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Seeking Presentation Leaders for PhillyDH@Penn

PhillyDH is partnering again this year with the University of Pennsylvania on the event PhillyDH@Penn. You can see more information about last year’s event here: http://penn2013.phillydh.org/ . This preliminary announcement email is to seek those who would be interested in leading a 1 hour structured tool or methodology session at the event. Examples of topics from last year include:

Creating Video for Beginners
Data Wrangling Made Easy with OpenRefine
EAD: Encoding a Finding Aid for Beginners
Intensity Maps with Google Fusion Tables
Screen Scraping Tutorial
Wordpress for beginners/intermediate

If you are interested in leading such a session please send an email to mshoe…@temple.edu with your name, contact information and a short 1-2 sentence presentation pitch. Submissions will remain open until May 1.

More information on PhillyDH@Penn in general is forthcoming.

Upcoming Event: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at University of Delaware, Saturday, April 26

The Colored Conventions Project, in conjunction with the University of Delaware Library and the University of Delaware History Media Center, plans to host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the University of Delaware on Saturday, April 26.

The program will start at 11:00 a.m. with an Intro to Wikipedia Editing Workshop, led by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, the Wikipedian in Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Mary will give an overview of topics including Wikipedia culture, the writing style of Wikipedia, and nuts-and-bolts how-tos.

After the Intro Workshop, the Edit-a-thon will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own interests and data for entry in Wikipedia. Attendees who do not bring data of their own are invited to use the biographical and other information resources gathered by the Colored Conventions project, which covers a neglected, critical period of African-American history. The biographical information about historically important men and women of color could help to fill the current deficit of such information on Wikipedia.

Eventbrite Signup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colored-conventions-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-tickets-11100870001

Wikipedia Meetup Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/University_of_Delaware/April_2014_Colored_Conventions

Community Service in DH

In yesterday’s philly.com there was an article about “Commit Pledge of Service,” in the context of Philly Tech Week. There might be some in the PhillyDH community who would like to donate their skills to deserving non-profits or sign up to have some tech work donated to your organization:

Calling all techies: Donate your skills

Upcoming Planning Meeting for PhillyDH@Penn April 15

Are you interested in helping to organize the 2014 PhillyDH@Penn Unconference? It is scheduled for FRIDAY JUNE 20TH in Van Pelt Library. If you are, please come to our first organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 15th, at 9am in the Class of ’78 Pavilion. Planning meetings will be held everyTuesday at 9am thereafter, until the event on June 20th.

Last year’s PhillyDH@Penn was a vibrant day of sessions and workshops focused on the practice and theory of digital humanities. If you weren’t able to attend, you can read more about it on the PhillyDH@Penn 2013 website:  http://penn2013.phillydh.org/about/

For 2014, we need ideas for workshops and sessions, and volunteers to organize, lead workshops and sessions, and take on administrative tasks such as handling registration and developing the website. Please come on April 15th to find out how you can be involved!

Reminder: Project Design Workshop at Temple U. April 11

The final digital humanities workshop being offered at Temple University this spring semester is scheduled for tomorrow, April 11, at 1:00.

April 11 – 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

Signup sheet

Upcoming Event for Cultural Preservation

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) has established the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network to provide resources for effective emergency response and recovery for cultural institutions in Pennsylvania. PCRN will be holding a series of two-part workshops on disaster prevention, planning, and response for museums, archives, and libraries. The program will be coming to Bryn Mawr on June 24 and August 5, 2014. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.

More information and registration forms can be found at the CCAHA website. (Note the website for some reason says that day 2 of the program will be on April 5. The printed flyer gives the correct date of August 15.)

Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly DH Meeting Tuesday, April 8

The second Tuesday of the month has become the traditional date for the Philly GLAM Cafe and Philly DH organization meeting. That means we will be meeting next on April 8. Again, we will meet at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Chestnut St. in Old City. GLAM Cafe starts at 5:00pm and the Philly DH organization meeting will start at 6:00. Late arrivals are okay. Sign up for GLAM Cafe from the Meetup Page (but walk-ins are always welcome).

Upcoming Event: Queering the Digital Humanities, April 22

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:00-2:00 pm, the Kislak Center for Special Collections at the Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania will host the symposium: Queering the Digital Humanities.

The Theme: How can the digital humanities be mobilized in the service of queer, feminist, trans*, and postcolonial social justice work? What are the points of convergence and divergence between social justice activism and the digital humanities? While many queers, trans* folks, people of color, and women use technology and digital media for these projects, their work is often left out of mainstream discussions of the digital humanities (for a great critique of this practice, see here). This event brings together several artists and scholars whose digital humanities work foregrounds queer, feminist, trans*, and postcolonial politics.

Cost & audience: FREE! All ages, all are welcome. Bring a photo ID for entry (venue requirement)

More information about the program can be found here: http://phillyqueermedia.com/events/queering-the-digital-humanities/

And Congratulations to Many Other Delaware Valley Recipients of NEH Grants!

Let us bask for a little bit in the digital accomplishments of people and institutions in the Greater Delaware Valley as manifested in the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants that were just announced.

In addition to the grant to the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia based at Rutgers-Camden, the following institutions/projects were also supported:

Bryn Mawr College’s The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education $39,650 to develop project plan and pilot.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art $40,000 for a planning grant for a digital research portal for materials relating to Marcel Duchamp.

Two grants for the Penn Library. $230,000 to catalog, digitize, and make available online Indic manuscripts from 1527-1930. And $300,000 to develop a New Schoenberg Database for researching the historic and current locations of manuscript books produced before 1600.

University of Delaware $300,000 for Phase 2 of the Sampler Archive.

Wow! That’s a lot of great work. Congratulations! I know that representatives of many of these projects have attended previous Philly DH, GLAM Cafe, THATCamp Philly, or PhillyDH@Penn meetings.

And congratulations, also, to those in the region who received NEH grants for their non-digital projects, including the PACHS for longterm research fellowships in the area.


Congratulations to the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia


Great news for Charlene Miers, MARCH, and the staff of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia! They are recipients of a 2-year grant from the NEH to accelerate content development. The grant is for $300,000. Congratulations!

Thanks in part to suggestions made at THATCamp Philly 2012, the Encyclopedia has also launched a new and improved website, which you can access here: http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/


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