SIUe THATCamp 2016

Theme: Engaging Communities through Digital Humanities Registration is open for the SIUE THATCamp 2016. The unconference will be held June 11-12, 2016 on the beautiful Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, located just 25 miles from St. Louis. THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference, which is a small, open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together. The breakout sessions at this unconference are loosely formed prior to the conference and finalized the first day of the unconference. This allows for a dynamic, collaborative atmosphere as opposed to a more formal, and competitive format of a typical DH conference setting. The theme of this year’s THATCamp is “Engaging Communities through Digital Humanities.” We invite you to come and share your ideas, as we investigate opportunities where digital humanities and people outside the academic world intersect. How can a digital humanities project impact, empower, or engage a person, a town, a country, or the world? Please share and invite your colleagues and students! All are welcome! For more information and to register, please visit the website: If you have any questions, please contact Lora Smallman at SIUE THATCamp 2016 Planning Committee: Lora Smallman, Humanities Librarian, SIUE Melissa Burel, Catalog Librarian, SIUE Jessica DeSpain, Associate Professor of English, SIUE Kristine Hildebrandt, Associate Professor of English, SIUE Kayla Hays, National Archives and Records Administration Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook:

IRIS Center Open House: Thursday, January 28, 1-3pm

Join IRIS (Peck Hall, 0226) this Thursday, January 28th from 1-3pm for our annual open house showcase. Learn more about recent and ongoing projects, including: Learn more about what IRIS can offer you:
  • IRIS can facilitate the conceptualization and design of cross-disciplinary and collaborative projects with digital applications
  • IRIS can support such projects via access to specialized computing facilities
  • IRIS can foster mentorship and collaboration between faculty and students at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • IRIS can facilitate the development of curricular innovation that makes significant use of digital and informatics applications and resources
  • IRIS can promote digital endeavors that link scholarly resources and goals with community initiatives and organizations
Snacks and beverages will be provided!

2013 Day of DH Approaches! Just what goes on in Digital Humanities scholarship, anyway? Wouldn’t you like to know! Well, you can find out much more by joining in on the annual 2013 “Day of DH”, which will take place on Monday April 8. This year, Day of DH is hosted by Michigan State University’s MATRIX Center, and will feature a day-long community online publication project to bring together digital humanists and “informaticists” to share the ways in which DH features in their professional (and dare we say, even personal?) lives and accomplishments. Follow the link and register to create your own personal blog to contribute to the dialogue about how DH plays a role in your world. Your participation could contribute to an online publication, and will let other DH scholars know more about how you contribute to this highly interactive and collaborative field.

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute-University of Victoria

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria has just released their summer course list and registration. Courses in beginning digitization fundamentals and their application, introductory XSLT, and creating digital humanities projects for a mobile digital environment are just a few of the offerings that might interest IRIS Faculty and students.

Chicago Digital Humanities Colloquium

On November 21-22nd, I attended the Chicago Digital Humanities Colloquium in Evanston, IL. The colloquium brought together librarians, computer scientists, and humanists from across the region to discuss the latest developments in the digital humanities, including sustainability, “digging into data,” and scholarly annotation. For the purposes of the IRIS Center, the most valuable session was a panel titled “E-science, Digital Humanities, and the Role of the Library.”  This panel discussion with Susan Brown (Guelph, U. Alberta), Patrick Harms (Göttingen), Elli Mylonas (Brown), Claire Stewart (Northwestern), Katherine Walter (Nebraska) addressed the library’s role in the digital humanities. Katherine Walter, the co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln explained the large-scale university support the Center received from the University, including a $400,00 gift per year for Center development at seed grants. Although the CDRH model wouldn’t work at a master’s comprehensive university like SIUE, Walter’s talk provided a valuable model for partnerships between the library and scholars at the University. In Elli Mylonas talk, she provided a full trajectory of the development of the digital humanities at Brown. According to Mylonas, The Women Writers Project, one of the most influential sites in the development and dispersal of TEI encoding, began as a partnership with the University’s ITS, but the program has been restructured because of the necessary role of sustainability that the library will play in the future of digital humanities resources. Brown has recently been developing a comprehensive institutional repository much like the one SIUE is considering. In an earlier panel, Andrew Ashton discussed how a new model of scholarly annotation is being built into Brown’s repository, which runs on an open-source Fedora platform. This annotation system would allow faculty and students now only to make detailed notes on objects within the repository, but to share those notes with one another, and even to subscribe to the ongoing annotations of a particular member of the faculty, staff, or student body. I left the conference with an even more urgent understanding of the level of partnership and interdisciplinarity that we will have to foster in order to make the IRIS Center a successful part of the university community.