Digital Library Federation Forum

DLF Forum, October 23-25th -- Join us in Pittsburgh!

The Digital Library Federation invites proposals for the 2017 DLF Forum, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 23-25, 2017. Separate calls have been issued for allied meetings, taking place in the same location: the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (October 22) and Digital Preservation 2017, the annual conference of DLF’s affiliate organization, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (October 25-26).

The DLF Forum traditionally has no set theme so that it may speak to matters of interest to all, including:

  • digital library, archives, and museum collections and resources;
  • technologies and infrastructure;
  • services and programs;
  • staffing, education, and professional development;
  • social contexts and ethics;
  • labor and vendor relations;
  • or other DLF community missions, priorities, problems, and concerns.

We depend on you to propose action-oriented topics geared toward a practitioner audience, considering aspects of design, labor, social responsibility, leadership, collaboration, implementation, and assessment.

Proposals are due by May 22nd at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Read the full CFP here

ADHO Communications Fellowship

2017-18 ADHO Communications Fellowships

Join our team! The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its 2017-18 Communications Fellowship.

Two positions will be available. The fellowships will extend from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. It is well suited for graduate students, young scholars, and academic professionals who wish to develop deeper knowledge of digital humanities and its global communities, contribute to an important digital humanities professional organization, and gain professional experience in social media and communications.

Responsibilities:

  • working on a small team to write news releases, blog posts, and announcements about ADHO, its constituent organizations, and the broader digital humanities community
  • monitor and update ADHO’s social media presence
  • maintain its website
  • help to develop and implement ADHO’s outreach strategy
  • perform other communications-related responsibilities
  • anticipate spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on the position.

Desired skills and qualifications include:

  • working knowledge of more than one language
  • excellent written communication skills
  • ability to work with minimal supervision
  • attention to detail
  • some knowledge of digital humanities communities and current discourses
  • some knowledge of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook
  • experience creating and publishing content using Drupal, WordPress, or another web content management system
  • skills in graphic design and multimedia editing

Application Deadline is May 31, 2017

To Apply: submit the following to Hannah Jacobs, chair of ADHO’s communications committee: communications@digitalhumanities.org

  1. CV or résumé
  2. brief writing sample
  3. three letters of reference
  4. cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position

Future Perfect Conference

On June 16, 2017, Data & Society Research Institute’s Speculative Fiction Reading Group will host Future Perfect, a conference exploring the use, significance, and discontents of speculative design, narrative, and world-building in technology, policy, and culture.

The past year has been marked by frequent commentaries comparing the present moment to works of dystopian literature and speculative fiction. The sentiment that science fiction futures can’t keep up with present-day developments pervades discussions of policy, technology, and culture. But the extent to which fictional futures exercise power over our present is, in some cases, by design. For example, the influence of 2002’s Minority Report on gestural interfaces, surveillance technologies, and automation isn’t an accident of history–the future envisioned in the film was created in close consultation with technologists and academics actively working on products that the film imagines in real-world settings. An entire industry of speculative designers and futures consultants continues to actively construct dystopian futures on behalf of corporations and governments, transforming TED talks and architectural renders into self-fulfilling dystopian prophecy.

In a moment when the future increasingly feels like a foregone conclusion, Future Perfect will bring actors from a variety of world-building disciplines (from art and fiction to law and science) together to explore the uses, abuses, and paradoxes of speculative futures.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The history and political economy of the future (subtopics here might include divination, scenario planning and war games, and predictive modeling)
  • Analyses of specific SF works that have uniquely influenced technology, politics, and/or aesthetics
  • Challenges to dominant future narratives in popular culture and representation in speculative fiction
  • Why Silicon Valley venture capitalists seem to think Snow Crash was a playbook for the next twenty-five years and not a dystopian hellscape
  • That one scene in Minority Report with the cereal box that is literally the only really important part of the film

Proposed contributions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Papers
  • Fiction
  • Performance
  • Video
  • Games

The conference will be livestreamed and documentation of participating projects will be posted online.

Participation requirements
Participation in this event is limited. Those who are interested should apply by May 12, 2017. We are interested in having a wide range of disciplines represented, including designers and artists, academics, performers, programmers, lawyers, journalists, scientists, and of course fiction writers. All participants agree to inclusion in the conference’s online documentation.

Schedule
Thursday, June 15, 2017 (optional)
7-10pm Screening and Reception

Friday, June 16, 2017
12-6pm The Conference

The Conference itself will morph to fit the selected participants, and includes a welcome lunch, 2-3 themed sessions showcasing work and framing participation, and other potential modes for engaging with our theme.

Application
If you are interested in attending this Conference, you may either 1) propose work to be exhibited and/or presented, or 2) describe how your work makes you a relevant discussant/participant.

By Friday, May 12th, please submit the following here:
1. Name, address, affiliation, discipline.
2. A 1-page (max) description of your work and relevance to the event. Be sure to indicate whether you’re applying to present your work, or to contribute to the discussion.

  • I have something to present.
  • I don’t have a presentation but believe I could contribute to the discussion.

3. At least one link or attachment exemplifying what you’d share if selected.
4. Bio/CV
5. (optional) Travel support request
If you are in need of travel support, please let us know. Funding is limited; we will not be able to accommodate all travel needs so if you have grants or other means of covering your participation, please use that so that we can prioritize stipends for those who have none.

Dates
Application Deadline: May 12, 2017
Selection Notifications: May 24, 2017
Public Announcement: June 2, 2017
Conference: June 15-16, 2017

Questions? Contact cj@datasociety.net

The Humanities and Technology Camp Unconference

THATCamp Gainesville 2017
 

The UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and Smathers Libraries invites you to THATCamp Gainesville, on 21 April from 9am-4pm in the Harn Museum of Art. THATCamp, (The Humanities and Technology Camp), is an unconference which fosters informal and productive conversations about Digital Humanities projects, topics, and skills.Since this is an unconference, participants propose sessions directly on the website, where other participants can read and comment on them. The final schedule will be collaboratively created by the participants on the morning of 21 April. People are free to drop in and out as needed for schedules.

Browse session proposals here: http://gainesville2017.thatcamp.org/

To get started, please register here http://gainesville2017.thatcamp.org/register/

There is no registration cost, and lunch and snacks will be provided.

If you would like to learn more about the kinds of sessions offered at THATCamp or you are ready to propose a session, please go here: http://gainesville2017.thatcamp.org/propose/

You can also write a request to learn more about a particular topic, so that other conference attendees might be able to step up and propose a session about that area.

THATCamps provide a good space to network and brainstorm. This year, we expect many UF folks to attend, as well as the dynamic mix of attendees found at other THATCamps from many Florida institutions, including graduate students, scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and programmers, K-12 teachers, administrators, managers, and funders as well as people from the non-profit sector, people from the for-profit sector, and interested amateurs.

HILT 2017 Registration

HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching) is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture.

HILT will be held June 5-8, 2017, with special events on June 9, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to the conference’s day-time sessions, participants can enjoy opportunities to explore the city through local dining and cultural heritage experiences. Sponsored student scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students as well as continuing professionals.

Senior Developer, University of Virginia

The University of Virginia Library is the hub of a lively and growing community of practice in technology and the humanities, arts, and social sciences. As part of that community, the Scholars’ Lab has risen to international pre-eminence as a library-based center for digital humanities. The Scholars’ Lab collaborates with faculty, librarians, and students on a range of projects and tools, including spatial humanities, data visualization, text analysis, digital archiving, 3D modeling, and experimental humanities. Our Praxis Program and Digital Humanities Fellowships are both models for graduate education in Digital Humanities. Further, the Library and the Scholars’ Lab are committed to diversity and safe spaces, and we particularly focus our speaker series and practice on accessibility and social justice in all senses. We welcome curious, critical, and compassionate professionals with integrity and a strong work ethic, and who possess a keen and deep understanding of what it takes to continuously improve and maintain research projects within a major academic research library.

Responsibilities:

  • consult with faculty and students to advance research projects and training
  • evaluate scholarly needs and define project goals for research projects
  • provide input on appropriate deliverables and reasonable schedules for completion
  • write, test, and debug original software code for applications that enable scholars and library users to collect, manage, produce, manipulate, or analyze digital information resources
  • modify existing applications to improve their functioning or achieve broader and more effective use and engage with new technologies to help researchers find their use and interest for research.

Qualifications, Required:

  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience
  • Up to 4 years of experience with software development, application development, or systems administration
  • Experience with relational database systems, including Postgresql and MySQL
  • Experience with a number of programming languages, including PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, SQL, JavaScript,
    and shell
  • Experience with version control, including Git and Subversion
  • Systems: *nix
  • Ability to scope and implement software in diverse environments
  • Ability to communicate effectively with scholars and fellow developers
  • Ability to encourage and develop a community of users and developers

Preferred:

  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in the humanities or social sciences
  • Experience with data collections, analysis, visualization, and interpretation
  • Experience with a variety of text analysis or image analysis methods and tools
  • Familiarity with a variety of application frameworks, including Rails, Django, and Zend
  • Experience with TEI, XML, Solr, Cocoon, Tomcat

To Apply: go to the University of Virginia online employment website. Search posting number 0620730, complete the application, and attach a cover letter and resume with contact information for three professional references.

For assistance with this process contact Charlotte Albright, Senior Human Resources Generalist, at (434) 243-3509.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

NMC Summer Conference Registration

 Register now to secure a discount!
Top 5 Reasons to Attend NMC Summer Conference
(…because it’s so good, we don’t need 10.)
1. The best feedback we receive from participants is that it’s “the beach bonfire of conferences.” It’s the ultimate bonding experience for lifelong learners who are interested in advancing progressive education practices, enabled by technology. Big ideas, meet fun with friends!
2. Ummmm, have you seen our keynote speakers yet? Richard Culatta, incoming CEO of ISTE, will set the tone by kicking off the conference. Culatta is a leader in innovation and education, and has worked in government, non-profit, and the private sectors.  Prior to becoming the Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island, Culatta was the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education where he focused on using technology to close equity gaps in schools across the country.  Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray and as Chief Technology Officer at CIA University.  Before his work with the federal government, Culatta was the learning technologies advisor for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University and the Director of Operations for the Rose Education Foundation.  He began working with instructional technology at the University of Rhode Island where he co-taught the university’s first technology integration workshops for faculty.  Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and active in promoting bilingual and arts education in public schools
Then Hack Education founder Audrey Watters will close it out by shaking things up like only Audrey can. Watters is a journalist specializing in education technology news and analysis. She has worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although she was two chapters into a dissertation in comparative literature, she decided to eschew the professor track for a different path, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended to her by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. She has written for Edutopia, MindShift, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education.
3. Humble brag moment — we have the best lineup of presenters representing Higher Ed, K-12, museums, and libraries. We believe all learning sectors can and should learn something from each other. That’s how imaginative practices are spread. Preconference workshops are also available for deeper, hands-on learning experiences.
4. Our 2017 host UMass Boston is kind of a big deal. Situated in one of our favorite cities, the campus is a hotbed for projects that bolster student success. UMass Boston leadership, faculty, and staff will be attending and presenting so you can learn more. Plus, they’re co-hosting what is sure to be a fabulous mix-n-mingle welcome reception.
5. Oh you’re still reading? Good. That means you have achieved peak attention span to enjoy our attendee-favorite: Five Minutes of Fame. In this plenary, learn about forward-thinking edtech projects in five-minute doses. If a prolific presenter surpasses the five? Laugh at (or with) them as they get gonged off the stage.
Want to effect real change at your institution or organization? Ready to learn new digital strategies and technology skills? Interested in the “Next Big Thing”? As the old saying goes, if you’re the smartest person in the room, maybe it’s time to move to a new one. Join us for the annual NMC Summer Conference (#NMC17), a peer-to-peer learning forum that will connect you with learning leaders from all backgrounds with one important mission — to shape a better future for education.

FemTech Network Gathering @ Allied Media Conference

FemTechNet Network Gathering @ the 19th annual Allied Media Conference

 June 15-18, 2017

Do you lead technology or feminist focused courses, workshops, activities, or actions on your campus or in your community? Or are you interested in being involved with intersectional feminist media-based practice in your community — be that in your neighborhood, your local education center, or in other more formal educational and higher learning institutions?

Since 2013, FemTechNet (FTN) has organized, coordinated, and documented a distributed, open, collaborative course on the topic of feminism and technology. The work of maintaining this network has become the focus of our research, as well as our media, teaching and learning practices. In response to the precarious (be they financial, emotional, physical, spiritual, ideological) positions most of our members inhabit, and the inherent challenges of doing this work, we operate in a horizontal committee structure to prioritize the fair distribution of labor.

FTN aims to be an artist or activist collective that strives for mutual care and kick-ass projects that get done based on the interest and energy of participants. We also aim to provide a supportive community for the difficult work of feminist pedagogy. We invite you to build with us, so that we may support each other and create online spaces that value ethics, care, reciprocity, safety and privacy at their core. If this sounds interesting to you or if you’ve worked with FTN in the past and want to be a part of reshaping its future, Register by May 21st!

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FemTechNet is an activated network of hundreds of scholars, students, and artists who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science, and feminism in a variety of fields including Science and Technology Studies, Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies. In the FemTechNet (Feminist Technology) Network Gathering we will explore how technology perpetuates existing structural inequalities and what can we do to make technologies work for us and our diverse communities. We will create a collaborative space for revealing the power relations embedded in technology, such as racial bias in tech design, systemic threats to online safety, and gender imbalances. Our goal is to review existing materials from the FemTechNet archive of videos, syllabi, and/or assignment prompts in order to formulate continued organizing goals. Our hope at the AMC is to bring people into the FemTechNet network and springboard new projects and collaborations.

Participants will walk away with a bank of successful intersectional feminist project designs, alliances with people in different geographical and institutional contexts, and supportive relationships built from face-to-face collaborations. To apply to attend, please submit an application.

Coordinators of this network gathering are Ashley Walker, Veronica Paredes, Heide Solbrig, and Anne Cong-Huyen.

CFP: Digital Humanities 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop

Shaping Humanities Data: Use, Reuse, and Paths Toward Computationally Amenable Cultural Heritage Collections

Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums have been building digital collections for decades. Approaches developed to provide access to these collections often emulate analog research experiences that focus on supporting single object interactions and features like virtual “page” turners. While approaches of this kind have been very valuable for some kinds of scholarship, researchers and instructors seeking to leverage computation can find it difficult to work with collections developed in this vein. One barrier to developing approaches that better support these researchers is an incomplete understanding of how humanists, among others, are using and reusing cultural heritage data – and what they may need moving forward. Collections as Data is one of a range of efforts encouraging cultural heritage organizations to develop collections and systems that are more amenable to emerging computational methods and tools. Beyond simply designing-to-fit, the movement towards computationally amenable collections provides an opportunity to  reframe, enrich, and/or contextualize collections in a manner that seeks to avoid replication of long standing biases inherent in cultural heritage collection practice.

In this day-long Digital Humanities 2017 pre-conference workshop, we aim to engage directly with research and pedagogical practice that draws upon digital collection use. This workshop will ultimately inform the development of recommendations that aim to support cultural heritage community efforts to make collections available as data.

Proposals:

We seek proposals for talks, demonstrations (of projects, collections, tools, datasets, or other work), hands-on instruction, or walk-throughs that explore approaches and issues common to computational creation and/or use, and reuse, of digital collections. Proposals for talks can be brief (10 minutes) or extended (30 minutes). Similarly, proposals for demonstrations and hands-on instruction can be brief (30 minutes) or extended (60 minutes). We encourage submissions from all members of the DH community engaged with cultural heritage collection data, whether using data, preparing and stewarding data, or designing interfaces that enable discovery and access. We are invested in developing a program that reflects the international scope of DH work.

Submit your proposal (300 words) using the online form by May 7, 2017.

Notification of acceptances will be sent out on or before June 1, 2017.

For further information, or to check if your proposal will be appropriate, contact thomaspadilla@ucsb.edu

JADH2017: “Creating Data through Collaboration”

The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce its sixth annual conference, to be held at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, September 11-12, 2017.

The conference will feature posters, papers and panels. We invite proposals globally on all aspects of digital humanities, and especially encourage papers treating topics that deal with practices that aim to cross borders, for example, between academic fields, media, languages, cultures, organizations, and so on, as related to the field of digital humanities.

As creation of research data — collection, feature extraction, annotation, and organization —  is a seminal component of all DH projects, means and modes of this data-creation have been handled in various ways as digital approaches have evolved. Recently, the focus on methods of collaborating in data creation has been renewed with the rapid growth of projects that are crowd-sourced on the Web. The re-emergence of data creation based on this approach provides a wider range of data, as it has the potential to include contributors who are not only researchers, but also members of the general public. Such a new possibility should be taken due advantage of, especially given the difficult situation for the humanities fields in the academy. This year we strongly encourage you to submit proposals about methods and problems in collaborative approaches for data collection, especially crowd sourcing and other forms of public engagement. With this as our suggested central focus, we nonetheless welcome papers on a broad range of DH topics. For example:

Research issues, including data mining, information design and modeling, software studies, and humanities research enabled through the digital medium; computer-based research and computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship.

Some examples might include text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, language learning, and endangered languages; the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theater, new media and related areas; the creation and curation of humanities digital resources; the role of digital humanities in academic curricula; and more.

Abstracts should be of 500-1000 words in length in English, including title.

Please submit abstracts on the open conference system for conference below by May 8, 2017.

Full Call for Papers

Type of proposals:

  1. Poster presentations: Poster presentations may include work-in-progress on any of the topics described above as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate poster session will open the conference, during which time presenters should be on-hand to explain their work, share their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Posters will also be on displayed at various times during the conference, and presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts with more detailed information and URLs.
  2. Short papers: Short papers are allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on shorter experiments and software and tools in early stages of development.
  3. Long papers: Long papers are allocated 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research and reporting on significant new digital resources or methodologies.
  4. Panels: Panels (90 minutes) are comprised of either: (a) Three long papers on a joint theme. All abstracts should be submitted together with a statement, of approximately 500-1000 words, outlining the session topic and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities; or (b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit a 500-1000 words outline of the topic session and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities as well as an indication from all speakers of their willingness to participate.