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Week One of #DigPINS explores the concept of Digital Identity. Outline for the week follows below.

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.

Your digital identity is There is no “right way” that is encouraged. 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 we would like you think about how we are going to get to know each other as a group here in this online space and to take some personal responsibility for declaring your digital identity to the group so that we can build community. 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 – to help facilitate this we will provide some opportunities for that in the activities for the week.

Please take a look at this introductory video to get you started. It will help explain some of the activities and resources below.


    1. Complete the 2 readings for this week posted below.
    2. Sync Video Call – One activity for this week will be to have a Synchronous video call. Because of the size of our two groups we will be splitting up and having two groups. We would like to have one group later in the week and one group into week 2 to give everyone time to consider the readings and specifically the Visitor and Resident activity. Please fill out this form to help us set a time for the  video call.
    1. Slack – By now you should have access to the SNC Slack team – If not let Autumm know as she will need to send you an invite. Slack will be our main mode of communication so you need to check it daily – if you feel comfortable the best way to stay in contact is to download the app make sure the notifications are turned on to your liking. If you participated in week 0 you may have access to Slack but here is where you start using Slack. Remember that #DigPINS is a participatory and collaborative experience but this means that we need to work together to stay in communication with one another. You should use Slack daily throughout this experience. You don’t need to post daily but you should read it daily and post a few times a week at least. Some things you should use Slack for:
      – Promoting your blog post each week
      – Being notified that others have posted blog articles
      – Sharing related articles you may come across
      – Answering and asking questions
      To get started, pop into Slack and introduce yourself. Don’t just say hello – give us a little more – just a few sentences, this does not need to be a blog post length but tell us who you are and why are you interested in doing this? Interact with some of the others there; say hello to some who have already introduced themselves and make people feel welcome. What are some of your initial impressions, questions, etc. to our readings and resources around digital identity? Slack should be an ongoing conversation. You may want to download the Slack app to your phone or your desktop and make sure that your notifications are set as you would like. I have created a short video on some Slack basics but there is a ton of information on the Internet too so feel free to search for it.
    1. 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  (we will get into Twitter more next week so if you have never used Twitter before and want to wait just post it to Slack). 
  1. 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, 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 writing but we also mean reading others posts and commenting when you feel there is more that needs to be said.

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 this year’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute is a great resource.

Also: In this week’s video Joe mentions a blog post he wrote about the longest voting line in America in ’04 – Though not an assigned reading if you would like to check that out you can find it on his blog at https://hipdeep.blogspot.com/2004/11/gambier-voting-diary.html