Digital Research Portfolio
Your final portfolio should demonstrate the development of your digital humanities scholarship, including significant work you’ve completed along the way. It may cover research, teaching, and other activities (community collaborations, for example) and must be publicly accessible on the Web. It should include both examples of your work and descriptions of how each project contributed to your evolution as a scholar. The format of the portfolio is up to you, but you might start by thinking about a WordPress site with pages describing each of your significant projects, a short biography, a CV, and a blog.
You may obtain a WordPress site from HumTech, but this site will last only as long as your time at UCLA. If you are interested in this option, see the HumSpace page. A preferable solution is to purchase your own domain and hosting (this costs about $60/year) and install WordPress (or your preferred content management system) yourself. Here’s how.
Examples of a UCLA DH portfolios include:
- Wendy Perla Kurtz (Spanish & Portuguese)
- Benjamin Niedzielski (PIES)
- Jeremy Zimmet (MLIS)
- Jake Tompkins (MLIS)
Portfolio Contents: The portfolio should demonstrate critical and practical understanding of the Digital Humanities. It should contain an intellectual statement and papers and/or links to a least two Digital Humanities projects. In a brief introduction to each project, make clear exactly what role you played in group projects or individual designs.
Intellectual statement: A brief statement about work done by the student in DH and directions for future work in relation to a specific aspect of the emerging field. This vision statement should discuss – as appropriate – the student’s intellectual, pedagogical, and generative contributions to digital humanities. The statement should be both precise and concise, between 400 and 600 words.
Critical understanding: Define digital humanities as you understand it, including its distinction from other fields. Describe the basic literature, trends, and developments in the field (including major projects and technologies). Include a list of references to important works and projects.
Examples of practical abilities (you will explain which ones best fit with your training, skills, and intellectual interests as a scholar):
- Assessment and use of existing DH tools and platforms for repository development, etc.
- Interface design and navigation
- Familiarity with standard metadata schemes and their implementation
- Knowledge and use of mark-up schemes
- Database design and use
- Network analysis software
- Data mining using text analysis tools and/or statistical analysis
- Visualization tools
- Geospatial platforms or tools
- Virtual world design or tools
- Integration of social media streams
- Project design and management
- Scripting and/or programming
Evaluation criteria used by faculty in UCLA’s DH program
- The quality of work represented in the portfolio
- The quality and depth of your reflections on your work
- Your ability to create a coherent narrative about your work and its scholarly significance
- The quality of the presentation of the work