Tom Scheinfeldt on DH Project Management

NOV 25, 2013 | 4:15 PM TO 5:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


November 25, 2013: 4:15 PM-5:30 PM




Tom Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Tom has directed several award-winning digital humanities projects, including THATCamp, Omeka, and the September 11 Digital Archive. Trained as an historian of science and public historian with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford, Tom has written and lectured extensively about the history of museums and the role of history in culture. Among his publications, Tom is a recent contributor to Debates in Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press) and co-editor of Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press). Tom blogs about digital humanities and the business of digital humanities at Found History and co-hosts the Digital Campus podcast will his colleagues Dan Cohen, Amanda French, Mills Kelly, and Stephen Robertson. You can follow Tom on Twitter (@foundhistory) and LinkedIn ( Making Hay: Lessons in Collaboration from One Week | One Tool -- Digital Humanities projects are rarely blessed with abundant, or even adequate, resoruces. Staff, skills, equipment, and money are almost always tight. The experience of One Week | One Tool (, an NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanties, demonstrates that time and resource constraints can be made to work in a project's favor. First in 2010 and again in 2013, One Week | One Tool brought together a diverse group of academic and cultural professionals to conceive, plan, build, and launch an open source software tool in only seven days. Despite, or perhaps because of, these strict contraints, both groups succeeded in releasing what have proved to be extremely well-used tools for humanities research: Anthologize and Serendip-o-matic. This talk will explore some of the lessons learned from One Week | One Tool for collaboration and project management in digital humanities and the academic work at large.