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Networked New York-Yaddo Circles Project Talk This Friday, March 9th

The Yaddo Circles home page features a summer of 1942 group
photograph of the colony’s guests.

Fordham’s Digital Humanities Working Group is pleased to report that Micki McGee, our group’s co-chair and a professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology, will present at the Networked New York conference this coming Friday at New York University.

McGee will talk about her work on the Yaddo Archive Project, and demonstrate the prototype network mapping interface that she has been working towards with developers Aditi Muralidharan (UC Berkeley), Asik Pradhan (Indiana University), and Charles Forcey (Historicus, Inc).

Other presentations of interest to digital humanists will be Edward Whitley’s talk on The Crowded Page network mapping interface and The Vault a Pfaff’s, a digital literary history of the 19th-century hangout of Walt Whitman and his friends.

Networked New York will focus on on material, literary, and digital connections in the city and is hosted by the Colloquium in American Literature and Culture, and Workshop in Archival Practice at New York University.

 For more information and a detailed schedule of talks, visit:

TravelBlog: My Month of DH

Landed at SFO for Linked Open Data Summit

June has turned out to be My Month of DH.  I’ll be traveling more than half the month, finding out as much as I can about digital humanities with the pragmatic goal of working with colleagues to assess how we can best foster DH scholarship at a Fordham and the theoretical goal of deepening my understanding of what Pierre Bourdieu calls the formation of cultural fields.

As part of this research I’ll visit some digital humanities centers, spend a week at DH-2011, sit-in on the Digging into Data Conference at the NEH next week, interview some DH folks, and head out to San Francisco just now to attend the (LOD-LAM) Summit. LOD-LAM = Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and has has a close connection to the Compatible Databases Initiative that I’m working on with colleagues across the country.

Somewhere in the weeks leading up to this month of travel, Jason Rhody at the NEH suggested that I blog my DH travels as an open access means of sharing what I learn about digital humanities and the places that digital humanities scholarship thrives.  Hence a new tab on this website: the Research Travel Blog.  Watch for new posts there.  Please note that the opinions expressed in the travel blog do not necessarily reflect the views of my home institution.

News: NEH Digital Start-Up Grant Awarded for Fordham-Initiated Compatible Data Summit

The National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities awarded a nearly $25,000 Digital Start-Up grant to Fordham University Sociology and Anthropology professor Micki McGee to convene a September 2011 meeting on fostering open access interoperable data. The Compatible Data Initiative, or CompDB, was one of just 22 projects funded in the competition. CompDB aims to focus scholars working in digital network mapping projects on developing conventions that will will make their data interoperable to allow for cross-project connections.  

Scholars from the University of Nebraska, the University of Southern California, the University of California-Berkeley, Indiana University-Bloomington, Lehigh Univerisity, and the University of Virginia will meet to brainstorm on data standards. This project has been developed in collaboration with The Corporation of Yaddo, one of America’s oldest and most distinguished artists’ retreats, and the New York Public Library’s Division of Manuscripts and Archives, where Yaddo’s records are housed. 

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