Upcoming Event: Lightning Presentation Talks at Temple University DSC/CHAT, April 20

Come for a lightning round of thirteen fast-paced final project presentations that will showcase the digital research of Temple faculty and graduate students supported by the Digital Scholarship Center and the Center for the Humanities at Temple.  Participant presentations focus on the use of digital methods to answer new research questions in the humanities and social sciences.

Presenters include Faculty Fellows and Graduate Externs in the Digital Scholarship Center, and graduate students in the CHAT/DSC Digital Scholars Program for 2016-2017 academic year. Projects range widely, including research on transgender literature, LGBTQ characters in video games, the language of Descartes, WWI trenches, modernist fiction, and Hillary Clinton’s Spanish-language campaign. Researchers employ social media, textual and network analysis methods, along with digital mapping and 3D modeling. Participants come from Art History, Education, English, History, Media and Communication, Philosophy, and Sociology.

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 // 9:30 am

Where: Paley Library: Ground Floor Lecture Hall — 1210 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122


Upcoming Event: Presentations to Introduce a New Digital Project, Digital Paxton, at the Library Company of Pennsylvania, April 21

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will be presenting two papers to introduce a new digital project: the Digital Paxton. The talk will be held at the Library Company of Pennsylvania.

Information:

A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War

In December 1763, following years of gruesome frontier warfare, armed settlers in the Paxton Township exacted revenge on an isolated, unarmed Indian settlement, attacked the Lancaster jailhouse where refugees had taken shelter, and vowed to march all the way to Philadelphia. While these “Paxton Boys” were stopped in Germantown by a delegation led by Benjamin Franklin, their critics and apologists spent the next year battling tooth and nail in print. Co-sponsored with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this event will introduce the Digital Paxton Project (digitalpaxton.org), a digital archive and critical edition of the pamphlet war created by Library Company Fellow Will Fenton, Doctoral Candidate at Fordham University. Alongside Fenton’s presentation of the Digital Paxton Project, Scott Paul Gordon, Professor of English at Lehigh University will share his latest Paxton research, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Paxton Crisis and Moravian Archives.”
Reception to follow

Come see the pop-up exhibition: A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War
Wednesday, April 5 – Friday, May 5
The exhibition will showcase more than two-dozen exemplary manuscripts, broadsides, pamphlets, and political cartoons from the Library Company, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, American Philosophical Society, and Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections. Access the digital companion today (digitalpaxton.org/exhibition).


Upcoming Workshop: Community Engagement through User Experience at Interactive Mechanics, April 27

Interactive Mechanics, a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational organizations on design, development, user experience, and strategy, will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, April 27:

Community Engagement through User Experience
Learn to put yourself in your users’ shoes
Thursday, April 27, 2-5 PM | Old City Philadelphia
http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/

User Experience (UX) is how your visitors feels about a product or service, whether you’re designing a website, an exhibit, or a toaster. How do you know if your target audience is having a good or bad experience? Learn to put yourself in your users’ shoes in order to better understand their motivations, so that you can create a welcoming experience and make something that is useful, easy to use, and enjoyable for them.

We’ll cover the fundamentals of user experience, why it matters, and ways to convince others in your organization to invest in this process. We’ll detail a typical UX journey and common methodologies that are useful for museum professionals, emphasizing ways to engage new and existing communities along the way. We’ll practice research techniques, including interviews and contextual inquiries (observing the way your visitors already interact with your exhibits), that allow you to learn about your visitors’ objectives, rather than designing from assumptions. We’ll develop personas to clarify which new audiences you want to connect with, and what works best for them, asking questions like, Why aren’t they users already? What barriers does your museum present? What needs could you be meeting?

We’ll also review common techniques for evaluating digital content using activities like card sorting and content audits, and we’ll produce rapid prototypes for user testing to conduct evaluations and gather valuable feedback.

This workshop is for exhibit designers and developers, curators, content developers, museum technologists, and marketers. After this workshop, you’ll be able to:

*Implement user experience strategies to better understand new and existing audiences
*Convince others in your organization to adopt this process
*Conduct in-person interviews and contextual inquiry with visitors to learn about their goals and objectives
*Use activities like card sorting and content inventories to understand your digital content
*Produce quick analog and digital prototypes and conduct low-cost evaluations with visitors

If you have any questions, please contact Amelia Longo at amelia@interactivemechanics.com.

 


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.
Registration, schedule and travel info now posted at http://jupyterday.blogs.brynmawr.edu/


Webinar on Lean Prototyping and User Testing Offered by Interactive Mechanics

Interactive Mechanics will be offering a Lean Prototyping & User Testing Webinar on Wednesday, January 25, 3-4 PM ET. Participation is Free!

More about the Webinar:

http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/

Prototypes are early interactive models you can build to test an idea before any code is written. They can range from sketches on paper to a series of click-through screens, and they allow you to learn directly from your visitors before spending time and money on software development. During this webinar, we’ll cover options for rapidly developing prototypes, including paper prototyping and creating rich interactive experiences using free online tools. We’ll review how to use these prototypes to conduct lean user tests—in-person and remotely—on a limited budget and schedule. We’ll also review ways to ensure you’re thinking about continued evaluation and improvement after a project goes live.

Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural, educational, and care organizations on design, development, user experience, and strategy. We’ve learned a lot from our client projects, and we love sharing information about our process, tools, tips and tricks.


In Case You Were Wondering about GLAM Cafe…

After discussing various alternatives, the hosts of the GLAM Cafe (held at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Chemical Heritage Foundation) have decided to discontinue our monthly evening meetings. The meeting on Tuesday, December 13, was the last formally scheduled event. We hope you will engage with alternative future events including organizing meetings (virtual or in-person) and events from PhillyDH; monthly “Wikipedia Wednesday” open office hours at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, starting January 18, 2017; and monthly Wikipedia editing sessions in cooperation with Science Saturdays at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, likely beginning in March or April 2017. Future PhillyDH events­ will be announced here and on the Google discussion list. For Wikipedia events, see listings at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia. Also check out the schedules of events at Temple University’s Digital Scholarship Center https://sites.temple.edu/tudsc/events/ and the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/rbm/events.html and Price Lab for Digital Humanities https://pricelab.sas.upenn.edu/events.

Many thanks to Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Matt Shoemaker, Nicole Scalessa, and Mitch Fraas for their support of the GLAM Cafes over the past two years.


Upcoming Event: Presentation at GLAM Cafe, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Tuesday, December 13

Join us for a regularly scheduled GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH meeting on Tuesday, December 13, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, starting at 5:00. There will be a presentation by Margaret Graham, who will discuss “In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920”, a new digital collections project involving Philadelphia-area institutions.

The multi-institution project focuses on historical materials documenting the struggle for women’s rights in the century leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Featuring materials from PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries) collections, the project looks at the region’s tradition of women working to expand their rights and opportunities, and examines the ways in which many different women were working in different spheres in support of women’s social, cultural and political rights.

The co-principal investigators are Margaret Graham, Managing Archivist, Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, Margery N. Sly, Director of Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, and Heather Willever-Farr, Manager of Digital Services, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Margaret has been leading the project’s technology working group and will discuss content, metadata, and technology at the GLAM Cafe at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on December 13, 2016, 6.00 p.m. Learn more about GLAM Cafe at: https://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/


Digital Archivists of Philadelphia Meeting, November 17

The next meeting of the Digital Archivists of Philadelphia (DAP) will be Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The topic of the meeting is metadata for born-digital records.

Kelly Bolding, Princeton University, will reflect on the role of improvisation (and documenting improvisation) within digital processing and metadata workflows by talking about a practical example where she developed a bash script tool to append missing file extensions while working with a hybrid personal papers collection
Cathleen Lu, Chemical Heritage Foundation, will talk about transitioning to linked data by reevaluting and repurposing familiar metadata schemes and the various challenges of linked data ontologies, vocabularies, and data modeling in RDF
Katy Rawdon, Temple University, will describe efforts at Temple University to apply collection-level and seed-level metadata to websites captured in Archive-It
Julie Swierczek, Swarthmore College, will present “An Assortment of Thoughts on Metadata”
Info is also on the Digital Archivists of Philadelphia website, https://digitalarchivistsphilly.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/chf-2016/.


Vote! Also, Come to GLAM Cafe Meetup This Evening at CHF

Happy Election Day!

If you were wondering… Yes, there will be the regular GLAM Cafe Meetup starting 5pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation this evening. The Meetup page discussion indicates that stalwarts will be there: http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/events/234799951/. There may be no formal PhillyDH meeting as several of the leadership will not be able to make it.


Webinar on Getting Started on Exhibition Development, November 9

Another opportunity to expand your knowledge on exhibition development is being offered in conjunction with Philadelphia CultureWorks on November 9. Join Interactive Mechanics for group oriented participation in the Webinar. Here’s their notice:

The American Alliance of Museums in collaboration with the National Association for Museum Exhibition, is presenting a webinar on November 9, and we’d like to invite you to a free webinar “watch and talk”! As usual, we’ll have snacks.

Getting Started on Exhibition Development

WHERE
CultureWorks
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Phila, PA 19107

WHEN
Wednesday, November 9
1:30 – 2:00 PM ET: Check in & Networking
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET: Webinar
3:30 – 4:30 PM ET: Facilitated Discussion

Please register in advance at http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/.


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