Presentation Abstracts

N-Grams and Literary History
Speaker: Tom Beebee
N-grams track the occurrence of words or names in digitized books. One can filter for chronological scope and for language. They thus represent a large-n database for the tracking of, for example, literary reputation.

James Joyce Resources
Speaker: William Brockman
This talk is about the development and parameters of The James Joyce Checklist and The Joyce Calendar: Published, Unpublished, and Ungathered Correspondence by James Joyce.

ENG 30: Mapping Penn State Archives
Speaker: Laura Brown
In the Spring of 2013, the students in Laura Michael Brown’s English 030 course created a digital archive and historical campus map that showcased the results of their research in the Penn State University Archives. In this presentation, Laura will explain the archive assignments with a focus on the website element of the project. Using Omeka and the Neatline plugin, her students collaborated to create a dynamic website and–most importantly–to reframe their work for a real, public audience.

T-Pen and the Transcription of a Midshipmen’s Journal
Speaker: Katelyn Dion
This session will talk about the Parker Journal, a Midshipmen’s Journal from the mid 19th century and how the use of Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial Notation, T-Pen, was used to transcribe the journal. The session will explore the uses of T-Pen, as well as, its pros and cons. TEI markup and its use in the transcription will also be explained.

Rhetorical Invention Goes Digital: Pinterest as a Generative, Collaborative Research Tool
Speaker: Cory Geraths and Michele Kennerly
Google Earth, Omeka, and multiple other digital platforms have launched what some have called the “Humanities 2.0.” This session aims to illustrate the pedagogical potential of Pinterest, which has not enjoyed the same academic take-up as other social-networking platforms, by focusing on a concept from the Humanities’ earliest days: rhetorical invention. We suggest that Pinterest functions as a unique digital space through which undergraduate students can collaborate, organize their research, become stronger and more articulate critical thinkers, and successfully derive inspiration for the creation of arguments.

Publishing and Curation Services for Penn State Researchers
Speakers: Patricia Hswe, Linda Friend
This panel will provide an overview of the Publishing and Curation Services (PCS) department at the University Libraries. Attend this panel, and you’ll find out how, among other things, PCS can help you manage your research data and other scholarly content over the long term; promote and preserve student scholarship; and guide you in launching an online journal in your discipline.

Mapping Decadence : A How-To Guide
Speaker: Hélène Huet
In this project, I analyze the relationships between four French Decadent writers — Joris-Karl Huysmans, Jean Lorrain, Marcel Schwob, and Rachilde — and their publishers and show that the spatial location of these agents help shape their collaborations. I use the digital tool cartoDB to help visualize the evolution of these social networks and relationships, and contend that the geographical location of these writers and publishers in the Parisian social space allowed them to maintain their place in literary society. For this presentation, I focus on the origins of my project, the difficulties I have encountered, and what I have learned along the way about going digital in the humanities.

Performative Publication
Speaker: Chris P. Long
New affordances in dynamic modes of digital scholarly communication have enabled authors to tailor the content of our texts to the forms in which they appear in public. This presentation will focus on two performative publication projects I am currently undertaking: Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading to be published by Cambridge University Press, and the Public Philosophy Journal which is in the final stages of being considered for a Mellon Grant.

MaBiMaMeth: A New Flexible Markup Method for Bibliographic Data
Speaker: Mark Mattson
This lightning talk presents MaBiMaMeth, a new method for marking up large, complex, and irregular bibliographic citations for online bibliographic database conversion. Although bibliographic parsing technology has come a long way, computers are still unable to accurately parse irregular and complex bibliographic citations. Such citations require human markup for conversion. MaBiMaMeth significantly reduces the amount of time and effort required to manually markup large bibliographic data files.

Write, Create, Publish: Multimedia and Web Publishing in Rhetoric and Civic Life
Speakers: Kate Miffitt, Ryan Wetzel, Jessica O’Hara, Veena Raman
The Rhetoric and Civic Life faculty partnered with Sites at Penn State and Media Commons in order to meet the learning goals of the course and provide support to faculty and over 600 students in 30 sections. This session will discuss outcomes and resources available to all faculty for implementing multimedia and web publishing assignments.

What do I do with all my stuff?: Penn State Faculty and Personal Scholarly Archiving
Speaker: Eric Novotny
How do Penn State faculty across disciplines manage and archive their personal information collections? Preliminary findings from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded research study identified common practices and areas of need for effective self-management of faculty’s personal information collections.

Using Social Media to Enhance Learning by Creating Awareness and Engagement
Speaker: Rob Peeler
Social media has been changing rapidly since its inception. Each month, new ways of reaching Internet users are developed and it’s tough to know which network is best for each individual. In the past, social networks were primarily used to keep in touch with family, friends, and acquaintances. That has evolved to the point where some networks, such as Google+, rely primarily on connecting people by interest rather than friendship. This presentation will discuss these interest-based networks and how you can leverage them to enhance learning by creating awareness and engagement for your research, ideas, and interests.

The New Hope-Solebury Oral History Archive
Speaker: Megan Ruffe 
This project is intended to address the inaccessibility of the Solebury Township Historical Society’s oral history collection. I suggest a web-based oral history archive that features a multimedia map. I argue georeferenced oral histories provide explorations of the intangible traces that contribute to a community’s sense of place. The considerations I outline and the decisions I investigate could be utilized by other small community organizations interested in creating their own web-based multimedia map projects. With the ubiquity of technology, place-based personal stories can be easily accessible to the public. Therefore, this project explores how small organizations can use affordable technology to make oral histories available on the Web.

Cycling through Unfamiliar Territory: Methodology in the Geospatial Reconstruction of the Diaries of Henri Vever
Speaker: Julia Schrank 
By using TEI and Polymaps to cartographically reconstruct the life of famous French jeweler Henri Vever, questions about the nature of impressions– those of the Impressionists inspired by Normandy to Vever’s diary descriptions– found answers. But what are the limitations of the software used and how can they be resolved?

Digital English Studio
Speakers: Stuart Selber and Dan Tripp 
The Rhetoric and Civic Life faculty partnered with Sites at Penn State and Media Commons in order to meet the learning goals of the course and provide support to faculty and over 600 students in 30 sections. This session will discuss outcomes and resources available to all faculty for implementing multimedia and web publishing assignments.

Creating a Literature-Based Online Community: “Nineteenth Century French and Francophone Women Writers: An Instructor’s Module”
Speaker: Nadine Swartz
This presentation examines the theoretical groundwork, pedagogical tools, and reading methodologies used to create “Nineteenth
Century French and Francophone Women Writers: An Instructor’s Module,” an open access online instructor’s module that prepares instructors to teach such literature to advanced novice, beginner intermediate, and advanced intermediate students, and acts as a space for an online instructors’ community.

Creating Open-Source, Open-Access Online Educational Materials: Looking Through the Lens of Science & Engineering Ethics Modules
Speaker: Stephanie Vasko
While a multitude of content delivery platforms exist for online education, there are many communities and institutions that would benefit from a free and flexible solution for presenting materials online. This session will discuss the search for a suitable platform through the lens of constructing science and engineering ethics modules.

Meeting Ada, the Ghost in the Machine: Feminism, Technology, and Teaching
Speaker: Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor
Ada Lovelace, daughter of the nineteenth-century Romantic poet Lord Byron, partnered with Cambridge mathematician William Babbage to envision and articulate the design and function of what we now call the computer. Nearly 200 years later, feminist scholars are seeking ways to partner feminist pedagogical principles with the vast opportunities that new media and communications technologies. This talk will introduce such two projects involving Women’s Studies faculty at Penn State, one a partnership with the scholarly network FemTechNet; the other a project to integrate the digital archives of Ms. Magazine with on-line teaching of introductory WMNST courses.

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