THATCamp AHA 2016 Just another THATCamp site Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:34:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Data Curation Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:22:59 +0000

Google Doc notes are here 

Mallet Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:16:58 +0000

Let’s topic model!



DH101 Google Doc Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:50:53 +0000

DH101 Google Doc

Data Curation for the Humanist Wed, 06 Jan 2016 03:09:08 +0000

I am very interested in data curation skill sets required by the historian: What does data curation mean for the humanist? What do humanists need to know to work with data effectively? What skill sets are needed by the historian that analyzes and shares their data in digital form? What skill sets does the “average” historian need to have in dealing with data in digital formats (ex. .tiffs of rare texts from an archive, oral histories, pdfs of articles, video)? How do historians create effective research workflows? How does the historian effectively “archive” data in ways that can be shared in collaborations with other scholars? How do historians compartmentalize and standardize the collection of data for projects with their students?

Session proposal: FrEEBO anyone? Wed, 06 Jan 2016 00:17:34 +0000

In October of this year, there was an outpouring of rage on Twitter (where else) when the Renaissance Society of America announced that it would no longer be able to offer access to EEBO to members because ProQuest had decided to cancel their contract. According to the official statement from the RSA the cancellation was because “members make such heavy use of the subscription, [it] is reducing ProQuest’s potential revenue from library-based subscriptions.”

The furore didn’t last long because Proquest backed down and renewed the contract, but it brought a long standing concern that many scholars have about access to primary sources to the top of the agenda for a brief period. With a lot of digital primary sources in the hands of for-profit companies, and subscription costs that prohibit all but the largest research universities from providing access, how can we ensure equality of access to all researchers?

Are there ways that scholarly societies, major research libraries, and academic users could work together to overcome what represents a significant barrier to access to vital resources for many scholars? Projects like the Text Creation Partnership, and 18thConnect have gone a long way toward making certain aspects of these resources broadly available, and large scale (at least partly open) efforts like HathiTrust and individual efforts at major research libraries provide others with necessary resources, but is there more that can be done? How do we identify priorities for digitization? What other help can associations and others provide researchers to find and obtain what they need?

Open Educational Resources in History: Where to Start and What to Do Tue, 05 Jan 2016 23:02:10 +0000

There has been a great deal of discussion in the news lately about the cost of colleges texts and rightly so.  But not all Open Educational Resources are created equal, and most have been aimed at introductory classes or at replacing textbooks.  That can be quite helpful, but that doesn’t always meet the needs of upper-level undergraduate or graduate history classes.

I propose a session in which we talk about existing openly available resources for teaching history, identify the key components in good resources, discuss the possibilities of working with students to create openly available resources of our own, and collaborate on a Google doc to share those ideas.

Obligatory Valuing Digital Scholarship and Teaching Session Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:36:09 +0000

I titled this “obligatory” because the issue of convincing departments, administrators, hiring committees, and tenure and promotion boards of the value of digitally enabled scholarship and teaching has been coming up since the very first THATCamp in 2008 (and most of the hundreds since then).  The advantage of the question coming up that often is that lots of people have had chances to talk about it and even formulate some responses. [The AHA itself released its Guidelines for the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians just this year.]  And yet, each situation, each school, each project, each individual’s work is different, so it continues to be a topic worth discussing.

So, I propose a session where we discuss people’s concerns in this area, talk about strategies others have used in the past, and talk about the ways that the AHA’s new guidelines provide some structure for the profession going forward.

DH101 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:44:25 +0000

I’d like to talk about teaching DH. I’m particularly interested how people structure there Intro to DH courses and then the courses that follow from there.  I have been thinking about this in light of my own challenges teaching Intro to DH to undergrads and graduates and Miriam Posner’s post on teaching technical skills in her DH 101 course.

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State of the art in DH mapping Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:15:27 +0000

I’d love to compare notes among people who are using mapping for DH research projects. I’m particularly interested in moving away from GIS (e.g. ArcGIS or QGIS) and GIS-in-the-browser (e.g., CartoDB) to using the various libraries that let us create our own custom maps. For me that looks like the leaflet and lawn (an R wrapper around Turf.js) packages for R, tied together with the Shiny web framework. But I’d like to know what everyone else considers the state of the art in mapping for DH, and how they are using it.

As a part of that, this session could also include people showing the projects that they’ve worked or otherwise admire, and talking about next steps for coming up with meaningful conclusions from DH mapping data.

Or we could just talk about how awesome Shiny is.

Getting down to work in DH classes Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:09:55 +0000

An iron law of DH software is that it is easier to use than to install. Philip Guo has memorably identifed the problem in a post titled “Helping my students overcome command-line bullshittery.” I’d like to talk about ways teachers, whether at the undergrad or the grad level, use to overcome this problem. How do we get students into the real work (necessary complexity) while avoiding as much as possible the unnecessary complexity of installing and configuring software? Or, in some cases is there pedagogical value in understanding how computers really work, such as by dealing with the Unix command line?

I can explain what I’m planning to do with my graduate class using RStudio Server this semester, and I hope that others have their own techniques.