Notes on a Digital Humanities “Boot Camp”

At this moment in the digital humanities seminar we are focusing on the larger context for the transitions and transformations that the academy in general and the humanities in particular are facing in the “digital era” — I have to notes that I remain somewhat skeptical about how easily this idea gets deployed, and deified in the process.

Nonetheless, post “context” we are embarking upon a “boot camp” or “boot up” or whatever you want to call a series of hands-on workshops designed to make participants comfortable with using a wide variety of computational tools — and precisely not be limited by point-and-click interfaces. The schedule is still in flux, and I have promised to post it when it’s done. For now, here on my own blog, I am collecting ideas. No commitments.

A recent post on Slashdot had some interesting responses to the question of “what to teach undergraduates about Linux.”

$25 Computer

The Raspberry Foundation is a British organization that has put together specs for a computer the size, quite literally of a flash drive:

On the left is the HDMI port. On the right is the USB port. The black box in the middle is a 12MP camera module. The rest of the hardware specs are:

  • 700MHz ARM11
  • 128MB of SDRAM
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
  • Composite and HDMI video output
  • USB 2.0
  • SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
  • General-purpose I/O
  • Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)

I hope to keep an eye on this and to grab one when I can. I also read somewhere recently that Google is folding the Arduino platform into Android. Is this right? (If you know more, please fill me in.)