Digital Humanities Institute – Beirut 2019

Below are a list of confirmed workshops.  Our selection of workshops was based on a comprehensive needs assessment across our mailing lists.  We hope to see courses that did not get as much response offered in later versions of DHIB. 

Long Workshops (10 hours, Saturday and Sunday)

Building a GeoHumanities Project – Randa El Khatib

This workshop addresses key concepts, theories, and practices in GIS-based spatial humanities. By looking at existing projects, participants will learn how to identify the type of data and platforms best suited for different types of projects. They will also learn how to extract, geocode, and visualize data in distinguishable ways, as well as how to use spatial gazetteers and georectify historical maps. In total, this workshop is meant to provide participants with an understanding of how to build their own GeoHumanities project and what resources are available. Some tools used are: Map Warper, Geocode by Awesome Table,, Carto, GeoNames, and others.

Building Institutional Digital Liberal Arts Initiatives – Jeff W. McClurken 

This workshop is aimed at provosts, deans, department heads, or faculty/librarians/technologists working on institutional-level Digital Humanities projects or programs, in particular in the undergraduate context of international liberal arts institutions. This workshop would take advantage of McClurken’s experience in building out digital humanities/digital liberal arts initiatives to address the process of developing, creating, and sustaining such initiatives that engage multiple parts of the university community. Potential DH initiatives include academic programs, centers, general education revisions, or large-scale scholarly projects. Participants would come prepared to discuss initiatives at any stage of the process (from just an idea to works already in progress).

This workshop is open to all Institute participants, but priority for enrollment will be given to participants in the AMICAL Cohort to DHI-B.

Collaborative Digital Liberal Arts Pedagogy: Integrating Projects and Methodologies into Your Course – Jeff W. McClurken

This workshop is aimed at faculty/librarians/technologists who would like to collaborate on using DH in a single course,  in particular in the undergraduate context of international liberal arts institutions. This workshop would take advantage of McClurken’s experience in digital humanities pedagogy and faculty/staff development to address the challenges and opportunities related to these partnerships for a class. No existing DH experience required. Participants would bring a syllabus (or even the idea for a syllabus) and would leave with clear plans to integrate digital projects and/or methodologies into their course.

This workshop is open to all Institute participants, but priority for enrollment will be given to participants in the AMICAL Cohort to DHI-B.

Digitization of Still Images – Youssef Doughan

The Digitization workshop will go over the different theories and techniques involved in the art of still image capture for preservation and access. Participants will be introduced to the definition of light, the electromagnetic spectrum, file formats, scanners vs. cameras, color targets. Also they will practice still image capture and retouching techniques.

Introduction to Building a Website Using Drupal – Hicham Zahnan

Drupal is an open source content management system intended to build flexible websites using a friendly interface. In this workshop attendees will learn how to create a website which can be used to display different types of media content dynamically.

Introduction to IIIF: Sharing, Consuming, and Annotating the World’s Images –  Jack Reed

Access to image-based resources is fundamental to research, scholarship and the transmission of cultural knowledge. Digital images are a container for much of the information content in the Web-based delivery of images, books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, scrolls, single sheet collections, and archival materials. Yet much of the Internet’s image-based resources are locked up in silos, with access restricted to bespoke, locally built applications. A growing community of the world’s leading research libraries and image repositories have embarked on an effort to collaboratively produce an interoperable technology and community framework for image delivery. IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) has the following goals: To give scholars an unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to image-based resources hosted around the world, To define a set of common application programming interfaces that support interoperability between image repositories, and To develop, cultivate and document shared technologies, such as image servers and web clients, that provide a world-class user experience in viewing, comparing, manipulating and annotating images.” ( This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and technologies that make IIIF possible, allowing for guided, hands-on experience in installing servers and clients that support IIIF, and utilizing the advanced functionality that IIIF provides for interactive image-based research, such as annotation.

Introduction to Open Access and Open Social Scholarship – Alyssa Arbuckle

This course surveys pertinent research in Open Access (OA) methods, theory, and implementation, and looks forward to open social scholarship. Overall, we consider the role of OA knowledge dissemination in academia and at large, and the relationship between open scholarship and digital humanities. As an introduction to OA, we’ll focus on the history, evolution, forms, and impact of OA within the domain of scholarly communication, and techniques to become a more open practitioner. Then, using OA as a foundation, we will discuss the rising trend and potential impact of open social scholarship, which involves the creation and dissemination of research and technologies to a broad, interdisciplinary audience of specialists and non-specialists. To conclude, we’ll explore connections with DH. This course is geared toward students, librarians, scholars, publishers, government representatives, and any others who are interested in the open development and sharing of research output.

Omeka as a Pedagogical Tool in the Classroom – Tracy Chapman Hamilton

As it explains on its website, “Omeka provides open-source web publishing platforms for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.” In this session we will learn how you can use Omeka in the classroom to create projects that can fulfill discrete assignment needs or house multiple, collaborative exercises. These tools allow for a multitude of visualizations, including a variety of mapping styles, image parsing and annotation, and digital exhibitions appropriate to any discipline in the Humanities. We will show how such projects can be easily achieved during the course of a semester, but can also be built upon to reach longer-term goals you might have.

This workshop will be adapted to the specific needs of the participating AMICAL cohort teams’ projects, as well as their familiarity with Omeka. AMICAL infrastructure for access to Omeka and its plugins will be developed to support participants’ needs for this course.

Project Management in the Digital Humanities – Jason Boyd

This workshop will begin by describing the professional domain known as Project Management (PM), and then examine the advantages and challenges of implementing PM principles and practices in Digital Humanities (DH) projects. The workshop will explain why Project Management should be used in Digital Humanities projects, how DH projects have different priorities and stakes than business projects and therefore require the modification of some PM practices, and how DH project management, like business PM, ultimately focuses on the management of risk. The workshop will outline how to integrate PM at all stages of a project’s lifecycle, the management of research teams and value of project charters in DH, and argue for DH Project Management as a research role. Some techniques and tools will be explored in relation to participants’ current or future projects.

Quantified Self – David Joseph Wrisley

This ten-hour workshop will explore elements of the contemporary “quantified self” movement and its claims to “self-knowledge through numbers.” A set of pre-circulated readings will address theoretical issues related to self-tracking, set against the contemporary backdrop of information privacy. Participants will be introduced to several ways of creating data about themselves as well as to methods for reusing that data in digital storytelling. Participants should come with a laptop and a smartphone (iOS or Android).

Slippy Maps and Spatial Data – Elie Abu Haidar

This workshop will introduce spatial data and some of the popular formats it is represented with mainly GeoJSON and TopoJSON.
We will be learning how to use, generate, store and share spatial data as we proceed with the course leveraging two of the most popular interactive map platforms; leaflet.js and Google Maps. Taking the workshop to the next level, we will experiment with leaflet map layers, custom tile sources and geotiffs. We will learn to georeference imagery mainly historic scanned maps, generate the map tiles, host the tiles and configure and display our slippy map with leaflet. For this exercise we will utilize leaflet’s layer switching control to compare satellite tile sources against our custom historic image tile sources.
Tools used (not final): Leaflet.js; Google Maps;; TileMill; QGIS;GDAL;

Stylometry – Jan Rybicki

This workshop will introduce participants to the field of stylometry. An introductory presentation shows the main tenets, methods and achievements (and failures) of the field, together with examples of research in authorship attribution and distant reading. In the following hands-on workshop spread over two days, the participants will be acquainted with stylo, a package for the statistical programming environment R co-written by the instructor. This package is a way to avoid R’s steep learning curve so that humanists can easily perform advanced quantitative analyses of texts. While stylo has its own built-in visualization tools, the second part of the workshop will also introduce gephi, a piece of network analysis software. Finally, the participants will be challenged to perform their first own analyses on their own collections of texts or on those provided for them. No programming skills are required!


Short Workshops (5 hours, Friday)

Archiving Web Content – Jean-Christophe Peyssard

The composition of corpus, analysis and preservation of Web archive is crucial for Social Sciences and Humanities. As the World Wide Web reaches its 30’s in 2019, it has become a prominent source for researchers. A new kind of archive arises with its very own issues and challenges. This Workshop aim at presenting what is the state of Web archives and how Digital Humanists could use it for research purposes. It will include the following modules:

– Introduction to Web Archiving

– The Wayback Machine: How to Explore It, How to Use It?

– Available Tools for Web Archiving and the Different Formats

– Building a Web Archive Corpus for Research with Archive-it

Collaborative Digital Writing in the Classroom – Kristen Doyle Highland

This workshop will focus on the pedagogical foundations and practical methods for incorporating collaborative digital writing into the undergraduate classroom. We will consider various forms of collaboration, as well as a wide range of digital authorship tools, including familiar low-barrier programs, social authorship sites, and specially-designed collaborative authorship platforms. The focus will be on practical applications and reflective practice in the classroom. The first part of the workshop will address forms of collaborative digital writing, explore a variety of platforms and programs, and develop potential applications and assessment practices for student activities and projects. In the second half of the workshop, we will focus on Scalar, a free, open-source multi-modal digital authorship platform, and participants will learn the process of setting up a group-authored digital book and discuss classroom project design and management.

Creating Websites and Blogs with WordPress –  Chukri Soueidi

In this workshop, we will explore several options to create and publish WordPress sites/blogs. WordPress is an open source software that can be used in 2 ways. Either by using the managed service offered by which is a bit limited in its features; or by using and benefiting from all the features of the software.
First, our workshop, will explore .com to publish a quick site and discuss WordPress fundamentals and terminology. After that, we will go deeper by using .org and installing it manually on our devices and see what extra options we get.

Crowdsourcing for the Digital Humanities – Shady Elbassuoni

Crowdsourcing is gaining momentum as a way to achieve any task ranging from simple annotation tasks to collaborative storytelling and citizen journalism. These tasks are typically achieved through a large but volatile online task force, consisting mainly of non-experts. In this workshop, we will introduce the notions of crowdsourcing and survey some popular crowdsourcing platforms such as Figure Eight and Crowd4U. We will also review some case studies that use crowdsourcing for the Digital Humanities. We will highlight challenges and research problems in this area and we will conduct some hands-on applications that use crowdsourcing for the Digital Humanities.


Introduction to Digital Editing Using TEI – Till Grallert

This course will provide a first overview and hands-on introduction to scholarly digital editing using TEI. We will focus on encoding as a means to explicate and communicate our understanding of a text and a genuinely scholarly endeavour. We will have a crash course in fundamentals of XML (including XPath) and core TEI elements which will then try and apply to the encoding of two primary sources covering the restoration of the Ottoman constitution in summer 1908: The autograph of a British consular report and a local newspaper report from Beirut. No previous programming skills or knowledge of mark-up languages is required, even though previous experiences are an advantage.

Introduction to Social Network Analysis in the Digital Humanities – Dalal Rahmeh

This is a basic introduction to the construction and analysis of networks. Participants will learn to format network data, analyze and interpret networks structures and visualize network graphs. They will also be introduced to popular cross-platform digital humanities tools for the visualization and analysis of networks, such as Palladio and Gephi. This session is relevant to all humanities researchers who are interested in learning more about the potential of network analysis to support humanist research goals.

R – Rami Farran

R you ready for data harvest? This workshop offers a basic introduction to R and R Studio showing how to use the tool, install packages, capture and store data, with a stress on capturing data from google maps (traffic information), harvest data from websites, get JSON data from WEB API’s, and collect social media data.

Text Analysis – Maya Sfeir/Najla Jarkas

This workshop will introduce participants to digital text analysis as a method that can enhance their ways of reading and analyzing texts. Participants will not only learn about some key concepts pertinent to text analysis, but will also engage in hands-on practice using a number of free digital tools to analyze their selected corpora. This workshop is particularly tailored to humanities (literature and language) students.

Unix Based Command Line Usage, Text Processing, and Regular Expressions – Kamal Abou Mikhael

The *nix command line interface (CLI) facilitates efficient, innovative, and elegant interaction with the computer that differs considerably from that of the standard click-based graphical user interface. In addition to the standard commands related to browsing of directories and listing of files, many powerful text processing tools exist. Such tools allow search, sort, and manipulation of plain text files.  In addition, command line mechanisms allow the output of one command to serve as the input to another and for data to be written to or read from files. Complimentary to all the above tools are regular expressions (REs), a general mechanism that is used in many contexts of data processing; they can be employed for effective string matching and substitution. All of the above skills facilitate automation which is useful especially when working with large sets of data. This workshop will acquaint the student with the tools and mechanisms described above. The skills learned will be useful for general use and applicable to projects that involve the analysis and annotation of textual data. Attendees will come away familiar with skills to process text in a precise and efficient manner. They will also acquire the knowledge needed to explore other command line tools that they may find useful in the future.


WikiAuthor – Albert Haddad

Becoming a WikiAuthor – fundamentals of authoring in Wikipedia; politics and ethics of editing, maintenance, policies, procedures and the manual of style.

Zotero – Nabila Shehabeddine

Zotero is a free citation management tool, that will help you collect, organize, cite and share your research sources. This open source is available as an extension for Firefox web browser and as a desktop program. Zotero allows researchers to create and maintain their own database of references, organize references into collections, store associated PDFs, take notes, incorporate citations and format paper easily.





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