For those of you attending the half-day LASTS Digital Humanities Pre-Conference, here is a more detailed description of the schedule and sessions. The goal of the pre-conference is to provide a forum where the Libraries, Liberal Arts faculty, and graduate students explore the nature of Digital Humanities and the role of DH at Penn State. We look forward to seeing you there!
When: Wednesday, August 15, 12:30-5:00
Where: Pattee/Paterno Library, Penn State University

Opening Session: What is DH? …and what might it mean for Penn State?
Paterno Library, Mann Assembly Room, 12:30-2:00 (light lunch provided)
Panelists: Bill Brockman, Dawn Childress, Patricia Hswe, Eric Novotny, Daniel Tripp

What do we mean when we talk about digital humanities? How can DH tools and methods enrich research, teaching, and understanding in the humanities? In this session we hope to address questions such as these by examining various definitions of DH, exploring the DH tools and methods available to scholars, and discussing the role of and support for DH at Penn State. So come prepared to tell us what DH means to you and to share your past, present, and future DH projects.

Here are some relevant links if you wish to prepare before the session:
Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0
What Is Digital humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?
Selected online readings about digital humanities
Bamboo DiRT: Digital Research Tools

XML <TEI>: What is it and why should humanists care?
Pattee Library, Knowledge Commons 140, 2:15-3:00
Bill Brockman, Dawn Childress

TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) is a set of XML schemas for encoding machine-readable texts in the humanities and social sciences. This introductory session will examine the concept of text markup, XML, and TEI, and introduce participants to the application of TEI in humanities projects. We’ll look at real-world examples and projects, TEI tools and resources, and finish up with some hands-on markup using TEI. Participants should feel free to just follow along, but if you want to do some markup we will have the Oxygen XML Editor installed for this session.

Materials for the session:
XML files

Introduction to Omeka and WordPress
Pattee Library, Knowledge Commons 140, 3:15-4:00
Presenters: Patricia Hswe, Eric Novotny

Omeka and WordPress are two low-barrier web platforms for easy online content. Omeka helps scholars create digital collections and exhibits without needing programming skills. WordPress can be used for blogging, website development, and – more recently – scholarly publishing. This session will discuss how to create free hosted Omeka and WordPress sites, how to organize, customize and manage your sites, and will present a range of use cases for implementing these sites, including sites created by faculty as a way to curate their online professional presence and to manage courses they’re teaching.

Image files for the session (or feel free to use your own):
Omeka image files

Before the session:
Sign up for a free Basic account at:

Managing your Research Data
Pattee Library, Knowledge Commons 140, 4:15-5:00
Smiljana Antonijevic

In this session we will discuss the use of digital tools and resources at different phases of a research process – from finding and managing sources, to sharing and archiving data, to producing and publicizing research outputs. By looking at the variety of tools and research practices, we will discuss how their differences and similarities can inform and cross-fertilize one another. Finally, by examining how digital technologies influence existing research practices and open up new ones, we will discuss technical, methodological, and epistemological complexity of digital scholarship.

Before the session:
Draft a list of benefits and challenges you commonly experience when using digital tools at different phases of your research process.