Apply Now for Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program. Deadline, July 9

Interactive Mechanics is gearing up for the second year of our fellowship program targeted at representation and inclusion in tech, and applications are open now through July 9!

About the Fellowship Program
The Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program is a paid, part-time, low-residency program for entry level designers and developers. Now in its second year, this nine-month fellowship aims to build capacity for representation and inclusion in the technology field. Key features include one-on-one mentorship, a stipend, a part time and remote schedule to allow for other commitments, and facilitated conversations on soft skills and workplace culture issues.

The ideal candidate is interested in at least one of our areas of work (higher education, museums, or arts and culture) and has strong beginner or intermediate-level skills in front-end, back-end development, and/or digital design.

Learn about our 2017 fellows and their projects on our website and in this Technically Philly story. Deadline: July 9 – Apply now!

About Interactive Mechanics
Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational organizations on design, development, user experience, and digital strategy. Our team builds beautiful, user-centered digital projects for web, mobile, and in-gallery exhibits that educate and empower your audiences. We’re a diverse, curious, and playful team, dedicated to learning from each of our projects and from one another. Learn more about us on our website.

About Our Fellowship Speakers
Fellows meet once a month at our Old City office to share project updates and to participate in a roundtable discussion with an industry leader. Confirmed speakers include:

Jen Dionisio, EPAM Systems
Doing Tech Outside Of Tech

Stephanie Lin, Elsevier
Card Sort All the Things! How to Make Decisions that are more Aligned with your Values

Sylvester Mobley, Coded By Kids
Why Mission Based Work Is Important For Technologists

Upma Singh, Digitas Health
Relationships Matter: Building A Network

Darla Wolfe, Sweatequite
Being Your Own Career Disruptor

Upcoming Event: WikiSalon at Chemical Heritage Foundation, June 10

Interested in joining the ranks of this online encyclopedia’s volunteer editors? Stop by for our monthly WikiSalon, a casual gathering of Wikipedia enthusiasts and those interested in learning more. Participants can edit articles of their own choice and suggest articles needing improvement to the group.

You provide your own laptop; we provide coffee, tea, and plenty of opportunity for spontaneous discussion and collaboration.

First-timer? No problem! One of our experienced guests will coach you through the process.

June 10, 2017
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Upcoming Event: Unconference: Telling Untold Histories at Rutgers-Newark, May 11

Slightly outside of the Greater Delaware Valley catchment area, but PhillyDHers may be interested in the Telling Untold Histories unconference, which will take place on May 11, 9am-4pm at Rutgers University-Newark. As the name suggests, the goal of the unconference is to bring together public historians with librarians, archivists, artists, museum professionals, students, teachers, and community members to question why the histories we tell in public are not inclusive of the diversity of our communities. We also are trying to empower communities themselves to learn how to tell their own stories, with or without these organizations.

The format includes discussion sessions and lightning talks, and a series of skill-based workshops, some digital humanities-focused. Registration is $20 + small service fee on Eventbrite. It would be amazing to have you join us!


Conference Website:

If you can’t make it in person, you can keep in touch through Twitter @untoldhistories or on our Facebook page (

Workshop: Building a Product Definition Document, at Interactive Mechanics, March 30

Building a Product Definition Document
Craft a clear project vision to share with funders, stakeholders, and vendors
Thursday, March 30, 2-5 PM | Philadelphia

Where do you start if you want to build a new website, mobile app, or exhibit interactive? Drafting a product definition document can help you clarify and communicate key information about your project in order to get stakeholders on board, apply for funding, or request proposals from vendors.

In this workshop, we’ll translate your project concept and early research into a product definition document, including project goals, audience information, and user stories that outline major features and functionality. We’ll also provide you with a template to use for compiling future product definition documents.

This workshop is for anyone in the early stages of planning a digital project for arts and culture, and all you’ll need is a project concept and a description of your project audience.

If you have any questions, please contact Amelia Longo at

THATCamp October 7

Greetings all after a long hiatus.

This is a quick reminder that THATCamp Philly will take place on Friday, October 7 at the Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania Library, from 9am-5pm. For more information go to the THATCamp Philly website:

Upcoming Course: Coursera MOOC, Programming for Everybody (Python) Starting October 10

Vitale II and WORDLAB will be hosing the Coursera MOOC Programming for Everybody (Python) beginning on Friday, October 10, 9:00-10:30am. There is no cost to register or to attend. Students, faculty, and library staff are invited to attend.

This is a 10-week course, and we’ll meet every Friday 9:00-10:30am, October 10th through December 19th. There is no need to RSVP, just show up! We’ll spend the first hour watching video lectures, then we’ll do the exercises together.

Registration for the course is optional (you only need to register if you want to receive a certificate). To register or to find out more about the course, visit

About the Course

This course is specifically designed to be a first programming course using the popular Python programming language. The pace of the course is designed to lead to mastery of each of the topics in the class. We will use simple data analysis as the programming exercises through the course. Understanding how to process data is valuable for everyone regardless of your career. This course might kindle an interest in more advanced programming courses or courses in web design and development or just provide skills when you are faced with a bunch of data that you need to analyze. You can do the programming assignments for the class using a web browser or using your personal computer. All required software for the course is free.

Course Syllabus

Week One: Introduction – Why we program?
Week Two: Variables and Expressions
Week Three: Conditional code
Week Four: Functions
Week Five: Loops and Iteration
Week Six: Strings
Week Seven: Files
Week Eight: Lists
Week Nine: Dictionaries
Week Ten: Tuples
Optional Topic: Regular Expressions

And Congratulations to Many Other Delaware Valley Recipients of NEH Grants!

Let us bask for a little bit in the digital accomplishments of people and institutions in the Greater Delaware Valley as manifested in the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants that were just announced.

In addition to the grant to the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia based at Rutgers-Camden, the following institutions/projects were also supported:

Bryn Mawr College’s The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education $39,650 to develop project plan and pilot.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art $40,000 for a planning grant for a digital research portal for materials relating to Marcel Duchamp.

Two grants for the Penn Library. $230,000 to catalog, digitize, and make available online Indic manuscripts from 1527-1930. And $300,000 to develop a New Schoenberg Database for researching the historic and current locations of manuscript books produced before 1600.

University of Delaware $300,000 for Phase 2 of the Sampler Archive.

Wow! That’s a lot of great work. Congratulations! I know that representatives of many of these projects have attended previous Philly DH, GLAM Cafe, THATCamp Philly, or PhillyDH@Penn meetings.

And congratulations, also, to those in the region who received NEH grants for their non-digital projects, including the PACHS for longterm research fellowships in the area.


Civic Hacking panel at UPenn

Save the date for the terrific program hosted by Penn Libraries during International Open Access Week,, on Civic Hacking: Creating an Open Government through Technology, featuring Josh Tauberer, Founder of, and a stellar group of respondents.
Oct. 23rd, 4-5:30pm in The Class of 1978 Pavilion on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center in The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Details here:

Martha Brogan

It’s Digital Humanities Season! Lots going on mid-September through mid-October 2013

From the middle of September through middle of October, there’s a bunch of good DH stuff going on:

Wednesday, September 18Lunch session at Penn with four grad students talking about what they learned at DH camps. Free registration required.

Wednesday, September 25Google Analytics Workshop at Penn. Very cool that Penn has opened this workshop up to non-Penn folks. Free registration. (You can enter “N/A” in the registration form’s “PennKey” field.)

Friday, September 27Fall 2013 DH Symposium at Penn, Crowdsourcing and the Rise of the Volunteer Humanist, featuring three awesome people representing three awesome projects. Free registration required.

Friday & Saturday, September 27 & 28THATCamp Philly 2013, the third annual THATCamp Philly. If you enjoyed PhillyDH@Penn this past June, this will be right up your alley — in fact, this event’s alternate name is PhillyDH@CHF. Thanks again to Chemical Heritage Foundation for hosting for the third year running. Free registration required.

***If you’re trying to decide between the events on Fri, Sept 27, know that you can register for both and attend the symposium and one of the afternoon workshops.  We just ask you that you indicate this when we send out a message to THATCamp registrants to gauge workshop attendance numbers.

Monday, September 30“Not Even Past”: Public History in a Digital Age, a very cool-looking talk at Rutgers-Camden, co-sponsored by MARCH (a three-peating sponsor of THATCamp!).

Wednesday, October 2We’ve Been Mining Data for Decades. How Did We Forget to Theorize It? – another lunch session at Penn

And And And: You should definitely be registering for the Villanova Tech Superfecta events! This is four separate tech events taking place at Villanova from October 14 through 18th, including VuFind Summit, Code4Lib Mid-Atlantic, VuStuff IV, and VuClass. Take advantage!

If you have other things going on, make sure you post them to the mailing list!

PhillyDH@Penn – June 4, 2013

Join us for our first blow-out PhillyDH event!

PhillyDH@Penn is a free event on Tuesday, June 4 — One day of workshops, unconference sessions, lightning talks, and speakers.
Join us in the beautiful and brand spanking new Special Collections Center on the 6th floor of UPenn’s Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.  Thanks to the UPenn folks for hosting and doing so, so much work for this event.

To register for free here:

Please spread this announcement far and wide to whoever you think might be interestedespecially those who don’t know that they might be interested and informed by the programs for the day!
In the words of Will Noel, one of our UPenn hosts: “We want to pack the place, and with people that don’t normally get together.”

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

  • The day’s schedule and workshop topics.
  • The venue (including images).
  • Our featured evening speaker, Mike Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian.
  • The inaugural exhibit in Penn’s new Special Collections Center’s: “A Legacy Inscribed: The Collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg,” which you’re encouraged to view during your day on June 4.
  • 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.

Note: If you’re interested in this and similar events, be sure to save the date for our third annual THATCamp Philly 2013, two days of workshops and unconference, which will be Fri & Sat, September 27 & 28, again held at the excellent Chemical Heritage Foundation in downtown Philly.  Barebones info at

Hope to see you there for this first blow-out PhillyDH event, 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 technology collide.


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