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2016 NEH Office of Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting-- Open to the Public

August 22, 2016 | By NEH Staff

Want to see how the New York Public Library is experimenting with three-dimensional visualizations of theatrical lighting designs? How Washington and Lee University is developing tools to study and analyze handwritten, informal, ancient inscriptions (graffiti)? How St. Mary's University of San Antonio is using Spectral Reflectance Transformation Imaging to recover text from erased manuscripts (palimpsests) in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana?  How the Ohio History Connection is developing TourSites so that museums can build digital tour experiences? Join us for the 2016 NEH Office of Digital Humanities Project Directors' Meeting on September 16th!

You'll also learn about the range of professional development opportunities that will be offered in the coming year--from developing digital editions and exploring the use the of sound and image in multimedia scholarship to network analysis and digital publishing--from the new directors of the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.

Meeting Highlights

  • Exciting lightning round presentations from every ODH project funded during 2016.
  • Our first-ever collaborative keynote address by the members of the amazing digital initiatives team of the District of Columbia Public Library.

Doors open at noon and we'll start at 12:30PM sharp with a greeting from ODH Director Brett Bobley. 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 30 digital humanities projects will have three minutes and three slides to tell you about their work. Projects funded by these awards have been featured in the New York Times, The AtlanticWired, Publishers Weekly, USA TodayScience, and dozens of other publications. So check out these new projects to see where they might go!

Keynote Presentation

Documenting Underground Culture in the DC Punk Archive

"It's the free space. It's a spot where new ideas can be presented without the requirement of profit, which is what largely steers most sorts of creative offerings in our culture." - Ian MacKaye defining "punk"
This definition of punk as free space could as easily be describing a public library. Part of DC Public Library's mission is being a community space that is free and open to all, one that fosters creativity and learning, and also one that emphasizes preserving local history and culture. The DC Punk Archive project launched in 2014 to support these elements of library's mission by collecting materials that document the past 40 years of local independent music. Community engagement was an essential part of the project from the start, involving members of the local music community in planning, recruiting volunteers, hosting programs such as punk shows in the library basement featuring new local bands. Staff from DCPL will discuss how this community-driven approach to a collecting project has been essential to its success and has brought the collections and the stories they contain to life, loudly.  

Lauren Algee, Digital Curation Librarian Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Michele Casto, Special Collections Librarian Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Bobbie Dougherty, Librarian Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library

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, Director, NEH Office of Digital Humanities
12:35 – 1:15: Keynote address from Lauren Algee, Michele Casto, and Barbara Dougherty, District of Columbia Public Library
1:15 – 2:15: Lightning Round I
2:15 – 2:30: Break
2:30 – 3:15: Lightning Round II
3:15 – 4:00: Following Through with Data Management (Fred Kronz, National Science Foundation; Barbara Rockenbach, Columbia University; Owen Williams, Folger Shakespeare Library)
4:00 – Meeting adjourns

Registration is now closed. There is no fee to attend.

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