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Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly DH Meeting, Tuesday, May 12 at the Library Company of Philadelphia

Join us Tuesday, May 12 at Cassatt House of the Library Company of Philadelphia for the next PhillyDH meeting during GLAM Cafe! The GLAM Cafe begins at 5 with the PhillyDH meeting starting at about 6. One of the main topics for us to go over is the results of the workshop survey and picking which workshops and presenters we will pursue for this year. The past few meetings has also had a group working on the phillydh website, discussing where we want phillydh to do, and breaking off into their own projects.

Before the meeting starts, Nicole Joniec and Nicole Scalessa will present a couple lightening talks for the GLAM Cafe on recent projects including www.lcpalbumproject.org and the soon to be launched Common Touch website which required a particular sensibility towards accessibility for the visually impaired.

Upcoming Event: Public Humanities 2.0, Summer Faculty Institute University of Delaware, June 1-4

This year, the University of Delaware’s Summer Faculty Institute is open to all Digital Humanists! Join faculty and staff from the mid-Atlantic region. Registration for the four day event is $25.


5 themes, 4 days, as many connections as you can make. This year’s five themes represent different facets of teaching: community engagement, critical thinking, digital humanities, digital storytelling, and engaging difference.

The four day event presents opportunities to connect with over 30 guest and UD speakers as well as consider new ideas and develop technical skills alongside familiar colleagues and new acquaintances.
Save the Dates: Summer Faculty Institute 2015, June 1-4

Keynote Roundtable: Public Humanities 2.0: Cultural Heritage Research and Teaching in a Digital Age

This year’s University of Delaware’s Summer Institute
features a keynote roundtable, “Public Humanities 2.0: Cultural Heritage Research and Teaching in a Digital Age,” on June 1 (1-3 p.m.) that will be an opportunity to focus attention on the materiality of digital media and the transformations of both scholarly communication and classroom practices made possible by digital media.
Speakers include:

Jesse Stommel, University of Wisconsin
Michelle Moravec, Rosemont College
Archana Kaku, Tri-College DH Initiative
La Tanya Autry, Yale University Art Gallery
Janneken Smucker, West Chester University
Kristen Poole, University of Delaware

Workshops: “Digital Humanities Assignment Design” and “Teaching with Social Media Platforms”

On June 2, workshops on “Digital Humanities Assignment Design,” and “Teaching with Social Media Platforms,” led by Professors Stommel and Moravec, will offer Summer Institute participants opportunities for guided work on their own projects.

Session: “Managing Your Digital Image Resources”

On June 3, Mary Durio and Mark Grabowski, University of Delaware Library, will lead a session on “Managing Your Digital Image Resources.” Additional sessions that complement this theme will be available throughout the Summer Institute.

The “Public Humanities 2.0” track of the Summer Institute is a follow-on to the DH lecture and workshop series that has been co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, IT-ATS, the University of Delaware Library, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Department of English for the last several years.

Click here for more information about the Summer Faculty Institute.

Upcoming Event: ARCS Hackathon and Library Publishing Coalition Meetup, April 26

Advanced Research Communication and Scholarship

Publishing Hackathon & Library Publishing Coalition Meet-Up

Sunday April 26, 2015 6:00pm – 12:00am
Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel
220 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Limited Capacity filling up

Less yack, more hack

The ARCS publishing hackathon and Library Publishing Coalition meetup will bring together anyone and everyone who’s passionate about changing scholarly publishing for the better, regardless of technical ability. Self-formed teams will build apps, write papers, and tackle a number of other publishing-related projects. The only limit is your imagination. Join us!

We seek thinkers, developers, activists and experts of all stripes to join us for a Publishing Hackathon and Library Publishing Coalition meetup. This event will bring together anyone and everyone who’s passionate about changing scholarly publishing for the better, regardless of technical ability.

Here’s the scoop
At the start of the hackathon, we’ll work together to set the agenda for the night. Our moderators, a group of librarians, technologists, publishers, and entrepreneurs, will help us draw out, connect, and prioritize ideas and challenges. From there, we’ll break into self-formed groups to engage the problems and innovations we’ve decided to tackle. We’ll write papers, build apps, plan, and partner. The only limit is your imagination!

We’ll end the night with a wrap-up, sharing what we accomplished and where we can go next. The ARCS hackathon will be fun, creative, and lively! Our mission is to improve scholarly communication by catalyzing new ideas, collaborations, and outcomes. Join us!

You do not have to be registered to attend the hackathon and LPC meetup, but please be sure to RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1NBWfH4

Sunday April 26, 2015 6:00pm – 12:00am
Chestnut Room

Upcoming Event: Official Launch Event, Workshop and Panel Discussion for Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE), May 1

Please join us for the launch of the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera. This event will be a workshop and panel discussion of the GameBoy Camera, and both events are open to the public. More details below…

Shoot, View, Play: A Study of the GameBoy Camera

On May 1, The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center will officially launch the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE). The R-CADE is a collection of hardware and software made available to scholars for research purposes. Unlike many archives, the R-CADE does not necessarily aim to preserve these artifacts, at least not in the traditional sense of this word. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts in the R-CADE as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance.

The May 1 launch event will focus on the GameBoy Camera, which was one of the earliest digital cameras on the market and which also allowed users to take pictures of themselves three years prior to the emergence of the term “selfie.” Scholars will convene to discuss the device’s historical and cultural significance and to share their own attempts to remake and repurpose the camera.

The event will include both a workshop and a panel discussion about the object. During the workshop, Patrick LeMieux (Duke University) will lead a group of students and faculty in hacking and reconfiguring the GameBoy Camera. Workshop participants will construct their own GameBoy cartridges. During the afternoon panel discussion, a group of scholars will share their investigations into the GameBoy camera. That panel discussion will feature: Elizabeth Demaray (Associate Professor of Fine Art, Rutgers-Camden), Meredith Bak (Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden), Grant Wythoff (Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University), and Patrick LeMieux (Ph.D. student in Media Arts+Sciences, Duke University).

The workshop will take place in the ModLab (Fine Arts 215) at Rutgers-Camden from 10:00am until 1:00pm, and the panel discussion will take place in Fine Arts 110 from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Both events are open to the public.


Upcoming Event: Conference Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age at University of Delaware, April 24-26

Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age

April 24-26, 2015

Hosted at the Delaware Historical Society and the University of Delaware

This symposium will pose questions about the ways in which understandings of nineteenth-century campaigns for racial justice shift when the decades-long colored convention movement stands alongside abolition as one of the principal ways in which we conceive of early racial and justice movements.

Register Now!

Click here to register as a symposium participant.

Click here to register as a symposium attendee.


View the schedule online.

Upcoming Event: Conference Women’s History in the Digital World 2015, at Bryn Mawr College, May 21-22

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. Featuring more than 80 presenters, and projects from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, 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.

The conference will open Thursday, May 21 at 2pm, followed by a full day of panels scheduled for Friday, May 22. Claire Bond Potter, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Humanities Action Lab at The New School for Public Engagement, will give the conference keynote address at 4:30pm Thursday: “Putting the Humanities In Action: Why We Are All Digital Humanists, and Why That Needs to Be A Feminist Project.”

A draft program for the two days is now available as a PDF — you’ll see a number of Philadelphia area presenters and projects! A conference fee of $50 USD includes coffee breaks, a light breakfast on Friday, and Friday lunch. The registration fee will be waived for current Bryn Mawr College students. We are taking registrations by credit card at the following site:

Women’s History in the Digital World 2015 conference registration [link]

The official conference website has been updated with transit directions to campus, the link to preregistration, and will act as a repository for conference related materials after the event, so if you can’t make it be sure to check back for copies of the presentations you missed. Email us at greenfieldhwe@brynmawr.edu with any questions, and follow the conference on Twitter: #WHDigWrld15

Upcoming Event: Lightning Round 2015 at Penn Library, April 22

Lightning Round 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 10:30 am to Noon
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center
Sixth Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Register now!

As part of our Engaging Students Through Technology events, we welcome you to join us for Lightning Round 2015. The event is an opportunity to share creative ideas to engage students in a fast-paced format. Each presenter will share a favorite technology tool or idea for engaging students with a three-minute time limit enforced by our gong. We expect to include about twenty presenters and remarks will be recorded for our YouTube channel. The event is designed for an audience of faculty, graduate students and staff with interest in instructional technology. You can meet new people from across campus and enjoy light refreshments afterwards.

For A Current List of Topics go HERE

Are you tempted to share your favorite idea with a friendly crowd of faculty, graduate students and staff? Sign up to present! For inspiration, you could browse our 2014 Lightning Round videos and the ideas proposed so far.

Co-sponsored by camra, the Center for Teaching and Learning , the Graduate Student Center, the Penn Language Center, SAS Computing and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL).

Upcoming Event: Building Digital Infrastructures at Drexel University, April 22

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Location: ExCITe Center 3401 Market Street, Ste 100

In partnership with Drexel University’s Center for Science, Technology & Society and the ExCITe Center, this event will workshop digital projects and their platforms to improve accessibility and empower citizen scientists over coffee and brunch.
SciStarter.com is a Philly start-up with international reach featuring 1,000 citizen science projects in need of help from the public. TheAsthmaFiles.org is a collaborative ethnographic research project designed to advance understanding and efforts to address environmental public health challenges around the world. Both platforms will benefit from enhanced cyberinfrastructure to make it easier for people to participate in citizen science, track their contributions, connect with others, and more.

At this event, representatives from the programs will present an overview and describe their cyber infrastructure challenges. Learn about the projects then weigh in during the hands-on workshop designed to enhance the platforms and improve the experience for participants.

Building Digital Infrastructures, Empowering Citizen Scientists is part of Philly Tech Week 2015 presented by Comcast and co-sponsored by Drexel University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society and the ExCITe Center.

To find out more about this event and the register go to http://2015.phillytechweek.com/events/building_digital_infrastructures-empowering_citizen_scientists

Upcoming Event: Mapping, Mining — Redefining? An (Un)conference at Penn, April 23-25

The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures in cooperation with Penn’s Digital Humanities Forum and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts invite you to an exciting interactive, interdisciplinary and international DH (un)conference:

Mapping, Mining – Redefining? The Digital Turn in the Humanities

April 23-25, 2015

Kislak Pavilion, Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor

Featuring a series of presentations and workshops, this event will offer extensive hands-on experience with DH tools and methodologies.

In recent years, the humanities have, by necessity and by design, experienced a shift toward the digital. In an increasingly technological and global era, Digital Humanities promises both to supplement and to challenge traditional approaches to scholarship and teaching. The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania invites you to “Mapping, Mining -Redefining?: The Digital Turn in the Humanities,” an interdisciplinary and interactive (un)conference that brings together scholars from across the humanities to explore various approaches and tools for research, scholarship, and teaching with DH.

Topics include:

“Mapping bibliography: Visualizing the Census of Medieval Manuscripts in the US and Canada”

“Weaving a Semantic Web with Editions: FRBR, RDF, and Authority Files”

“Network Theory and Literature”

“Quick Text Mining: Corpus, Analytics, and Sound Methodology in an Hour and a Half”

“‘Exilnetz33′: Exploring Epistolary Networks of Exiles with DH Methods”

“World Literature@UCLA: Tracking Transliterations and International Publics with Gephi”

“Digital Humanities as Translation: Mapping Franz Rosenzweig’s Archives”

“Digital Humanities and/as Instructional Technology in Content-Based Language Learning”

“From Text to Map: Using CartoDB to Create Digital Maps”

“Learning Objectives for Digital Humanities in Undergraduate Education”

Please visit our homepage at www.pennDHconference.org for more information and to preregister for the event. Don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Job Opportunity: Temple University Digital Scholarship Center

Temple is looking for a position to work in its new Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) that is currently under construction in Paley Library! This position will work directly with library and DSC staff and DSC patrons to explore and find ways to use opensource software and hardware for digital scholarship projects.

Academic Information Technology and Support Technician, Digital Scholarship Center


The Temple University Libraries are seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Academic Information Technology and Support Technician. This position is an opportunity to engage with the digital humanities, digital scholarship and open source software and hardware 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:

The Academic Information Technology and Support Technician , reporting to the Librarian/Coordinator of Digital Scholarship Service Development, is responsible for configuring and managing both public and staff facing software platforms on Windows, Mac and Linux desk top and server environments. This position is critical to the delivery of essential applications and services for Temple University Libraries’ newly created Digital Scholarship Center (DSC). The AITST is expected to keep abreast of new and developing technologies, track ongoing trends in digital scholarship, and communicate recommendations to the Temple University community. The incumbent researches, recommends, tests and subsequently implements innovative, open source software applications that are well suited for digital scholarship activities. The AITST assists in setting priorities and timelines for these projects, and then defines and implements strategy for the projects he/she manages. They assist patrons with the migration and transformation of complex data sets, both large and small. The AITST is expected to train other library staff as well as DSC patrons on how these cutting-edge applications can be applied within a specific discipline or field of study, as well as engage patrons and maintain software that is regularly updated via the open source community. Performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

Install, upgrade, manage, and troubleshoot hardware, software, and other types of equipment that constitute the DSC server environment
Keep abreast of new and developing technologies, track ongoing trends in digital scholarship, and communicate recommendations to the Temple University community
Assist in setting priorities and timelines for these projects, and then defines and implements strategy for the projects he/she manages
Clearly and accurately report on projects on a consistent basis
Test and evaluate new software applications, hardware, and other types of equipment for use in the DSC
Train patrons, DSC and other library staff in the use of software, hardware and equipment for digital scholarship use
Provide support for software, hardware and other equipment specially designated for a DSC
Supervise student workers who assist in supporting software, hardware and other equipment in the DSC
Assist in the migration and transformation of large and small data sets for DSC, library staff and patrons
Maintain a presence in and knowledge of the open source community for relevant open source software and hardware used in the DSC
· Provide occasional after-hours support for upgrades or to respond to technical issues

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelors in Computer Science or a related field and 2 years of experience working in an academic environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:

· System administration skills in Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP environments
· Demonstrated familiarity with Mac and Windows operating systems
· Demonstrated understanding of the open source community, how to communicate with it, and how to work with and maintain installations of open source software
· Strong communication skills
· Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with and train individuals and small groups on use of software applications
· Ability to manage one’s time and organize small-scale projects
· Ability to work well in teams
· Ability to provide occasional after-hours support for upgrades or to respond to technical issues

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

· Familiarity with software used in a variety of digital scholarship areas including but not limited to:
o GIS (ex. CartoDB, ArcGIS, Google Fusion Tables)
o Data cleaning (ex. Notepad ++, Open Refine)
o Textual analysis (ex. RStudio, Mallet)
o Dissemination tools (ex. Omeka, Scalar)
o Data visualization (ex. Gephi)
o 3D Technologies and environments (ex. Sketchup, Oculus Rift)
· Awareness of data management and data transformation issues
· Understanding of and ability to work with and troubleshoot a local area network with a variety of devices.


Competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers at Temple, and reference TU-18985. 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.


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