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2015 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting--Open to the Public

August 27, 2015 | By NEH Staff

Are you curious how North Carolina State University is modeling sound in a historic space? How the University of Utah is visualizing patterns and relationships in poetry? How Vanderbilt University is enabling geospatial scholarship on the Andes? How Wheaton College and California State University, Northridge are helping students understand text analysis? How WGBH is helping lifelong learners explore its massive digital library of humanities programming?

Please join us on Friday, September 25th for the 2015 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting (hashtag: #ODH2015).

Meeting Highlights

  • Exciting lightning round presentations from every ODH project funded during 2015.
  • A keynote address by Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Digital Library Federation
  • Held in the auditorium in our NEH's international headquarters, the Constitution Center.

Doors open at noon and we'll start at 12:30PM sharp with a greeting from the NEH's director of the Office of Digital Humanities 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 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 TimesSlateUSA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and dozens of other publications. So check out these new projects to see where they might go!

Keynote Presentation

Bethany Nowviskie is director of the Digital Library Federation at CLIR, the Council on Library and Information Resources. DLF is an international alliance of 134 libraries, museums, labs, and institutes advancing research, learning, and the public good through digital library technologies. Nowviskie is also a Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia, where she formerly directed the internationally-known Scholars’ Lab and served as Special Advisor for DH in the Office of the Provost. Her other recent roles have included that of President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (the major US-based professional association for DH practitioners), Distinguished Presidential Fellow at CLIR, and chair of the MLA's Committee on Information Technology. Nowviskie has been active in DH since the mid-1990s, serving as design editor of the Rossetti Archive, a founding member of SpecLab, originator of the software that powers NINES and 18th-Connect, associate director of the Scholarly Communication Institute, and founder of both #Alt-Academy and the Praxis Network. Finally, she has directed three NEH ODH-funded projects: Neatline, the Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship, and a summit for humanities software developers called "Speaking in Code.”

Dr. Nowviskie's talk is titled "On Capacity and Care." The grand and sobering challenges of the 21st century will require a capacious humanities: one that understands its mission broadly and can work effectively at multiple scales. Can an ethic of care, as applied to the development of platforms and fostering of practitioner communities, help us build DH capacity and integrate the macro- and micro-attention of humanities work?

Meeting Agenda
Constitution Center Conference Center

12:00 – 12:30: Attendees arrive and take their seats
12:30 – 12:35: Welcome message from Brett Bobley, NEH Director of the Office of Digital Humanities 
12:35 – 1:15: Keynote address from Bethany Nowviskie, Director, Digital Library Federation
1:15 – 2:00: Lightning Round I
2:00 – 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).  Please RSVP by September 23rd. (Registration is now closed.)

hashtag: #ODH2015