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2014 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting--Open to the Public

August 5, 2014 | By Brett Bobley

Want to see how the Adler Planetarium is working with "citizen scholars" to learn about historical astronomical maps? How the Johns Hopkins University is visualizing the history of the black press? How Old Dominion is developing software to allow students, teachers, and the public to archive any web page? How the New School is working to make the AIDS quilt digitally searchable and accessible?

Please join us on September 15th for the 2014 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting (hashtag: #ODH2014).

Meeting Highlights

  • Exciting lightning round presentations from every ODH project funded during 2014.
  • Meet the NEH's new Chairman, William "Bro" Adams.
  • A keynote address by Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
  • Held in the Conference Center in our new headquarters, the Constitution Center.

Doors open at noon and we'll start at 12:30PM sharp with a greeting from the NEH's new chairman and our keynote speaker. There is no charge to attend, but you must register in advance to get on our visitors list. Please plan to arrive between noon and 12:30PM. The Constitution Center is located directly above the L'Enfant Plaza Metro (use the D & 7th St. exit). Here are directions to the NEH.

Following our keynote, each of our 33 digital humanities projects will have three minutes and three slides to tell you about their work. Previously funded projects have gone on to be featured in the New York Times, Wired, USA Today, Science, and dozens of other publications. So check out these new projects to see where they might go!

(A full list of projects that will present is attached below).

Keynote Presentation

Michael Witmore, a scholar of Shakespeare and early modern literature as well as a pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts, became the Folger's seventh director on July 1, 2011. Before coming to the Folger, Witmore was Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, where he has taught since 2008. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Witmore directs the Working Group for Digital Inquiry, a group of humanists who use computers to assist in traditional humanities research; currently, they are mapping the prose genres of Early English Books Online using techniques from bioinformatics and corpus linguistics.

Dr. Witmore's talk is called "Adjacencies, Virtuous and Vicious, in the Digital Spaces of Libraries." 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.

Meeting Agenda
Constitution Center Conference Center

12:00 – 12:30: Attendees arrive and take their seats
12:30 – 12:35: Welcome message from NEH Chairman Bro Adams
12:35 – 1:15: Keynote address from Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
1:15 – 2:15: Lightning Round I
2:15 – 2:30: Break
2:30 – 3:15: Lightning Round II
3:15 – 4:00: Project Development: Scaling Up and Out
4:05 – Meeting adjourns

Please register to attend (no fee). Registration is now closed.

hashtag: #ODH2014