GIS Bootcamp details and links


If you would like to load the software that we’ll be using in tomorrow’s GIS bootcamp onto your laptop, here’s the link to ESRI’s AEJEE GIS. This is a relatively large install, and it could take several minutes to download.


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Contact details?

I would really love to keep in touch with everyone I met at THATCamp!  Can you share  your contact info so we can continue the collaborations and conversations?

My details:

Email: janaremyATgmail

FaceBook: Jana Bouck Remy

Twitter:  @janaremy

History Blog & Podcast:

(I also blog bi-monthly at HistoryCompass)


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Barbara Hui

Apologies for the lateness of my post! I’m generally interested in GIS in the humanities. Have been working on a project called Litmap in conjunction with my dissertation, which attempts to map literature, and which you can see (partially) here. I’ve worked extensively on Hypercities (coding and conceptual development) and also some Nordic folklore mapping projects, for example the Danish Folklore Data Nexus.

Am very much looking forward to seeing what other people are up to in SoCal w/ regards to these areas and also other tech + humanities things, and would love to talk about collaboration. Very excited that THATCamp is coming to SoCal!

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Elizabeth Losh

Electronic portfolios are becoming increasingly important in contemporary digital universities, but they raise fundamental questions about curatorial education and the politics of access and appropriation. I’ve offered to talk specifically about a genre that many on the job market are asked about: the teaching portfolio. I’ll also show a lot of examples for our discussion. But I think these issues are relevant to a range of situations from electronic portfolios for students to digital tenure review files for faculty.

Lately, as I plan an event in honor of the release of the Richard Rorty born digital archive with my UC Irvine colleague Erin Obodiac, I have been thinking about ways to theorize this in the digital humanities/critical theory conversation. I hope that THATcampers will attend the Rorty event on May 14th. The description of the event is here.

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James Smith

I’m working on two different topics: expert calibrated peer trust and developing a web-based application platform for digital humanities.

My primary work is a general-purpose, web-based digital humanities platform–essentially Lego for DH.  This platform is being developed to support four different DH projects this semester that together have a combination of bibliography, transcription, concordance, GIS, and general database tasks.  The goal is to develop a general methodology for mapping the traditional humanist “editorial statement” (within the context of a digital project) to an electronic description that can be used by the computer to help build the project. (I’ve started a tumblelog on the project for those interested in the nitty-gritty.)

The peer trust work is being done in the context of an instructional technology project, but it may be applicable in DH projects that employ crowd sourcing.

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Ronan Hallowell

I am interested in talking about digital tools for climate change education, scientific visualization and engaging storytelling/presentation. In particular I’m looking for ways to use digital media to increase dialogue between scientists, artists, scholars, business people, government officials, students and the general public to explore climate solutions.

I’m also interested in remix pedagogy as I will be teaching a course next year where we’ll be remixing a documentary.

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Melissa Grafe

I’m interested in several topics. I am thinking of creating a prosopography of contributors to an 18th century medical journal, and I’m interested in ways/tools to develop this database. I’m would also like to investigate teaching practices using digital humanities, especially methods and tools.

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Anne Cong-Huyen

I’m interested in the “vast narrative,” the “transmedia story,” or how different texts in various media can contribute to a larger cohesive narrative, and how these narratives can have particular relevance for activism or education (possibly for issues of labor and migration). These different media can include literature, film, television, graphic novels/comic books, digital sites, social media, etc.

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Jackson Stakeman

I’d like to talk about digital pedagogy in higher education.  Like others I am also interested in Sophie, and other advancements in digital/technological humanities.  Additionally,  I’d like to talk about navigating between theory and practice in an academic setting.

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick

I’m hoping to spend some time talking about mechanisms for transforming peer review practices and understandings via open social publishing systems.  In October 2009, I published a draft of my book, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, online for open review.  The process has been extremely productive, and I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback, but it’s left me with three key questions about how to transform something like CommentPress into a viable mode of open peer review:

(1) How do we create the drive within communities of practice to participate in these reviews?  I’m still amazed how many people contributed to mine, but it took a good bit of strategic planning at the outset.

(2) How can we ensure that the reviews we’re getting through a system like CommentPress don’t lose the real strengths of conventional peer reviews — the ability of a reviewer to think synthetically about the text as a whole? There’s at least the potential in a fine-grained commenting system of losing the forest in the trees.

(3) What kinds of technological or social additions can we imagine to such a system that might help review committees, publishers, provosts, etc., of the value of open review?

I’m certain that there are more questions to be asked, but these are the ones that have been most persistent in my mind.  I’ll look forward to talking with you all about these things, and more!

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