THATCamp, The Humanities And Technology Camp, is a free, open, interdisciplinary “unconference” where humanists and technologists meet to work together for the common good. BootCamp Philly workshops will take place between 8:30am and 4:00pm on Friday, September 28. BootCamp workshops are free, introductory workshops held at THATCamp that will enable humanists to begin acquiring digital skills that can help further humanities study. The unconference schedule for Saturday, September 29, is here.

Workshop A | Workshop B | Workshop C | Workshop D | Workshop E | Workshop F | Workshop G

BootCamp Philly Schedule

8:30AM-9:00AM – Registration and coffee
Location: Hallway, 1st floor

9:00AM-10:45am – Morning Workshops

Title:Workshop A: Get Down with Drupal
Instructor: Audrey Troutt, Goodwin College at Drexel University

Description: Drupal is a flexible website development tool that you can use to build a blog, an online portfolio, a campaign website, an online store… anything!

It makes it easy to create and manage your website, even if you aren’t a technical person. You can point-and-click to add pages, menus, images and file uploads to your site.

Drupal is one of the best website development tools available and is used for major websites at places like Harvard, MIT, the Economist, MTV, Sony and even the Whitehouse. What’s more, it’s free and supported by a wide community of professionals and volunteers. Bring your laptop and come prepared to build your very own Drupal site–create a site on Drupal Gardens (it’s free) and I will show you how to get started. Try it out ahead of time if you like and send me your questions on Twitter @auditty.

Title:Workshop B: Digital Humanities and Mobile Devices
Instructor: Michael Tedeschi, Interactive Mechanics

Description: We live in the mobile era. With over 100 million smartphone users in the United States, mobile phones and tablets are becoming an integral part of our daily lives — they also present an exciting new way to engage with the humanities. During the first portion of the session, attendees will receive a crash course on mobile devices, design considerations and restraints when creating a mobile project, and look at some great examples of applications created for educational and historical institutions. Afterwards, we will open the floor to discussion about your projects or concepts and do some brainstorming activities as a group.

Technical Prerequisites:
• None, although knowledge of mobile devices would help

What to bring:
• A laptop, smartphone, or tablet
• Ideas for mobile digital humanities projects

10:45-11am – BREAK

11:00AM-12:45PM – Mid-day Workshops

Title:Workshop C: Creating Useful, Meaningful, and Beautiful Data Visualizations
Instructor: Dana Bauer, Geographer and Spatial Data Analyst

Description: We all are overwhelmed with data about our institutions, records, photos, objects, books, and everything else we track. How do we organize that data and present it in a way that is meaningful and useful? In this workshop, we’ll talk about finding additional sources of data to give context to the information you already track. We’ll then review tools for cleaning up your data and getting it out of one system and into platforms where you can make visualizations. We’ll spend the rest of the workshop talking about open source and proprietary tools that you can use to make your data beautiful, meaningful, and understandable to internal and external audiences.

Title:Workshop D: Building on Blogging: How to take WordPress to the Next Level
Instructor: Samantha Slade, Auspicious Consulting / Two Scarves Design & Development

Description: WordPress continues to be a popular blogging tool that is always growing for content management and website management. The great name recognition allows for it to be an unintimidating entry point for small businesses and institutions to create more robust websites that are easily administered by non-technical staff. This session will look at the jumping off point where WordPress moves beyond a blogging platform, and explore how WordPress can be used to create customized web experiences, from working with themes to using custom fields.

What to Bring:
Samantha’s workshop will be focused on using the Respo and Bones themes for WordPress. If you’d like to duplicate her development environment, she’d recommend coming to the workshop with the following items installed on a laptop.


It may also be useful to have these optional items installed.

FTP client

Totally confused? Don’t want to download all this stuff? Come to the workshop anyway and look on with someone or watch Samantha’s screen!

12:45pm-2pm – LUNCH

2:00PM-3:45PM – Afternoon Workshops

Title:Workshop E: Herding Cats: Project Management for Collaborative Work
Instructor: Delphine Khanna, Temple University

Description: Back by popular demand! Delphine will provide insight into project management. Note: For attendees of THATCamp Philly 2011, this workshop will be a repeat of the workshop Delphine gave last year. It’s an incredibly helpful workshop, though, so feel free to attend again! How can you make sure that the project gets done when you’re not the “boss” and you don’t even work for the same institution? This workshop will give participants project management skills to help make sure that all stakeholders are heard, happy, involved and invested.

Title:Workshop F: Gaming and the Humanities
Instructor: Laura Zucconi, Stockton College

Description: The workshop will introduce key concepts for running a live classroom RPG (role playing game) with discussion as to how they correlate with traditional humanities content and integration with digital humanities. Development of rudimentary game mechanics and confidence in being a Game Master are the goals. Participants should bring a list of learning objectives they would like to convey in RPG form.

Title:Workshop G: Getting More from Omeka
Instructor: Rebecca Goldman, La Salle University

Description: We’ll cover how to extend the functionality of your site using pages, plugins, and themes. Rebecca will walk you through installing the Berlin theme and the CSV import plugin, and as a group we’ll decide what other themes and plugins we want to try out. If you don’t already have an Omeka site to play with, don’t worry–we’ll have demo sites available at the workshop.

To fully participate in this workshop, you should bring a laptop with an FTP client (I’ll be demoing on Filezilla) and a text editor (I’ll be demoing on jEdit) installed. You should also download the Berlin theme (ZIP), the Simple Contact Form plugin (ZIP), and this CSV file for use with the plugin.

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