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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] this past June, this will be right up your alley — in fact, this event’s alternate name is [email protected]. 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!

[email protected] – June 4, 2013

Join us for our first blow-out PhillyDH event!

[email protected] 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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