John  Theibault

  • Some Other Topics to Consider Tomorrow at THATCamp Jersey Shore


    Hi! I’m John Theibault, Director of the South Jersey Center for Digital Humanities and main organizer of THATCamp Jersey Shore. The glitches I mentioned in an earlier post have extended to my own individual login to contribute to this conversation. So I’ll contribute as “Jerseyshore2011” the administrator of the site.

    The previous posts have given us several very interesting ideas to chew on. All will make for interesting sessions. I’ll just add a couple of other ideas that are on my mind as THATCamp starts.

    The first is simply to try to construct an overview of the infrastructure for doing digital humanities. I had even considered offering a BootCamp session on something along the lines of “Navigating the Digital Humanities Landscape” in which we would consider the umbrella organizations and sites dedicated to helping beginners and experts become familiar with the complete toolkit of digital humanities work. If people wish to share stories of how they keep up to date with digital humanities work it might be an enlightening session.

    The second aligns more closely with the digital humanities projects I am working on. I am interested in how new visualization methods can create different forms of both narrative and argumentation in scholarship. Just this evening via Twitter I encountered two new pieces on the transformative power of visualization. Edward Segal’s and Jeffrey Heer’s paper on Narrative Visualizations: Telling Stories with Data and today’s New York Times article “When Data Struts its Stuff.” How can humanists harness these powerful explanatory tools to make arguments and how can we teach people to “read” visualizations effectively?

    Within the applications for THATCamp are suggestions for a number of other very important potential sessions. I’ll list some below in abbreviated form for our consideration during the agenda-setting stage.

    1) What is the future of the book in the digital age?
    2) Text Mining and Advanced Search techniques
    3) Network Analysis and visualization
    4) Geo-Referencing and Analysis
    5) Student Digital Humanities Projects — Opportunities for Collaboration between CS and Humanities
    6) Using Digital Methods to Enhance Communication and Collaboration in Class
    7) Content Management Systems — Drupal, Strengths and Limitations of WordPress
    8) Digital Curation, Building an Online Exhibit
    9) Creating an Organizational Digitization Strategy
    10) Social Networking for Organizational and Project visibility

    I’m looking forward to a very engaging discussion. I hope to see you all tomorrow at 9:15 to help assemble the program.

  • Technical Glitches


    Many thanks Dael for getting the discussion going. I know there are other THATCamp participants interested in games and hope we can assemble a great session about that.

    Meanwhile, at the risk of destroying my technical credibility before the conference begins, I wanted to “go public” with some technical glitches which may be keeping some people from participating.

    1) The application page underwent a couple of editorial adjustments while it was up. I know of at least one applicant who thought he was registered, but wrote to me for confirmation and I did not have him in my database. New evidence suggests that there may be several more who submitted applications that did not make it to my database. I’m assuming that there is a connection between the editing of the page and the failure of some applications to make it to the database. Unfortunately, there is no way for me to reverse search for those people who applied and didn’t make it to the database. It could be one or two, it could be many. If you submitted an application and have not heard whether it has been accepted or not, assume that it got lost in that digital ether. E-mail me and I’ll enter you by hand.

    2) For those of you who managed to run the gauntlet of getting your application through to the database, there was a second technical glitch. The plug-in that I used to generate invitations to log in to the website was balky. It successfully sent out about ten log in invitations, but was very idiosyncratic as I tried to re-submit those who didn’t get receive an invitation the first time. If you received an acceptance to THATCamp Jersey Shore, but never received log in information for the site, email me about that. And if you received multiple log in emails, my apologies.

    There will be free wifi access at the Carnegie Library and, we hope, enough surge-protector outlets to keep laptops charged.

    See you on April 4!

  • Logistics


    A reminder that THATCamp Jersey Shore will be held at the beautiful Carnegie Library of Richard Stockton College at Pacific Ave. and Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Atlantic City, NJ. This building is the original Carnegie Library for Atlantic City and has been listed as one of the “Top 150 buildings and places in New Jersey” by the American Institute of Architects.

    Directions by car to the Carnegie Library are available here. Parking is in a lot of Pacific Avenue. If you will be driving to THATCamp, let me know and I will forward a parking permit for the Carnegie Library lot.

    The Carnegie Library is about ten blocks from the NJ Transit rail station in Atlantic City. There is a regular casino shuttle, the Atlantic City Jitney, that connects the rail station with Pacific Avenue.

    We have arranged for a great deal on accommodations for those of you staying over in Atlantic City. We have a block of rooms reserved at the Courtyard Marriott Atlantic City at 1212 Pacific Ave. for April 3-4 at $65 a night. The Courtyard is about four blocks from the Carnegie Library and one block from the Boardwalk.

    An interactive map of Atlantic City can be found here.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlantic City!

  • Apply Now!


    The “official” deadline for applications to THATCamp Jersey Shore will be March 15. After that date, we will continue to consider applications on a space available basis.

    So register now. Here’s the registration link.

  • Contact


    Looking over the site, I see that it is hard to figure out who to contact for questions about THATCamp Jersey Shore. Sorry. The central contact for THATCamp Jersey Shore is me, John Theibault, Director of the South Jersey Center for Digital Humanities at Stockton College. I can be reached on gmail using my first initial and full last name without punctuation or spacing. Stockton addresses all go to; mine begins with my first and last names separated by a dot.

  • Micro-Fellowships for BootCamp at Jersey Shore


    Time flies!

    In just over a month, THATCamp Jersey Shore arrives. We are still eager to get your application. We will have BootCamp sessions for relative newcomers to digital humanities, allowing for hands on immersion in programs and processes that are valuable for getting up to speed. If you are coming from a bit of a distance, I am pleased to remind you that through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Kress Foundation, and the Council on Information and Library Resources, we have a small number of fellowships offering $500 to participants in BootCamp sessions. Too learn more about BootCamp fellowships and how to apply you can go to the central THATCamp homepage here. If you wish to be considered for one of these fellowships, you must fill in the THATCamp Jersey Shore application (available here) and the separate fellowship application (available here) by March 15. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

    The fellowships are designed to help defray travel and accommodation costs, so are not designed for “locals.” Locals are, however, very welcome to attend all BootCamp sessions. We expect to have an assortment of 5-7 BootCamp sessions to choose from. If you are applying (or have already applied) and think that you could offer an excellent prospective BOOTCamp session, please let us know. We would be pleased to expand our offerings.

  • Applications are Now Open for THATCamp Jersey Shore


    If you click on the Apply tab above, you’ll find an application for THATCamp Jersey Shore. I’ll start broadcasting the news soon, but if you are at this site and know you want to come, you can get your application in early. Hope to see you here.

  • Yes Virginia, There Will Be a THATCamp Jersey Shore!


    Come join us in Atlantic City, New Jersey for THATCamp Jersey Shore.

    When: April 4-5, 2011. The sessions will run all day, Monday, April 4, and until about noon on Tuesday, April 5.

    Where: The Carnegie Library Center of Richard Stockton College, corner of Pacific Ave. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    Details to follow.

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