Paige Morgan (University of Washington) has written a post summarizing the advice she shared while leading an unconference session at DHSI 2014. “How to Get a Digital Humanities Project off the Ground” includes 15 points of general and specific recommendations. Though some address issues that are specific to graduate students, many could be useful for librarians and others attempting to get their feet wet in the digital humanities. For example:
5. Figure out what the smallest version of your project is, and start by doing that.
If you’re able to put together a single component without running into any trouble, scale up from there: what’s the next smallest exhibit you can build that you can imagine presenting to an audience? Three items? Five? Do it; and write a basic introduction and rationale for the way you’ve done it, just as though this were something that you were publishing. If there is an appropriate occasion or venue for you to display this project and write/talk about it, do so. If you are comfortable doing so, explain that it is a test version of a larger project that you are pursuing.
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