National Digital Stewardship Residency 2014 Symposium: April 8th

Recently added to the calendar of upcoming events, please be sure to look into the upcoming National Digital Stewardship Residency symposium to be held in April at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda. The goal of the NDSR — according to the symposium blog — is to…

[…] build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible  the digital record of human achievement.

Be sure to check out the symposium blog at NDSR 2014.

And did I mention that registration is free?


Question Bridge: An Evening with Willis Thomas

Last minute notification, I know, but bear with me:

The Corcoran Gallery is hosting artist Willis Thomas tonight at 7PM for a talk during which he will discuss his work Question Bridge, a transmedia project that seeks to address issues of what it means to be black and male in America. Speakers of a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, political persuasions, and generational divides present their unique perspectives on the experience of black men in this country. For more on the project, please watch the video here.

Like the Library of Congress Folklife Center and and the StoryCorps project, Question Bridge attempts to document something that is complicated, protean: the subjective experience of an individual. By documenting these individual accounts, Thomas creates a work that probes the subjective accounts of issues such as self-identification and social inclusion/exclusion/marginalization. The use of modern digital technologies allows this work to break new ground in terms of collaborative dialogue between remote individuals, shedding light on what it is that connects us and what invisible division might exist between traditionally associated groups and individuals. From a digital humanities perspective, Question Bridge is evidence of the touching individualism that can be captured in a seemingly out-of-touch tech-mediated world.

If you can make it, I would highly recommend attending. Information on the event can be found here.

Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration


The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has scheduled a symposium on the topic of archiving cultural heritage. The symposium, scheduled for September 26-27, aims to…

energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities.

The symposium is scheduled to included panels on the use of cultural heritage archives, archival description standards, preservation and digital stewardship, collaboration, resources, and education, all of which will be attended by a selection of academics and professionals from the archival and cultural professions. Information on the symposium is available here.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration will be available at there website sometime in August.


On another note, the “Calendar of Upcoming Events” is suffering some issues. Please be patient.


Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute Now Accepting Applications

Hey everybody:

The Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute — a joint effort by University of Maryland’s MITH, the Women’s’ Writers Project, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Science — is now accepting applications for a three-day workshop (one of three) to be held in College Park, MD in October. According to the Institute website, the workshop “will provide a strong introductory grounding in data curation concepts and practices, focusing on the special issues and challenges of data curation in the digital humanities.”

At the workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Model humanities data for sustainable computational research
  • Identify, assess, and mitigate risks to their data
  • Evaluate tools and systems for working with data from a curatorial perspective
  • Plan and implement data management during all phases of a project’s lifecycle
  • Leverage data curation skills to improve scholarly publications, grant applications, and promotion dossiers
  • Understand and stay current with the landscape of data curation research

More information on applying for the Institution can be found here.


6th Annual George Washington University Ethics & Publishing Conference

Just a quick FYI:

George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies is holding their annual Ethics & Publishing Conference on July 8th. Attendance is free but you do need to register at the following website:

The 6th Annual GW Ethics & Publishing Conference

Here is the conference statement on their theme “Positive Ethics”:

‘The theme of the 6th annual conference on GWU Ethics and Publishing Conference is “Positive Ethics”. Too often discussions of ethics in publishing are solely about some ethical shortfall – plagiarism, using copyright as a weapon, censorship, predatory business practices – and so on. This year we want to focus on the positive side of ethical practices in the industry. What are publishers doing to promote social good? What are they doing over and above meeting responsibilities to their shareholders? And what more should they be doing?’

This should be a great conversation. Hope to see you there!