The Institute

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Have questions about the four-day institute? We’ve got you covered. For more information about the entire Building LLTDM project overall, please see our About page.

What is the purpose of the Institute?

We want to empower digital humanities researchers and professionals to be able to confidently navigate law, policy, ethics, and risk within digital humanities text data mining projects — so that they can more easily engage in this type of research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

Why is help needed?

Read more about why help is needed.

When & where is the Building LLTDM Institute?

Building LLTDM will be hosted at UC Berkeley from June 23-26, 2020.

How big is the Institute and who is it for?

The Institute supports 32 participants — 16 digital humanities researchers and 16 digital humanities professionals. Digital humanities professionals are people like librarians, consultants, and other institutional staff who aid researchers in their text data mining research.

Due to various restrictions on funding and terms, participants must be based in the United States.

Who is teaching the Institute?

The Institute will be taught by a combination of experienced legal scholars, digital humanities professionals, librarians, faculty, and researchers — all of whom are immersed in the Institute’s subject literacies and workflows. For a list of instructors, please see our Project Team page.

What will the Institute cover?

If you attend the Institute, you can expect to learn about how the following law and policy matters pertain to text data mining research:

  • Copyright
  • Contracts & licensing
  • Privacy
  • Ethics
  • Special use cases (e.g. international collaborations, etc.)
  • Risk

We will post a curriculum on this site closer to the Institute, and send detailed information to participants. In general, the Institute will teach foundational skills to help digital humanities researchers and professionals:

  • Confidently navigate law, policy, ethics, and risk within digital humanities text data mining projects
  • Integrate workflows for digital humanities text data mining research and professional support
  • Practice sharing these new tools through authentic consultation exercises
  • Prototype plans for broadly disseminating their knowledge
  • Develop communities of practice to promote cross-institutional outreach about the digital humanities text data mining legal landscape

How will the Institute be structured?

To help text data mining scholars and digital humanities professionals build skills tailored for their own digital humanities research agendas, the Institute incorporates a design thinking structure reliant upon experiential methodologies.

The program will model four stages in design thinking: empathize, define, ideate, and prototype. The “testing” phase of design thinking will occur post-institute when participants implement the knowledge and solutions they developed, and report back.

The institute also offers an ample instructor-to-attendee ratio to accommodate the highly immersive and discursive aspects of a design thinking approach. To that end, a librarian, legal expert, and researcher instructor will co-teach each session. To reinforce deliberations about ideas and practice, participants will have periodic opportunities to conduct free writing reflections on institute experiences. An Institute Moderator will support this by gathering and affirming observations to bolster learning outcomes.

How much does the Institute cost to attend?

Our aim is for participants to have zero out-of-pocket costs to attend the Institute. Please read more on our Stipends page.

How do I apply for the Institute?

Check out our Attend page!

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