Category: Announcements

Digital Cultural Heritage DC #DCHDC Meetup TODAY!

Digital Cultural Heritage DC #DCHDC (Washington, DC) – Meetup.

The inaugural meetup of the DCHDC will be on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm at the upstairs bar at Stetson’s. We’ll start with three quick lightning talks, followed by spirited conversation.

Lightning Talk Lineup:

  • Viewshare and You: Digital Collection Visualization for the Rest of Us, Trevor Owens, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress @tjowens
  • Digital Humanities on the LAM: What’s Up At ODH, Jennifer Serventi, Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities @JenServenti
  • “Recruiting the World” – so how’s that going for you? Interrogating the metrics of success for crowdsourcing. Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives Smithsonian Institution @NancyProctor

Digital Cultural Heritage DC meets on the third Thursday of every month. If you’re interested in acquiring, preserving, stewarding, providing access to, exhibiting and interpreting digital cultural heritage, join us to meet like minded folks, hear what people are doing in this space, and learn about some awesome projects and technologies in the field. For updates, join our meetup group here.

Please note that Stetson’s is a bar, and 21 and over.

Announcement: 2012 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting

2012 NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting – Open to Public | National Endowment for the Humanities

Come learn about using facial recognition software to unlock art historical mysteries, developing tools for building maps on the fly, employing gaming technology to help enrich archival collections, or discovering early writings of Abraham Lincoln with authorship attribution algorithms … all in just three minutes.

From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on September 20th during 2012 NEH Office of Digital Humanities Project Directors at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the recent ODH grantees will give the public a sneak preview of 34 ground-breaking projects that apply cutting-edge technology to high quality research in the humanities. Project directors from the Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, and the new Digital Humanities Implementation Grants will be discussing their work.

The grant recipients from around the country will assemble at NEH headquarters in Washington D.C. in room M-09 to present their projects in “lightning-round” format. Project directors will have just minutes and three PowerPoint slides to introduce and explain their projects to the public. Be sure to take a look at the schedule of lightning round presentations.

In between morning and afternoon lightning-round project presentations, a roundtable of librarians, researchers, and funding agencies representatives will discuss the new report from the Council on Library and Information Resources, One Culture, Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Please Register for the Event.

Those too far away to make the event can use the Twitter hashtag to follow along online. #ODH2012

Announcement: Introducing Scripto: a Tool for Community Transcription

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media » Blog Archive » Introducing Scripto: a Tool for Community Transcription.

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University is pleased to announce the release of its newest open source tool, Scripto, which opens up the possibilities of community transcription for digital humanities projects in universities, libraries, archives, and museums. With easy-to-implement extensions for the popular open source content management system, including Omeka, WordPress, and Drupal, Scripto allows administrators for any project with collection materials requiring a transcription can now enlist a community of enthusiasts to participate in this aspect of cultural heritage work.

Scripto is an open-source tool that permits registered users to view digital files and transcribe them with an easy-to-use toolbar, rendering that text searchable. The tool includes a versioning history and editorial controls to make public contributions more manageable, and supports the transcription of a wide range of file types (both images and documents). Comprehensive User’s Guide that offers advice on project planning, software installation and setup, transcription editing and oversight, and community outreach, is available on the Scripto website. Additionally, web developers are free to contribute to the project by extending the code, and by participating in a developers’ discussion group .

Building on the models of other crowdsourcing projects like Wikipedia and Flickr Commons, Scripto allows cultural heritage institutions to take advantage of the various communities of volunteer transcribers. Volunteers—who may include enthusiasts, transcription buffs, students, teachers, or academic researchers—transcribe collections materials, correct the mistakes made by other transcribers, and make that data searchable and accessible. Scripto is currently being implemented as a transcription tool for the Papers of the War Department project at RRCHNM, and a host of projects at libraries and archives around the country.

Scripto is funded by the Office of Digital Humanities at National Endowment for the Humanities and theNational Archives and Records Administration’s National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Announcement: UC Irvine to lead social computing research center

University of California – UC Newsroom | Campus to lead social computing research center.

IRVINE — UC Irvine will anchor a new $12.5 million, Intel-funded research center that applies social science and humanities to the design and analysis of digital information.

“Technology is profoundly entangled with our everyday lives. As researchers, we can’t get a handle on what’s going on by looking at technical factors alone. We have to study them in concert with human, social and cultural aspects,” said UCI informatics professor Paul Dourish.

He and Scott Mainwaring of Intel Labs will co-lead the center, dubbed the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, along with UCI anthropology and law professor Bill Maurer.

Announcement: Digital Humanities Winter Institute, 2013


The Digital Humanities Winter Institute at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is an extension of the highly-successful Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. DHWI provides an opportunity for scholars to learn new skills relevant to digital scholarship and mingle with like-minded colleagues through coursework, social events, and lectures during an intensive, week-long event.


Taking place during intersession, just prior to start of the spring semester at many institutions, DHWI especially welcomes participants not just from the academic community but also from cultural heritage institutions, government, libraries, and the broader public.


Join Us:


Monday January 7, 2013- Friday, January 11, 2013


University of Maryland


College Park, MD USA

Digital Humanities Winter Institute | 2013.


Announcements: ACLS Names 2012 Digital Innovation Fellows

ACLS News.

ACLS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Digital Innovation Fellowships. The nine fellows will spend a year dedicated to a major scholarly project intended to advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works. These projects span disciplines and methodologies, but all create new means of scholarly investigation and sharing.