Keeping Up PhillyDH

Would you do me a quick favor? Please send an email to jtheibault@gmail.com just letting me know that you saw this blog post. A “yes, I saw the post” is all that is needed.

A few months ago I made a similar request in the Google discussion group. The response was encouraging enough to convince me that the discussion group continued to fulfill a useful function for the local DH community. I had intended to follow up quickly to see if this website was fulfilling a similarly useful function, but am only now getting to it.

If you both read this blog and follow the Google discussion group, you have probably noticed that this blog consists mostly, but not entirely, of repostings of notices from the discussion group (with occasional gaps when I don’t have the time to make a post in a timely fashion). The site just passed its fifth birthday a few days ago and has been showing its digital age for a while now. A recent attempt to update the site with a calendar of events was thwarted by backend problems. If you are interested in helping to make this site more useful for the community, or indeed in reviving any of the currently dormant aspects of PhillyDH, please let me know at the same email address. Perhaps we can use the “Help Organize” tab at the top to start working on strategies.


Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly DH Meeting at the Paley Library Temple University Tuesday, August 11

The next meeting of GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH will take place at the brand new Temple University Digital Scholarship Center on the ground floor of Paley Library! The GLAM Cafe begins at 5 with the PhillyDH meeting starting at about 6. We will likely discuss issues related to THATCamp Philly.

Directions to Paley, just a short subway ride from center city or from the Temple regional rail stop.
http://library.temple.edu/about/locations/paley/directions


Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly Dh Meeting on Tuesday, June 9, at the Library Company of Philadelphia

Join us Tuesday, June 9 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.

There will be a special presentation starting at 5:30 by Richard Newman, LCP director, and Ben Wright, assistant prof of history at UT-Dallas and the web assistant will consider these and others questions.

Abolition seminar: We will discuss online educational outreach via this mobile computing program. Abolition seminar was created with a grant from NEH and flowed from five years of funded seminars on the American Abolition movement. The website features text on abolition history, teaching resources, documents, images and maps. Since it was launched, the website has been among the most popular digital offerings of LCP.

But what does it tell us about the future of web apps at research libraries, museums and historic sites? What could we do to enhance the website now? How does it compare to those of peer institutions?


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.


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.


Notice: Schedule for GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meetings for 2015

After more than two years of regular meetings at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH will diversify their meeting locations among several Philadelphia cultural institutions in the upcoming year. Meetings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-8:00. Dates and locations for the meetings in 2015 can be found on this pdf: GLAM Cafe 2015 Dates

GLAM Cafe Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/
PhillyDH website: http://phillydh.org/
Wikipedia events: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia


Upcoming Event: Regular GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meeting Tonight

The next PhillyDH working meeting and GLAM Cafe is tonight, Tuesday, November 11 from 5-8 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The PhillyDH portion will begin at 6:00. You can see a list of areas we would like to work on for 2014 here. The list is certainly not exhaustive if you have other ideas that should be a priority for PhillyDH in 2014.

I am hoping we can have a discussion about what we liked/disliked with how PhillyDH was organized, run, participation, etc. for 2014 since we tried out a new format this past year. If you cannot attend and have commentary I highly recommend you send your comments to the list, or if you prefer some anonymity you can send them to me and I will read them to those at the meeting tomorrow without disclosing who provided the comments.

Announcements about these working meetings will be posted to the discussion page on this website but I suggest if you have a meetup.com account that you join the meetup as well:

http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/


Upcoming Event: Next GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH Meeting Tuesday, October 14

The next PhillyDH working meeting and GLAM Cafe is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14 from 5-8 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The PhillyDH portion will begin at 6:00. You can see a list of areas we would like to work on for 2014 here. The list is certainly not exhaustive if you have other ideas that should be a priority for PhillyDH in 2014.

We will be discussing this year’s THATCamp Philly at this meeting, the evaluation responses to our survey about the event, and if time the future of THATCamp Philly. There is personal information in some of the survey responses so I am not comfortable sharing them as is open with the group, but may make a version with that information stripped out available to this list. We will discuss this tomorrow as well.

Announcements about these working meetings will be posted to this google group but I suggest if you have a meetup.com account that you join the meetup as well:

http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/


Next PhillyDH@Penn Planning Meeting, Tuesday, March 29

Just a reminder that there will be a planning meeting for PhillyDH@Penn in Vitale II (University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library, room 623) tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 9am. And we’ll have planning meetings every Tuesday at 9am until the event itself on June 20th. Please come if you are interested in being involved in organizing this event!


Seeking Presentation Leaders for PhillyDH@Penn

PhillyDH is partnering again this year with the University of Pennsylvania on the event PhillyDH@Penn. You can see more information about last year’s event here: http://penn2013.phillydh.org/ . This preliminary announcement email is to seek those who would be interested in leading a 1 hour structured tool or methodology session at the event. Examples of topics from last year include:

Creating Video for Beginners
Data Wrangling Made Easy with OpenRefine
EAD: Encoding a Finding Aid for Beginners
Intensity Maps with Google Fusion Tables
Screen Scraping Tutorial
Wordpress for beginners/intermediate

If you are interested in leading such a session please send an email to mshoe…@temple.edu with your name, contact information and a short 1-2 sentence presentation pitch. Submissions will remain open until May 1.

More information on PhillyDH@Penn in general is forthcoming.


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