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Digital Matters for Grad Students

This page gathers information about various things digital here at Vanderbilt and beyond that should be of particular use to graduate students.

If you have a digital project in mind: below you will find a variety of resources, but here in narrative form is a suggestion for how to proceed. First, contact Cliff Anderson, the Director for Scholarly Communications in the library; he is extremely knowledgeable and ready to help. Second, consult with Todd Hughes, the Director of Instructional Technologies at the Center for Second Language Studies. Third, consider joining the digital humanities discussion group, composed of faculty and graduate students, at the Robert Penn Warren Center.

Training Opportunities at Vanderbilt for Grad Students

  • Mellon Institute in Digital and Public Humanities for Early-Career Scholars: a week-long workshop in May open to those who have completed their second year of graduate study. See last year’s call for applications.  This program is likely to run at least through 2016. It is also a prerequisite for the Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Postdoctoral Fellowships.
  • HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory): pronounced “haystack,” HASTAC is a global network of individuals and institutions that come together to share, collaborate, and learn through online forums, blogs, conferences, social media, and other channels of communication. There are six Vanderbilt sponsoring centers, including the Center for Teaching (CFT), the Curb Center, and the Robert Penn Warren Center. Applications are typically due in mid to late summer: this year the applications are due September 1. For more information and the application for 2014-15, see the HASTAC link at the Warren Center.  For more information on the national HASTAC program see here.
  • Center for Second Language Studies: for opportunities for practical skills development in Digital Humanities offered through the Center, see their link for Digital Initiative in World Literatures and Cultures see here.
  • Scholarly Communications Workshops at the Library: The purpose of these workshops is to introduce students, faculty, and staff members at Vanderbilt University to new tools and techniques in the field of scholarly communications and digital scholarship. All are welcome! No need to RSVP. Questions? Contact  clifford.anderson@vanderbilt.edu. The fall 2014 schedule of the meetings, which take place on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Room 418a, Central Library, is now available here.

Support for Digital Work at Vanderbilt

  • VIDL: the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (“VIDL” is meant to rhyme with “vital”), run by Doug Fisher (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) is at the heart of digital training at Vanderbilt; currently it focuses mainly on teaching.
  • Digital Humanities Discussion Group at the Robert Penn Warren Center. See the RPW website

Outside Opportunities for Digital Training

Online Digital Resources

  • ARC: an umbrella organization through which can be accessed NINES (19th-C resource), 18thConnect, MESA (medieval), REKn (Renaissance), and ModNets.
  • Modernist Journals Project : MJP has digitized huge amounts of material from and on modern journals, from BLAST! to The New Age and McClure’s.