DHConnections draws on a dataset I created by scraping attendance data for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) from 2001 through 2016. The dataset includes 2,678 individuals who collectively attended 254 sessions across 4,932 instances. DHConnections provides access to this dataset through a Drupal website. Researchers can access the raw data via a JSON endpoint, but the site also features numerous interactive data visualizations (created with Leaflet, d3.js, and Sigma.js) which provide a more intuitive way to understand the growth of DHSI. Besides acting as research tool, DHConnections also allows users to connect with DHSI alumni and find potential collaborators. For example, users interested in organizing a maker fair could query the database for alumni within 200 miles who attended a session between 2010 and 2016 and are interested in the topics of “3D printing,” “augmented / virtual reality,” “physical computing,” or “maker culture and praxis.” I intended to expand the website to include additional data from THATCamps, HILT, DHOxSS, and other sources in the near future.
Beginning Date: Jul 20, 2016
Author: Cole Crawford