Digital Humanities at Princeton

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is an interdisciplinary research center and academic unit within the Princeton University Library. While the global digital humanities community is constantly defining and redefining itself, at CDH we embrace an inclusive understanding of DH that respects and investigates the myriad ways digital methods and technologies are opening new avenues for research into the human experience, past and present.

The CDH research team serves as a hub for expertise in digital methods, tools, and best practices that allow scholars to analyze traditional and unconventional source bases to discover and share new insights.

  • Workshop: Best Practices in Data Management

    Thursday April 16, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00pm
    CDH, 1-N-10 Green Hall

    Have you ever tried to open a data file from years data managementago only to find that you don’t have the right software, can’t understand it, or even worse, don’t know where you put the file? More and more digital data are being created and used in the course of research, yet often little thought is given to managing this data for collaboration, future use, or preservation. In addition, many funders require data management plans be submitted with grant applications, and both funders and journals are calling for shared or publicly accessible data. Building best practices in to your workflow can help your data be findable and usable in the future.

    About the instructor: Willow Dressel is the E-Science and Plasma Physics Librarian and has been providing reference, instruction, and outreach services for Princeton University Libraries for over six years. She is currently involved in developing library services related to research data management.

    Best Practices in Data Management  (PDF)

  • Alt-Ac Meet Up for Grad Students

    Monday April 13th, 4:30-5:30pm, CDHAlt-Ac meetup

    In the changing environment of higher education, positions at the intersection of teaching, research, and administration, commonly referred to as “alt-ac,” are of growing importance. Join Francesca Giannetti (Rutgers), Alex Gil (Columbia), Trevor Muñoz (Maryland) and Dot Porter (UPenn) for an informal conversation about alt-ac, digital humanities, and the twenty-first century university.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Digital Humanities: Teaching and Research Symposium

    The first session of the Digital Humanities: Teaching and Research symposium is well underway and featured lively presentations from Jo Guldi (Brown University), Nicole Coleman (Stanford University), Matthew Jones (Columbia University), and Sean Takats (George Mason University). Join us again this afternoon from 3:30-5:30 in McCormick 101 (next to the Art Museum) for the second session entitled, “Doing Research in DH.” 

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  • Reading Group with Heather Love and Joan Lubin

    Tuesday, March 24

    12:00 – 1:00 pm, 1-N-10 Green HallReading Group_HeatherLove_JoanLubin

    The Digital Humanities Reading and Discussion Group will meet today (Tuesday, March 24) with special guests Heather Love and Joan Lubin from the University of Pennsylvania.

    We will discuss John Frow’s On Mid-Level Concepts and Andrew Goldstone’s Let DH Be Sociological! Please join us to learn more about old and new reading methods in the literature classroom.


  • Digital Humanities: Teaching and Research

    Digital Humanities (DH) are becoming teachingwithdhposterincreasingly visible and valued, both in the classroom and for research. This workshop brings together leading DH’ers to share their success stories, their failed experiments, and their vision of what a more digitized future might look like for the humanities.

    Chair: Dan Edelstein, Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

    Session One: Teaching with DH, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Kerstetter Room, 301 Marx Hall

    Session Two: Doing Research in DH, 3:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. McCormick Hall 101

  • Reading Group with Dan Edelstein

    Tuesday, March 10
    12:00 – 1:00 pm, 1-N-10 Green Hall

    edelstein-fig04The Digital Humanities Reading and Discussion Group will meet this Tuesday (March 10) with a special guest, Dan Edelstein, Professor of French at Stanford University and currently the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, at the Princeton University Center for Human Values.

    We will discuss Prof. Edelstein’s article, “Enlightenment Scholarship by the Numbers:, Dirty Quantification, and the Future of the Lit Review.” (available for download here)

    Please RSVP to to reserve a lunch.

  • Introduction to Data Cleaning (for Humanists)

    Thursday, March 12
    12:00 – 1:00 pm,
    1-N-10 Green Hall

    neighboursDo you have messy data?
    Is the mess getting in the way of your analysis?
    Does Excel crash whenever you open *that* file?

    Don’t despair! Help is on the way. The Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton is hosting a one-hour workshop to help you get past the mess in your data set and on to the analysis and visualizations you actually want to be doing.  We will be using the open source data cleaning power tool, OpenRefine.

  • Network Analysis Bootcamp

    Friday, March 6
    12:00 – 4:00 pm, 1-N-11 Green Hall

    neighboursWant to find hidden connections in your sources?
    Make a beautiful network graph to show your findings?
    Learn what questions to ask of a graph?Then come to the Center for Digital Humanities for a hands-on Introduction to Network Analysis.  After this half day bootcamp you will know how to create network graphs for your own research, whether you are creating your network data by hand or cleaning a preexisting data set. Most importantly, you will have learned how to identify which of your research questions are best answered with this powerful methodology.

    2.26.15 Collaboratory 4A wonderful opportunity for collaborative work, the Center’s Collaboratory meets each Thursday from 3:30-5pm at CDH in Green Hall.

    The Collaboratory hosts collaborative DH sessions, providing a helpful atmosphere conducive to furthering your own research projects, sharing ideas, meeting like-minded people, and learning new skills. The Collaboratory combines the Center’s resources with the positive working environment created by your University colleagues.

    The Collaboratory can even function as a form of project management, a topic discussed in Natasha’s Pitching a DH Project? Workshop – join us every Thursday for a solid afternoon of DH work!


  • INTRO TO COMMAND LINE Workshop – February 26th

    2.26.15 Command Line 6Feeling like your files are in need of more direction? Want your computer to be in your command?

    This successful hands-on programming workshop allowed participants to interactively explore their own computers through command line functions, providing another tool for researchers to organize their work and maximize the usefulness of their computer.

    Information and resources can be found on the workshops page.