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Upcoming Event: Project Launch, Politics in Graphic Detail: Exploring History through Political Cartoons, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Wednesday, September 16, 6-7:30pm

On Wednesday September 16, 2015 (6:00-7:30pm), the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will host an event to premier the digital history exhibit, Politics in Graphic Detail: Exploring History through Political Cartoons. The digital exhibit will showcase a new open source image viewer and historic political cartoons that have been encoded in XML following Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) P5 guidelines. Please join us on September 16th at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania as project staff will discuss and demonstrate the features of the new site. This will be followed by a document display featuring political cartoons, including an original Thomas Nast artwork and a reception. Please register for this free event at http://hsp.org/calendar/politics-in-graphic-detail-exploring-history-through-political-cartoons.

When: Wednesday, September 16
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Register for event: http://hsp.org/calendar/politics-in-graphic-detail-exploring-history-through-political-cartoons
Cost: FREE

About the project:

Over the course of the last two years, HSP has been working on a digital project intended to improve the image viewer that displays digitized materials from our collections. Our aim was to enhance discoverability and description of collection items, particularly of graphic materials, and engender content-sharing and linking among fellow institutions and scholars. This project, known as “Historic Images, New Technologies,” officially comes to an end on August 31 and the Politics in Graphic Detail exhibit site launches online on September 1. Politics in Graphic Detail, the result of our efforts, will feature the newly improved image viewer, along with annotated political cartoons from our archive.

Job Opportunity: PostDoc at Price Lab for Digital Humanities at Penn

The Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities. One award is available to an untenured scholar in the humanities whose PhD must have been received between December 2007 and December 2015. The DH Fellow is required to spend the nine-month academic year (September 2016 – May 2017) in residence at Penn.
The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible. In addition to scholars from the core humanities disciplines, those in related fields such as anthropology and the history of science are eligible to apply. Additional educational background in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required.

The Mellon Fellow will be affiliated with both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Penn Libraries, and will participate in the biweekly Price Lab Mellon Seminar. The fellow will pursue his or her own research project, presenting this work at the seminar, while also contributing to team-based projects at the Lab, and teaching one DH course during the year in the undergraduate College. (While the application requires a brief course description, actual specifications of the class will be worked out next spring with the Price Lab’s Managing Director.)

The Mellon DH Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $55,000 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage of any dependents). Applicants from outside the US must be eligible for appointment under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status); no exceptions will be made, and the Price Lab reserves the right to revoke a fellowship if the recipient is unable to meet this condition.

Applications are accepted via secure webform only. Requires three letters of recommendation, an application form, and a CV.

Full fellowship guidelines, the downloadable application, and details on the Price Lab website: pricelab.sas.upenn.edu
Application deadline: 30 October 2015.

Upcoming Events: WORD LAB Research Community Events at Penn Library

You’re invited to WORD LAB’s first meeting of the 2015 academic year on Tuesday, September 8, from 1:30-3 in Vitale II (room 623 of Van Pelt Library). WORD LAB gathers together colleagues from across the university who are interested in computational text analysis of all kinds. Our agenda is determined by the group and reflects our diverse interests. To see what we did last year, visit upennwordlab.org.

WORD LAB meets every Tuesday, starting September 8, from 1:30-3pm in Van Pelt Library’s Vitale II room (623). These meetings are a place for colleagues to share research, methodologies, questions, and new developments in computational text analysis. Right now, we have a weekly rotating schedule: a research presentation and group discussion; a reading group; and group study of Python for text analysis with the book _Natural Language Processing with Python_.

Our upcoming events include:
* September 8: Kick off and introductions
* September 15: Articles by Merriman, McMillan Cottom, and Goldstone (see website)
* September 22: Glen Worthey (Stanford; humanities text analysis)
* September 29: Python session (NLTK)
* October 6: Articles by Underwood and Forster (see website)
* October 13: Python session (NLTK)
* October 20: Aaron Plasek (NYU; principal component analysis)

For more information, please contact Katie Rawson (krawson@upenn.edu) or Molly Des Jardin (mollydes@upenn.edu). You can also check out our website at http://upennwordlab.org or just come to our meetings — no registration is ever necessary and all are welcome. Email Molly to join our mailing list.

Upcoming Events: Workshops and Reading Groups at Temple DSC Starting September 3

This fall we are going to have several events for you to participate in at the DSC! Paley library has a year long theme of games and several of our events will tie into the speakers and themes held throughout the year. More information on some of those special one-off events will come later. For now I want to make sure you are aware of the reoccurring events in the DSC. These events will take place either weekly, biweekly or monthly through the fall semester. They are open to all. Be sure to sign up if you plan to intend (links to signup forms below). If you have any questions please send the dsc an email or leave a comment.

Text Analysis with R
Thursdays, 12:30 PM-1:30 PM from September 3 through December 10

This ongoing workshop will be lead by a DSC staff member taking participants through Matt Jocker’s Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature for learning the open source coding language R and applying it to textual analysis uses. Participants should intend to come to all sessions as we will move to a new chapter each week. Feel free to bring along your lunch.

You will need a laptop (Mac or PC) and an installation of RStudio (free and covered in chapter 1) in order to participate.

Click here to signup for Text Analysis with R!

Reality is Broken Book and Game Club
Tuesdays (every other), 12:30 PM-1:30 PM from September 8 through December 8

Read along with Jane McGonigal’s groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, Reality is Broken (Penguin Press, 2011). At each meeting, we’ll discuss two chapters as we play along with the games mentioned therein. Feel free to bring along your lunch. We will have a limited number of copies of Reality is Broken for participants to check out. You will need a copy of the book to participate throughout the semester.

Click here to sign up for the book and game club!

Learn to Code Python
Wednesdays, Noon-1:00 PM from September 2 through December 9

Participants will work together to learn the programming language Python at their own pace. Join us to work through online learning sessions of Python with hands on exercises and get help from others there. Feel free to bring along your lunch.

You will need a laptop (Mac or PC) in order to participate.

Click here to sign up to Learn to Code Python!

Model of the Month Club
Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 PM from September 3 through December 10

Break down and discuss the methods and techniques behind modelling techniques in well-known, hard-to-decipher, or especially original data modeling and visualization projects.

Click here to join the Model of the Month Club!

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.

Upcoming Event: Workshop on the Music Encoding Initiative at the Kislak Center, Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21

There will be a workshop by Dr. Laurent Pugin, co-director, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, Switzerland next week, Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon, on the MEI (Music Encoding Initiative). The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about MEI. Please see full details below.

Title: The Music Encoding Initiative and Its Recent Developments

Organization: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania

Time: Monday, July 20, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, and Tuesday, July 21, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Vitale Media Lab 2, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts — Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206


The Music Encoding Initiative is the correspondent to the Text Encoding Initiative. MEI, like TEI, is an umbrella term to simultaneously describe an organization, a research community, and a markup language. It brings together specialists from various research communities, including technologists, librarians, music historians and theorists, in a common effort to discuss and define best practices for representing a broad range of musical documents and structures. It is the standard now officially accepted for score submissions to the Library of Congress.

The first part of the workshop (7/20) will be devoted to the history of MEI and its design principles. Some issues that will be covered include: what is MEI’s standing within the landscape of digital humanities scholarship? What purposes can it serve? What is its role in defining how music documents should be represented? This part will also include discussions on how MEI is currently used and how is it evolving in the light of various projects that rely on it.

The second part of the workshop (7/21) is optional and will focus on applications, including a hands-on practice. One of these applications is Verovio, a fast, portable and lightweight library for engraving MEI music scores into SVG, developed by Dr. Pugin. This part will also be an opportunity to address participant-specific issues.

Nominations for C. Herbert Finch Award for Online Publications


The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.

The Finding Aids Award Committee will award a prize honoring online publications, including virtual exhibitions, web sites and web pages devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials, created by individuals or institutions in the MARAC region: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Call for Submissions
The Finding Aids Award Committee will accept submissions or nominations for the C. Herbert Finch Award. An online publication that is primarily a finding aid is not eligible for the Finch Award but may be nominated for the Finding Aids Award. To be eligible for the Finch Award, an online publication must have a stable internet address and must have been published between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

The committee encourages the submission of entries that use a variety of media. Submissions are judged on content, navigability, usability, functionality, and site design. One award will be given with a maximum value of $250.00. The 2015 award will be announced at the MARAC Fall 2015 conference.

Submission Deadline 
Entries must be received by July 31, 2015. Please e-mail URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee:Maureen Callahan maureen.callahan@yale.edu


Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly DH Meeting at the Paley Library Temple University Tuesday, July 14

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 fund raising and other issues related to THATCamp Philly. 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.

This GLAM Cafe is the first event in the Digital Scholarship Center and Matt Shoemaker will give a brief tour and explanation of what Temple is doing for those in attendance who are interested.

Directions to Paley, just a short subway ride from center city or from the Temple regional rail stop.

Our thanks to the Library Company of Philadelphia for hosting GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH in April, May, and June.

Study Group: Algorithms in Programming

Molly Des Jardin is convening a study group at the University of Pennsylvania library dedicated to learning algorithms in programming. The group is using a really accessible text with some exercises at the end of each chapter. It will be starting by discussing and doing exercises from the first chapter on Wednesday, July 15. The plan, since everyone in the group has some Python experience, is to work on implementing the solutions in Python to give a concrete example of how it would work in practice.

The group meets every Wednesday from 1:30-3 pm in 623 Van Pelt (Vitale II). We are quite small right now and welcome everyone. Some basic programming experience is recommended but not required to understand the material in theory.

If you are interested in participating and wish to get copies of the material, contact Molly at the Penn Library.

Grant Opportunity from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance for Small Cultural Organizations — Information Session on Thursday, July 16

On Thursday, July 16 from 2 pm – 3 pm the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will hold an information session for people interested in the TechniCulture Innovation Reidency Award.

The award will allow three cultural organizations to participate in micro-residencies with experienced technologists, who will help them assess and focus their immediate digital needs to most effectively serve their mission. The goal of the residencies, valued at $2,000 each, is for each organization to emerge with a clear understanding of what type of digital project or application is best suited for them at this time.



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