March 2019

03/25/2019: Elizabethan Court Day By Day Encode-a-thon @ RRCHNM

The Elizabeth Court Day By Day Encode-a-thing will take place in Fenwick Library 1014B from 10:30am-3.00pm on March 25, 2019.
The Elizabethan Court Day by Day is a dataset of day-by-day accounts of Queen Elizabeth I’s court for the entirety of her reign.  The Folger Shakespeare Library is conducting a project to mark up the dataset in XML using volunteer coders, to enable the easier extraction and analysis of the dataset and shed new light on the quotidian events of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.  Participants will learn to use the Folger’s custom transcription and tagging software to encode and create preliminary visualizations of extracted data throughout the course of the event.  The dataset, and its derivative projects, are all published under a CC-BY-SA International license (meaning you’re free to take the data and run with it, if something catches your interest.)

03/09/2019: Current Research in Digital History 2019 @ RRCHNM

RRCHNM is hosting the 2019 Current Research in Digital History conference on March 9, 2019, at the Arlington campus of George Mason University. The conference program features short presentations that offer historical arguments and interpretations rather than showcase digital projects. This year’s conference features two panels sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society and the Colored Conventions Project. Presentations are peer-reviewed and published in an online publication that accommodates dynamic visualizations and narrative.


November 2018

11/07/2018 Jens Pohlmann (Gerda Henkel Postdoc) @ RRCHNM

On Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 12 noon in the RRCHNM lounge Jens Pohlmann, the 2018-19 Gerda Henkel Fellow in Digital History at RRCHNM, will present on his project “Mapping the German Tech Blog Sphere and its Influence on Digital Policy.”

The goal of this project is to build a corpus consisting of German tech blogs that will allow researchers to identify important actors and their networks in the tech blog sphere and to trace whether their arguments have an impact on public discourse in the mainstream media and eventually on the development of digital policy. In our first study of this tech blog corpus, we will focus on the public discussion of the German Network Enforcement Act or “NetzDG,” also called the “Facebook Law”. This controversial law with its implications for basic rights such as freedom of expression, for the democratic decision-making process in elections, as well as for global internet governance represents a very rich and extremely relevant use case for the analysis of the ways in which the political and societal implications of technology are discussed and negotiated in different fields of the public sphere.


June 2018

06/22/2018: Omeka S Workshop @ RRCHNM

We are happy to announce a day of workshops and activities for developers and users of Omeka S on June 22, 2018. The event will include an overview of the design of Omeka S, as well as introductions to resources (mostly items, but other things as well), module, and site development from the Omeka team. The morning will give a high-level conceptual overview of Omeka S, and the afternoon will involve hands-on exploration of site building and module development. It’s a Friday, so we expect to wrap up around 3pm.


March 2018

03/17/2018: Current Research in Digital History @ RRCHNM

The Current Research in Digital History 2018 conference will be held in Founders Hall at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

CRDH is an annual one-day conference that publishes online, peer-reviewed proceedings. Its primary aim is to encourage and publish scholarship in digital history that offers discipline-specific arguments and interpretations. A format of short presentations provides an opportunity to make an argument on the basis of ongoing research in a larger project.

Registration and Program Information is available here


November 2017

11/15/2017: Project Workshop @ RRCHNM

The Research Division will be holding a Project Workshop at 12 noon in the lounge at RRCHNM.

The Research Division is in the early stages of developing a tool that will allow digital projects to visually represent and give credit for the work that is done by team members over time. During the project workshop, we’ll be discussing what teams would need from such a tool, what we should consider as we get started, and what other tools and resources address this need.


April 2017

04/24/2017: Chad Gaffield (Ottawa) @ RRCHNM

On Monday, April 24, at 12 noon, Chad Gaffield (Distinguished University Professor, Professor of History, and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship, University of Ottawa), will be presenting a talk entitled “Digital History, Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship: A Canadian perspective on possible futures.”


04/17/2017: Ed Summers (MITH) @ RRCHNM

On Monday, April 17, at 12 noon, Ed Summers (Lead Developer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) will give a talk entitled “Under Surveillance: Power and Empowerment in the Social Media Archive.”

Ed Summers is the technical lead of Documenting the Now. This project, undertaken in collaboration with Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California, Riverside, “will result in  an open-source application for collecting tweets, their associated Web content (text, images, video and audio) and metadata, as well as creating data views and export mechanisms both for use with data visualization platforms and for preservation. It will utilize Ferguson-related tweets and Web content as the subject of application development, delivering a Ferguson social media data set for research and preservation, and build a community of users and advocates around the DocNow application.”

This Brown Bag is being organized by the Rosenzweig Center’s 2016-17 Digital History Fellows: Laura Crossley, Jessica Dauterive, and Andrea Odiorne.


04/05/2017: Project Workshop @ RRCHNM

We are working with the Library of Congress to develop Eagle Eye Citizen, a mobile-friendly interactive that lets students and teachers solve and create civics and history challenges using primary sources. The site uses a game-based design to promote close reading, sourcing, contextualization, and critical thinking for a middle and high school audience. The challenges in Eagle Eye Citizen integrate content on Congress and American history and explore the legislative branch, civil rights, elections, the Constitution, and citizenship.

During the workshop, we will be solving and creating Time After Time challenges, which encourage sequencing and periodization.  We would appreciate any feedback on design, functionality, and content. Your participation is greatly appreciated!