Workshops (click title to jump to description)

Materials and details are posted next to each workshop.

Morning Sessions (View Registrants)

  1. Creating Video for Beginners
  2. Data Wrangling Made Easy With OpenRefine
  3. EAD: Encoding a Finding Aid for Beginners
  4. Intensity Maps with Google Fusion Tables
  5. Open Access Images
  6. The Scrofulous Sport of Screen Scraping: A Tutorial for the Tyro
  7. WordPress for Beginners 
  8. WordPress: Beginning Self-Hosted Sites (Intermediate Level)

Afternoon Sessions (View Registrants)

  1. Free Image/Photo Editing Tools
  2. Introduction to TEI
  3. 101
  4. Social Media Tech Tools
  5. Strategies for Mobile Technologies and Special Collections
  6. Up and Running in Drupal 7

Workshop Descriptions

Morning Sessions

Open Access Images
This workshop will examine resources that point to Web sites for open access images. Guidance will be provided for evaluating the availability of material for inclusion in scholarly resources. Presented by Rebecca Stuhr, Coordinator for Humanities Collections, Heather Glaser, Curator and Assistant Fine Arts Librarian, and Shawn Martin, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

WordPress for Beginners
This workshop introduces the free, fully-hosted service. We will walk through common tasks like posting and creating pages, inserting media, browsing themes and controlling privacy settings. This workshop aims to present a general overview of WordPress and to help you gain a sense of what is possible with this platform. Presented by Caitlin Shanley, Educational Technology Librarian, Penn Libraries. (Handouts: WordPress for Beginners)

WordPress: Beginning Self-Hosted Sites (Intermediate Level)
This workshop gives an introduction to a self-hosted WordPress site, starting with a fresh install. We will go over how to change the theme, take the blog off the homepage, begin doing basic customization from within the dashboard, show where the CSS files live in the theme folder, and go over a short list of favorite, useful plugins. By Samantha Slade, Web Developer and Archival Consultant, Auspicious Consulting.

Creating Video for Beginners
This workshop will help you decide which video camera and accessories are the right fit for your project. You will learn how to edit your footage with an introduction to iMovie and how to prepare your masterpiece for DVD or the web. Presented by Lindsey Martin from Penn Libraries. (Handouts: Webpage)

The Scrofulous Sport of Screen Scraping: A Tutorial for the Tyro
This workshop considers “screen scraping” as a method for gathering important information on the Internet. The discussion will include such topics as: Dealing with web scripting, including HTML POST methods, Javascript, and AJAX; Search engine use; Load regulation, and other courtesy issues; Session ID issues; and Text Processing. The session is intended for people just starting to experiment with scraping. It will assume some familiarity with HTML CGI methods, and basic programming in some programming or scripting language. By John Joergensen, Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law. (Handouts: Presentation | Get Marc code | cir2-collect code | cir3-collect code | cir6-collect code )

Intensity Maps with Google Fusion Tables
In this workshop, learn how to quickly create a color-coded world map with Google Fusion Tables that can be shared or embedded in a blog.” The workshop focuses on making a thematic map, but will also cover mapping addresses or heat maps. By Christine Murray, Social Sciences Data Services Librarian, Penn Libraries. (Handouts: Webpage)

Data Wrangling Made Easy With OpenRefine
In the course of your research, have you collected masses of messy data that you dread cleaning by hand? Do you curse your predecessor, the one who created sloppy metadata? Are you looking for a way to reconcile your data against a standardized set? Do you suspect that you have named entities languishing in free-text fields? Bring your data and your laptop, and prepare to have your mind blown. This one-hour workshop will get you through the basics of OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine), and free you from the fate of data clean-up by hand. By Maureen Callahan, Public Policy Project Archivist, Princeton University.

EAD: Encoding a Finding Aid for Beginners
If you find Encoded Archival Description mysterious and frightening, plan to attend “EAD: Encoding a Finding Aid for Beginners.” This class will briefly cover the history and purpose of EAD and terminology, but the bulk of time will be focused on encoding a finding aid from scratch. After creating a finding aid, attendees will learn about practical application of EAD finding aids. By Holly Mengel, Processing Archivist, Princeton University.

Afternoon Sessions

Introduction to TEI
What is the Text Encoding Initiative, and what is it used for? This introduction to the TEI will focus on explaining the Guidelines and looking at examples of how it is used by the community, looking in detail at several real-life examples (including project workflow, encoding practices, and public interface). Presented by Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services, Penn Libraries. (Handout: Link)

Social Media Tech Tools
We will demonstrate six social media tools – Storify, Pinterest, Twitter, HootSuite, Flickr and Instagram – in ten minutes each. Bring your laptop and follow along, or watch as we do a show-and-tell. Presented by Anu Vedantham and Vickie Marre from Penn Libraries. (Handouts: Webpage)

Free Image/Photo Editing Tools
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for editing images, but there are also several free alternatives available. We will provide quick demonstrations and discuss pros and cons. Presented by David Toccafondi from Penn Libraries. (Handouts: Presentation)

Up and Running in Drupal 7
In this workshop, participants will learn how to set up a Drupal website from scratch, using Acquia’s Drupal-as-a-Service platform, Drupal Gardens.  Participants may follow along as we sign up, set up, style, and populate a Drupal website, all from a beginner’s level.  No prior experience with Drupal or web design is needed to participate and begin building your own Drupal-based site for a professional portfolio, digital exhibit, and more. Presented by Katherine Lynch, Senior Digital Library Applications Developer, Temple University.

Strategies for Mobile Technologies and Special Collections
What can Mobile technology offer you? And what features are available in various Apps? This workshop is designed to help attendees match the appropriate technology to their interpretive goals. By Stacey Mann, Director of Learning Strategies at Night Kitchen Interactive. 101
This session will provide a overview of’s working parts, from site set up, theme configuration, plugin installation, and managing users to adding items, organizing them into collections and building exhibits. Users should walk away from this session with the confidence (plus a handy set of guidelines) to start an site of their own. Presented by Cheryl Klimaszewski, Digital Collections Specialist, Bryn Mawr College.

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PhillyDH@Penn Storify

To capture the energy, enthusiasm, and excitement that ensued at PhillyDH@Penn (and in the following weeks!), Mitch Fraas and I put together a Storify to re-cap the day. Our story highlights tweets, Instagram pictures, blog posts, and links to sites and materials from workshops and unconference sessions. Check out our story and let us know what you think!


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