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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.


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 Event: Presentations, “Building a Corpus and Making it Work,” at University of Pennsylvania Library, May 2

With the collaboration of the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, the
Penn Libraries will be hosting a series of presentations titled,
“Building a Corpus and Making it Work!” on the afternoon of Tuesday,
May 2.  From 1-4, in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center Room 626, seven
speakers will discuss projects related to East Asian text
digitization, manipulation, and analysis:

Molly Des Jardin and Brian Vivier (University of Pennsylvania)
Mima Hideki (University of Tokyo)
Kevin Bullaughey (University of Pennsylvania)
Mark Ravinna (Emory University)
Donald Sturgeon (Harvard University)
Aswin Mannepalli (University of Pennsylvania)

We will send around another message soon with full presentation
titles.  Please join us for any or all of this discussion.

Upcoming Event: Queer Encoding Conference will be LiveStreamed at Temple University DSC, April 28.

The Queer Encoding Conference will take place at the NYU Center for Humanities on Friday, April 28. But you do not have to go to New York to catch the event. The Digital Scholarship Center at Temple University will be hosting a live stream of the event.

About the Queer Encoding Conference:

How can the practice of digitization better respond to, and represent, geographically, culturally and otherwise, diverse textual identities? Come and hear leading practitioners in the field talk about how we might work creatively with mark-up languages to be more inclusive, and see strategies in action in the Project Hack.


10:30AM — Introduction: What is TEI and why might I be interested? by Peter Logan (Professor of English and Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University) and Marion Thain (Associate Director of Digital Humanities, New York University)

11:00AM — Morning Keynote: Using TEI to Encode the History of Chinese Buddhism by Marcus Bingenheimer (Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Temple University)

12:30PM – Lunch

1:30PM — Afternoon Keynote: Encoding Identity by Julia Flanders (Digital Scholarship Group Director and Professor of the Practice of English, Northeastern University)

3:00PM — Afternoon Break

3:15 – 5:00 PM — Project Hack: Queer Encoding in Action! & Closing Remarks

Program Partners:
NYU Digital Humanities
Fordham Digital Humanities Group, and Office of Research
Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University

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

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.


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 amelia@interactivemechanics.com.

Upcoming Event: R-CADE Symposium, April 21, at Rutgers-Camden

The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center is hosting the third annual R-CADE Symposium on April 21, 2017 featuring a full day of panel discussions as well as keynote speakers Rachel Simone Weil and Warren Robinett. Registration is free, and this event is open to the public.


The Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera makes digital technology available to scholars for research and creative activities. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance. The 2017 Symposium features work on the Commodore 64, spinning wheels, television tuners, 3D printing, and vintage film equipment.

Please contact jim.brown@rutgers.edu with any questions.

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/

Deadline Extended for Keystone DH

There is still time to submit proposals for papers, workshops, or panels for the Keystone DH conference meeting July 12-14 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 15. Submit your proposals now at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczQYviFaL-7CvvKpsm_EdFXUH2MiqbFurhtYHTkDC26GYcjA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Call for Papers: Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship, Deadline March 3

The Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship Planning Committee welcomes proposals from project teams who would like to join us for ILiADS 2017!

At ILiADS, ideas grow through collaborative, iterative processes. During this week of digital immersion, teams composed of some mix of researchers, librarians, technologists, and students are invited to build upon established digital pedagogy or scholarship projects and/or launch new ones. Whether you’re learning how to clear significant hurdles or you’re just getting off of the ground, ILiADS’ expert Liaisons will consult with teams to advance their goals. Over the course of the week, team members will learn more about their own collaboration and how to sustain their project into the future. Projects of all types, and at any juncture, are welcomed. To learn more about ILiADS, please visit us at iliads.org.

As you prepare your submission, please follow the proposal guidelines. Examples of successful project proposal from the past are linked below.

Proposals are due by 3 MARCH 2017 to proposals@iliads.org. Please email us at 2017@iliads.org.
Date and Location:

July 30-August 4, 2017
College of Wooster, Wooster, OH


February 1, 2017: Call for Proposals
March 3, 2017: All project proposals due. (If you want preliminary feedback, please submit your proposal as early as possible.)
March 31, 2017: Notification of acceptance
May 5, 2017: Registration opens
June 2, 2017: Registration closes
June 16, 2017: No registration refunds after June 16, 2017


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