THATCamp DHSocCal 2014: “Diving into the Digital Humanities”

DHSoCal | THATCamp: Diving into Digital Humanities

October 24-25
San Diego State University@ The new Aztec Student Union

This ThatCamp is special because it is organized through a unique collaboration between 4 regional institutions: San Diego State University, UCSD, Cal State University at San Marcos, and University of San Diego. Inspired by the open, grass-roots efforts of our regional networking group, DHSoCal, this ThatCamp promotes working together and collaborating across disciplinary, departmental, and institutional divides.

All ThatCamps are open to all kinds of campers, but this one is envisioned as a way to get new folks engaged in the DH and to create new networks of collaboration. So, if you have any kind of inkling to learn about the Digital Humanities– whether you’re already a dedicated digital humanist researcher or an absolute newbie, whether you are a student, teacher, or curious community member– come to camp!

Our ThatCamp is about jumping into the Digital Humanities, getting wet, and learning to swim.

Dive in. The water’s fine!

For information and registration, please go to the THATCamp DHSoCal website.

Note that there have been issues with the THATCamp server. If the THATCamp DHSoCal website is unavailable, you may consult the following documents.

Directions and Parking:

A copy of the schedule is provided below:


8:00 am        Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 am        Welcome and Sticky-Note Voting
-Joanna Brooks, Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs
-Jessica Pressman, Digital Humanities Initiative, SDSU
10:00 am      Opening Talk by Miriam Posner, Digital Humanities Program Coordinator at UCLA
11:00 am       Workshops I
12:30 pm      Lunch
1:30 pm        Workshop II
3:00 pm        Coffee and Snack Break
3:30 pm        Workshop III
5:00 pm        Debrief
5:30-7:00 pm  A Cocktail Hour, with free appetizers, will be served at the University of San Diego’s Hahn University Center, Forum C.
7-10 pm      All THATCamp attendees are invited to the Closing Reception for Occupy Thirdspace, an art exhibition featuring art from students in UC San Diego’s Visual Arts department and artists in and from Northern Baja California.More information here. Hosted by Space 4 Art in San Diego’s East Village.
8:00 am
      Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 am      Welcome and Sticky-Note Voting
10:00 am    Opening Talk by Elizabeth Losh (UCSD) about FemTechNet
11:30 am     Workshop IV
12:30 pm     Lunch
–Performance artists during lunch!
1:30 pm      Workshop V
3:00 pm      Coffee and Snacks, Debrief

Join UCLA DH on June 6 for our End-of-the-Year Party!

Friday, June 6
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The easiest place to park is probably the visitor area (sixth level) of Parking Structure 5.
Join us as we celebrate the DH program’s third year at UCLA! This year, we’ll feature macarons from ‘Lette Macarons alongside the amazing work our students have been doing this year. 
All are welcome! RSVPs requested (though not required) so that we can be sure to have enough food on hand.
10:30-10:35 Welcome
10:35-11:40 Lightning presentations of DH spring capstone projects
11:40-11:45 DH graduate portfolio presentation
11:45–11:50 Presentation of certificates to graduating students
11:50-12:30 Food and project demos

What’s in a name?

I wanted to follow up on a comment from our recent DHSoCal gathering.  Someone (I’m sorry that I can’t remember exactly who it was), mentioned that the term “Digital Humanities” is a loaded one, and said that they avoided using it with their colleagues.

I’d like to know if you also avoid using the term DH.  And if so, what ways do you describe your DH-related work, if not with that term? 

Join us as John Seely Brown and other innovators Reclaim Open Learning

September 26-27, 2013 at Calit2, University of California, Irvine

This international convening is the culmination of the Reclaim Open Learning Innovation Challenge, committed to surfacing individuals and organizations that are transforming higher education toward connected and creative learning, open in content and access, participatory, and building on a growing range of experiments and innovations in networked learning.


Please feel free to follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ReclaimOpen. Certain portions of the Reclaim Open Learning Symposium will be streaming live via theDML Research Hub’s YouTube Channel. For more information about the Agenda, the list of Innovation Challenge Winners, and how to watch select parts of the Symposium online in realtime, please visit


Radisson Hotel Newport Beach – 4545 MacArthur Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92660. The Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is pleased to offer a preferred room rate of $129 +tax for UC Irvine guests. This rate includes complimentary Full Hot American Breakfast Buffet for One(1), Scheduled round trip shuttle to John Wayne Airport, High Speed Wireless Internet, Self-Parking, USA Today Newspaper delivery Mon-Fri, and in-room bottle water.
Reservations can be made online at using the unique UC Irvine corporate code 49443 or by calling our hotel reservation line at 1-800-333-3333 and requesting the University of California Irvine preferred rate.
Please contact Radisson Newport Beach – UC Irvine Travel Manager TJ Ransom at or 949-608-1077 for any additional information.
For more information, please contact:
This event is sponsored and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, University of California Humanities Research Institute, located at UC Irvine and is co-sponsored by the MIT Media Lab and Calit2.

Celebrate spring with the UCLA DH program!

You’re invited to a year-end celebration with the UCLA Digital Humanities program!
Monday, June 10
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Research Commons Classroom, Young Research Library
Featuring short presentations of collaborative capstone research projects:
  • A Database of Ancient Magic
  • RomeLab
  • Holocaust Database Visualization
  • Social Media Analytics
  • DH101 Modules
  • ClipNotes
  • UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology
… and final certificate presentations from DH grad students.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Digital Public Library of America: An Introduction

You are cordially invited to attend:
“The Digital Public Library of America: An Introduction”

Thursday, May 23
3340 Moore Hall
University of California, Los Angeles
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

campus map | parking

The Digital Public Library of America launched on April 18, 2013. Founding Executive Director Dan Cohen will outline the three main elements of the DPLA: a portal that knits together the collections of America’s libraries, archives, and museums; a technical platform that will enable new, transformative uses of these collections and let others build upon them; and advocacy for a strong public option for reading and research in the twenty-first century, including an expansion of available open-access materials. Cohen will also discuss how the DPLA complements the roles of public and research libraries, and explore some unique ways that the DPLA will be used.

Daniel J. Cohen is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He has recently been appointed as the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, which is launching in April 2013. At the Center, Cohen has overseen projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. Cohen was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities, and in 2012 he was named one of the top “tech innovators” in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Cohen blogs at and tweets @dancohen.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Library and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

No RSVP necessary; all are welcome.

DH SoCal Research Slam Photos

We had a great time at the Research Slam! Thanks, Scott Kleinman, for organizing it!
Audience members take in the Slam.

Ellen Jarosz and Steve Kutay describe a proposed tool for exploring archival collections.

Jake Ferrari and Belen Gutierrez describe their work on a database of ancient magic.

Belen Gutierrez

Jake Ferrari and Belen Gutierrez

Iman Salehian and Jake Ferrari describe their research on affect in Facebook and Tumblr.

Iman Salehian and Jake Ferrari

Iman Salehian and Jake Ferrari

Anthony Ratcliff describes his work applying DH methods to hip-hop lyrics.

Anthony Ratcliff

Anthony Ratcliff

Alston D’Silva describes his work on fan culture and digital humanities.

Stephanie Harper discusses a Jane Austen project.

Amanda Phillips talks about her work on video game avatars and race and gender, while Anthony Ratcliff looks on.

Adam Swenson talks about his work data-mining patients’ narratives of pain.

Digital Cultural Mapping: From Social Media Feeds to the Deep Time of Urban Pasts

This Friday, Todd Presner, chair of the Digital Humanities program at UCLA, is giving a talk on digital cultural mapping as part of the Marschak Colloquium. It’s open to the public, so please come by if you’re interested in geospatial technology and the digital humanities.

Friday, May 3, 1-3 pm, 2343 Public Affairs
More on the colloquium
Campus map