Digital Liberal Arts Exchange Roadshow

Join the local DH community as we learn about and plan for the new Mellon-funded project, Digital Liberal Arts Exchange. The DLAx, recently written up in Inside Higher Ed, seeks to explore options for developing a sustainable and scalable approach to sharing digital scholarship expertise (and promoting collaboration on digital scholarship projects) across institutions

May 27, 1:00-4:00
Mugar Library, Boston University, PAL Study Lounge, 3rd Floor
771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

RSVP to Dave Wedaman.

Agenda and sample materials are here.


Upcoming event: 10/10 – Conversations in Digital Scholarship

The Scholars’ Collaborative at the University of Connecticut Libraries is hosting a series of talks: Conversations in Digital Scholarship series during the 2014-15 year. The next event will be “Teaching Collaborations: Public History with WordPress” – Dr. Clarissa Ceglio on October 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm. The talk will take place on level 4 of Homer Babbidge Library.

In her talk, Dr. Ceglio will explore the following:

How do we teach collaboration, and what does collaboration teach us? These questions are core concerns of those engaged in the Digital Humanities, Public History, or at the intersections of both. Using the example of, Ceglio will share how she and colleagues have utilized WordPress, a popular platform for web publishing, as a space for inter-university teaching collaborations and for engaging students, at the undergraduate and high school levels, in collaborative writing projects for public audiences. Ceglio will also reflect on what community-based collaborations have taught her about web-based public history projects., a project of Connecticut Humanities, is an award-winning re-imagining of the traditional state encyclopedia co-developed with members of UConn’s Digital Media & Design Department’s Digital Media Center.

Additional speakers will be added for the spring semester. Please join us and feel free to distribute this information to your colleagues and students.

If you have questions, please contact Anna Kijas (anna.kijas at, Scholars’ Collaborative Coordinator.



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The Long Arc of Visual Display

Thursday, April 10, 7 – 9 pm.

CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9207
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

This talk will explore the origins and applications (both historical and contemporary) of data visualization techniques, locating the emergence of the visualizing impulse in eighteenth-century ideas about data, evidence, and observation. By illuminating these ideas at work in examples past and present, Lauren Klein will show how we can begin to identify the arguments—political as much as aesthetic—that underlie all instances of visual display.

Lauren Klein is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech.

Please RSVP here.

This event will also be live-streamed and live tweeted (follow @cunydhi and use #cunydhi).

For more information, visit CUNY DHI.

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2014 openLAB

Wednesday, April 23, 6 – 8:30 pm.

Arts @ 29 Garden Street
(located at the corner of Garden and Chauncy Streets,
approximately 15-minutes by foot from Harvard Square)

The openLAB event is a project fair with demos, presentations, student projects, an exhibition, experimental cuisine and more!

Get more information from Harvard’s metaLAB.

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Github workshop with Navid Dianati

Tuesday, April 15, 12 – 1:30 pm.

Northeastern University
Center for Complex Network Research
Dana Building, Fifth Floor
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Join Navid Dianati to review the basics of the popular and open source revision control software Git, as well as the free online hosting service GitHub. Through examples, see how Git may be used for source code documentation and revision control in single-author and collaborative projects.

More information here.

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Omeka & Neatline Workshop

Saturday, April 5, 9 am – 5 pm.

Northeastern University
90 Snell Library
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Led by Core Faculty Member Ryan Cordell, this workshop will introduce participants to the Omeka digital archive software ( and the Neatline geospatial exhibit building plugin (

The NULab will provide an Omeka installation for participants to use during the workshop. Participants who wish to may install their own instance of Omeka and Neatline prior to the workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $100, which will help offset the costs of hosting. Please register here before Friday, April 4.

For information, visit NULab.

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Gephi workshop with Katya Ognyanova

Tuesday, March 25, 12 – 1:30 pm.

Northeastern University
Center for Complex Network Research
Dana Building, Fifth Floor
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

This workshop provides an introduction to the free software tool Gephi ( It will cover data structure and formats, graph layouts, various features and controls that help highlight key aspects and uncover hidden patterns in a network. The workshop will also cover dynamic graph visualization: a way to present the evolution of network structure over a period of time.

More information can be found here.

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Project DAVID: Collective Vision and Action for Liberal Arts Colleges

Wednesday, April 16, 2 –  3 pm.

Held online via desktop videoconferencing.

How might colleges and universities use the themes of distinction, analytics, value, innovation, and digital opportunities (thus, DAVID) as a means to consider how they might reinvent themselves? As they focus on attending to the challenges and opportunities their institutions face, what are they learning that informs how the sector might envision its future?

Explore these questions with Ann Hill Duin, a professor at the University of Minnesota. Joining her will be contributors to Project DAVID, Autumn Caines, Wen-Li Feng, Ty Buckman, and Elizabeth Brennan.

If interested, please register online by Monday, April 14.

For more information, visit the NITLE page or contact Georgianne Hewett at

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Examining IT and Library Service Convergence

Tuesday, March 18, 2-3 pm.

Held online via desktop videoconferencing.

As they plan for the future, increasing numbers of colleges and universities are examining and re-envisioning the relationships between work functions. One of the closest ties often found is between academic libraries and information technology. What does this relationship offer in terms of strengthening an institution’s ability to fulfill its mission in the midst of a changing landscape?

Explore why and how the work of technologists and librarians is growing more and more similar, and highlight some colleges that have aligned technology and library talent in more integrated ways with seminar leader Terry Metz, who consults for academic library and information technology organizations at colleges and small universities.

Persons with any level of experience with this topic are encouraged to participate, whether you already work in a converged IT/library environment or know colleagues who work in one, or your institution is considering embracing a more converged model of IT/library services. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.

Register online by Friday, March 14.

For more information about this event, click here or contact Georgianne Hewett.

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Gamification: Theory and Applications in the Liberal Arts

Wednesday, April 9, 2-3 pm.

Held online via video conferencing.

As zoologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and many educators know, playing games is at the heart of learning. Teachers have long used rhetorical games like debates or mind games such as Socratic elenchus to encourage critical thinking. But what about video and computer games? While readily accepted as play, games are increasingly being viewed as a teaching tool. What role might they play in fostering critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and complex decision-making skills in the liberal arts?

Join Benjamin Balak, an associate professor of economics at Rollins College, to discuss the future of education using video games. Learn about his progress developing a gamified course structure, how it engages students and accelerates learning, as well as the difficulties he has encountered as he continues to explore the potential of games in the liberal arts.

Register by Monday, April 7.

Click for more information.

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