Category Archive: General Info and Announcements

Aug 22

Note: This is the website for THATCamp Kansas 2011 (not 2012)

Sep 30

DH Forum / THATCamp Schedule

    a set of in-depth workshops on digital tools and other DH topics. (LOCATION: KANSAS UNION)
  • FRIDAY, 9/23, THATCamp:
    an “unconference” for technologists and humanists. (LOCATION: WATSON LIBRARY)
    a one-day program of panels and poster sessions. (LOCATION: KANSAS UNION)

Full Schedule

Sep 29

Give us feedback

We welcome your feedback. Please take a few moments to fill out and return the feedback from. Side 1 is for the BootCamp Workshops, Side 2 for the THATCamp and Knowledge Representation conference. Feedback Form (PDF).

Alternatively, you can use the general THATCamp feedback form online at

Thank you!

Sep 29

URLs mentioned at THATCamp Kansas

Here is a spreadsheet where URLs mentioned at THATCamp KS can be entered.  It is not necessary to fill in every column for every link, but try to fill in info you know.  I will add to the sheet as I have time but I hope others will contribute, too.

Sep 23

Google Doc for Session on Teaching and Curriculum

Our Google doc for this session is at:


Sep 23

THATCamp Kansas Welcome Session

About THATCamp

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University”

THATCamp “groundrules”

KU Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities

THATCamp Kansas Blog


Google Docs

Friday’s THATCamp

Michael Sperberg-McQueen talk and reception at Spencer Museum of Art: 4:30pm

Saturday’s Representing Knowledge in the DH conferene

Presentation Abstracts:

Feedback sheets
On paper and online

KU Libraries planning team:

  • Marianne Reed, Digital Information Specialist, Center for Digital Scholarship
  • Elspeth Healey, Special Collections Librarian, Spencer Research Library
  • Kim Glover, Instructional Design Librarian
  • Scott Hanrath, Web Services Manager
  • Geoff Husic, Slavic and Eurasian Studies Librarian

THATCamp Kansas logo: Todd Pickrell, Library student assistant, Industrial Design

Sep 22

Representing Knowledge Conference: Abstracts now online

We’ve now posted the abstracts for the the papers and posters for Saturday’s “Representing Knowledge” conference. See the links in the Categories sidebar or click here for the abstracts

….and here for the schedule of times and locations.

Sep 22

XML as a tool for domain-specific languages (Michael Sperberg-McQueen keynote talk on Friday afternoon)

A reminder that on Friday, after the THATCamp sessions, at 4:30pm, Michael Sperberg-McQueen of Black Mesa Technologies ( will give a plenary talk at the Spencer Museum of Art. He will also be giving a talk at the “Representing Knowledge” conference on Saturday.

Friday, September 23
4.30pm, Spencer Museum of Art
XML as a tool for domain-specific languages

Abstract: Computers are general-purpose machines for manipulation of symbols, which means they can be applied in almost any field whose problems can be expressed in terms of symbols. But the creators of computer systems and the potential users of those systems do not always think the same way and do not always find communication easy. Much of the history of information technology can be glossed as a series of attempts to bridge this communication gap. One current approach to this problem is to design ‘domain-specific languages’ (DSLs): formal languages suitable for computer processing, with vocabulary and semantics drawn from the intended application domain. In retrospect, the design of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) can be viewed as an attempt to encourage domain-specific languages and make them easier to specify. Like DSLs as conventionally conceived of, XML vocabularies allow concise descriptions of interesting states of affairs in a particular application area and tend to be more accessible to domain experts than conventional programming languages.

Unlike conventional DSLs, most XML vocabularies are specified as having declarative not imperative semantics; this is both a blessing (declarative information is almost always easier to verify and easier to apply in new and unexpected ways) and a curse (many conventional programmers find declarative semantics hard to come to terms with). Examples will be drawn largely from XML vocabularies for the encoding of culturally significant textual materials.

Sep 22

Access to Wireless Internet

If anyone has need Interent access beyond http or https, please see us at the registration desk. The KUGUEST network will work for basic access to Internet, but if you need secure FTP or other secure connections, you will need to log on to a different network.

KU users please use the SECURE JAYHAWK network (you may need to configure your laptop to access that network. Please see KU’s wireless info page for more details.

Sep 19

Visiting digital cartographer

This is not part of THATCamp, but those at KU might be interested in this talk by Sam Pepple of Sample Cartography:

Tues Sept 20, 2011
12-1 pm
Lindley 210 (next door to the Art & Design Building)

Sam Pepple worked for the last three years at National Geographic. Starting in NG Maps as an intern, Sam was soon hired to design and produce maps and graphics for the Thematic Section of the 9th Ed. Atlas of the World. After the atlas, he was hired by National Geographic magazine to make maps and graphics for the monthly periodical. In January 2011 he left NGM to pursue a freelance career, and consequently created Sample Cartography. He will be presenting on his career in print and interactive cartography, and on his current work designing in a programmatic way with Open Street Map data for OpenGeo. The focus wil be on the creation of the Atlas of Rock Creek Park, which incorporated a public art project, printed book, and a digital, dynamic, data-base built with open-source geospatial data and mapping API. Through such projects, Sam hopes to inspire whole communities of (non-professional) cartographers to participate in telling their unique narratives, histories, and cartographies through maps.

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