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Upcoming Event: Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, University of the Arts, February 28

On Saturday, February 28, starting at 12:15 the Greenfield Library at the University of the Arts will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on the subject of Art and Feminism.

General Information
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 12:15pm to 4 p.m. (Library does not open until 12.00)
Venue: University of the Arts, Albert M. Greenfield Library, Anderson Hall, 333 South Broad Street
Cost: Free
Accessibility: Unfortunately the area where we will be working is not a fully handicapped accessible space. Participants will need to be able to go up and down stairs. You will be asked to present ID and sign it at the security desk.

Participants: No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; as needed throughout the event, tutoring will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.

RSVP by signing your username at the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Page! If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, you might try this training module which will help explain a lot of things, including how to add your signature.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-UArts participants must contact the library in advance to arrange entry to the building: email Sara MacDonald at smacdonald@uarts.edu

What to Bring: Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords. Please create your Wikipedia account prior to the session.

Twitter Hashtag: #ArtAndFeminism
Facebook: Facebook page

Upcoming Event: Philly Region Islandora Interest Group Meetup, Monday March 9

The Philadelphia Region Islandora Interest Group will be holding its first meetup Monday, March 9, 2:00pm at The American Philosophical Society. Whether you are already using Islandora or just considering it, this is a great opportunity to find out how other folks in the area are using it.

Several lightning talks are already sceduled, but there is still space for a few more. Contact Scott Ziegler (szie…@amphilsoc.org) if you are interested in presenting.

A few details:

1. The American Philosophical Society is located at 105 South 5th Street. We’re conveniently located a few blocks from the 5th Street stop along the Market-Frankford line. Let me know if you’d like more details about this.

2. As our meetup will be ending around the close of the business day, we can take advantage of the many nearby bars and restaurants if we’d like to continue any discussions/networking/questions. Nothing formal, but it’s often nice to have the opportunity.

Upcoming Event: Hugoye Symposium on Syriac and the Digital Humanities at Rutgers University New Brunswick, March 6

The Syriac Institute (Piscataway), Rutgers University, and Syriaca.org (Vanderbilt University) are co-hosting a symposium on Syriac and the Digital Humanities. Knowledge of Syriac is not necessary to follow the talks. The symposium is open to the public, and there is no registration fee. There will be live streaming of the event, thanks to the support of the Rutgers University library staff. Also, feel free to follow along with those of us who will be live tweeting the meeting (you can check in with the @bethmardutho account on the day of the conference to get the details).

The program and other details are available on the following web page:


The study of Syriac and other ethnoreligious minority languages and literatures from the Middle East has greatly benefited over the last few decades from the digital revolution. Syriac studies has one of the oldest and longest-lived open access electronic journals (Hugoye, started in 1998, currently in volume 18) and Syriac was one of the earliest minority languages to be incorporated into Unicode (starting with version 3.0.0 in 1999). The relative paucity of scholars currently engaged in research on Syriac has served as an impetus to adopt digital and particularly open access means of scholarly publication.

Some New Links

If you look carefully, you might notice a couple of small changes to the PhillyDH website. In a brainstorming session at yesterday’s GLAMCafe/PhillyDH meeting, a few of us developed two lists which you can find on the menu bar: one of the links is to help people interested in “getting started” with digital projects through online instruction and links to tools and resources, the other is of projects developed in Philadelphia or concerned with Philadelphia for people who want to know more about “DH in Philly.” Take a look and give us some feedback for additions or changes in structure via the discussion links.

Conference Event: Wiki Loves Small Museums at Small Museum Association Meeting, Ocean City, MD

The Philadelphia area GLAMCafe and PhillyDH community will be participating in the Small Museums Association meeting in Ocean City, MD, February 15, hosting Wiki Loves Small Museums.

Wiki Loves Small Museums is a workshop event, to be held Sunday, February 15, 2015, at the Small Museum Association (SMA) Conference in Ocean City, MD. We are seeking Wikipedia volunteers with relevant skills and knowledge to help in this project. See below for details.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD
How to Volunteer
Add your Wikipedia user name in the Registration section below, or email me at MOckerbloom(at)chemheritage.org or celebration.women(at)gmail.com.
What to Bring
Please bring your own laptop and power cord.
Bring a scanner and a flash stick if you can.
Bring your knowledge and skills.

Wiki Loves Small Museums Workshop Description
Contributing to a Digital Presence on Wikipedia:
Wiki Loves Small Museums Edit-a-thon
Session: 12.00-4.00 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2015

Speaker: Abram Fox, Laurel Historical Society, Laurel, MD

Workshop Coordinator: Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in Residence, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Learn how your institution can engage with the public through Wikipedia, and contribute images to Wikipedia directly during an on-site edit-a-thon. Hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon or encouraging the contributions of content experts in your community are valuable ways to build partnerships and enhance your online presence. Abram Fox will provide an overview of how to organize a Wikipedia editing event at your institution. Mary Mark Ockerbloom will lead a “Wiki Loves Small Museums” workshop where you can see first-hand how to contribute to public knowledge. 1) Take a photograph (or several) of your institution 2) Bring it to our SMA workshop 3) Expert Wikipedians will help you to release images you bring to the event, and edit Wikipedia articles.

About the Small Museum Association
The annual Small Museum Association (SMA) Conference attracts more than 250 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. This year’s theme is Museums in Harmony: exploring the ways in which museum staff, boards, volunteers, and communities can work together to meet the challenges of economic, educational, and social conditions.

Conference : February 15 – 17, 2015
Where: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel,
10100 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD
Conference Information:

Upcoming Event: Valentina DeNardis Speaks on “Travel Through Greco-Roman Antiquity” Website at Villanova, Feb. 16

Please join us on Monday, Feb. 16 at 3:00 p.m. in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library for the launch of “Travels Through Greco-Roman Antiquity,” a digital humanities project created by two of Dr. Valentina DeNardis’s classical studies classes. The website uses Special Collections materials from the Library to explore some of the sites of ancient Greece and Rome. Dr. DeNardis will discuss the classes and give a tour of the website. Light refreshments will be served.

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, and the Classical Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Event: Kislak Center Wikipedia Interest Group Meeting, January 30

The first meeting of the Kislak Wikipedia Interest Group will be Friday (January 30) from 11:30 to 1:30 in Vitale II (Van Pelt Library 623, University of Pennsylvania). Our group page is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/Penn_Kislak_Center

We’ve been working on two projects: linking our finding aids (descriptions of archival collections) to relevant entries in Wikipedia, and uploading digital content to Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page) and attaching them to relevant entries. If you have an idea for a project – a topic for editing, a collection to upload – please come and pitch it.

Future meetings will be:

February 27th, 2015
March 27th, 2015
April 17th, 2015 (note that this is the third Friday in April)
May 29th, 2015

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.


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