Monday, March 12, 2018

2018-03-12: NEH ODH Project Directors' Meeting



Michael and I attended the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) Project Directors' Meeting and the "ODH at Ten" celebration (#ODHatTen) on February 9 in DC.  We were invited because of our recent NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant, "Visualizing Webpage Changes Over Time" (described briefly in a previous blog post when the award was first announced), which is joint work with Pamela Graham and Alex Thurman from Columbia University Libraries and Deborah Kempe from the Frick Art Reference Library and NYARC.

The presentations were recorded, so I expect to see a set of videos available in the future, as was done for the 2014 meeting (my 2014 trip report).  
Update: 2018 Lightning Round Talk Videos

The afternoon keynote was given by Kate Zwaard, Chief of National Digital Initiatives at the Library of Congress. She highlighted the great work being done at LC Labs.



After the keynote, each project director was allowed 3 slides and 3 minutes to present an overview of their newly funded work.  There were 45 projects highlighted and short descriptions of each are available through the award announcements (awarded in August 2017, awarded in December 2017).  Remember, video is coming soon for all of the 3-minute lightning talks.



Here are my 3 slides, previewing our grid, animation/slider, and timeline views for visualizing significant webpage changes over time.  Update: My 3-minute lightning talk video


Visualizing Webpage Changes Over Time from Michele Weigle


Following the lightning talks, the ODH at Ten celebration began with a keynote by Honorable John Unsworth, NEH National Council Member and University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Virginia.

I was honored to be invited to participate in the closing panel highlighting the impact that ODH support had on our individual careers and looking ahead to future research directions in digital humanities. 
Panel: Amanda French (George Washington), Jesse Casana (Dartmouth College), Greg Crane (Tufts), Julia Flanders (Northeastern), Dan Cohen (Northeastern),  Michele Weigle (Old Dominion), Matt Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland)



Thanks to the ODH staff, especially ODH Director Brett Bobley and our current Program Officer Jen Serventi, for organizing a great meeting.  It was also great to be able to catch up with our first ODH Program Officer, Perry Collins. We are so appreciative of the support for our research from NEH ODH.

Here are more tweets from our day at ODH:

-Michele

Updated (4/17/2018) - added links to lightning talk videos

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