Workshop: Hacking and mash-ups for beginners at MCN2011

I ran a three and a half hour pre-conference workshop (abstract below) at MCN2011 on Hacking and mash-ups for beginners at MCN2011slides below, and I'm happy to share the exercises on request.

Have you ever wanted to be able to express your ideas for digital collections more clearly, or thought that a hack day sounds like fun but need a way to get started with basic web scripting? In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to use online tools to create interesting visualisations to explore a cultural dataset and create your own simple 'mash-up'.

The workshop will be a fun, supportive environment where you will learn by playing with small snippets of code. No scripting knowledge is assumed.

Classes: Introduction to Digital Humanities

'Introduction to Digital Humanities' was a new postgraduate course run by Dr Suzanne Paylor at Birkbeck College that examined the impact of technology on humanities research practice. It combined aspects of media studies, humanities computing and literary studies to foster an appreciation of the core methods and practical, political/philosophical and pedagogical issues in digital humanities.

I wrote and taught the following four classes in the Spring 2007 and Winter 2008 terms.

Class: Creating Digital Resources II: database design for the digital humanities

"Introduction to Digital Humanities", Birkbeck, Spring/Summer Term 2007, May 29, 2007 and December 2008

Class: New Working Models

"Introduction to Digital Humanities", Birkbeck, Spring/Summer Term 2007, May 15, 2007 and November 2008

Class: Creating Digital Resources

"Introduction to Digital Humanities", Birkbeck, Spring/Summer Term 2007, May 1, 2007 and November 2008

Class: Introduction to Databases

"Introduction to Digital Humanities", Birkbeck, Spring/Summer Term 2007, February 27, 2007 and October 2008