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

Alex Gil colibri.alex at gmail.com
Wed Feb 12 19:44:29 MST 2014


John, I'm doing some work with Jekyll for #arounddh. You could call it
minimal web development. Let me know if that sounds like a fit.

a.


On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM, Daniel O'Donnell
<daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>wrote:

>  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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