Coming August 11, 2009

Too many topics, too little time

Here are a couple of things that have been floating across my brain that I’d like to talk about and at least could partially help lead a discussion about:

  • Using Drupal as a CMS. I use Drupal pretty heavily; my primary interest these days is building it out as a digital library platform and using to build an integrated archival description and access system.
  • The Semantic Web for archivists/humanists. I’ve been doing a lot of presentations on this lately, and I’ll be giving a talk on this with a slightly narrower scope during the EAD Roundtable at SAA (“Linked Data and Archival Description”).
  • Document oriented databases and their applications in archives and digital humanities. This includes things like CouchDB and MongoDB.
  • Why archives are conceptually different from x. In doing a lot of work with data modeling for archival projects I’ve come across some thorny issues with the nature of archival practice. Some of these are not newly recognized; in fact, some were understood even 20-25 years ago. I’d like to try to start finally hashing these out – a few papers are sure to be in the works.

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in August 6th, 2009 @ 10:47

Very appropriate title to your post. I’d like to hear about all four. But, for obvious personal reasons, Drupal tops my list.


in August 6th, 2009 @ 15:29

I would also like to hear about all four, but I am most interested in the fourth topic. It kind of goes along as a corollary to my Archives & IT proposal (or vice-versa). Compare AND contrast, that sort of thing. Or maybe not.

I’m also interested in sussing out what is unique about archival practice by definition, and what is unique just because that’s how we’ve always done it.


in August 6th, 2009 @ 15:32

Also, for those campers not also going to SAA, here’s a link to a description of @anarchivist’s talk that he mentions in his second bullet above:

Janet Carleton

in August 7th, 2009 @ 12:35

I’m interested in all of these, but most intrigued by #4


in August 8th, 2009 @ 10:40

I’m wondering if the participants floating Drupal ideas would be interested in one big combined Drupal session? I confess that I don’t know enough about Drupal to say whether or not the ideas that have been discussed so far are compatible, though.


in August 8th, 2009 @ 10:48

Makes sense to me.


in August 8th, 2009 @ 11:40

I’m game.


in August 11th, 2009 @ 00:51

If we don’t get a chance to discuss document-oriented databases in a session, let’s be sure to meet and say hello. The simplicity and flexibility not to mention inherent distributed nature of this form of database might be an ideal fit for many applications in the digital humanities.


in August 11th, 2009 @ 08:28

Looking through the TwapperKeeper archive of THATCamp09, it looks like folks posted their DH origin stories to Twitter while the event was occurring. Maybe we could do the same?