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2013 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting--Open to the Public

September 16, 2013 | By NEH Staff

Members of the public are invited to the 2013 Office of Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting at the National Endowment for the Humanities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 4th. During the meeting, recent ODH grantees will give the public a sneak preview of 32 ground-breaking projects that apply cutting-edge technology to high quality research in the humanities. Project directors funded through the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, and the new Digital Humanities Implementation Grants programs will be discussing their work.

The grant recipients from around the country will assemble at NEH headquarters in Washington D.C. in room M-09 to present their projects in “lightning-round” format. Project directors will have just three minutes and three PowerPoint slides to introduce and explain their projects to the public.

The afternoon will include two presentations from leaders in the digital humanities: Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Amanda French, Research Assistant Professor and THATCamp Coordinator at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Please Register for the Event. [Edit: Event is now over]

Those too far away to make the event can use the Twitter hashtag to follow along online: #ODH2013

Meeting Agenda

10:00 – 10:15am         Meeting Opens to the Public and the Press

10:15 – 10:30am         Welcome and Remarks

Adam Wolfson, Assistant Chairman for Programs, NEH

Brett Bobley, Director, Office of Digital Humanities, NEH                                 

10:30 – 12:00pm         Project Lightning Round #1

                                    Digital Humanities Start-Up and Implementation Grants

Each Project Director will have three minutes and three PowerPoint slides to quickly introduce their project to their colleagues.      

12:00 – 12:30pm         Lunch

Attendees can go downstairs to the food court to purchase lunch and bring it back to room M-09. 

12:30 – 1:00pm           On Projects, and THATCamp

Amanda French, George Mason University

More than one person has proposed the creation of a THATCamp bingo card, and certainly one of the squares on such a card would have to be "collaboration," while a good candidate for another square would be "project management" -- both are perennial topics at THATCamp. In this talk, I will engage in some general musings about the nature of that amorphous mass we call a "project," but I will also relate the particular history of and deliver some specific data concerning the THATCamp project. A sneak preview: since its start in 2008, THATCamp, The Humanities and Technology Camp, has seen more than 170 events held or planned worldwide and has provided digital training and professional development to more than 6000 people, most of them humanities scholars, students, or professionals. Whether we consider it one project or many, THATCamp has become an essential feature of the digital humanities landscape, and it is time for some perspective on it.

1:00 –1:15pm              Project Lightning Round #2 

                                    Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

1:15 – 2:00pm             Scaling Up and Out: Moving Beyond the Start-Up Phase of a Digital Project

Facilitator: Jason Rhody, Office of Digital Humanities

Kimberly Christen, Washington State University

Conrad Rudolph, University of California, Riverside

Jennifer Serventi, Office of Digital Humanities

2:00 – 2:45pm             Getting the Word Out: Outreach Strategies for Your Start-Up Project

Facilitator: Perry Collins, Office of Digital Humanities                              

A roundtable discussion on possibilities for outreach about your project.

Sheila Brennan, George Mason University

Nikki Silva, The Kitchen Sisters, and Anne Wootton, Pop Up Archive

George Williams, University of South Carolina Upstate

2:45 – 3:00pm             Break

3:00 – 3:45pm             Adjacencies, Virtuous and Vicious, in the Digital Spaces of Libraries

Michael Witmore, Folger Shakespeare Library

This talk will explore how techniques of discovery -- scanning shelves, exploring digital texts and catalogues -- may change the nature of research conducted in Libraries. The argument: with the advent of massively searchable digital corpora, the uses and advantages of "nearness" in Libraries will change.

3:45 – 4:00pm             Closing Remarks

Brett Bobley, Office of Digital Humanities