My Notes

Many thanks to the University of Kansas and all of the organizers of the Digital Humanities Forum! In the spirit of THATCamp, I wanted to share my notes from all of the sessions—Thursday-Saturday—that I was able to attend. Please feel free to do with these what you want: reuse, remix, add, etc. Apologies for any misspellings or inaccurate quotations; please leave any edits in the comments section and I’ll update accordingly. Notes after the break . . . Read the rest of this entry »


Session Proposal: Cleaning up text and data

Session on scenarios, techniques, tools, etc for cleaning up text, data, and metadata. Text editors, Excel, Google Refine, regular expressions, xslt… What do you do with your data before you can do things with it?


Welcome Session

About THATCamp

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University”

THATCamp “groundrules”

KU Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities

THATCamp Kansas Blog


Google Docs

Schedule & locations
—THATCamp: Watson Library 8:30 – 4:00pm
—Keynote Talk: Geoffrey Rockwell, 4:30pm Watson Library 3 West

Saturday: Big Data and Uncertainty in the Humanities
—Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium, 9:00am – 3:00pm
—Keynote Talk: Kari Kraus, 11:15am

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–Kansas Union (Food court, Impromptu Cafe)
–Oread Hotel (BirdDog)


Session Proposal: Undergraduates & DH Research

Inspired by Gregory Crane’s wonderful keynote earlier tonight, I would love to see a session on engaging undergraduates in digital humanities research projects. In my brief experience at the Northwestern University’s CSCDC, I’ve worked on a few digital humanities research projects and courses in which undergraduates have played key roles doing online manuscript transcription, web archiving, and creating original digital history projects. I think Gregory is right (for a number of reasons) that it is time to bring undergraduates into the research process, and the digital humanities offers so many ways in which to do this. No doubt, this is a broad topic, but I’m assuming other people have similar experiences to share or are thinking about how best to begin down this path.


Session Proposal: Advanced Omeka

I’m happy to spend some more time with people who’d like to learn more about Omeka tomorrow — I can show you how to set up your own Omeka installation, how to create an exhibit, how to customize a theme. We could also just have an Omeka site-building session, and I could help people individually.


A few session proposals

Here are a number of proposed THATCamp discussion topics from participants’ registration forms. Please leave any comments below, or create a new post with your own session proposal. Friday morning at the THATCamp we will vote, negotiate and schedule the sessions for the day, so if there is a topic you are interested in discussing, make sure you post it on the site!

  • Discussion about the future of libraries, particularly in the humanities
  • Collaboration models for faculty and librarians
  • Library support: what can we do for/with you? Big dreams, what works, what doesn’t
  • Integrating social media effectively in my courses to increase student engagement
  • Discussion of ideas that will help involve students in critical consumption of digital materials
  • Teaching what you do to a variety of audiences
  • Using TEI/XML in the classroom
  • Using digital humanities in research on and teaching of ethnic literatures and cultures
  • Impact of DH on the study of race and ethnicity
  • Developing a proposal for a distributed feminist hack-fest
  • Infrastructure: how to develop a center for digital humanities on a shoestring. How to foster collaboration
  • Collaborations across job descriptions, across long distance
  • After the grant is spent: Sustaining DH support
  • Training graduate students in the digital humanities. What skills are needed and how are they best acquired? Credentialing
  • Ephemera and its circulation in the digital world
  • Video editing and sharing techniques (especially in educational contexts)


Topic for the unconference

Impact of DH on the study of race and ethnicity


Announcing the Fall 2012 Digital Humanities Forum and THATCamp

IDRH is pleased to announce our Fall 2012 Digital Humanities Forum, September 20-22, 2012 at the University of Kansas. The Forum consists of three separate but related programs held over three days:

Update: full schedule now online

  • Day One (Thursday, September 20) / WORKSHOPS
    A set of in-depth, hands on workshops on digital humanities tools and topics such as GIS, data visualization, text markup and annotation, and creating online digital exhibits.


  • Day Two (Friday, September 21) / THATCamp KANSAS
    An “unconference” for technologists and humanists, with conversations about topics defined on-site by the participants.


  • Day Three (Saturday, September 22) / BIG DATA AND UNCERTAINTY IN THE HUMANITIES
    A one-day program of panels and poster sessions showcasing digital humanities projects and research.

Plenary speakers at the Forum include:

  • Gregory Crane, Editor-in-Chief, Perseus Digital Library
    “The Humanities in a Digital Age”
    Thursday, September 21, 4:30 PM, Watson Library
  • Geoffrey Rockwell, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, Canada
    “False Positives: Opportunities and Dangers in Big Text Analysis”
    Friday, September 21, 4:30 PM, Watson Library
  • Kari Kraus, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies and the Department of English at the University of Maryland
    “Phylogenetic Futures: Big Data and Design Fiction”
    Saturday, September 22, 11:15 AM, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Watch this space for more information as schedules, lodging arrangements, and other details are finalized.

Register here.

There is no registration fee to participate, but space is limited, especially for the BootCamp Workshops and THATCamp.

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