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Upcoming Event: Ethan Watrall Speaking at Temple University, February 4.

The first lecture of 2015 in the Center for Humanities at Temple University lecture series Digital Humanities in Practice will take place at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall, Temple University.

It will feature Ethan Watrall, Anthropology, Michigan State University, speaking on:
Digging, Digitally: Advances in Digital Archaeological Method and Practice

Like many other disciplines, archaeology has entered an age in which “the digital” is having a transformative impact on all aspects of method and practice within the field. More than that, however, digital technology is changing the very nature of scholarly and professional activities within archaeology, opening up new horizons of collaboration, community engagement, citizen scholarship, cyberinfrastructure, preservation & access, capacity building, and sharing. Drawing upon a series of exemplar projects, this talk will explore the ways in which modern archaeologists are leveraging digital technology for fieldwork, research, preservation, and public engagement.

Ethan Watrall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences (http://matrix.msu.edu) at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative (http://chi.anthropology.msu.edu) and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool at Michigan State University (http://chi.anthropology.msu.edu/fieldschool/).

Attendance is free and open to the public.

Keystone DH Proposal Abstracts Voting is Open

The Keystone Digital Humanities Conference organizing committee is pleased to announce that voting on submissions is now open. Please vote for the proposals you’d most be interested in seeing at the conference.

Vote here: http://goo.gl/NJZYV3

Voting will be open through February 15th. The 10 proposals with the highest scores are guaranteed a slot at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters. Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions. Proposers will be notified by March 1.

For more information about the Keystone DH Conference, which will be held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries on July 22-24, 2015, please visit the conference site at http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/Keystonedh/.

Many thanks for contributing to the conference!

The Conference Organizing Committee

Dawn Childress, Penn State University
Molly Des Jardin, University of Pennsylvania
Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania
Patricia Hswe, Penn State University
Diane Jakacki, Bucknell University
David McKnight, University of Pennsylvania
Dennis Mullen, University of Pennsylvania
William Noel, University of Pennsylvania
James O’Sullivan, Penn State University
Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania
Katie Rawson, University of Pennsylvania
Matt Shoemaker, Temple University
Stefan Sinclair, McGill University
Rebecca Stuhr, University of Pennsylvania

Schedule of Spring Semester Digital Humanities Events and Activities at Penn and Temple

Both the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Libraries have a series of digital humanities events this spring semester open to the public. Here is an overview of what is on offer:

At Penn:

Vitale II Spring 2015 Events
All events start the week of January 12 unless otherwise indicated. Vitale II is in the Van Pelt Library, Room 623. Events are open to everyone. For questions about Vitale II, contact Dot Porter. For questions about events, contact the person indicated.

1) Ruby on Rails Tutorial Group: Ruby on Rails is a web framework for developing interactive websites. Meet with us on Mondays from 3:00-4:30pm as we work through the Ruby on Rails Tutorial (https://www.railstutorial.org/), and share our projects. Weekly meetings. (contact: Dot Porter)

2) WORD LAB: WORD LAB is is a text analysis research interest community at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries for all related research and disciplines. We have members interested in China and Japan, Islamic law, communications, psychology, political science, food culture, and more. (http://upennwordlab.wordpress.com/) Meet with us on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00pm. Weekly meetings. (contact: Molly Des Jardin or Katie Rawson)

3) Kislak Wikipedia Interest Group: The Wikipedia Interest Group meets on the last Friday of every month (except where indicated) from 11:30am-1:30pm, to add links and images from Kislak collections to relevant entries in Wikipedia. In Spring 2015 we’ll meet on January 30th, February 27th, March 27th, April 17th (note that this is the third Friday in April), and May 29th. Monthly meetings. (contact: Dot Porter)

4) Early Books Collective (beginning January 28): This group, aimed primarily at undergraduates, will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm to transcribe texts from the EEBO Project (http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home). Weekly meetings. (contact: Rebecca Stuhr)

5) Using Medieval Manuscript Data: This group will meet to investigate different methods for accessing and using data about medieval manuscripts, starting with the blog “A Material Piers Living in a Digital World” (http://materialpiers.wordpress.com/) and working from there based on the interest of the group. We’ll meet every other Wednesday from 10:00-11:30am, starting on January 14th. Bi-weekly meetings. (contact: Dot Porter)

At Temple:

Temple University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center is happy to present a new series of workshops for Temple affiliates and the community. Below you will find brief descriptions of the workshops and a signup sheet for each one. If you wish to attend, particularly for the 3 workshops taking place in room 130, you should signup early as space is limited and past workshops have filled up fast.
Workshops will be held at Temple University Library (http://library.temple.edu)
Samuel L. Paley Library, Room 111C, 1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

1) Copyrights for Digital Scholarship
February 6, 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Palely Library, Ground Floor Lecture Hall
Signup for this event
Brian Boling, Media Services & Digital Production Librarian, Temple University
Delphine Khanna, Head, Digital Library Initiatives, Temple University
Matt Shoemaker, Librarian & Coordinator for Digital Scholarship Services Development, Temple University

This workshop will provide a practical introduction to understanding copyright issues frequently encountered in digital humanities. Participants will learn to navigate the Intellectual Property (IP) maze, and become familiar with concepts, such as, public domain, use-favorable licenses, fair use, and permissions. They will explore the societal context of IP, including risk assessment, the variety of stakeholders, cease and desist orders, and the notion of due diligence. The workshop will provide useful tools such as decision trees, and will include several hands-on exercises that allow participants to apply the concepts to real-life scenarios. The projects examined involve digital humanities methodologies and approaches like textual analysis, network analysis, online monographs, web exhibits using archival materials, and film and video analysis. Participants do not require a computer or any other technology for this workshop.

2) Scraping and Analyzing Twitter Data
February 20, 2:00 – 3:30PM
Palely Library, Room 130
Presenter: Angela Cirucci, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Scholarship Center
Signup for this event

Scraping social media data is the first step in helping us to better understand both online and offline phenomena. You may perhaps want to discover the influence of your own posts, explore the ways in which information disseminates, or examine how networks develop and change over time. Taking a more in-depth look at social networking trends allows us to gain more insight into important current events as well, such as the recent #BlackLivesMatter and #BringBackOurGirls hashtags and related efforts. This workshop will employ NodeXL to scrape, visualize, and analyze Twitter data. We will then discuss best practices for ethical and efficient social media scraping, along with relevant methods for further quantitative and qualitative analysis of our scraped data. Much of the workshop will be hands-on; participants will mine current data from Twitter, clean their scraped data, create a network map, and qualitatively analyze tweet content.

3) Digital Reconstruction
March 6, 1:00 – 2:30PM
Palely Library, Room 130
Presenter: Danielle Abdon, PhD candidate in Art History, Digital Scholarship Center Graduate Assistant
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This workshop will provide an introduction to digital reconstructions and their potential as a tool for several disciplines. Participants will learn about SketchUp and its functionality in comparison to other tools used for digital reconstructions. Besides showing examples of successful completed projects using SketchUp, the workshop will allow participants to become familiar with SketchUp’s basic functions through a short series of hands-on exercises, including the creation of your own model. Additionally, participants will learn about the presentation of models using SketchUp’s tools, as well as through different plugins available. The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to SketchUp and its capabilities, serving as a basis for future exploration.

4) Preparing a Digital Corpus
March 20, 2:00 – 3:30PM
Palely Library, Room 130
Presenter: Beth Seltzer, PhD candidate in English
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One of the first thing needed for any digital scholarship project is a data set to work with. This workshop will run participants through different reasonings for assembling a digital corpus, some resources for text to gather into a corpus, and some basic methods for beginning to clean up unstructured data within your corpus. Attendees will work with finding and utilizing works and tools and platforms such Hathi Trust, Notepad++ and some basic OCR so they begin using these methods right away.

Reminder: First GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meeting of 2015, Tuesday, January 13

The next PhillyDH working meeting and GLAM Cafe is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 13 from 5-8 at the Kislak Center in the Van Pelt Library on Penn’s campus. Please remember that this meeting location is different from where we have been meeting over the past two years (see address below). GLAM Cafe starts at 5:00. The PhillyDH portion will begin at 6:00.

A list of the projects that PhillyDH is working on can be found HERE. The list is certainly not exhaustive if you have other ideas that should be a priority for PhillyDH in 2015.

University of Pennsylvania
Van Pelt Library, 6th floor
3420 Walnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Notice: Schedule for GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meetings for 2015

After more than two years of regular meetings at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH will diversify their meeting locations among several Philadelphia cultural institutions in the upcoming year. Meetings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-8:00. Dates and locations for the meetings in 2015 can be found on this pdf: GLAM Cafe 2015 Dates

GLAM Cafe Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/
PhillyDH website: http://phillydh.org/
Wikipedia events: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia

Upcoming Event: GLAMCafe and PhillyDH Meeting, Tuesday, December 9

The final meeting of GLAMCafe and PhillyDH for 2014 will take place at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, December 9, with GLAMCafe starting at 5:00 pm and the PhillyDH meeting at 6:30. This will be the last GLAMCafe/PhillyDH meetup at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for a while. The first meeting of 2015 will be at the Kislak Center of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

You can RSVP and learn more about GLAMCafe at this link.

Job Opportunity: Temple University Library

The Temple University Libraries are seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Digital Library Applications Developer. This position is an opportunity to engage with the active Hydra/Fedora community and other Open Source communities. Temple’s federated library system serves an urban research university with over 1,800 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Senior Digital Library Applications Developer and working closely with others in the Digital Library Initiatives Department, the DLAD helps develop and maintain the technological infrastructure for Temple University’s digital library initiatives and services, which includes preserving and delivering large collections of digital objects with the Hydra repository framework, and supporting digital scholarship (including digital humanities), and scholarly communication initiatives throughout the Library. As part of the development team, the DLAD architects, implements, tests and deploys new tools and services primarily based on open source project software, such as Hydra, Fedora Commons, Omeka, VIVO, Scalar, and Open Journal Systems (OJS), potentially contributing code to those projects. The DLAD advances professional skills through engagement with the active Open Source community via training and participation at national and regional conferences/meet-ups. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, and at least one year of experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:

* Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, or Java.
* Demonstrated experience with MySQL or other database management systems.
* Demonstrated knowledge of the LAMP stack or similar technology stacks.
* Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing and QA testing.
* Experience with project requirements gathering.
* Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
* Commitment to responsive and innovative service.
* Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

* Experience with a repository system such as Hydra.
* Familiarity with a Content Management System like Drupal or an exhibit curation system like Omeka would be a plus.
* Experience working with Open Source software, including multi-platform integration.
* Experience with version control, test-driven development, and continuous integration techniques.
* Experience with Linux/Unix operating systems, including scripting.
* Experience working with authentication and authorization protocols, including LDAP.
* Knowledge of XML/XSLT.
* Familiarity with digital library standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH.


Competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.temple.edu/hr/departments/employment/jobs_within.htm, click on “Non-Employees Only,” and search for job number TU-18555. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

Call for Papers: Re: Humanities 2015

Job Opportunity: The Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is recruiting for the newly created position of Library Applications Developer. The Library Applications Developer will work collaboratively with CHF’s new digital library team and consultants to lead the development of the digital infrastructure that will manage, preserve and provide access to CHF’s diverse digital assets (images, audio, visual files, texts and 3D objects.) The Library Applications Developer will oversee all technical aspects related to the installation, customization, and maintenance of Hydra, an open source digital repository system comprised of a Fedora Commons, Solr, Blacklight and Ruby on Rails technology stack. Additionally, this position will be responsible for maintaining, documenting and troubleshooting code for customizing other open source library software and applications, including ArchivesSpace.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

· Bachelor degree in Computer/Information Science or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.

· Demonstrated strong proficiency in a major language such as PHP, Ruby or Python.

· Previous experience working with Apache, Solr, MySQL, Ruby on Rails and RESTful web APIs.

· Must have experience running Linux in a production environment.

· Demonstrated experience working with software stack architecture, such as OpenStack or LAMP.

· Familiarity with a variety of data exchange formats, XML, RDF and/or JSON.

· Experience with JavaScript framework such as JQuery and standards compliant HTML5 and CSS3.

· Strong communications skills, including ability to speak on the topic with non-technical individuals.

· Previous experience working in library, museum or cultural institution, preferably with digital repository or asset management software, is a plus.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations and resume/CV to LibraryAppDeveloper2014@chemheritage.org

Call for Papers: Women’s History in the Digital World 2015

Call for Papers: Women’s History in the Digital World 2015

The Second Conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center
for the History of Women’s Education
May 21-22, 2015, Bryn Mawr College


Women’s History in the Digital World 2015, the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, will be held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21-22.

We aim to bring together experts, novices, and all those in between to share insights, lessons, and resources for the many projects emerging at the crossroads of history, the digital humanities, and women’s and gender studies. Continuing a conversation begun at our inaugural meeting in 2013, the conference will feature the work of librarians and archivists, faculty, students, and other stakeholders in the development of women’s and gender histories within digital scholarship.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Claire Bond Potter, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Humanities Action Lab at The New School for Public Engagement.

Panels will be scheduled during the day Thursday, May 21, and the morning of May 22; a projects showcase and digital lab will offer opportunities for unstructured conversation and demonstrations.


We invite individual papers or full panel proposals on women’s and gender history projects with a digital component, investigating the complexities of creating, managing, researching and/or teaching with digital resources and digitized materials.

All thematic areas, geographies, and time periods are welcome: this is a chance to share knowledge, network, and promote collaborations that locate new possibilities.

To submit a proposal, please send the following information by email to greenfieldhwe@brynmawr.edu:

complete contact information including current email and institutional affiliation, if any;
short (150-200 word) biography for each presenter; and
abstract (s) of the proposed presentation (500 words for single paper, poster, or demonstration, or 1,500-2000 words for panels of 3 papers)
The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 16, 2015.


Women’s History in the Digital World 2015 is organized by The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education with the support of Bryn Mawr College Libraries and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Launched in 2011, and housed in Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, the Center serves as an online locus of scholarship on the history of women’s higher education. Through its blog, exhibits, instructional lesson plans, and digital collections the Center provides informative materials and a digital space for teaching and learning on these topics.

Bryn Mawr College is located less than fifteen miles outside of Center City Philadelphia, easily accessible by both car and public transportation.

Visit the 2013 conference repository to read more about our first meeting: http://repository.brynmawr.edu/greenfield_conference/.

To learn more about the Greenfield Digital Center, visit http://greenfield.brynmawr.edu.

For updates, follow the Greenfield Digital Center on Twitter: @GreenfieldHWE and the conference hashtag, #WHDigWrld.


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