Friday 31 October, 9.00am–5.00pm: Introductory workshops

We have a fine array of free workshops available for those attending THATCamp Canberra. Places in each are limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Click on the ‘sign up’ link beneath each workshop to book your place.

First preference will be given to THATCamp Canberra registrants, but a limited number of places will be available for other members of the public. For the full THATCamp experience register first, then come back here to sign up for the workshops of your choice.

Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
9.00-10.30 Why you need to know about Regular ExpressionsPresenter: Luc Small (Intersect)Have you ever wanted to extract phone numbers out of a block of unstructured text? Or email addresses. Or find all the words that start with “e” and end with “ed”, no matter their length. Regular expressions are a powerful way to match and make substitutions in text. Come along to this workshop to learn what they can do and how to apply them to your research.> Sign up Rich representations of digital collectionsPresenters:  Sam Hinton, Geoff  Hinchcliffe, Mitchell Whitelaw (Digital Treasures Program, UC)A critical introduction to different approaches to representing digital heritage collections online – from standard search-and-list to more experimental interfaces.  Themes will include strategies for representation; overview and aggregation; showing the missing; and visualisation techniques.> Sign up Making mapsPresenter: Paul Hagon (NLA)Geospatial data can be used to tell stories about a digital collection. In this workshop you will learn about mapping tools available for your applications, the in’s and out’s of geocoding, some datasets and finally, how you can customise your maps to make them look beautiful.> Sign up
11.00-12.30 Working with words – an introduction to text analysisPresenter: Glenn Roe (ANU)Computer-assisted text analysis is one of the oldest subfields in the digital humanities, one that can trace its roots back some 50 years if not longer. This talk will introduce the history and theory of text analysis as a practice, as well as some of the current developments in the field relating to modes of both ‘close’ and ‘distant’ reading.> Sign up The Poetics of Digital CollectionsPresenters:  Mitchell Whitelaw, Riley Post (Digital Treasures Program, UC)From Twitter bots to serendipity engines, digital collections are coming to us in playful and poetic forms, and enabling new kinds of creative practice. This talk will introduce relevant projects and discuss technical and creative strategies.> Sign up Building with TrovePresenters: Julia Hickie, Chris McPartland & Tim Sherratt (Trove)Trove isn’t just a website, it’s a platform for building new interfaces, tools, and visualisations. In this workshop the Trove team will explain how to get data out of Trove, and provide a few examples of what you can build with it. The emphasis will be on possibilities, rather than programming, so no prior knowledge is required.> Sign up
1.00-1.30 Collection visualisation showcase, Digital Treasures program
1.30-4.30 Wikipedia and TrovePresenter: Kerry RaymondLearn how to edit Wikipedia, add photos, and learn how Trove and Wikipedia work together. We’ll discuss some myths and legends about Wikipedia too.> Sign up Working with words — using text analysis toolsPresenter: Glenn Roe (ANU)This workshop will introduce participants to some of the most popular text analysis tools available for both ‘close’ and ‘distant’ reading methodologies. The session will include hands-on demonstrations of Voyant Tools, the Google Ngram viewer, Bookworm projects, and others. No prior programming experience required.> Sign up Exploring Digital Collections with AngularJSPresenters: Geoff Hinchcliffe, Ben Ennis Butler, Mitchell Whitelaw (Digital Treasures Program, UC)AngularJS is a Javascript framework for creating dynamic (data-driven) web pages. In this session we will get hands-on with Angular and the Trove API, looking at making rich, explorable web interfaces. Some web design / development experience will be useful for this session.> Sign up Cleaning your data with Open RefinePresenter: Luc Small (Intersect)This 2 and a half hour workshop introduces Open Refine which is a powerful tool for cleaning, normalisation and exploration of datasets. Attendees will work through the various features of Refine, including importing data, faceting, clustering, and calling into remote APIs, by working on a fictional but plausible humanities research project. For further information please consult the course outline.> Sign up

Saturday 1 November, 9.00am–5.00pm: The unconferencing begins!

Because THATCamp is an unconference, the detailed schedule will be decided during the first session of the first day. Read more about how unconferences in general and THATCamp in particular work at THATCamp 101 and our About page.

9.15am-10.15am Welcome and session scheduling
10.30am-11.45am Session 1
12.00pm-1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm-1.45pm Speedos!
2.00pm-3.15pm Session 2
3.30pm-4.45pm Session 3

Sunday 2 November, 9.00am–1.00pm: The unconferencing concludes!

9.00am-9.15am Welcome back
9.30am-10.45am Session 4
11.00am-12.15pm Session 5
12.30pm-1.00pm Wrap up and farewells.

Social events

If you’re feeling brave on Friday night you can venture across the lake for A Night at the Museum: Fear. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the National Museum of Australia, all THATCampers will be admitted for free!

The traditional THATCamp Canberra dinner will be held at the traditional THATCamp Canberra dinner venue — the Asian Cafe, 32 West Row, Melbourne Building, Canberra City — on Saturday night from 7.00pm.

If you’d like to come to dinner, just add your name to this list.

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