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-Greta Kuriger Suiter

Day 2: Saturday June 8, 2013,

I was able to attend three sessions on Saturday and then went to the maker challenge presentation assembly afterwards. Sessions included: Tips and tricks for 21st century research, the non-textual future of DH, and freeing images from digitized books. The finale assembly was a chance for THATCampers to present projects (maker challenge) they had completed during THATCamp (yes in 2 days). There were some really incredible projects:

websites,

plugins,

a collection,

  • THATCamp Google Docs Archive Ebook. In the past group notes from THATCamp were created using a Google Doc. This year they created a notepad space within the THATCamp website so the reign of the Google Doc is over. A perfect time to archive.

comics related,

  • Comic about THATCamp
  • 5 card Nancy (Book House Nancy) – as part of a PowerPoint unhinged presentation where the speaker and the person creating a PowerPoint are two different people and the one creating the PowerPoint only knows the title of the presentation. It makes for some interesting juxtapositions between image and words.  

There were a bunch more presentations that were full of great ideas. It definitely is an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. A little talent show at the end of summer camp feel.

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More about the 3 sessions I attended after the jump…

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-Greta Kuriger Suiter

Over the weekend Kristen Korfitzen and myself attended, and participated in, the annual event held at GMU known as THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp). This unconference is a gathering of historians, museum professionals, librarians, archivists, and students interested in digital humanities (DH) (or as they may or may not be called in the future, the humanities). If you are unfamiliar with the term there is a website dedicated solely to its definition.

The schedule for THATCamp is determined on the first day and is based on suggestions from attendees. There were a few pre-planned sessions that focused on making and improving digital projects. These included a NARA Citizen Archivist transcribathon, Omeka workshops, and Wikipedia editathons, in addition there were dedicated spaces for making and gaming.

Throughout Friday and Saturday, Kristen and I found ourselves at a variety of sessions that included a workshop on digital teaching strategies and tools, a broad discussion on designing DH websites in public humanities, a brainstorming session on advocating for DH projects, a session on tips and tricks for 21st century research, another broad discussion focusing on the non-textual future of DH, and finally a workshop type session on freeing images from digitized books. This is blog post I of II and includes notes and thoughts that resulted from Friday’s sessions.

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This year the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will host the anual Southeastern College Art Conference. The call for papers was posted earlier this year (find it here!) and there is literally a session for everyone! We’ve had GMU students present papers at past SECAC conferences and it’s a great experience for MA students to share their research with other students and professionals. You’re allowed to submit up to two papers and the application deadline is April 20th, 2013 at midnight, giving everyone enough time to re-vamp those CVs. The actual conference will take place October 30th through November 2, 2013.

I’ll be submitting two papers, I’d love to hear if anyone else is planning to submit as well! Maybe we could organize an informal road trip? SECAC is a great opportunity to get experience speaking at a conference, and a great conference to add to your CV. I hope some of you will take advantage!

This year’s Mid Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art is being held March 8th-9th at the National Gallery of Art. The University of Maryland and the National Gallery of Art have been jointly hosting this conference since 1971 and it focuses specifically on providing graduate students in the greater DC Metro area a platform to share research and meet with academics and museum professionals in the area.

The schedule of talks is up on the University of Maryland website.