Minimal Computing – 2020

Person with laptop sitting at a table

This year, Price Lab’s week-long digital humanities training institute Dream Lab was canceled due to safety concerns around COVID-19. We created this series of podcasts not as a replacement, but rather to introduce you to some of the people who make Dream Lab such a great experience!

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Course Description:
Are you interested in publishing a small archive of manuscripts, art, photographs or other primary sources on the web? Have you ever wanted to create and control your own digital collection from start to finish? In this week-long workshop, participants will build their own web projects that catalogue and present digital cultural artifacts using minimal computing principles. In the process, participants will learn the fundamentals of data preparation and management, static site generation, and version control.The result will be an impactful presentation as well as a portable data set—both of which can be repurposed and preserved without relying on institutional resources. In addition, participants will learn how to prototype beyond the collection site as a genre with examples for data visualization, mapping, critical essays, and interoperable image content.This workshop assumes some familiarity with HTML, and CSS.

Dr. Alex Gil is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. He collaborates with faculty, students and library professionals leveraging computational and network technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and knowledge production. He is among the founders of several ongoing, warmly received initiatives where he currently plays leadership roles: Co-director of the Studio@Butler at Columbia University, a tech-light library innovation space focused on digital scholarship and pedagogy; co-founder and moderator of Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, a vibrant trans-disciplinary research cluster focused on experimental humanities; senior editor of sx archipelagos, a journal of Caribbean Digital Studies, and co-wrangler of The Caribbean Digital conference series.