My start to the working day is a bit late this morning. The first main activity today was waving my parents off as they left in a big black taxi cab, heading back to the winter of Canada after enjoying some English “spring”.
But I have a big cup of tea and I’m itching to get back to work after a two-week hiatus.
Monday morning, Day of DH 2013: Working on the Sloane Project.
First thing on the to-do list: some long overdue updating of my Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online website and database. It’s not very exciting, but these sorts of things need to be done fairly regularly.
These sorts of tasks are also a great way of easing back into work…
This is my first Day of Digital Humanities!
I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where I research gender and medicine in eighteenth-century France and England. It’s only recently that I’ve started to think of myself as doing digital history. Over the last three years, I’ve been developing an online database of Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online and, within the last year, have become a co-investigator on a crowdsourcing recipes transcription project (in development).
Recently, I took up blogging. I blog at The Sloane Letters Blog, co-edit The Recipes Project and contribute to Wonders and Marvels.
I don’t know yet what I’ll be doing on the Day of Digital Humanities–as I’m on sabbatical, my days are pretty flexible. But on any given day this term, you’re likely to find me checking database entries or transcribed pages, blogging, tweeting, researching or writing…
The image and blog title that I’ve chosen capture what I sometimes feel about my digital scholarship. There is just so much data to be managed that getting to the top of the project seems a long way up–and there’s always the threat of landslide. But the climb can be exhilarating and the views, wonderful.