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

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

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.

Global Women Wikipedia Write-In, Friday, April 26

Wikipedia image remixed from original image from Octavio Rojas on Flickr.

Wikipedia, of course, is one of the Web’s most-accessed resources, and certainly its most ubiquitous reference source. Yet only 13% of Wikipedia contributors are women, and even fewer are women of color. This imbalance in Wikipedia’s contributors is reflected in its content; for example, Wikipedia boasts 45 different articles on characters from The Simpsons, but only five articles on Mexican feminist writers. 

At UCLA, we’ll join scholars and activists around the globe to rectify this imbalance by training new Wikipedia editors. We’ll have coffee, donuts, and experts on both Wikipedia-editing and on content areas that are poorly represented in Wikipedia. We’re delighted that Wikipedia editor Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz will be joining us to offer instruction.
Friday, April 26
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
(9 a.m. workshop on Wikipedia-editing)
Young Research Library Research Commons (first floor)
Come for all or part of the event!

Parking Info (Lot 5 is closest to the library)
Thank you to UCLA Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Services for sponsoring this event.