The past few months have been a whirlwind—albeit, a good one. In February, I began working full-time at ECDS as the digital projects coordinator. I won’t bore you with my job description (that’s what CVs are for, y’all), but I’ve expanded my work with Southern Spaces to focus on the Center’s open access publishing initiatives.
We’re doing some exciting work to develop a suite of publication tools. In addition to our Drupal-based publishing at SSp, we’re about to launch a new open access publication called Atlanta Studies that will—you guessed it—produce and highlight scholarship and resources about the city of Atlanta. June also saw the launch of our new OpenTourBuilder platform for developing mobile tours. The Battle of Atlanta tour was the inaugural project on the platform, which is open source and available for free on GitHub.
I was also privileged to work with over twenty librarians from historically black colleges and universities for the ECDS/HBCU Summer Institute for Digital Scholarship. The Emory Report had a nice write-up on the Institute, and I’m excited about the possibilities for further collaboration down the road.
A representative denizen of Victoria. Photo by Tracy Lee.
I was also fortunate enough to make it out to Victoria, British Columbia for the 2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute. I will return next year to learn more about databases + DH. Many thanks to DHSI and its sponsors for the generous tuition scholarships! (Applications have just opened, so be sure to sign up early!)
Up next: some exciting announcements from the Open Access Button, applications for an exciting new conference, and, of course, the endless march of dissertation writing…
I’m honored to be part of the first class of community representatives for the Digital Public Library of America. The 100 (!) of us are from 36 states, 2 international countries, and work in a range of fields from higher ed to public libraries to publishing. Over the next year, I plan on holding events and meetups with Atlanta-area organizations to highlight the possibilities for using the DPLA’s collections.
Check out our map!
I have some thoughts that have been percolating about digital humanities, spurred by a great series of panels at the American Studies Association this year. I’ll be putting a call for collaborators out later in the year, but I find myself a bit snowed under at the moment. So I’ll leave 2013 with this:
May your World Wide Web be filled with clean HTML.
Happy New Year,
From Teju Cole’s reflection on Mandela in The New Inquiry:
White supremacy has its uses. Because of its great care and its thoughtful strategy, because of the tireless way it hoards its hatred, it is good at making heroes. Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Desmond Tutu: what would our lives have meant without theirs? No wheel moves without friction. Without the obscenity of white supremacy to resist, they might have been mere happy family men.
Rest, Madiba, the First Accused.
Headed to D.C. Thinking of Tennessee Williams, for some reason.
(Dead seriously. Don’t swallow the cap.)
Southern Spaces is seeking submissions for our latest call for papers on Music and the U.S. South, edited by Dr. Grace Elizabeth Hale. Submissions are due March 17, 2014, and more information can be found here. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions!