Scott Nygren Scholars Studio

Thanks to Richard for thee updated photos of the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio (with higher-resolution also available)!

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June 5, 10am-12pm, Show and Tell

The Developing Librarian group will have a show and tell on June 5, 10am-12pm, in the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio. The subgroups will report out, and we’ll celebrate our accomplishments to date and an incredibly successful overall project!


In the showcase, each group could present a 15 minute (or less) lightning talk with a maximum of 5 slides or another format, and the slides/content could cover:

  1. Who the subgroup is
  2. Subgroup activities, and status on activities
  3. Best things learned by members of the group
  4. Hardest things learned by members of the group
  5. Things that this has already led to, or things that members or the full group are looking forward to in the future (including opportunities for other folks to help)

Remaining Goals/Objectives:

  • Share out on the work that is complete; position for future work if/as applicable
  • Schedule post-project assessment activities: focus groups
  • Determine future activities
    • Will the Developing Librarian Project have a second phase? Yes, as DHLG group.
    • What activities are wanted for the DHLG? reading group and round table sharing out every 6 weeks; people who are okay with being core contacts for future needs.
      • Possible training on Python for humanists by Matt Gitzendanner, as a 1 day training session.
      • Linked data session by Val is already being scheduled.
      • Hour long training on what you can use Research Computing for and how it works.
    • If additional work on projects is planned/wanted, how to best support?

Encoding unchartered territory

For anyone who has worked with some type of code (HTML, XML, EAD, TEI), you know that you are always headed into ‘unchartered’ territory. Sure, many extremely helpful groups and training videos exist for the mapped territory, but in any project there is always a piece of the map missing. And with TEI, or text encoding initiative, it seems like the piece that is missing is where the giant X (treasure!) is located.

Now don’t get me wrong, I find text encoding fascinating. There are so many levels, complexities, and questions, always more questions. I find texts to be like an onion – you can peel back layer after layer and learn something new, something deep even. Naturally, it fits that encoding a text for researchers has much the same feeling. But what do you do when the code becomes too complex for your understanding? Do you give up or just keep going, praying that when you put your code into Oxygen, magically it will be right.

I’m a huge believer in magic. After all, I’m a children’s literature curator. I deal in magic. In working on the TEI of the first English translation of Kinder Und Hausmarchen (Children and Household Stories) by the Brothers Grimm, I find the experience to be equal parts magic, deep, and complex. And there’s still those nagging questions of using the <said> tag or figuring out how to center the title and page number of every text page. Since the first English translation was published in 1823, there is quite a bit of anachronist language and odd verb/noun placements. And this is what we’re trying to preserve for researchers because with a translation it’s not just about what is in the text, but what is left out.

TEI can be frustrating and even tedious at times, but I think the world is a better place for it. By parsing out texts in a digital environment that allows for text comparison across numerous editions of the same book, we are doing scholars a huge favor by furthering their research. It can be a perilous journey, but when you’re finished you know you’ve accomplished something huge, and lasting.

Suzan Alteri

DHLG Studio Group: Upcoming Meetings

The DHLG Studio Group, while the studio planning/opening event work is complete, still has much to do. The group regularly meets on Mondays (generally the second, third, and fourth Monday of the month) from 1-2pm in the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio. In the next meeting, on Monday, March 23, we’ll be discussing next steps for the Studio and next activities for the group which could include transitioning to focus on THATCamp-Gainesville or to focus on research related to the Facilitated Peer Review Committee Project or on another topic.

The Studio group won’t be meeting on 3/30, so the next meetings are:

  • 3/23, 1-2pm, Studio
  • 4/13, 1-2pm, Studio
  • 4/20, 1-2pm, Studio
  • 4/27, 1-2pm, Studio
  • 5/11, 1-2pm, Studio
  • 5/18, 1-2pm, Studio
  • 5/25, 1-2pm, Studio

Please join us!

THATCamp-Gainesville Planning Team Meeting, March 17, 2015, 12:30-2:30, Center for the Humanities

I’m hoping more folks from the DHLG will be able to join the planning team for THATCamp-Gainesville (which will be April 24, 2015) at the first Planning Team Meeting on March 17, 2015, 12:30-2:30pm, at the Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere.

Also, please register for THATCamp-Gainesville 2015:

THATCamp-Florida in Orlando, February 28 (Saturday), open for proposals

THATCamp-Florida in Orlando is February 28 (Saturday) and the website is open for proposals:

I’m not sure who all is going, but I submitted a proposal for a session on the UF Developing Librarian Project, as a talk session to be led by all/any of us who are interested and in attendance. The proposal is very basic and is here: