DIY Music Cultures

Course site for BISMCS 343, “Digital Collaboration & Publication: DIY Music Cultures,” taught at UW-Bothell in 2011 by Jentery Sayers, DRSI director. From the course description: “This course is an introduction to collaboratively composing, collecting, and curating digital content using multi-authored, web-based platforms. As a class, we will collectively use the Omeka platform to develop online exhibits of media assets (such as digital video, audio, and images). Rather than writing only individual essays or producing work independently, we will collaboratively develop our own exhibit. This collaboration will require students to determine their own roles and responsibilities as the project develops. Such roles involve web design, content and metadata management, outreach, interpretation, and media production. No previous experience in any of these domains will be assumed, and I will encourage students to develop competencies in areas new to them.”


The Laboratory for Usability Testing and Evaluation (LUTE) at the University of Washington


“Need a diagram, process chart, quick page-layout, website wireframe or graphic design? OmniGraffle can help you make eye-popping graphic documents quickly by keeping lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, providing powerful styling tools, importing and exporting Microsoft Visio files, and magically organizing diagrams with just one click.”

Value Sensitive Design

At the University of Washington: “Value Sensitive Design refers to an approach to the design of technology that accounts for human values in a principled and systematic manner throughout the design process. Value-Sensitive Design is primarily concerned with values that center on human well being, human dignity, justice, welfare, and human rights. Value-Sensitive Design connects the people who design systems and interfaces with the people who think about and understand the values of the stakeholders who are affected by the systems. Ultimately, Value-Sensitive Design requires that we broaden the goals and criteria for judging the quality of technological systems to include those that advance human flourishing.”

Participatory Design

“Participatory Design (PD) is an approach to the assessment, design, and development of technological and organizational systems that places a premium on the active involvement of workplace practitioners (usually potential or current users of the system) in design and decision-making processes.”

Google Analytics

“Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you’re more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.” Learn more.


Screen reading software for Windows


“WAVE is a free, web-based tool to help web developers make their web content more accessible. WAVE allows anyone to quickly and effectively evaluate the accessibility of their web content.”

Playing with Fire

By Sangtin Writers Collective & Richa Nagar, “Playing with Fire is written in the collective voice of women employed by a large NGO as activists in their communities and is based on diaries, interviews, and conversations among them. Together their personal stories reveal larger themes and questions of sexism, casteism, and communalism, and a startling picture emerges of how NGOs both nourish and stifle local struggles for solidarity.”

Composing a Virtual Campus

Materials related to English 131: “Composing a Virtual Campus,” taught in 2007 by DRSI director, Jentery Sayers. From the course description: “This class will largely consist of exploring UW campus spaces, documenting them (often through digital means), and analyzing how they are ‘written.’ By the end of the quarter, the class will have collectively mapped the UW campus through a variety of media and narratives and then, based upon the collective map, argue for the inclusion of ‘new UW spaces.'”


“The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities and the use of computer and networking technologies to increase their independence, productivity, and participation in education and careers.”

Multimodality in Motion

“Multimodality in Motion: Disability in/& Kairotic Spaces,” papers from a panel at Computers and Writing 2011 (at University of Michigan), including a paper by Sushil Oswal (guest speaker at DRSI)

The 1947 Partition Archive

“The 1947 Partition Archive is a grassroots non-political organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and sharing eye witness accounts from all communities affected by the South Asian independence movement and the Partition of British India in 1947 through oral history collection.”

DH Questions & Answers

“We’re building a community-based Q&A board for digital humanities questions that need (just a little) more than 140 character answers.”

A Fair(y) Use Tale

“Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.”

Social Science Computation & Research

The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) is a computer resource center providing facilities and support for social science departments at the University of Washington. CSSCR facilities are restricted to use by students, faculty, and staff of the University of Washington.

Chronicling America

“Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.”


“Islandora is an open source framework developed by the University of Prince Edward Island’s Robertson Library. Islandora uniquely combines the Drupal and Fedora open software applications to create a robust digital asset management system that can be fitted to meet the short and long term collaborative requirements of digital data stewardship. Additional open source applications are added to this core stack to create what we call Solution Packs or Sprouts. Islandora operates under a GNU license.”

Juxta Collation Software

“Juxta is an open-source cross-platform tool for comparing and collating multiple witnesses to a single textual work. The software allows users to set any of the witnesses as the base text, to add or remove witness texts, to switch the base text at will, and to annotate Juxta-revealed comparisons and save the results.”


“Text Analysis Portal for Research is a gateway to tools for sophisticated analysis and retrieval, along with representative texts for experimentation.”

Kairos: Journal of Rhetoric, Tech & Pedagogy

“Kairos is a refereed open-access online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. The journal reaches a wide audience—currently 45,000 readers per month—hailing from Ascension Island to Zimbabwe (and from every top-level domain country code in between); our international readership typically runs about 4,000 readers per month. Kairos publishes bi-annually, in August and January, with occasional special issues in May. Our current acceptance rate for published articles is approximately 10%.”

Asking & Answering Spatial Questions

“Incorporating Spatial Methods in Social Welfare Research,” by Susan P. Kemp and Amy Hillier, slides from presentation for Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference 2011

Article-Level Metrics

“The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is the first publisher to place transparent and comprehensive information about the usage and reach of published articles onto the articles themselves, so that the entire academic community can assess their value.  We call these measures for evaluating articles ‘Article-Level Metrics’, and they are distinct from the journal-level measures of research quality that have traditionally been made available until now.”

Free XML Tools

“This is a frequently-updated and hopefully complete index of free XML tools, with much metadata about the tools to make them easier to locate. The list below shows the various ways of accessing the information on this site.”

Digital Archive of Research on Thailand

“This project is a collaboration between the University of Washington and research institutions in Thailand to provide online access to qualitative and quantitative research data on Thailand to multiple research communities, in both English and Thai languages. A scalable, extensible and interoperative set of web resources that rely on standard web applications is the end product of a project plan consisting of three components: 1) development of best practices for digital archiving of multiple-format research data, including rights and cultural property management; 2) metadata and system design; 3) surveying, aggregating, normalizing and cataloging data for control by a central registry at the University of Washington (UW).”

Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project

“The Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project was founded at the University of Washington in September 1996 to promote the study, edition and publication of twenty‐seven birch‐bark scrolls, written in the Kharoṣṭhī script and the Gāndhārī language, that had been acquired by the British Library in 1994.”

Ottoman Text Archive Project

An archive of transcribed texts from the Ottoman period, together with research, information, and tools

Mapping Du Bois

“This research, education, and outreach project is dedicated to using new technology and archival data to recreate the survey W.E.B. Du Bois conducted of Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward for his 1899 classic book, The Philadelphia Negro. In addition to introducing students to the power of geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and the fun of analyzing primary historical documents, we aim to draw attention to the history of the vibrant African American community that once lived in Center City. We also hope that, by engaging people in this fascinating story about Du Bois’ research and the people he studied, we can facilitate an honest dialog about how race has shaped cities like Philadelphia and continues to shapes our lives.”

Tools for Visualizing Data

“This page collates an ongoing and growing series of blog posts presenting the most inspiring collection of important, effective, useful and practical data visualisation resources.”

Archive Journal

Archive focuses on the use and theory of archives and special collections in higher education. The academic community has invested deeply in the preservation, use, and digitization of materials in special collections, and that Archive provides the space to reflect on this investment. The objects and texts in special collections and archives are the focus of this journal, just as they are the focus of the many projects from and in archives that have been executed and continue with great success.”