THATCamp, The Humanities And Technology Camp, is a free, open, interdisciplinary “unconference” where humanists and technologists meet to work together for the common good. BootCamp Philly workshops will take place between 8:30am and 4:00pm on Friday, September 23. BootCamp workshops are free, introductory workshops held at THATCamp that will enable humanists to begin acquiring digital skills that can help further humanities study. The unconference schedule for Saturday, September 24, is here.)

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Workshop One | Breakout A | Breakout B | Breakout C | Workshop Two

BootCamp Philly Schedule

Registration and coffee, 8:30AM-9:00AM
Location: Hallway, 1st floor

General Workshop One, 9:00AM-10:45AM
Data Manipulation for Non-Programmers (Dianne Dietrich, Cornell University)
Location: Ullyot (combined) room
We all have a ton of data, and in a lot of cases, we don’t have the programming “power tools” to manage it quickly and effectively. Programming doesn’t have to be hard, and it isn’t just for [insert stereotype here]. Anyone can learn! This workshop will teach some basic scripting, but will also discuss how to use tools we all already have (Excel, common database programs, Yahoo! pipes, Google Refine, etc.) to make your data manageable.

Breakout Workshop A, 11:00AM-12:45PM
How to Get What You Want out of Oral Histories (Charlie Hardy, West Chester University)
Location: Rohm and Haas room
Oral histories are hard. Even the most honest interviewees have their own agendas about how they want to be remembered. At the same time, oral histories are often necessary to fill in holes in documentary and material records. Here are some good basic techniques for conducting oral histories that will get the results you want, and good things to think about when curating and preserving the records of oral histories.

Breakout Workshop B, 11:00AM-12:45PM
Making Content Shine Online with Omeka (Amanda French, George Mason University; Rebecca Goldman, Drexel University)
Location: Franklin (combined) room
Why doesn’t my page look like the pretty ones on the Omeka website? Does Omeka now mean that I have an image repository? What is Dublin Core, and how does it relate to my materials? How do I re-purpose the metadata that I already have? During this hands-on workshop, you will work with your existing Omeka site or build a new one, and work out some of the finer points of how to make Omeka do what you want by installing plugins, customizing themes, and building exhibits. Please come with a functioning Omeka installation on your own server space to which you have FTP access, and bring a laptop with an FTP client. We will have a few Omeka installations set up for people to work with, but it will be easiest if you have Omeka installed already in your own environment.

Breakout Workshop C, 11:00AM-12:45PM
Making Your Data Web-Ready — Intro to XML (Terry Catapano, Columbia University; Jordon Steele, Johns Hopkins University)
Location: Ullyot South room
It was a wise information professional who once said “structured data is the only useful data there is.” This workshop will explore this statement, explore what structured data can do for your research (or the materials in your custody), and give a brief overview to the tenets of XML. We will then go on to explain TEI, EAD and MODS, how they’re used, and when they’re useful. We’ll also talk about good tools to use for creating this data, and how to store and present it.

Lunch Jam 12:45PM-2:00PM
Location: Ullyot (combined) room
Everyone will have the opportunity to list a specific technical problem s/he is grappling with on the board. For example, this might include figuring out how to store GIS data, how to write a participant agreement for oral histories, or how to transform legacy data. Once we have a good number of problems on the board, everyone else will sign up to talk through or help with a particular problem over lunch.

General Workshop Two, 2:00PM-3:45PM
Herding Cats: Project Management for Collaborative Work (Delphine Khanna, Temple University)
Location: Ullyot (combined) room
How can you make sure that the project gets done when you’re not the “boss” and you don’t even work for the same institution? This workshop will give participants project management skills to help make sure that all stakeholders are heard, happy, involved and invested.

Delphine’s slides