I returned from DH2011 – and what an experience! Aside from Stanford’s campus basically being a beautiful resort that happens to have a university in it, the community is absolutely amazing, friendly, inclusive, and inspiring. Everyone is doing such exciting work and there is so much positivity and hope for the future in the air. It’s refreshing to say the least. A huge understatement.
I didn’t have wireless in my room there (or rather, never got the very stupid and hard to use process to work, so gave up). So that is why my lengthy notes, often written straight as blog drafts here in WordPress, never made it online while I was there. I meant to keep up with it so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by having to come up with at least 5 substantial, informative, and reflective posts upon returning. So much for that. Rest assured I have lots of notes and lots of “notes to self,” and as soon as I have a good chance I will totally get on that. And I promise real blog notes, not a copy and paste of my notes, which are helpful only to me (and will become less comprehensible with every day that goes by).
So. I’m on the move again!
Only seven days after arriving back in Lincoln, I am getting on a plane bound for Dublin, Ireland, to attend the week-long “From Metadata to Linked Data” summer school at the Digital Humanities Observatory, Trinity College. Talk about exciting. I have never been to Ireland and everything I learn about this center is exciting. It will be great to go beyond the basics of hierarchical TEI encoding and see what we can do with linked data, ontologies, and even get some coverage of the semantic web. You can tell I’m bound for including technical services at some part of my library job if I am this excited to spend a week immersing myself in cutting-edge theory and methodology of metadata. But I am!
Unfortunately, just like DH, I am going to be stuck without Internet at my hotel. A hands-on, fast-faced workshop is hardly the place to be blogging (at least the way I end up writing posts). But, what I love about digital humanitites in general is that we as a community tweet away constantly. So if you’d like to follow along with what I’m doing and the ideas the workshop inspires in me, get over to @mdesjardin! And if a workshop hashtag emerges, I’ll provide that both here and obviously at the end of all my tweets. Gotta love that you can participate in a conference-wide conversation on twitter. It’s fantastic.
I must finish my packing, pray to the airline gods that my luggage makes it through an airline change and two, yes TWO, US layovers before I get on a plane for Dublin (oh, Omaha!), and that I don’t go mad before landing. (Or while waiting 3 hours from when I arrive in Dublin to when I board the notorious RyanAir (go to the bathroom before boarding!) for Manchester and off to Sheffield to visit my dearest friend for a few days first. It’s going to be an exciting week.
Stay tuned for whether I come back energized or just enervated!
And it goes without saying, but please tweet hellos to me if you’d like too!