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This was a "virtual" meeting, with CKG members entering updates in a shared Google Doc throughout the day. The contents of the Google Doc are pasted below:

Round Robin:


Barbara Hui (CDL): The Calisphere group is working hard on bringing the beta site into production mode. You can track our progress here: https://wiki.library.ucsf.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=101285900. As you’ve probably heard, the Presidential Open Access Policy was issued on Oct 23, which means a lot of exciting implementation work for the eScholarship team: http://escholarship.org/about_open_access.html. Also just a heads up that I’m on vacation Dec 4-14 (going to see the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland, where the sun will not rise!).


Jerrold Shiroma (UCM): We had Miriam Posner from UCLA in for a visit yesterday. Had some nice smaller discussions with faculty on building a stronger DH community here. She also gave a couple workshops / presentations that were pretty well attended.


Quinn Dombrowski (UCB): Bancroft Library and History Pin held a pin-a-thon around the Bancroft’s current PPIE exhibit last night (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visualizing-history-mapping-the-1915-san-francisco-worlds-fair-tickets-19317590433). Lots of interest among faculty and students (across various departments: Art History, Near Eastern, Anthropology, Classics) around 3D modeling; we’re looking into how to better support that, particularly photogrammetry (using Agisoft Photoscan). Planning on holding a DH Faire on April 13th; we welcome posters from colleagues outside of UC Berkeley, too. Let me know if you’re interested in joining us and/or presenting.


Casondra Sobieralski (UCB):  I also attended the History Pin event last night. (I work at Bancroft.) I first met the Director of History Pin, Jon Voss, at a conference in Albuquerque where we were both presenting. And they have done projects with the Magnes Museum, which was part of the Bancroft.  History Pin works on a project-by-project basis, and Jon is very open to ideas.  So if anyone has ideas and funding, don’t be shy.


Also of DH interest, though not UC specific-- the New York Times launched their first VR story. So public interest in 3D immersion is hitting a stride. http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2015/nytvr/  


Zoe (UCLA):

  • I’ve been working on a Libraries and Digital Humanities Special Interest Group.  It was approved by ADHO (Alliance for Digital Humanities) in July.  We organized a Birds’ of a Feather session at DLF (Vancouver). Our informal gathering -- co-organized by ACRL dh+lib was a smashing success!  Here’s a link to the blog post we wrote for DLF.  http://www.diglib.org/archives/10469/ ; it gives a good overview and has links if you are interested in joining us.  (or just email me -- zoe@library.ucla.edu)  We’ve been showing off our poster, too -- which can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1aoGJ7nJiYSTDJPU3BPdG5WSVk/view 

  • We’re thrilled that Dawn Childress joined UCLA’s Digital Library team, as our Digital Scholarship librarian. (She may be on this virtual call…)

  • UCLA celebrated GIS Day (Nov 18) -- announcing our plans for a geo-portal.  http://www.library.ucla.edu/events/gis-day 

  • Our data management group was involved in Sustainable LA/Data Cosmopolis. http://www.library.ucla.edu/sustainable-la-data-cosmopolis (Oct. 23)

  • Special Collections held a flickr tag-a-thon on Oct 27: The digitized "yellowback" covers . In the 90 minutes of active tagging, the Flickr site received approximately 49,527 views of the digitized images and all images now have at least a couple of tags each. There are 2,173 digitized covers up, of which approximately 1,100 are from the Sadleir Collection in UCLA Library Special Collections (the rest are part of Emory University’s holdings). You can see the full Flickr collection here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbacks/


Catherine Busselen (UCSB): We are in the initial stages of hiring a Humanities Data Curator.  On January 4, our Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory will open as part of our new and renovated library space.  The Collaboratory will offer both a physical space and a set of services geared towards supporting the data-centric needs of UCSB researchers; provide access to purchased, licensed and/or archival data; help users find and evaluate open access data sources; use software and other research tools; and engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration.  Initially, the service will support researchers working with social sciences data and spatial data.  The space and technology in the space will be available to those working in the digital humanities, however, a specific model of support for those working in the digital humanities will be phased in as expertise within the library grows.  The Humanities Data Curator will likely be involved in the planning and implementation of that model.  All humanities collection managers will also be participating in trainings related to digital humanities and humanities data curation.


Carl Stahmer (UCD): We just moved our Digital Scholarship Lab into its new, permanent location on the third floor of the library.  We share the space with the Data Sciences Initiative, with which we are tightly coupled.  The suite has a large, collaborative workspace with desks for 19 people, two lounge areas with couches, chairs, and tables, and whiteboards everywhere.  We’re in the process now of adding walk-in workstations that will provide various mapping tools and visualization tools for walk-in service.  The suite also has three large offices - one for myself, Director of Digital Scholarship, one of the Director of the Data Studies Initiative, and one that will be used by the library’s new Data Services coordinator.  There are also six other faculty offices, a teleconferencing room, our own large classroom, and a conference.  We’re already planning a variety of DH trainings and events for next quarter.  In addition to a Digital Humanities Methods graduate seminar, we’ll be offering workshops on text mining, visualization, and Statistics for Humanists.  With regard to staff, in addition to me, I have one GSR and two undergraduates all working in the lab to provide both walking and project dedicated support to the campus community.  I also currently have two programmers (one Node.js/Angular and one Rails) who are dedicated to current grant funded initiatives.


Rachel Deblinger (UCSC): Like UC Merced, the Digital Humanities Research Cluster also hosted Miriam Posner last week. Her lecture and workshop were well attended and included participants from Engineering as well as Arts and Humanities disciplines.


Our new Digital Scholarship Commons is set to open in the Winter Quarter and just received funding from the Humanities Division that will help strengthen support in the first phase of the new initiative. We’re excited to see investment from the campus in this kind of work and hope this will prompt funding from other campus divisions as well.


Susan Powell (UCB): In addition to the PPIE/HistoryPin event that Quinn & Casondra mentioned above, and the planning for the DH Faire in the spring, the other big DH news from Berkeley is that we are currently recruiting for a Literatures & Digital Humanities Librarian. The first application review date is coming up fast on Nov. 24. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/LHRD/JPF00890.html


Anything else you’d like to mention or discuss?:


Barbara Hui (CDL): the DH @ UC Libraries website team is working very slowly (but surely?) to get the site up. I’ve drafted some wireframes to get us started and Jerrold has done some work on installing WP (see his update below. Thanks Jerrold!).


Jerrold: I’ve reinstalled WordPress (rather than using the built-in installer that came with the hosting CPanel). I’ve also installed a few plug-ins to help with basic functionality, and will see what else needs to be installed to lock down the site a bit more. Based on the wireframes that were submitted thus far, I installed a new base theme that can be worked with / built upon if folks like the direction it might be going. Was mainly just playing around, so nothing is set in stone. The current URL, again, is http://www.dhatuclib.net/wp/ . We’ll be moving the site to the root domain once it’s in a launchable state.


Barbara: if you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a look at the CDL Assessment Proposal that we’ve discussed a bit over email, and let us know if you have any thoughts and/or would like to be involved in any way, should that be revived under the auspices of this group.