Tom Scheinfeldt to talk on “Invisible College: THATCamp as Scholarly Society”
NEW YORK, March 26, 2012 –

How are THATCamp gatherings informing collaborative work between scholars and others interested in the digital humanities? On Thursday, April 5, at 12:00 PM in Columbia University’s Faculty House Presidential Rooms 2 & 3, join us for “Invisible College: THATCamp as Scholarly Society.” The event is free and open to the public.


THATCamp (or The Humanities and Technology Camp), is an open, low-cost, collaboratively planned gathering for humanists, technologists, and others interested in working together on timely projects. THATCamp is an initiative of the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. Tom Scheinfeldt, Managing Director of CHNM, will offer his take on the 40 plus THATCamps that have taken place around the world. He will also discuss the forthcoming Proceedings of THATCamp—featuring output from these meetings—which will be built using a publishing tool developed in the same collaborative spirit.

Tom Scheinfeldt is Managing Director of the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) and Research Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Tom has lectured and written extensively on the history of popular science, the history of museums, history and new media, and the changing role of history in society, and has worked on traditional exhibitions and digital projects. In addition to managing general operations at CHNM, Tom directs several of its online history projects, including THATCamp, Omeka, and the September 11 Digital Archive.

This event, cosponsored by the Columbia University Digital Humanities Center and Scholarly Communication Program, is the final event this academic year in the speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. For information about Research Without Borders, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Digital Humanities Center (DHC) offers extensive information and technology services to support teaching, learning, and research in the humanities. The DHC brings together people, equipment, and information resources in an environment where users can work collaboratively, individually, or in consultation with staff.

The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) explores innovative models for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, hosts events and maintains a website to educate the Columbia community about changes taking place within the scholarly communication system. Services provided by the SCP and its sister programs support promising new modes of scholarly exchange.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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