4Humanities Event at CSUN


Date: May 16, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: The Linda Nichols Joseph Room of Jerome Richfield Hall (JR 319), California State University, Northridge (Map)
Contact: Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu)

4Humanities is a group of digital humanists who seek to assist in advocacy for the humanities by harnessing the skills and resources of the digital humanities community. On May 16, the local Southland 4Humanities chapters will meet at California State University, Northridge to work on the WhatEvery1Says Research Project (#WhatEvery1Says).

WhatEvery1Says emerges from the local chapter of 4Humanities at UC Santa Barbara (4Humanities@UCSB) to identify public perceptions of the humanities, formulate the core value(s) of the humanities, and strategize ways to “frame” these values for effective communication (through framing narratives, metaphors, scenarios, paradigms). The project’s purpose is to canvass and analyze public and academic discourse about the humanities in order to help advocates develop a coherent message about why the humanities matter to people and society. The project will conduct systematic, strategic research on perceptions of the humanities, on what academics and others believe the core values of the humanities to be, and on the way people “frame” narratives about the humanities. Data will be gathered through text mining and analyzed through forms of computational analysis such as topic modeling. Further information is available on the Project Overview Site.

Anyone who would like to become involved with 4Humanities or WhatEvery1Says is welcome to join us. Although the primary goal of the meeting will be planning and strategizing for WhatEvery1Says, there will be a time slot for people to talk give short presentations on whatever DH topics they would like. Lightning talks to longer demos will both be considered, and the timetable below will be adjusted accordingly.

The following is a preliminary schedule which is likely to undergo some change before the date of the meeting.


  • Introductions
  • Background on the Project
  • Discussion of opportunities for grant funding to support WhatEvery1Says and/or other 4Humanities activities.
  • Creating some timelines for some smaller 4Humanities projects or discussion of structures for collaboration.

12:00-1:00: Lunch


  • Introductions of afternoon attendees and morning re-cap.
  • Preparatory work and training for topic modelling.
  • Collective or small group run-through on a small corpus.


  • A time slot for spill-over from the previous session and for people to talk about and/or demo their DH projects, either in the form of lightning talks or “extended” lightning talks.

Getting to and Parking at CSUN

Driving Directions can be found on the CSUN Visitor Parking Information website or from Google Maps. Please go to Parking Booth #2 on the corner of Prairie and Darby to purchase a daily parking permit ($6). The Parking Booth only accepts cash, but the parking lots have dispensers that accept credit cards. Please keep your receipt; you will be reimbursed afterwards.

Getting to JR 319

Walk down Prairie towards campus. Cross Etiwanda and walk to the right around Sierra Center. On the other side of Sierra Center there are stairs leading up to the third floor. These provide direct access to Jerome Richfield Hall right outside JR 319.

Wifi Access

Visitors from campuses with Eduroam may be able to access the internet using that service. Otherwise, you will be given a password upon arrival.

DHSoCal Meeting

Friday, April 18 from 10 to 1 p.m. at the Seuss Room in Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego

Digital Humanities – Southern California will be hosting a meeting open to all practitioners of digital humanities and those who are curious to know more. This meeting will be geared toward sharing our local assets, challenges, ongoing projects, and ideas.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending, either in person or virtually. Lunch will be provided for those who attend in person.

Tentative Agenda

1) Introductions

2) Discussion of current projects, plans, partnerships, and efforts underway

3) Discussion of desired future efforts: thinking strategically 5 years-out

a) West Coast DH undergrad conference
b) THAT Camp

4) Collaboration
a) Teaching DH classes/ student projects across campuses
b) Sharing successful models for teaching and institution-building
c) Pooling institutional contacts to funding agencies

5) Build out DHSoCal website

Additional topics for discussion:

May 16 4Hum event
SouthWest Regional DH event

Directions, parking, and bus information here

This event is sponsored by the Geisel Library and the Center for the Humanities.

Intertwingled, April 24 at Chapman University

EVERYTHING IS DEEPLY INTERTWINGLED. In an important sense there are no “subjects” at all; there is only all knowledge, since the cross-connections among the myriad topics of this world simply cannot be divided up neatly.

Theodor Holm Nelson wrote those words 40 years ago in his book, Computer Lib. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the publication of Computer Lib, Chapman University is hosting a conference, “INTERTWINGLED: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson,” on April 24, 2014.
The conference “INTERTWINGLED: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson” will examine and honor the work and influence of this computer visionary and re-imagine its meaning for the future.

The conference will take place in the Chapman University Boardroom, Argyros Forum 2nd floor, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Inquiries can be made to Doug Dechow at dechow@chapman.edu or phone  (714) 532-7781.

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 http://www.wherecampsocal.org :

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 http://scalar.usc.edu

DH SoCal Research Slam

Location: California State University, Northridge
Date: May 4, 2013
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Storify of Event Twitter Stream

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.

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

CFP: DH Reading Group at UCLA

The UCLA Digital Humanities Reading Group meets twice a quarter at UCLA to discuss the work of a student, faculty, or staff member at UCLA (or any other school in the area). If you think you might be interested in presenting your work in the 2011-2012 academic year, please email me at David Shepard with a brief description of a project you might like to present and, roughly, when you would want to present it (“January” or “early winter” is close enough). Projects should be digital humanities related (broadly defined), and can include research, pedagogy, or anything in between. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Matthew Kirschenbaum to speak at UCLA

IS Colloquium Series
Matt Kirshenbaum
April 21, 2011 3-5pm
Reception in 2nd Floor Salon

Title: Born-Digital Humanities: Toward A Research Agenda

Abstract: Much has been made lately of digital humanities, which has rapidly become institutionalized and professionalized as a research paradigm at the intersection of cultural heritage, digital tools and technologies, big data, and humanistic scholarship. Yet digital humanities has had surprisingly little contact with researchers in digital preservation and personal digital archiving, an omission all the more surprising given that our born-digital archives of today will be the cultural heritage of tomorrow. In this talk I will draw from my experiences on three recent projects, each of which served to educate me in various aspects of digital preservation practice: Approaches to Managing and Collecting Born-Digital Literary Materials for Scholarly Use, which included archivists at the Ransom Center and Emory University; Preserving Virtual Worlds, a multi-institutional collaboration adopting a case-study approach; and Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, which resulted in a published report for CLIR. Each of those projects suggests ways in which a research agenda at the intersection of digital humanities, digital preservation, and personal digital archives might be cultivated, and I will use this talk to elaborate them. The issues will be framed in relation to wider topics, including digital materiality, retro computing, digital legacies, and computer history.

Bio: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH, an applied thinktank for the digital humanities), and Director of Digital Cultures and Creativity, a living/learning program in the Honors College. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland, a Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization. His first book, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, was published by the MIT Press in 2008 and won the 2009 Richard J. Finneran Award from the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS), the 2009 George A. and Jean S. DeLong Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), and the 16th annual Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association (MLA). In 2010 he co-authored (with Richard Ovenden and Gabriela Redwine) Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections, a report published by the Council on Library and Information Resources. Kirschenbaum speaks and writes often on topics in the digital humanities and new media; his work has received coverage in the Atlantic, New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, Boing Boing, Slashdot, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. See http://www.mkirschenbaum.net for more information.