Scott Paul McGinnis 馬吉寧 is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on early Chinese intellectual history and historiography. He first became interested in the digital humanities while pursuing a master’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he worked on TEI-based text encoding projects for that university’s Digital Library Services unit. He is experimenting with ways to use computing technology in his research on early China, and is also interested in the digital humanities as a subject of inquiry. This blog will address both of those interests.

Contact: scott AT majining DOT com

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DH Résumé


Chief Organizer, THATCamp Bay Area 2011.

Co-organizer with the Digital Humanities Working Group, “What can the Digital Humanities do for you? A Round-table and Fair,” 2012 Nov. 13. UC Berkeley. (Photos from the event.)

Organizer, “Townsend Digital Humanities Brown Bag,” the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley (2013). Three lunchtime conversations on topics in the digital humanities: “Digital Humanities Institutions” with Dan Cohen; “Engaging Digital Humanities Curriculum” with Ray Siemens; “Building Text-Analysis Tools for Literary Study” with Marti Hearst, Bryan Wagner, and Aditi Muralidharan.

2011: Founded “Computing and the Practice of History,” a speaker and workshop series hosted by the Department of History, UC Berkeley, now continuing in its fourth year.


2012-2013: Co-convener with Aditi Muralidharan, Digital Humanities Working Group. Sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley.

2012-2013: Contributor on the topic of digital humanities for The Townsend Blog. Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley. (A summary of my contributions with links be found here.)

Digital History Coordinator, 2012-2013. Dept. of History, UC Berkeley. My tenure in a position I helped create, which we designed to help the history department’s students connect with DH resources on campus and elsewhere.

2009-2012: Digital History Projects Assistant, Professor T. Laqueur, UC Berkeley. For three years, I worked to develop digital history initiatives for the history department at UC Berkeley, sponsored by Professor T. Laqueur with support from the Mellon Foundation and the Dept. of History.

2010-2012: Founding member and chair, Digital History Working Group, the Department of History, UC Berkeley. (Merged with the Digital Humanities Working Group in 2012.)

Digital Projects:

“Mapping the Shiji 史記”. I am developing a dynamic web-tool for mapping locations in the Shiji, the first of imperial China’s great ‘standard histories’ 正史, attributed to Sima Qian 司馬遷 (c. 145 – c. 86 BCE). With the help of an extremely industrious undergraduate assistant, Joo-hyeon Oh, I developed a proof-of-concept prototype as part of the Student Mentoring and Research Teams program (2012). Part of the research on this project was supported with a UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies summer grant (2011).

2008-2009: Digital Projects Assistant. Designed and developed the document model and TEI templates for “True Crimes: Late Imperial Chinese Crime Reports.” Digital Library Services, at Washington University in St. Louis.

2008: Chinese language transcriber, “The Red Brush Project: Writing Women of Imperial China.” Digital Library Services, Washington University in St. Louis.

Webmaster and sponsor, microcosmographia.com.


XML for the Humanities and Social Sciences, co-taught with Chris Church.

Making the most of MS Word.


Many people helped with all of these endeavors, but special credit is due to Aditi Muralidharan and Chris Church, with whom I have worked on many different projects, always with great delight. (Please follow the individual links for full credits.) Gratitude is also owed to Professor Thomas Laqueur. His support and encouragement have been crucial.

This page follows the delightfully austere tastes of Andrew Simone. I’ve used a slightly modified version of his Just Enough is More template.

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