[globaloutlookDH-l] Kickstarting GO:DH Minimal Computing Working Group with DH2014 Workshop

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Wed Feb 12 14:05:28 MST 2014


Way to go! I think this is a great idea.


On 14-02-12 01:43 PM, John Simpson wrote:
> Hello Global DH,
>
> Part of the GO:DH initiative was the creation of a working group 
> focused on minimal computing.  This group is meant to ask questions 
> about computer use that is decidedly *not* high-performance and to 
> explore answers to these questions.  Both the maintenance and 
> refurbishing of machines out of necessity and the use of new 
> streamlined computing hardware like the Raspberry Pi belong squarely 
> in the target area of this working group.  A short summary may be 
> found 
> at http://www.globaloutlookdh.org/working-groups/minimal-computing/ .
>
> Haven’t heard of the minimal computing working group?  This shouldn’t 
> be a surprise, we haven’t done anything yet!  That changes now.
>
> We’d like to kickstart the working group into action by offering a 
> workshop at DH2014 that will allow us an opportunity to get a survey 
> of the state of minimal computing within the DH community and to set 
> tasks for ongoing research and support in the area.  The tentative 
> format for this half-day workshop is as follows:
>
> 1. A series of lightning talks (2-5 minutes) about current research or 
> work being done with or in a minimal computing environment.  These 
> would be drawn in advance with a CFP.  Those unable to attend the 
> workshop but wishing to present would be invited to share videos.
>
> 2. A focused brainstorming session directed at collecting ideas and 
> projects that the Minimal Computing Working Group or its members 
> should consider pursuing.  It is hoped that some form of participation 
> will be open to those not on site, but this will depend or the 
> infrastructure that is available.  This goes for the third stage as well.
>
> 3. The selection of a set of tasks, directives, and/or projects that 
> the minimal computing working group will coordinate and support. 
>  These will follow directly from the previous stages but these might 
> look something like programs to:
> * provide training to the DH community to use minimal computing tools
> * share/ship computing resources to areas that might better use them
> * track hardware and software use in the humanities on a global scale
> * provide or recommend packages of hardware and software that are 
> effective and proven
>
> ********
> What I need to know from the community is what you think of this 
> approach and whether or not you are willing to participate (either in 
> person or by sending a video or by participating in the discussion or 
> in some other way).
> ********
>
> I’d like to get the workshop application drafted this week so any 
> responses to this in advance of Saturday, February 15, would be 
> greatly appreciated.
>
> Looking forward to hearing from you so that we can put this working 
> group on track to provide great service to our community
>
> -John
> John Simpson
> Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta
> INKE and Text Mining & Visualization for Literary History
>
>
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