After my first THATCamp in Luxembourg in March 2012, I quite enthusiastically went to THATCamp Paris. As the Master in European Contemporary History tries to go digital, I hoped to get new ideas on the topic.
Compared to the one in Luxembourg, which had been very praxis-orientated, this one was more “philosophical”. The workshop Quels espaces physiques pour des humanités numériques ? was thus less dedicated to the practical organisation of such a space – something I was particularly interested in as we are planning a digital lab for Belval – as to general reflections on work flow and the influences DH can have on it.
Several workshops were dedicated to training – the common denominator was Zotero… an open source reference manager, which shows that there is still a lot work to do. The only francophone master dedicated specifically to digital history seems the one offered by the École des chartes entitled « Technologies numériques appliquées à l’histoire ». I hope that the Master in European Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg – (De)coding Europe – will rapidly become a competitive alternative ( :)).
Leaving Paris on Wednesday, two ideas began to mature in my head:
- As in Luxembourg six months ago, the use of digital tools to teach was completely absent: I would like to organise a thematic THATCamp specifically consecrated to how you can use wikipedia, twitter, facebook… to teach.
- As several DH-masters are organised around Europe, getting the best students from these trainings together for a book/code sprint or summer school could be fascinating for students and teachers.
I am very curious what other people (among others @bobreuter, @
NicolasRoland, @cclivaz, @ClaudineMoulin…) think about this.
For those who want to read the transcription of alls the discussions, click here and then on the topic you are interested in.
P.S. In 2010, THATCamp-Paris launched the Manifest of the Digital Humanities; in 2012, THATCamp-Paris decided to create a francophone DH-association in the next future.
P.P.S. Cécile Armand has published her impressions on this THATCamp-Paris under the title: Retour(s) du ThatCamp Paris 2012.