CIRCA:Interview Protocol


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Interview Protocol

The outline of the interview will follow a thematic rubric including the following sections:


  • Get verbal consent: read Oral History Consent Form aloud to participant and confirm that s/he consents to participate.

Education and Discipline

  • I would like to hear about the early years of your University education. What was your major? What did you study in graduate school
  • When and how did you start learning about computing? What drew you into humanities computing?
  • Did you study computing? Can you recall any interesting courses?

Early Involvement in Digital Projects

  • Can you describe the first time you used a computer for an academic project?
  • Where there other people using computing in the humanities at your university? Was there a community of computing humanists?
  • Can you recall any resistance to the use of the computer?
  • Was there any support for humanities computing? Was there a centre of some sort?

First Major Research Project

  • Describe your first major research project using the computer
  • What role did you play in this project? Who else was on that project and what were their roles?

Technical Background

  • What technologies did you learn over your career? What would you consider yourself an expert at?
  • Have you worked with or hired other people for their technology skills?
  • Can you recall what programming languages you or your projects used?

Educating the Greater Community

  • Were you responsible for the creation of any humanities computing courses? Workshops?
  • Did you design, develop, or play a part in any undergraduate or graduate programmes?
  • Did you train any graduate students?

Support Structure

  • Did you work within a particular centre or office that supported your research? At what point in your career?
  • Did this structure have a specific mission or vision for its existence?
  • Can you sketch the administrative structure or floorplan of this place?
  • Where did funding come from?
  • What would you consider your greatest challenge for funding support?
  • From where did you receive your greatest funding support?

The Future of Digital Humanities

  • What do you think are the major challenges and opportunities facing the digital humanities?
  • How should the digital humanities be integrated into the university?
  • What do you think is in the future?

Further Help

  • Do you have any documents that you could share with us about projects/centers/courses you were involved with? Do you have grant applications, mission statements, pamphlets or other types of documents? Can we scan these and make them public?
  • Who else should we interview? Who else is important for understanding humanities computing?

UCL Questions

  • How you first got involved in what we know this is called digital humanities? who are the people and what are the things that you feel really influenced you?
  • How do you think like thinking outside of academia how did other people view computers and how they were being used?
  • What was your first engagement with the conference community as we would see it now and how did that come about?
  • So in terms of meeting other people, you remember your first encounters of that kind?
  • Did you see the Digital Humanities as a new field? How were the impressions of Digital Humanities by scholars?

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