This idea is similar to the one in Siobhan’s previous post, although I’d like to focus on increasing access and use through education (elementary school through graduate research). Before instructors can build new assignments and rubrics around DH resources, they need to know that these resources exist. How can archivists and digital humanities people do a better job of interacting with various aspects of the education community? Should we skip the instructors and go straight to the students (Facebook ads? Subliminal messages on Jersey Shore?)? Or are there specific programs that archives and digital humanities projects are using to reach out to educators (Weekly educators’ newsletters? Special events for educators?)? And what kind of IT infrastructure has to be in place for these outreach projects to work?
This proposal is for those of us charged with creating and/or managing digital content as well as those who are interested in contributing to the conversation or learning more. Here’s a few thoughts for topics we could talk about and please feel free to contribute your ideas and/or questions to the mix!
The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a fledgling project, but we are dreaming big and we need your help! What should a digital encyclopedia be and do in the 21st century? Could this become a platform that provides access to our region’s many exemplary digital resources? Could we meet some of the needs that are no longer fulfilled by the mainstream media? Could we build a resource that helps Philadelphians visualize their place in time and space? How would this work? What would it look like? What are the technological challenges and how might we overcome them?
If you will bring your ideas, we will bring a designer who will help us develop the concept sketches to move this project forward. To see where we are so far, visit the Encyclopedia project’s web site at http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org. Looking forward to meeting up with you on the 24th!