THATCampHSS 2017 — Toronto

Breakout session on gaming software at THATCampHSS 2016. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Koroloff.)

Breakout session on gaming software at THATCampHSS 2016. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Koroloff.)

The History of Science Society (HSS) is sponsoring its 4th annual THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) on Sunday, November 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for anyone either doing or considering a project involving digital technology. People of all experience levels are welcome — newbies as well as experienced coders. The goal is to interact, try out new applications, ask questions, give advice, and learn.

All events will be held at the conference hotel, the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto (room TBA). There is no cost to participants to attend.

Because this is an “unconference” the participants own it: the schedule is organized by those who show up. It is highly flexible and designed to meet the needs of the participants. That said, we do have a theme for this year’s camp—“Developing Digital Skills for Historians”—and we encourage people to think about sessions that fit that topic. What would you like to learn? What would you like to teach?

We also have scheduled two keynote sessions for the lunchtime slot: Charles Pence (Louisiana State University) and John Stewart (University of Oklahoma). Pence will talk about “Text Mining in the History of Science.” Stewart’s topic is not yet finalized, but he will discuss material from his experience as Assistant Director of Digital Learning at OU. 

When you register please indicate what you would like to discuss, learn, or demonstrate.

See more about THATCamps here, and then see the tentative schedule and register. We are limiting participation to about 50 people, and participants are welcome to come-and-go as needed to attend other HSS sessions. Some food and refreshments will be provided, including a light lunch.

This year’s THATCamp is being planned by Kate Sheppard (Missouri University of Science and Technology), Danielle Picard (Vanderbilt), and Stephen Weldon (University of Oklahoma).

Interested in seeing what we did last year at HSS 2016? Check out the recap at ISISCB: isiscb.org/thatcamphss-2016

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