Proposal: Omeka

Have a collection of materials (images, pdfs, sound recordings, videos, other files) you would like to archive or exhibit online? Omeka is free, open source software that can help you document your own collections or primary source materials you are researching. Using this innovative software developed for scholars, build collections of texts, images, or multimedia, and display content through galleries, with curatorial annotations, on maps, and more. Attendees will learn the basics while creating a small digital collection and online exhibition. Bring a laptop (NOT an iPad or other tablet). Learn more about Omeka at and 60 minutes.

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Proposal: Using Scalar with Media-Intensive Projects

Do you have research or archival finds that you’re ready to take online? Whether it’s making public a collection of objects or sharing a more developed project with others in your field, Scalar, a free and open-source online publishing platform, is one of many available options for creating a dynamic and engaging presentation of your materials.

In this session, we’ll work with some of Scalar’s basic features to not only introduce any newcomers to the fundamentals of the platform but also engage those somewhat familiar with it in discussions of what projects might be best suited to it. Particular emphasis will be placed on the incorporation of media files—one of the Scalar’s strengths—in areas as diverse as annotating sound or video files, importing images from collections already linked to the Scalar platform, and, perhaps most importantly, placing and linking these files throughout a project. We’ll also look at a number of works created using the platform, ranging from the pedagogical to the critical to the exploratory and artistic.

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Cathy Davidson Public Lecture, “Time and the Modern University”

Friday, April 8, 4.30pm

Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University

Come along a day early to hear Cathy Davidson deliver the plenary lecture at the Society for the Humanities’ Annual Fellows’ Workshop, “Thinking Time.” The daylong workshop precedes the Digital Humanities Grad Symposium and THATCamp, and is likewise open to the public.

Professor Davidson will be looking back historically to the origins of the modern university while also challenging us to deconstruct the higher education punch clock in the realms over which we have power: our classrooms.  She will think with us about what learning might look like if all vestiges of “seat time” were eliminated.  She departs from many pundits who seek to solve the “crisis” of higher education by such measures as reducing the four-year undergraduate clock to three years or slashing the PhD to a four-year project.  Switching out the time allocations does not get to the heart of the problems.  It does not transform the dependency of the present system on a punch-clock calibrated to the demands, aspirations, and paradigms of a different era.  By contrast, she advocates thinking deeply about how to create a more innovative, fluid, equitable, and activist model of higher learning not just for the world as it is, but also for the world as we wish it to be.

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Registration now open!

Hi Campers! Registration is now open for the CNY2016 THATCamp, which will be held in the Olin Library at Cornell University. Please register here by April 4, so we can order an appropriate amount of food (and T-shirts!) There are no registration fees, and breakfast, lunch, and coffee/tea will be provided.

The event will follow Cornell’s inaugural Graduate Student Digital Humanities Symposium; if you are interested in submitting a proposal for the half-day symposium, please contact Mia Tootill () or go ahead and submit your abstract here (deadline 21 Feb). The THATCamp will launch with lunch on Saturday April 9 and continue through Sunday April 10.

Feel free to suggest a session on the Propose page. Sessions can be on any topic relevant to the humanities and technology – examples from previous THATCamps are listed on the page if you want ideas. The sessions are intended to be collaborative explorations of a topic, with proposers acting as session facilitators, but you can also suggest a topic you don’t yet know anything about and ask for a volunteer session leader. Final determination of which sessions will go ahead will take place on the morning of the event, based on the interest of those assembled.

Co-Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Cornell Library, and the Cornell GPSAFC.

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Announcing THATCamp CNY2016

On April 9 and 10, we will be hosting the second Central New York THATCamp, this time at Cornell University. Further details and registration information will be available soon.

In the meantime, if you have questions please email Mia Tootill at . For more information on the THATCamp movement, see About.

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