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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!

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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.

DPLA Pennsylvania Aggregator Prototype

As part of the efforts to start building a Pennsylvania DPLA hub, we have recently completed a PA DPLA aggregator prototype:

It currently contains 136,419 records from 157 collections and 29 PA institutions!

The prototype was developed from December 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, using the Hydra Open Source software platform. Through the process, we were also able to develop our familiarity with DPLA’s technical and metadata requirements, understand workflow challenges, and start testing the organizational structure proposed.

For more information about what the prototype is (and what it is not), and how you can get your institution involved in this exciting project, please check the About page:

Thank you so much to the PA DPLA Aggregator Prototype Team (Linda Ballinger, PSU; Doreva Belfiore, Temple U.; Mohamed Berray, PSU; William Fee, State Library; Andrew Gearhart, PSU; Ben Goldman, PSU; Patricia Hswe, PSU; Delphine Khanna, Temple U.; Katherine Lynch, Temple U.; Steven Ng, Temple U.; and Kristen Yarmey, U. of Scranton).

And thank you also to all the institutions who accepted to have their collections harvested for testing purposes and worked with us to iron out technical difficulties.

Let the project team know if you have any questions or comments.

Upcoming Event Today: Brainstorming Edith Wharton at Rutgers-Camden

Digital Wharton Brainstorming Symposium

On April 17 at 3:00pm in Fine Arts 110, Rutgers University-Camden, a cohort of scholars from across the country will discuss the digital component of the forthcoming Complete Works of Edith Wharton (CWEW), an event that is free and open to the public.

The CWEW will be published by Oxford University Press, and the DSC has joined its editors (Carol Singley, Donna Campbell, and Fred Wegener) in an NEH grant proposal to support the project. Part of that proposal is a digital component that will offer an interactive entry point into Wharton’s texts. The NEH proposal describes an array of possibilities for the “Digital Wharton,” and the DSC has invited leading scholars of Wharton and of the Digital Humanities to brainstorm the most innovative ways to approach this project. The panelists for this event are:

Carol Singley, Professor of English, Rutgers University-Camden; General Editor of CWEW

Donna Campbell, Associate Professor of English, Washington State University; Associate Editor of CWEW; webmaster Edith Wharton Society

Fred Wegener, Professor of English, California State University, Long Beach; Associate Editor of CWE

Tom Augst, Associate Professor of English, New York University; Director of Digital Humanities, New York Scapes Project

Stephanie Browner, Dean, Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal Arts, founder and editor of The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive, Board Member of Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES)

Molly Hardy, American Antiquarian Society Digital Humanities Curator

Brendan O’Neill, Editor, Oxford University Press, New York City

Kenneth Price, Hillegass Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Co-editor Walt Whitman Archive

Jim Brown, Director of the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center

Robert Emmons, Associate Director of the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center

Panelists have been invited to a morning brainstorming session that will take place on April 17, but the Digital Studies Center is also inviting the public to an event following this session, during which symposium panelists will share the results of the morning brainstorming sessions. In addition, the DSC aims to make this public session yet another brainstorming opportunity as we attempt to crowdsource this new project.


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