THATCamp Thank You!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers!!

  • University of Denver Libraries
  • University of Colorado Libraries
  • Music Library Association (MLA)
  • Digital Humanities Round Table (MLA)
  • Emerging Technologies and Services Committee (MLA)
  • Education Committee (MLA)
  • Educational Outreach Subcommittee (MLA)

For highlights from THATCamp MLA, visit our Storify page.

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Creative Distance Education approaches

Need tips for creating best distance education modules. Esp. incorporating music, dance videos etc.

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Proposal: Extending the BSO performance dataset

Many of you may have seen the BSO’s booth in the exhibition area publicizing the launch of their HENRY performance database. It’s an awesome resource, and has a lot of potential, but before it can provide the most value to music historians and cultural scholars it needs to be connected to additional contextual data. Perhaps most useful addition would be extended composer data (gender, birth/death dates, nationality, etc) – it would be great, for example, to track the distribution of performances of works by women composers over time, or to see how major international events have influenced the performance of works by composers of specific nationalities.

This last week I started work on a project to automatically add additional composer data to the BSO dataset based on WikiData entries for those composers. I was able to successfully snag the info for a little over half of the unique composers in the BSO database, representing just about 90% of all performed works. Some very preliminary analysis of the data shows some interesting trends – you can see examples here.

The long tail of unrecognized composers needs a lot of work, however, before anything definitive can be derived from the data. If there is interest I’d like to propose something of a “hackathon” with the aim of going through the list of unknown composers and adding relevant descriptive data based on other resources, such as Grove Online or wikipedia.

Ideally we’d come out with a resource that anyone interested in music-based cultural studies could use in their research, and possibly even a comprehensive composer dictionary that could be used to reconcile other datasets, like the recent (and exciting!) NY Phil open data release.

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Proposal: Are you new to Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship?

I’m proposing a discussion session for folks who want to have a conversation about the broad landscape of digital humanities or digital scholarship and how it might apply to their line of work [or, more specifically, how you can apply it to what you do]. We can talk about areas such as, getting started with a digital presence, social media feeds or literature to review, as well as how to learn more about dh and digschol on your campus/institution.


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Proposal: Archives and the Digital Humanities

I’d like to propose a session to discuss the relationship between digital humanists and archivists. Archives supply a lot (perhaps most of) the raw material for digital humanities projects, and it would behoove digital humanists to know how archives work, what archivists do, and the limitations they may have. At the same time, archivists should become more familiar with how digital humanities projects may want to use archives, as well as how they can best serve their collections for those projects within the staffing, technical, and financial limitations they face.

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Proposal: Data and Network Visualization Tools

I’m interested in an intro session in which we can compare notes and test out data and network visualization tools, such as RAWPalladio, or others to see what the benefits are of using one over another. Here’s an example of one way that I’ve applied data visualization to my music research. Or if anyone is using more sophisticated software, such as Gephi, we could do something more intermediate.

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Proposal: Mapping in Musical Scholarship

Click here to view the video of the workshop.

I am interested in hearing your perspective if you use, or would like to use, a GIS (geographic information system) in your work as music librarians, archivists, historians and scholars. I’ve taught some basic mapping workshops to undergraduates, graduate students, teaching faculty, and librarians. I’ve also attended workshops on QGIS and CartoDB, the first being a free and open source desktop application, the second an online mapping tool with a generous free tier. I’m mainly interested in cities, historical data and maps, and of course creating beautiful visualizations. I’d be happy to lead a basic workshop to take us through the steps of conceiving a spatial project, converting a spreadsheet into a map, and querying data. Alternately, I’d enjoy hearing from you about your mapping work or ambitions, and how it helps you to tell a story, find patterns, support data discovery by the public, create spatially linked records, reach new audiences, or just have fun. Please comment below if this sounds appealing to you.

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THATCamp Music Library Association 2015

We are in the process of planning a THATCamp at the University of Denver, which will be held on March 1, 2015 following the Music Library Association’s annual meeting. This unconference is co-sponsored by the MLA Digital Humanities Round Table, Emerging Technologies and Services Committee, Education Committee, Educational Outreach Subcommittee, the University of Denver Libraries and University of Colorado Libraries.

More details will be made available over the next few months.  Meanwhile, read more about the THATCamp movement and browse other THATCamps at

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