The Humanities and Technology Camp 2014: Registration Now Open!

February 10, 2014

SFU Library's Research Commons is pleased to host THATCamp Vancouver 2014.

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jam band is to a symphony orchestra: it’s more informal and more participatory. Here are the key characteristics of a THATCamp: 

When & Where?
THATCamp Vancouver 2014 will be held Saturday April 5, 2014 – 9:00am-4:00pm on the SFU Burnaby campus.

Anyone interested in studying, supporting, teaching, researching, creating or otherwise shaping digital humanities, humanistic social sciences, information sciences, new media, and any other allied fields. You can be an academic, a librarian, an archivist, a developer, a writer, a student (grad or undergrad), a curator, a designer, an educator, a public historian, an archaeologist, an independent scholar, or any combination thereof (as most of us are), or even a non-humanist. You can be an expert or a newbie; as long as you have something to talk about and things you want to learn regarding the intersection and integration of the humanities and technology.

Anyone who goes to a THATCamp can propose a session. Do not prepare a paper or presentation. Plan instead to have a conversation, to get some work done, or to have fun. Sessions are proposed online in advance and participants together choose the program as their first order of business.  Sessions may include workshops, discussions, games, or projects.

Here are some examples of the kinds of sessions that happen at THATCamp:

    - Data visualization tools & tips
    - Mapping of narratives
    - Text scraping
    - Audio archives
    - Virtual exhibits
    - Text mining
    - Constructing Meaningful Metadata for Digital Projects
    - Linked Open Data
    - DH in the Classroom
    - Project Planning Tips
    - Peer-Review in DH
    - Digital archiving and issues of ethics and privacy
    - TEI

See more examples at the bottom of this page:

THATCamp Vancouver will also feature a workshop stream.  Details will be posted to the website as available, but here is a brief description of our first confirmed workshop:

"Digital Scholarly Communication with Scalar," with Jentery Sayers (U. of Victoria)
Learn how to use this free, open-source authoring and publishing platform, which is designed for writing born-digital, linked scholarship online. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with their own Scalar books.
How much?
Registration is $20 ($10 for students), and includes a catered lunch.   We encourage you to register as early as possible because space is limited.

To register, see

Contact us at

Hope to see you there!

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