Week 1 starts January 7th

Welcome to the first week of #DigPINS!

Our concentration this week is digital identity. There is some content below but remember that our focus is on conversation and community more than content. If you did not get a chance to review week 0 materials that is okay (it is optional) but for this week you should be sure that you have access to Slack, Twitter, and this blog. More info on that is found on the digital tools page.

Digital Identity

#DigPINS starts with an exploration / reflection on one’s own digital identity(s). Together, we will think about and discuss the digital identities that we have or would like to develop.

We are not going to encourage a “right way” to form a digital identity. Rather, people share what spaces they occupy online and we discuss what has worked for each person, what hasn’t, what fears we may have, and possible ideal identities for given contexts, as well as what we would like to avoid.

Identity is how you see yourself but it is also affected by how others see you.

Some of the guiding questions include:

  • Who are you online?
  • What social traces do you leave?
  • How would you like to start / continue curating or shaping your digital presence and identity?

This week  think about how you are going to get to know the others in our group. When we share physical space we don’t need to think about this as much or do as much. We send subtle cues about who we are by the way that we dress, the way we hold ourselves, the way we decorate our spaces, etc. In an online space we need to reach out and show who we are. If you have not yet viewed the video on the participation page of Week 0 check that out for some tips on how to do this.

This Week’s Activities

    1. View this welcome video from Autumm
    2. Slack – By now you should have access to the SNC Slack team – If not take a moment to sign up. To get started introduce yourself with a few sentences around who you are and why you are interested in #DigPINS in the #commonroom_ in Slack.

      Note that Slack will be our main mode of communication. To get the most out of this experience you should check it daily. You don’t need to post daily – you can if you want to but we want your interactions to be organic and authentic. 

      If you feel comfortable, the best way to stay in contact is to download the app make sure the notifications are turned on. 

      Some things you could/should use Slack for:
      – Posting quick informal thoughts on readings or concepts
      – Responding to others’ quick informal thoughts
      – Sharing other articles, videos, or podcasts that you come across
      – Promoting your blog post each week
      – Being notified that others have posted blog articles
      – Asking and answering questions

    3. Let’s try to find some time for synchronous video call by the end of the week – look on Slack for a scheduling poll.
    4. Complete the 2 readings for this week posted below.
    5. Visitor and Resident – As a way to think and talk about your digital identity we are asking you to make a visitor / resident map and share it with the group or more broadly. To learn about how to make a Visitor and Resident map check out these video and reading resources –  Visitor and Resident Typology and Video on VR Mapping. You can choose how you would like to make it but I recommend that you just draw it out on paper and then take a picture of it to share it with us. At minimum share it in our Slack channel but if you are looking to share more broadly post it on Twitter using our hashtag #DigPINS or #VandR.
    6. Twitter – think about a twitter handle and sign up for twitter. Not sure what you want your twitter handle to be – maybe bring that up for discussion in Slack. Remember that Twitter is a public forum.
    7. Blogging – If you have not yet set up your blogging account here at snc.digpins.org do that now; you will need to work with Autumm to get that set up. Write a blog post (by the end of the week) with the DigPINS community as your intended audience (although you may have other audiences in mind and remember this blog is public). This week’s post can be a response or reflection to the readings, to the visitor / resident activity, a conversation from slack, or anything else you find related. If you are having trouble picking a topic maybe think about posting to Slack for some ideas. By blogging we mean reflecting and you can do this in writing, video or in other ways. Part of “blogging” is also reading and commenting on others posts. Once you create a new post don’t forget to promote your post in Slack or on Twitter.

Readings for the week

Why Academics Need a Digital Persona – Laura Pasquini

In Praise of Living in Public – Bonnie Stewart

Looking for More?

We only have so much time and #DigPINS is designed to be a quick and low-time commitment kind of experience.  Digital Identity is a huge topic and if you are looking for more information this curation of articles, tools, repositories, platforms, and security and privacy resources by Lee Skallerup Bessette from a recent workshop that she led at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute is a great resource.