THATCamp Organization of American Historians 2014 The Humanities and Technology Camp Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:54:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 American History Website Marketing via Social Media Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:54:16 +0000

I am a Yale history grad (U.S. & Asian) and the creator and owner of an American History website, History 500 ( which attempts to identify the best history books for each of roughly 50 eras of American history, including WW I & II (over 500 books in total). Recommendations come from members and a 20 person advisory board of history professionals.  We also have links to most major historical sites, battlefields & museums. We are set up as a small private members-only club with a small lifetime fee ($100) and are growing slowly and steadily. We are interested in how we can use Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Google to let people know about us and grow our base.

Librarian-faculty partnerships in teaching digital humanities Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:06:34 +0000

I’m a history and digital services librarian at Cornell University. Like many campuses, we don’t [yet] have a digital humanities center, but we do have librarians with expertise in various areas of digital scholarship who have partnered successfully with faculty on dozens of digital projects. What I’d like to focus on is librarian-faculty partnerships to teach digital humanities. I have experience with two different approaches—assisting/partnering in an undergraduate digital history course and developing an intensive three day boot camp of digital technologies for graduate students. I’m interested in discussing other partnering approaches, strategies, and experiences to see what we can learn from each other.

Animating maps Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:04:34 +0000

I am interested to learn from someone who is technologically savvy about the tools and methods needed for animating historical maps to show spatial and temporal movement. For instance:

I’d also like to discuss the value and potential of having undergraduate students animate maps in upper division history courses.

Undergraduate Digital History Project Session Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:09:14 +0000

I would like to see a session on how to incorporate a digital history project as one of the components of a typical upper level class for history majors. What I am most interested in finding out, are the different steps that need to be taken to get the students on the right path, any pitfalls to watch out for, and how one goes about grading such an assignment.

historical network modeling Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:54:32 +0000

I want to create computer models of real-life social networks in history.  My research interests have to do with educational, literary, and religious networks, but anything goes.    If anyone else is working on that or interested, I would love to talk with you.    I am taking baby steps in this direction and I want to explore issues of methodology, software tools, models of existing projects,  etc.

Meeting Time and Location Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:24:26 +0000

I’m so glad that you will be joining us at THATCamp next week. We will start at 9AM on Wednesday and we meet in the Crystal ballroom A/F which is on the lobby level of the Hilton. Some participants might not be able to join us at 9AM due to travel, just come as you are and when you can. No need to pack an additional set of dress clothes for Wednesday, unless you are like me and prefer that sort of thing-THATCamp is all about being comfortable and productive and collegial and fun.

After introductions, some light snacks, and our collective decisions about setting the schedule, the rest of the day features break-out sessions in adjacent rooms, time for lunch (as groups or on you own), and a closing session sometime between 3 and 5PM -depending on what the group decides. One of the best parts of THATCamp is checking out local restaurants with fellow participants during lunch and a happy hour (or two) at the conclusion of the day.

Each of the rooms will have a projector and the standard connector. If you have something to project, you’ll need a laptop or other device along with any special adapters.

There will also be time set aside in the morning for something known as “Lightning Round Talks” or alternatively and affectionately known as “Dork Shorts” among the original THATCamp attendees. This gives participants the opportunity to talk for two minutes about a Digital Humanities project they may be working on. This is wonderful for so many reasons-it allows everyone the chance to see the work that their colleagues are doing and encourages participants who have questions or who might be interested in collaboration to follow-up with that person later.

I hope everyone is looking forward to our time together in Atlanta. feel free to send an email or call if you have any last-minute questions.


David Trowbridge

My idea for a session Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:35:21 +0000

Hello everyone! I’ll start us off with a session proposal to get the ball rolling.

I’d like to have a discussion about the ways that Digital Humanities can engage the public. This could mean one-way transmission of information from professional historians to the public via websites and apps. Or it could involve some sort of interactive digital space that allows for questions, feedback, or even collaboration.



One Week Warning-Time for Session Proposals!!! Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:44:39 +0000

It is hard to believe that THATCamp is only a week away. Please help us create the schedule by letting us know what kinds of sessions interest you . You can propose discussions about questions and topics, working sessions where participants learn a skill, working groups where participants work on a project, or just about anything else related to Digital Humanities.

To add your proposal, simply click on the “+New” tab at the very top. If this doesn’t work out, simply reply to my post. If you would prefer to share your idea directly with our coordinator, you can send him a message at

Participants can add their ideas in the morning session as well. Once all suggestions are in, everyone will vote and indicate which sessions appeal to them the most. We take it from there-majority rules but no session idea is ever rejected because participants can always start their own “grassroots” sessions in the lobby. Ain’t democracy grand?

Join us in Atlanta! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:48:59 +0000

On behalf of the Organization of American Historians, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us for a day of productive fun at The Humanities And Technology Camp. No matter your level of technical skill, if you have an interest in learning and sharing new ideas and a spirit of collegiality, this is the place for you. We’ll get started on the morning of April 9th, the day before the official start of the OAH. Come as you are and get ready to meet wonderful people—there is simply no better way to start a conference than by attending a THATCamp.

Interested in learning more? Check out the information on this page and feel free to contact me at


David Trowbridge

What is THATCamp? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:32:20 +0000

What’s a THATCamp?

In a traditional academic conference, panelists share answers. At THATCamp, participants explore questions.

THATCamp participants set the agenda in the morning by proposing and voting on the sessions. For example, someone might propose a session aimed at exploring ways that technology could be useful in the peer review process. Another participant might ask a direct question such as “how can I create a website” or “how can data mining help my research?” At that point, participants with experience will usually volunteer to lead a session that will teach those skills. Another participant might propose a working session where the participants discussed ways to solve a problem or create something new.

So some sessions will focus on learning a skill or launching a collaborative project. Others sessions will feature discussions about pedagogy, sharing research, public history, or a host of other topics. You might start the day with an instructional sessions on the basics of web design or writing code, have a discussion about the utility of technology in the classroom, learn some basics of data mining that will help you with a current research project, and end the day by joining your new friends in creating a public history website or application.

Sessions can be proposed on this website or they can be proposed on the morning of THATCamp. The most popular 12-16 sessions will be held throughout the day. Participants are free to move from one session to another or plan spontaneous sessions based on questions that come up throughout the day. This last part is key-some of the best sessions might not appeal to a large number of participants so even if the session does not make the official cut it can still happen in a more informal manner.

Sounds great but….

The best part of THATCamp is the collegiality, so please do not worry that participants will be expected to come with anything more than a willingness to learn and share. THATCamp works best when there are a large number of first time attendees and people with diverse backgrounds and skills. Have concerns about technology? So will many of your fellow participants-let’s talk about it.

The best part of THATCamp is the collegiality, so please do not worry that participants will be expected to come with anything more than a willingness to learn and share. Since it’s kind of a hybrid between a conference and a jam session, it works best when there are a large number of first time attendees and people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skill levels.

It’s also a great way to meet some great people you’ll want to run into during the rest of your stay in Atlanta.

If you have questions, feel free to drop me a line at

David Trowbridge