Author: Ramon Holt

Upcoming Event: NDSA Philly Regional Meeting/Regional Unconference January

Upcoming Event: NDSA Philly Regional Meeting/Regional Unconference January 23-24 2014

Members of Philly DH and others interested in Digital Humanities in the Greater Delaware Valley should find this upcoming event of interest.


The Library Company of Philadelphia will be hosting Philadelphia’s first National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Meeting, to be held on January 23rd and 24th in 2014.  Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on this event.  Speakers will include Emily Gore from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) along with a talk about the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship (identifies and communicates the challenges, opportunities, and priorities for digital preservation activities in the United States) and other lightning talks themed on standards for digital preservation.

There is an increase in the number of people reading through the information available in the libraries, may it be the students and even people doing research are all there to work through the information given. At the same time if we have a look at the details we will come to know the way the new age people are getting information from the world around. In this digital world, it is not always possible to read through the given details in the library in the speed the world is traveling, instead, we have a location nowadays where digitally all the information is readily available.

At the same time, there is a lot of users who have been using digital resources and tools for being used for more and more research. This might be included one by one right from audio and video files that are all given easy access from internet-enabled services and even laptop and smartphones as well. Once digitized the entire library is easily accessible and how very well used they can all be. Digital libraries have always been so versatile and at the same time, they have been very well improved as soon as the internet was also introduced. There is a need to improve the data regularly hence special notice needs to be done on the data so that they can be well read.


Thursday January 23, 2014

Library Company of Philadelphia


1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA


5:30–6:00PM Reception


6:00–6:30PM Keynote Speaker: Emily Gore, DPLA


6:30–7:30PM Lightning Talks


7:30–8:00PM Q&A


Friday January 24, 2014




NDSA Philly Regional Unconference


Library Company of Philadelphia, Cassatt House, 1320 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA


Sessions 9:00AM–12:00PM


Lunch Dine-Arounds 12:00–1:30PM

Upcoming Event: JupyterDay Philly, May 19, 2017 at Bryn Mawr College


Bryn Mawr College will host JupyterDay Philly on Friday, May 19, 2017, 9am to 5pm. The theme of JupyterDay Philly is “Transformative Teaching with the Jupyter Notebook.”


JupyterDay Philly will be a day-long exploration of way to use the free and open-source Jupyter notebook to transform teaching in multiple disciplines.

A software that is for developing open-source software and at the same time helps for interactive computing through a long list of programming language. There are much more options for other interactive development environments as well that show different development platforms at all times. There is a lot of such popular in improving studies in which there are more subjects that are present in such complex computation techniques like, Data Science, Scientific Computing and even machine learning.

It is extendable which means newer components can be added to it and is in modules thus making it easy to transport and can be copied module wise and then installed properly.

Coding, visualizations can all be done using the Jupyter Notebook technology and it helps with an application that helps with data cleaning and then the respective transformation. Similarly numerical simulation and then the modeling of statistical information and the data visualization along with helping out with machine language applications as well.

The biggest advantage of Jupyter is that there are a lot of languages are supported by this thus helping out more and more applications at the same time. The prominent programming solutions are done one way or the other. The notebooks can be shared among the users through different data-sharing platforms to help out through with the Jupyter Notebook. The code can be developed in different ways as much as possible thus showing more and more representations one way or the other.

The use of such information in integration with big Data processes also happens to keep developing thus helping the user to ensure that one way or the other such that more valid work can be done as well. There is an authentication process along with friendly content and more data is also available. There are more helpful hints as well to help the person using the technology to make better and useful thus using them effectively. This increases the scope of the technology thus making sure that people get more and more practiced using the platform.

Registration, schedule and travel info now posted at

Upcoming Event: GLAM Hack Philly February 1-2, 2014

PhillyDH members and others interested in the Digital Humanities in the Greater Delaware Valley should find this upcoming program of interest:

GLAM Hac Philly is a free, weekend-long hackathon focused on building apps with open data from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums. It will take place the weekend of February 1-2, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections.

The event will bring together programmers, curators, librarians, designers, archivists, and anyone else with a passion for GLAM data, to build fun and interesting apps with the tremendous amount of GLAM data that is openly and freely available.

When you investigate this site you will learn more about GLAM.

On the morning of Saturday, February 1st, participants can pitch ideas for projects related to a specific data set or for broader GLAM-related applications. This could be anything from creating Omeka plug-ins to building a virtual city tour app using local digital collections. Small groups will form and participants will begin working on their projects through Sunday, with a goal to present a working prototype by Sunday afternoon.

Challenges and Data

We are seeking proposals of Data Challenges for teams to work on during the hackathon. Challenges can be as simple as a dataset and a vague idea of what could be done with that data, or could be an already identified problem with your data that you are seeking help to solve.

The only requirements for proposing a challenge are:

Someone from your organization commits to participating in the event. They will help steward teams who take up that challenge by giving context to your data.

If you r challange includes a dataset, that data should be made available for use and reuse. Providing your data openly means that anyone can build applications with your data before, during, and after the hackathon.

Submit a Challenge Now


If you’re not sure how your organization’s data could be used or want some help brainstorming a challenge, just get in touch with glamhac…, we’re happy to help.




You can also submit your dataset without proposing a challenge. We’ll highlight your dataset on our website for attendees consideration.

But I’m not a programmer — can I participate?

The input of content specialists like museum curators, librarians, archivists, catalogers,GLA researchers and others who know the data produced by GLAM organizations, is crucial to creating successful projects. We don’t just want your participation, we need it!

PhillyDH@Penn is back for a 2nd year!

It is a free event on Friday, June 20 — One day of workshops, unconference sessions, lightning talks, and networking.

Join us in the beautiful Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts on the on the 6th floor of UPenn’s Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

Speaking about books and their special collections are getting more prominent day by day as people are getting more into reading nowadays. The younger generation nowadays have been widely accepting and agreeing to read more books and how well they are getting into the habit of reading books more and more. Then again this has been a widely accepted that more and more people are interested in getting to more books and especially if they are collectibles.

Rare and significant books are not always freely available instead, have to be looked out for excessively to get the required books as the readers exactly prefer. If the selection also is composed of rare manuscripts then we can be sure that not just readers but also people who are very much interested in collecting such rare documents. Click here for more info on the books and how many different varieties are available in the market.

Thanks to the UPenn folks for hosting and doing so much work for this event.

To register for free here:

Please spread this announcement far and wide to whoever you think might be interested — especially those who don’t know that they might be interested and informed by the programs for the day!

We encourage you to share this invitation with others at your institutions, your professional colleagues, and students.


On the website, you’ll also find info on:


The day’s schedule and our early draft of workshop topics.

More info about the “unconference” format.  But in a nutshell: On the day of the event, the attendees suggest & vote for the discussion topics for the day — you determine what groups talk about, what problems get solved, and what you learn and share!  Some sessions end up with dozens of people discussing a particular topic while other sessions draw 3 or 4 intensely interested individuals who want to hash out a problem or learn a specific skill.

Hope to see you there, along with your colleagues, your friends, your students, your teachers, …, anyone who works with and appreciates the value of what happens when the humanities and technologies collide.

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

Looking after a library is an important job, especially if the library is a huge one catering to a very large number of people. With digital libraries growing in number, a good librarian should be aware of the technological advances and how best to integrate them and use the resource material well. The job a libraraian is not as simple as it may seem at first.

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, 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.


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


Job Opportunity: Archivist/Digital Data Specialist, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Archivist/Digital Data Specialist, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania




Work with ASC Librarian and ASC IT staff to manage the School’s digital archives. Archivist will report to the Librarian, consult with IT director and staff, and other archivists at the University to develop and implement a comprehensive archival program for the School’s archives, evaluating new and existing collections and integrating them into the resource environment.




The work addresses, but is not limited to: arrangement, description, presentation, access and security of paper, photographs, video and other record formats including born-digital items. Work requires application of appropriate archival best practices and national standards. The archivist will follow new and emerging preservation and exhibit technologies and analyze their potential application to the current digital data management scheme. This position is a two-year temporary appointment.




Master’s degree in information science or equivalent degree with formal training in archival theory and practice. Archival education and training may be substituted for a library/information science degree.

Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.

Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems, specifically Omeka.

Strong working knowledge of EAD, HTML, XML (including experience writing and maintaining XSL style sheets), DACS; familiarity with MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH and LC cataloging standards.

Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival storage.

Working knowledge of digital humanities practices and trends.

Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Experience working collaboratively and independently within a complex organization.

Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities, with attention to detail and follow-through.

Knowledge of the social sciences as demonstrated through academic course work preferred.

All applicants to University of Pennsylvania staff positions must apply online through the Jobs@Penn website.


The University of Pennsylvania prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.


Job Opportunity: Special Projects Internship, Temple University Library

Digital Library Initiatives, Special Projects Internship


Paley Library, University Libraries, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


This internship offers pre-professional experience in selecting and preserving websites as part of a digital preservation initiative.


Duties:  Focusing on Temple University websites and other sites that form part of the Urban Archives collection, and working up to 20 hours a week, the intern will harvest websites for long-term preservation using Archive-It.  He or she will learn to think strategically while implementing scope and content limits for large, complex websites containing custom scripts or multimedia content. The intern will also review captured websites for quality assurance and describe those sites with metadata.  In addition, the intern may participate in other projects involving digitization, metadata management, digital preservation and digital object dissemination.


Requirements: Current enrollment in an ALA accredited library or information science graduate program.  Interest in digital libraries, digital curation and/or archives.  Ability to demonstrate initiative, work collaboratively and collegially. Effective interpersonal communication skills and an attention to detail.


Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic website editing. Basic familiarity with regular expressions would be a plus.


Hours and Pay:  Position available September 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, $15/hour; the incumbent will be scheduled to work between 10 and 20 hours per week, based on availability and funding,  weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


To apply, e-mail your resume, list of LIS courses taken, and cover letter to:


Richie Holland, Manager of Library Human Resources and Facilities.


Job Opportunity: Director of the Library and Archives, PMA




Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives


The Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives provides strategic leadership and direction for the planning, acquisition, management, and preservation of information resources that are essential for the Museum’s research and educational programs. In addition to the traditional role it plays within the Museum, the Library and Archives manages the rights, licensing and delivery of images of works of art in the collection and is responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide digital asset management system. The Director of the Library and Archives must possess a broad understanding of the ongoing development and utilization of library collections, including archival, print, image and digital materials, with special attention to the impact of new technologies on the acquisition and distribution of information.


The Director of the Library and Archives is responsible for implementing the strategic vision for the Library and Archives as a hub for the acquisition, management, and distribution of a broad range of digital information resources both within the Museum and to various external constituencies. In alignment with the major goals of the Museum’s strategic plan, which emphasis increasing access to its resources via new technologies, the Library and Archives will gradually evolve into an “Information Commons” serving not only as a means for managing and disseminating information about our world-renowned art collection, but also increasing public access to the collection and related archival and bibliographic resources.


Qualified candidates will possess a graduate-level degree, such as a MLIS in a field that is relevant to the operation of libraries and archives plus seven to ten years of professional experience, ideally in an academic, research, or museum library. A strong understanding of evolving issues and trends in libraries and museums paired with current knowledge of emerging digital technologies and their application to the management of bibliographic resources and museum collections is required. A broad familiarity with copyright law and licensing and rights issues is necessary. We are seeking applicants who maintain an active and ongoing involvement with professional organizations in the field; have proven managerial skills and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of external constituencies; and have experience or potential for success in development and fundraising. This position requires flexibility and versatility to work in a changing environment.


Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2014. To apply, please visit the job opportunities section of the Museum’s website at:


Job Opportunity: Digital History Project Associate

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has posted the following notice for a Digital History Project Associate:


Position Title:     NHPRC HINT Project Associate


Division:               Programs and Services


Reports to:         Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs


FLSA Status:       Part Time, Exempt


Salary and Hours: $18/hour (with benefits), 21 hours/week, one-year position


Application Deadline: August 24, 2014

Position Summary:


The Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT) Project Associate shares responsibility for developing a digital historical documentary editing project utilizing political cartoons. This interpretive project includes annotation of facsimile images using TEI markup of about 500 HSP pre-1923 political cartoons. The project associate will research the content of the cartoons, and places them in historical context, marks up and annotate the cartoons, and create other project content. This is a one-year position, September 2014-September 2015.


Primary Responsibilities:


Conceptualize and plan digital history project based on political cartoons

Work with Digital Services staff on digitization and basic metadata of political cartoons

Annotate and XML (TEI) encode political cartoons

Develop annotation plan, including plan for interpretive encoding, footnote annotation, and contextual essays or other exhibit content

Research and write annotation and contextual essays, as appropriate

Work with Sr. Dir. of Programs and Services on educator feedback and evaluation and developing pedagogical supports

Work with Whirli-i-gig staff, as appropriate, to inform and test development of image annotation tool and TEI import function for CollectiveAccess

Work with Drupal web developer and designer to develop user-friendly, engaging public interface on HSP’s website

Promote project to relevant audiences through blog posts and other means

Assist in creation of journal articles to evaluate and disseminate the project

Job Requirements and Qualifications:

This position requires a master’s degree in American history or related field. MLIS a plus. The successful candidate will have strong research and writing skills as well as strong computer skills. Significant experience in scholarly editing also desired, in particular XML-TEI markup. Experience with CollectiveAccess and Drupal, as well as basic knowledge of RDF preferred. This position requires an individual who pays close attention to detail, is highly organized, and self-motivated. He/she must be able to work both independently and as part of a team.


Working Conditions:


Center City Philadelphia. General Office working environment

Position Details:


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees working at least 21 hours per week, including health/dental/vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a retirement plan managed though TIAA-CREF. We are unable to pay travel or relocation expenses. HSP is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications should include the following:


A cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good candidate for this position

Current resume, including recent employment and education history

Applications should be e-mailed to:


Tamara Gaskell


Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs


Historical Society of Pennsylvania


e-mail: tgas…


Job Opportunity: Curator of Digital Collections, CHF

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is actively recruiting for the newly created position of Curator of Digital Collections. Founded in 1982, CHF is a collections-based nonprofit organization that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies. The collections of rare books, archives, images, fine art, museum artifacts, oral histories, and more are used to create a body of original scholarship that illuminates how we have come to understand the nature of our material world and our interactions with matter and materials. In bridging science with the humanities, arts, and social sciences, CHF is committed to building a vibrant, international community of scholars; creating a rich source of traditional and emerging media; expanding the reach of our museum; and engaging the broader society through inventive public events.


As part of CHF’s strategic plan to build and sustain a digital collection, we seek a dynamic individual to serve as the newly created Curator of Digital Collections. This important position in CHF’s Othmer Library will be responsible for the implementation and stewardship of CHF’s organizationwide digitization efforts, to work with CHF staff to expand the digital outreach of the institution’s collections, and to develop an infrastructure that will establish CHF’s reputation as a center for digitization and digital humanities.


The successful candidate will have an advanced degree and a record of accomplishment in managing digital collections. He/she must have experience in management and supervision, and familiarity with application development and other emerging technologies related to digital asset management, access, and preservation. He/she should also ideally demonstrate a record of success in collaboration with people from a variety of disciplines and professions.


The Curator of Digital Collections will report to the Director of CHF’s Othmer Library and, in coordination with the Director and other CHF staff, be responsible for a strategy for developing CHF’s digital collections. As he/she will lead the implementation of a new digital asset management and preservation system, we hope to attract an individual with the vision to understand the strategic importance of a rich digital collection for a cultural heritage institution and who will be given the wonderful opportunity of shaping the future of digital initiatives at CHF.

About PhillyDH

We are:









libraries / archives


cultural institutions

digital media innovators

As individuals, we each boast different digital media competencies and interests and are united by an irrational exuberance of the willing–willing to learn, to teach, to collaborate, to create, to pitch-in.


As a group, we represent a friendly peer network of novices and experts alike, dedicated (for now) to the exploration of new ideas, tools, and best practices in the world of digital humanities via forums, workshops, meetups, happy hours and whatever else suits our fancy.

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