For the spatially-minded humanists among us: WhereCampSoCal 2013 at SDSU, July 12-13.

I received this announcement via a listerv, and thought that it might be of interest to our community:

WhereCampSoCal 2013

 If you are around this summer, consider attending WhereCampSoCal, July 12-13 (right after the Esri UC), at SDSU. From :

WhereCampSoCal is a free, volunteer-run unconference on geography and geospatial technology. This year’s gathering will be held July 12th-13th, 2013, at San Diego State University’s Department of Geography. It’ll be a day and a half of discussion, networking, demos, and all manner of geospatial goodness. This is a fun, participant-driven event that attracts a dynamic group of folks from academia, industry, government agencies and NGOs. All are welcome and you can come one day or both.

Curious about Scalar? Sign up for a free webinar!

Following up on their recent Beta release, the Scalar development team is offering free online webinars to help new users and the curious learn the platform more easily. The “Intro” webinars will cover the basics of Scalar: fundamental concepts, a review of existing Scalar books, and a hands-on introduction to the main Scalar features such as paths, importing media and annotations. A series of intermediate workshops (dates TBA) will delve into more advanced topics including how to effectively use visualizations, annotating with media and an intro to creating custom appearances in Scalar.

Dates and times for Intro webinars:

  • Friday, June 14, 10am-12pm PST
  • Thursday, July 11th, 10am-12pm PST
  • Thursday, August 1st, 10am-12pm PST
  • Thursday, August 15th, 10am-12pm PST

Spaces are limited, so sign up now!  To register for the online webinars, email micha cárdenas, mmcarden at usc dot edu.

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

Scalar Platform — Trailer from IML @ USC on Vimeo.

Learn more at

Beyond categorization on Wikipedia

[Cross-posted from HASTAC]

There are 508 articles in the category “English women writers” and 30 in the subcategory “English women dramatists and playwrights”. Is that how many writers there actually are? Absolutely not. Am I concerned that not every Wikipedia article is properly tagged? Not really. Why?

Because many articles have not been created that should have been, such as “Mary Cooper (publisher)”, who was one of the first publishers of children’s books in England and many of the articles in those categories have abysmal articles. Let’s take a case in point: Charlotte Lennox. This is a typical biography of a woman writer – it has an unreferenced “Life” section and a “Works” section that consists only of a list. While the article does – surprisingly for Wikipedia – describe the relationship between Lennox’s economic status and how she made her way as a woman writer with some detail, it does not explore the themes and styles of her works at all – a reader will not come away from this article understanding what kind of writer Lennox was. Also, much of Lennox’s life and works are discussed in terms of male writers. While their role is important in her life, Lennox’s own life almost disappears in this article. This article is a good first step for a biography on Wikipedia, but it cannot be left in this incomplete state.

So, what can you do to improve articles like this on authors on Wikipedia?

  • Create a list of reliable sources that can be used to write a good encyclopedia entry and put it on the talk page of the article (you can get to the talk page by clicking on the word “talk” in the top left of the wikipedia window – this is where editors go to discuss what information will be in an article)
  • Add sections to an article to help give it structure
  • Add paragraphs with relevant material (with citations to reliable sources)
  • Draw up an outline of what an ideal article would look like and put it on the talk page (for examples of well-written and well-structured author articles, see Mary Shelley, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson)
  • Add images (images must be your own, public domain, or CC-by-SA)
  • Add a complete list of the author’s works
  • Remove spurious information
  • Reorganize information so that it is more coherent
  • Copyedit
Categories are one way we structure knowledge and are important, but the knowledge has to be there to be structured first. Help us shape the world’s knowledge – join Wikipedia! You can start today. Women around the world are making efforts to counter Wikipedia’s systemic bias by writing global women into Wikipedia!

DH SoCal Research Slam

Location: California State University, Northridge
Date: May 4, 2013
Deadline: April 15, 2013
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On May 4, 2013 we are holding our first research slam at California State University, Northridge. This one-day event will be designed to showcase Digital Humanities work being done in California and to create opportunities for interaction between digital humanists from around the region.

The Research Slam will take place in the Lakeview Terrace Room of the University Student Union at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

Parking is available in lots G4 or G3 off of Zelzah Ave. Daily parking permits may be purchased from the information kiosk on Zelzah or from dispensers located in lot G3. We are working to obtain parking permits for speakers, and more information on this—along with other logistics—will become available shortly. Here is the schedule:

10:00-10:20 Introduction
10:20-10:40 Guided Resource Inquiries: Integrating Archives into Learning and Information Literacy Objectives using Document-Based Questions
Steve Kutay & Ellen Jarosz (CSUN)
10:40-11:00 A Database of Ancient Magic
Jacob Ferrari, Belen Gutierrez, and Miriam Posner (UCLA)
11:00-11:20 Social Media Selves: A Comparison of Interaction Patterns & Emotional Displays on Tumblr and Facebook
Jacob Ferrari & Iman Salehian (UCLA)
11:20-11:40 Exploring the Use of Digital Tools in the Study of Hip-Hop Lyrical Expression
Anthony Ratcliff (CSUN)
11:40-12:00 Affective Networks in Ensemble Character Dramas: Learning from Fans
Alston D’Silva (UC Santa Barbara)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Teaching Digital Humanities
Jana Remy (Chapman University), Liz Losh (UC San Diego), Miriam Posner (UCLA), Jacqueline Wernimont (Scripps College)
2:00-3:00 Poster Presentations

Chapman ePortfolios for Promotion & Tenure
Jana Remy (Chapman University)

Lexomics for Text Analysis
Scott Kleinman (CSUN)

Now What? Text Mining Patient Pain Narratives
Adam Swenson (CSUN)

4Humanities Minidocs
Kristin Cornelius and Melissa Filbeck (CSUN)

Digital Service Learning: Connecting Jane Austen Studies and Civic Engagement Online
Stephanie Harper and Danielle Spratt (CSUN)

Making a Face: Gender, Race, and Avatar Technologies
Amanda Phillips (UC Santa Barbara)

3:00-4:00 Breakout Sessions
Poster sessions will segue into breakout sessions for those who wish to discuss opportunities for collaboration, engage in hacking, or drink a lot of coffee.

JOB: Digital Initiatives Librarian – University of San Diego

Cross-posted from

Dear Colleagues,
Please see the job announcement below for a new Digital Initiatives Librarian position at the University of San Diego.
Job: IRC10585
Job Title: Digital Initiatives Librarian
Location: San Diego, CA, US
Organization Name: Copley Library 

Brief Description

The University of San Diego’s Copley Library seeks an energetic, enthusiastic, and technology-savvy individual for a new library faculty position as Digital Initiatives Librarian.  The successful candidate will be responsible for exploring, building, implementing, assessing, and supporting the Library’s digital projects, institutional repository and scholarly communication initiatives. Experience with digitization and preservation efforts and understanding of emerging trends in these areas are essential.

Detailed Description

Reporting to the University Librarian and working under the direction of the University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian, the Digital Initiatives Librarian is responsible for assisting librarians and faculty with digital projects and developing and managing the University’s institutional repository, based in Copley Library.  He/she plans services and standards for digital projects and repository projects and prepares related workflow, long-term preservation and perpetual access documentation and procedures.  The Digital Initiatives Librarian serves as the primary advocate for support of sustainable scholarly communication presented and preserved in the institutional repository. The Digital Initiatives Librarian is expected to support locally created online journals, conference proceedings, electronic theses and dissertations, undergraduate literary journals, scientific data sets, born-digital documents, and other similar content.  He/she works closely with the library faculty and teaching faculty to identify and to advise on issues related to intellectual property and open access of scholarly output at the University.  He/she is responsible for devising and implementing outreach activities regarding promoting digital projects, the institutional repository and scholarly communication on campus. The Digital Initiatives Librarian must have the ability to work independently and as a team member to solve problems.  A strong commitment to service and user access to information is essential. This position serves as a liaison to one academic department.  This is a 12-month tenure-track library faculty position.
Major duties include:
  • Develop, manage, promote and assess the University of San Diego digital projects and institutional repository program
  • Provide long-term policies and practices for the University of San Diego digital projects and institutional repository program
  • Support sustainable scholarly communication at the University of San Diego
  • Manage and train student assistants and other personnel
  • Devise, implement, and lead outreach activities with emphasis on promoting digital projects, the institutional repository and scholarly communication on campus

Job Requirements

  • ALA accredited MLS or MLIS degree
  • Capable of working with the University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian and the Collection Services and Metadata Librarian
  • Ability to create and maintain workflows for transferring and ingesting data into the institutional repository
  • Experience working with an institutional repository platform/software
  • Experience with project management, digital projects, and institutional repository development
  • Knowledge of digitization policies, preservation strategies, and scanning practices
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication, intellectual property and rights management
  • Ability to document relevant policies, procedures, and local standards
  • Ability to stay abreast of new digital project techniques and repository trends and best practices
  • Ability to effectively interact with audiences of diverse technological backgrounds
  • Ability to collaborate and work with library faculty and staff as well as faculty in academic departments
  • Ability to work well individually and within a team in an evolving work environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent presentation and interpersonal skills 

  • Experience with X/HTML, XML, and XSL
  • Two years or more of related experience in an academic library, archives, museum, or other relevant experience
  • Knowledge of new scholarly publishing models
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products
  • Experience with file formats, conversion and software such as Adobe CS
  • Supervisory experience
  • Understanding of metadata principles and practices such as those found in AACR2, RDA, and   other emerging metadata schemes

Additional Details                            

Salary and rank are commensurate with education and experience.  Librarians in Copley Library have faculty appointments and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, service, and otherwise meet reappointment, promotion, and tenure criteria. 
USD is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.
Benefits: Benefits include health care, retirement, and life insurance. USD is a private, Roman Catholic university with over 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students.  The university’s website is
Deadline: Formal review of applications will begin May 23, 2013, and continues until the position is filled.  The planned start date is July 1, 2013.
Background check:   Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, to include social security verification and federal/county criminal check.

How to Apply                   

  1. Click on the link for current faculty openings.
  2. Click on the link for IRC 10585.
  3. Click Apply Now and register as an applicant.
  4. Please upload the following documents (please do not send any additional materials).  If you have difficulty uploading any documents, please contact Human Resources at (619) 260-6806 or (619) 260-2725 and reference job posting IRC 10585.
  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of five professional references.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, University Librarian, (619) 260-2370,

UC San Diego Presents Prof. Katherine Hayles April 19

The UCSD Center for the Humanities is pleased to welcome all those interested to our events this week featuring renowned literary and cultural scholar N. Katherine Hayles.

Friday, April 19 – Digital Humanities Lunch Series

N. Katherine Hayles, Department of Literature, Duke University

“Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Post-print Era”

12:00 -1:30 p.m., Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UCSD

Dr. Hayles and UCSD Visiting Scholar Dr. Jessica Pressman are co-editors of the collection *Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Post-print Era*, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, 2013. They present essays by a wide variety of literary scholars who analyze text across diverse media formats and historical periods, to argue that literary critics and departments need to reorganize around the recognition that the study of text is a study of media.

Wikipedia is pushing the boundaries of scholarly practice but the gender gap must be addressed

[Cross-posted from Impact of Social Sciences]
Wikipedia is the largest reference work the world has ever created. It is the sixth-largest website in the world. It is the most visited reference work on the internet. It is available in over 285 languages. If you want to affect how the world understands a particular topic, you must edit Wikipedia.
As academics, we already possess many of the skills necessary to be excellent writers of encyclopedia entries: specialized knowledge and finely-honed research and writing abilities. It is incumbent upon us to share our knowledge with the world, where it will be read not only by our fellow academics but by anyone curious about our topics.
The gender gap: every edit is political
Wikipedia bills itself as “the free encyclopedia and anyone can edit” – but not everyone does. Approximately 90% of Wikipedia’s editors are male. For Wikipedia, this has resulted in problems of bias, overrepresentation/underrepresentation of topics, and an environment hostile towards female editors. A lack of diversity amongst editors means that, for example, topics typically associated with femininity are underrepresented and often actively deleted. In one publicly reported example, an article about Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was deleted. This is part of a larger trend. WikiProjects, which organize Wikipedia’s content around topics to mobilize its editors, show the level of interest in a topic. The most organized and successful WikiProject is Military History while projects like Textile Arts languish. In many ways, Wikipedia suffers from the same exclusionary problems of the Encyclopédie of old.
Every edit on Wikipedia is political. While Wikipedians pride themselves on remaining objective and neutral, it is impossible to remain so and the presentation of contemporary events puts this into high relief. In February 2012, Sandra Fluke testified before Congressional Democrats about women’s reproductive rights, for which she was viciously attacked by Rush Limbaugh. Within four days of her testimony, a Wikipedia article was created for her. This is one of Wikipedia’s strengths – its ability to be up-to-date. However, within five minutes of being created, the article was nominated for “speedy deletion” for “no indication of importance” (this process allows Wikipedians to delete obvious spam articles). It remained an article, passing this test, but was nominated two hours later through a more rigorous deletion process, in which Wikipedians would debate the merits of the article for a week. Fluke was considered non-notable or notable only because Rush Limbaugh had attacked her. In the end, her biographical article was merged with the Rush Limbaugh-Sandra Fluke controversy article. For three and a half months on Google, the first Google hit for Sandra Fluke’s name was Wikipedia’s article on the controversy. At that time, the Sandra Fluke article was recreated and she was deemed notable enough to have her own article.

Wikipedia’s rules are not neutral or objective, however much Wikipedians may wish them to be – they have very real political consequences. For three and a half months, Wikipedia allowed Sandra Fluke to be defined by Rush Limbaugh’s wildly inappropriate and derogatory comments, rather than by her own life story, and helped fuel an irrelevant news story. This is one small example of how every choice Wikipedia editors make on the encyclopedia shapes the world’s knowledge and thus who is editing the encyclopedia is of paramount importance.
The gender gap and its concomitant effect on the content and structure of the encyclopedia has caused a recent upsurge in efforts to recruit more women to edit Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation, for example, hired a fellow specifically to work on this problem for a year. But there have also been grassroots efforts and the #tooFEW edit-a-thon on March 15 was part of this. During this event, the THATCamp Feminisms West, East, and South hosted edit-a-thons. Moreover, as news of the edit-a-thon spread, other locations (mainly in the United States) started their own editing sessions and individuals made time in their day to add to Wikipedia’s coverage of women.
The root of all knowledge
During the edit-a-thon, the question of notability and verifiability was raised frequently. Wikipedia has a “notability” policy that determines who and what can have an article. While Wikipedia includes articles about many more topics than a traditional encyclopedia, it does not include articles about any topic. Over the years, Wikipedia’s notability guideline has evolved quite a bit. Wikipedia did not have a solid notability guide until 2007. This is important to remember – Wikipedia’s policies, like everything on the site, evolves and changes as the community changes (if you want to follow the changes, click on the “view history” tab at the top of the page). In general, a topic is notable if it has been covered in reliable sources independent of the subject. What this means in practice, of course, is that Wikipedia should be fundamentally conservative in the sense that it is only publishing information that has been published before. However, because Wikipedia accepts a variety of reliable sources (while still privileging peer-reviewed sources), such as newspapers and blog posts, there are ways in which the encyclopedia is pushing against the boundaries of established scholarly practice.
While academics may see Wikipedia’s rules as restrictive and prescriptive (and in certain contexts they certainly can be), Wikipedians themselves are constantly working to adjust the rules. For example, at Wikimania 2012 (the conference for all things Wikipedia), there was a panel on “Wikipedia in the Twitter Age”, which specifically raised the question of the reliability of different kinds of information and which forms Wikipedia privileges and why, using the 2011 Egyptian revolution as an example of when the most reliable information came from Twitter.
There is nothing more essential than seeing that these policies on Wikipedia are evolving and that if we as feminists and academics want them to evolve in ways we feel reflect the progressive politics important to us, we must participate in the conversation. Wikipedia is a community and we have to join it.
Join us!
Those of participating in the #tooFEW edit-a-thon ended the afternoon by discussing how one could be a feminist activist on Wikipedia. Our ideas included everything from adding content on women to reviewing articles other Wikipedians have written to helping shape guidelines for WikiProjects to using Wikipedia in the classroom.

What Wikipedia chooses to include is shaping what we remember and value about our culture. It is important that as academics we do not absent ourselves from these debates. Wikipedia, like the Encyclopédie, will define what knowledge is for generations. Join us in shaping the world’s knowledge!

Professional Development in Pasadena – Workshops & Tours sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its 41st annual conference in Pasadena, California, April 25-29, 2013.


Consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity for professional development and register for one (or more!) of the following workshops and tours:

Workshop: The Art of GLAM-Wiki: The Basics of Sharing Cultural Knowledge with the World on Wikipedia 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:00am-12:00pm 
Learn how your organization can share its cultural heritage content with a diverse audience on the world’s fifth most popular website! Instructors well-versed in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums with Wikipedia (GLAM-Wiki) Initiative will teach you how to engage with Wikipedia and the Wikipedia community, the basics of GLAM-Wiki, Wikipedia’s policies and procedures, and basic editing skills.

Workshop: Postcards from the Edge VI: Television & Media Industries 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:00am-12:30pm 
This hands-on workshop format provides practical training for reference and research librarians. The origins and nature of television and media studies will be discussed and participants will be introduced to the most important and useful resources related to the Television and Media industries; special trial access to a number of electronic resources will be provided.

Workshop: Omeka: Creating and Sharing Collections With An Open Source Web Publishing Tool 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:00am-12:00pm 
Do you have an exhibition idea or a hidden collection that needs exposure? Come learn the basics of Omeka, a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the online exhibition and display of library, museum, and archival collections. In this hands-on format you will create your own project with images, audio, video, and texts.

Workshop: Hands-on Letterpress Broadside Printing Workshop at Art Center’s Archetype Press 
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm 
Experience the letterpress renaissance and plan to get hands-on in this participatory workshop where you will print a broadside and be exposed to the cultural history and heritage of typography and print culture. This is a rare opportunity to view and handle the largest collection of American and European metal foundry type, wood type and ornaments in California.

Tour: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Watts Towers 
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm 
Experience a one-hour tour of the Stanley Kubrick exhibition led by a LACMA curator, plus a presentation on the conservation challenges presented by the iconic Watts Towers from LACMA’s senior conservation scientist. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the museum before you continue on to a docent led tour at Watts Towers.

Tour: Exploring El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument: Siqueiros Mural, Avila Adobe, Olvera Street 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm 
Tour the Avila Adobe (1818), the oldest standing residence in L.A., followed by a visit to the only David Alfaro Siqueiros public mural in the U.S., América Tropical (1932). Leslie Rainer, Senior Project Specialist from the Getty Conservation Institute will give an informative and detailed overview of the mural and talk about the challenges and process of its recent restoration.

Tour: The Getty Villa 
Monday, April 29, 2013, 8:30am-5:30pm 
The day will include a private tour of the Getty Villa, including a curator-led tour of the special exhibition, Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome. The second part of the day will include a behind-the-scenes tour with an Education Specialist who will talk about the highlights and history of the Villa, including the architecture, the garden, and the renovated Ranch House, which was the original residence of J. Paul Getty.

PLEASE NOTE: Colleagues and students who take advantage of this special opportunity will pay the regular price of the workshop or tour as listed in the program, plus a $15 administrative fee.

For more information, visit the conference website, conference schedule, or our Facebook page


Sincerely, Conference Program Co-chairs
Sarah Sherman & Cathy Billings

Sarah Sherman
Reference Librarian
 Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

We’re back, and with a new look!

Our new logo!
Although the Southern California digital humanities community has remained busy, the DH SoCal blog had to take a bit of a hiatus, but we’re back! And with a new look! Thank you to Liz Losh (@lizlosh from UCSD) for our new logo and header graphic, and to Colleen Greene (@colleengreene from CSUF) for our refreshed blog design.
Take a look around the new site organization to familiarize yourself with how to post to our blog, calendar, jobs list, CFPs, people directory, and project directory.
Anyone from the SoCal DH community, or with an interest in digital humanities in Southern California, is welcome to join our site and network. Learn more about Connecting with us!