8. Minimal Computing for Humanities Scholars

Kim Martin (University of Guelph)
John Fink (McMaster University)

All of the high-performance computers drawing attention in the media make it seem impossible to work without expensive computers and solid tech support. However, the majority of the world does not and might never have access to these machines. How do we make DH work accessible to these groups, while at the same time learning about all the material they have to offer? This course will focus on the tangible benefits of Minimal Computing: computational work done under various constraints. As part of the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Working Group we invite you to come and explore the possibilities of small computers (Raspberry Pis, Arduinos), free software platforms software and re-purposing old computer parts to help make information more accessible.

Participants do not need any experience with minimal computing, just a curiosity and an interest in hands-on learning. Anyone with their own hardware is welcome to bring it along (as well as anything else you'd like to experiment with). There will be enough hardware for everyone to have a hands-on learning experience.