The next GLAM Cafe/Philly DH meeting will be at Chemical Heritage Foundation on March 11, with the PhillyDH specific portion from 6:30-7:30. If you are interested in attending, or in giving a lightning talk on a project close to your heart, let us know! We’ll have a separate break-out room next to the 2nd floor lounge for lightning talks, around 6.15, and for the Philly DH breakout group to use. If you have not signed up for the GLAM Cafe’s meetup.com page it is another great way to keep tabs on these meetings, especially for the broader portion beyond PhillyDH: http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Caf
You can see some of the areas we are looking for people to help with for PhillyDH here. See you tomorrow!
Tuesday: Open Lab 1-3pm
Web Fundamentals Focused Lab 4-5pm
Wednesday: TEI Focused Lab 3-4pm
Omeka Focused Lab 4-5pm
A reminder that although we are working through the Codecademy.com courses during the Web Fundamentals and Python Focused Labs, you can start at any time! If you have not been coming but you’d like to start, you are most welcome. And you can get help from those of us who have been working for a while!
* a monthly meeting for the Penn Manuscript Collective (http://
* a one-off symposium for ARTH732, a graduate seminar on the archaeological digs on Beth Shean (the students are using Omeka to design exhibits bringing together objects from the Penn Museum and documents in the Penn Museum Archives),
Tomorrow, the History program at the University of Delaware will be hosting Kevin Borg of James Madison University, who will be speaking on:
“Building a Historical Geospatial Commons for Public History: Promises and Pitfalls”
This talk will be an “in-the-trenches” account of the ongoing devel- opment of a “Historical Geospatial Commons” for the community of Harrisonburg, VA. This project’s long-range goal is to support schol- arly and public engagement with local and public history by creating a historical-map-based online resource that allows users to interact with and analyze their community’s past. The HGC aims to provide a vir- tual commons where a range of users can visually discover their past and find icons linking particular places on the map to the wealth of resources available in archives and libraries nearby. It will also serve as a commons where scholars, students, and community historians can continuously contribute new data, research, images and more.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:30-1:45 p.m. 203 John Munroe Hall
This workshop is free and open to the public. Please come and bring your lunch!
On April 11, 2014, Temple University Library will be holding the third of its workshops on digital humanities:
The Anatomy of a Project: project design for Digital Humanities
1:00 – 2:30, Paley Lecture Hall
Note: This is a repeat of the workshop we ran at THATCamp Philly 2013
So…, you have a great Digital Humanities project idea in your head, but what’s next? How do you go from a cool pie-in-the-sky idea to a real-life articulated project proposal that could actually convince your administrators, potential partners and funders to work with you? That’s where Project Design comes in. This workshop will cover the basics of how to organize your ideas, go through the main steps of developing a project plan, and look at the feasibility of each project piece. The goal will be to produce a 3-page realistic project proposal.
If you would like to participate, a sign up sheet is HERE.
On Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM, Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University will be at Drexel University to discuss the topic:
Scholarly Communications and Copyright: Current Landscapes and Possible Futures
Copyright impacts academia on both producer and consumer ends of the scholarly production cycle. Authors’ fees and restrictive licenses seem to have led to an inhospitable climate for open scholarly publishing, while restrictions on the use of copyrighted material continue to create challenges for online learning and distance education. Is research stymied by articles and data sets hidden behind licenses and firewalls?
Libraries are in a unique position to address these issues by advocating for a balance between authors rights and the dissemination of information. It is the intention of this event to open a discussion on how the Drexel University community can create a sustainable academic environment and perhaps enact change in the current culture of scholarly communications in the US by examining its current status and how it should change in the future.
We invite you to join this discussion, led by Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University, and a panel of experts, on March 21st from 10 AM to 12 PM.
Help us to guide the discussion by answering a few quick questions about copyright here.
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: URBN Center Annex Auditorium
Campus: University City Campus
To learn more and to register, go to: http://libcal.library.drexel.edu/event.php?id=589221
Members of the Philly DH community may find these upcoming events at Villanova University of interest:
1) “The Ardmore Project: Suburban Life in the Early 20th Century”
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, at 11:30 AM
Please join us in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library on Tuesday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. as Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, presents a talk titled “The Ardmore Project: Suburban Life in the Early 20th Century.”
In fall 2013, junior-year students participating in a research seminar with the Department of History ventured into the realm of Digital Humanities. Working alongside faculty, as well as Falvey Memorial Library staff, students undertook historical research in local archives and online databases to design and construct a website based on an interactive map of Ardmore, Pennsylvania in the 1920s.
2) “El Peru en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en sus artes: A Digital Edition”
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, at 4:00 PM
Please join us in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. as we celebrate the launch of a digital humanities project! Working with Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Chad Leahy, PhD; the support of the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative; and the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, students in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures have collaborated to produce a scholarly digital edition of “El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en sus artes,” a unique early 20th-century Peruvian manuscript held at Special Collections in the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova. A visually rich scrapbook of Peruvian history and culture, the anonymous and undated manuscript incorporates numerous photographs, post cards and detailed illustrations as it traces a Peruvian national narrative stretching from pre-Columbian times to the early 20th century.
Dr. Leahy’s talk is titled “El Perú en sus tradiciones, en su historia, en sus artes: A Digital Edition”
Both events, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, are free and open to the public.
National Digitization Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Call for Proposals: Digital Preservation 2014
The Library of Congress has hosted annual meetings with digital preservation partners, collaborators and others committed to stewardship of digital content for the past ten years. The meetings have served as a forum for sharing achievements in the areas of technical infrastructure, innovation, content collection, standards and best practices and outreach efforts.
This year we’ve expanded participation from NDSA member organizations on the program committee. We’re delighted to have NDIIPP staff and NDSA members working together to contribute to the success of the meeting.
Digital Preservation 2014 Program Committee
- Vickie Allen, PBS Media Library
- Meghan Banach Bergin, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Erin Engle, NDIIPP
- Abbie Grotke, NDIIPP
- Barrie Howard, NDIIPP
- Butch Lazorchak, NDIIPP
- Vivek Navale, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
- Michael Nelson, Old Dominion University
- Trevor Owens, NDIIPP
- Abbey Potter, NDIIPP
- Nicole Scalessa, The Library Company of Philadelphia
Call for Proposals
We are looking for your ideas, accomplishments and project updates that highlight, contribute to, and advance the community dialog. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Scientific data and other content at risk of obsolescence, and what methods, techniques, and tools are being deployed to mitigate risk;
- Innovative methods of digital preservation, especially regarding sustainable practices, community approaches, and software solutions;
- Collaboration successes and lessons learned highlighting a wide-range of digital preservation activities, such as best practices, open source solutions, project management techniques and emerging tools;
- Practical examples of research and scholarly use of stewarded data or content;
- Educational trends for emerging and practicing professionals.
- You are invited to express your interest in any of the following ways:
- Panels or presentations
- 5-minute lightning talks
A highlight of this past year was the release of the 2014 National Digital Stewardship Agenda at Digital Preservation 2013. The Agenda integrates the perspective of dozens of experts to provide funders and decision-makers with insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity and key areas for development. It suggests a number of important sets of issues for the digital stewardship community to consider prioritizing for developments. We’d be particularly interested for you to share projects your organization has undertaken in the last year that address any of the issues listed in the Agenda.
To be considered, please send 300 words or less describing what you would like to present to ndiipp [at] loc.gov by March 14. Accepted proposals will be notified on or around April 3.
The last day of the meeting, July 24, will be a CURATEcamp, which will take place off-site from the main meeting venue. The topic focus of this camp is still under discussion, so stay tuned for more information about the camp in the coming weeks.
This will be an especially busy week for Digital Humanities related events that may be of interest to PhillyDH members. In addition to the NDSA Philly Regional Meeting and Unconference at the Library Company on Thursday and Friday, there will be several events on Wednesday January 22.
1) At 11 am, there will be a session “Introduction to Digital Humanities” in the ground floor of Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk on Temple University’s main campus. This will be open to participation on PhillyDH members. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Matt Shoemaker.
2) From Noon-3 pm The Vitale Media Lab in the University of Pennsylvania Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts will be holding an Open House to mark their formal launch. Details can be found HERE.
3) From 3-5 pm, at the Paley Library at Temple University, there will be a presentation by Merrilee Proffitt of OCLC on “OCLC Research Update: Working with Special Collections and Wikipedia.” You may get more information and sign up for the event at Eventbrite HERE.
There will be two other events of interest on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, January 23, from 6:30-8:30, GeoPhilly and PhillyPUG will hold their January Meetup on the theme of “Python and Maps.” More information about the program and GeoPhilly can be found HERE.
And on Friday, January 24, from 9:30 am-5 pm, University of Pennsylvania Special Collections Library will be hosting LibHack 2014: Hacking for Better Libraries. Details can be found HERE.
Members of Philly DH and others interested in Digital Humanities in the Greater Delaware Valley should find this upcoming event of interest.
PHILLY REGIONAL MEETING
The Library Company of Philadelphia will be hosting Philadelphia’s first National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Meeting, to be held on January 23rd and 24th in 2014. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on this event. Speakers will include Emily Gore from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) along with a talk about the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship (identifies and communicates the challenges, opportunities, and priorities for digital preservation activities in the United States) and other lightning talks themed on standards for digital preservation.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday January 23, 2014
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA
6:00–6:30PM Keynote Speaker: Emily Gore, DPLA
6:30–7:30PM Lightning Talks
Friday January 24, 2014
NDSA Philly Regional Unconference
Library Company of Philadelphia, Cassatt House, 1320 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA
Lunch Dine-Arounds 12:00–1:30PM
PhillyDH members and others interested in the Digital Humanities in the Greater Delaware Valley should find this upcoming program of interest:
GLAM Hack Philly is a free, weekend-long hackathon focused on building apps with open data from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums. It will take place the weekend of February 1-2, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections.
The event will bring together programmers, curators, librarians, designers, archivists, and anyone else with a passion for GLAM data, to build fun and interesting apps with the tremendous amount of GLAM data that is openly and freely available. On the morning of Saturday, February 1st, participants can pitch ideas for projects related to a specific data set or for broader GLAM-related applications. This could be anything from creating Omeka plug-ins to building a virtual city tour app using local digital collections. Small groups will form and participants will begin working on their projects through Sunday, with a goal to present a working prototype by Sunday afternoon.
Challenges and Data
We are seeking proposals of Data Challenges for teams to work on during the hackathon. Challenges can be as simple as a dataset and a vague idea of what could be done with that data, or could be an already identified problem with your data that you are seeking help to solve.
The only requirements for proposing a challenge are:
Someone from your organization commits to participating in the event. They will help steward teams who take up that challenge by giving context to your data.
If you r challange includes a dataset, that data should be made available for use and reuse. Providing your data openly means that anyone can build applications with your data before, during, and after the hackathon.
If you’re not sure how your organization’s data could be used or want some help brainstorming a challenge, just get in touch with glamhac…@gmail.com, we’re happy to help.
You can also submit your dataset without proposing a challenge. We’ll highlight your dataset on our website for attendees consideration.
But I’m not a programmer — can I participate?
The input of content specialists like museum curators, librarians, archivists, catalogers,GLA researchers and others who know the data produced by GLAM organizations, is crucial to creating successful projects. We don’t just want your participation, we need it!