Helpathon–From the Ground Up to An Electronic Edition of _The Beggar’s Opera_

For some time now, I’ve wanted to do an electronic edition of John Gay’s great text, The Beggar’s Opera.   I’ve published on it and teach it every chance I get, but what’s lacking is a scholarly and pedagogical resource that takes is true to the multi-media roots and performance of the text, its intertextual reach, and its rich history of adaptation.  So I’m wondering if THATCampers could–speaking very slowly and simply for a newbie like me to understand–help me understand the basics of what I would have to know (programming languages, data management, etc.) to realize that vision.  In addition to the 1728 text, I’m imagining nodes for:  1) images and clips of performances; 2) opera; 3) criminal discourse; 4) political satire; 5) the history of adaptations of the play.

Session Ideas: Mobile, GIS, Digital Publishing, DAM, Events, Ecommerce

Mobile – We are launching our mobile website this week and I would like to get feedback and constructive criticism, perhaps in a session similar to the mobile crit room they had at museums and the web. I am also interested in seeing what other types of mobile apps and mobile websites other attendees have created.


Top 5 Tech Problems:

At PHMC we have a little bit a lot of everything. It is impossible to list only my top tech problem, so I have narrowed it down to my top 5. I would love to talk to anyone that has experience with any of the following topics. Even just a short conversation at lunch and exchange of contact information would be helpful.

While I have already done some research and talked to a few vendors about their products, it would be helpful to hear from anyone that has completed major projects in any of these categories. Technology is an important part, but I’m equally interested in any tips about processes and workflows.

GIS – Our Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) and PA Historical Marker database are very outdated and in need of migration to new technology.

Digital Publishing – We are interested in publishing digital versions of PA Heritage magazine and any books that we publish in the future.

Digital Asset Management – Our online state archives pages are created in FrontPage and all of the 300,000+ files (jpgs, pdfs, etc) are dumped into folders. Need I say more?

Events – We have over 20 historic sites and museums throughout PA, plus historic preservation, archives, PA Civil War 150 road show, etc. I’m looking for a solution for our staff to easily add events and syndicate them across multiple sites, whether a hosted service (does anything like ArtistData exist for museums?) or do it yourself (example: collaborative calendar).

Ecommerce – We currently use the clunky, outdated Yahoo Stores and would like to migrate to a new hosted ecommerce platform by the end of the year.