Graduate Programs and Texts & Technology for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida

Dr. Mel Stanfill, assistant professor of Texts & Technology/Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida

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