Collaborative Approaches to Digital Humanities: Unconferences and Crowdsourcing

Dave Lester
Dave Lester
Assistant DirectorMITHUniversity of MarylandWebsiteRead Bio

As MITH's newly-minted Assistant Director and a serial collaborator, Dave Lester will discuss the unconference (barcamp) model and his experience helping organize The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) while previously employed at George Mason University's Center for History & New Media. THATCamp has become an annual unconference hosted by GMU, and inspired regional digital humanities unconferences in France, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, and California. Lester will also draw from his experience engaging existing communities of interest through social networking sites to discuss the changing landscape of crowdsourcing and suggest ways that digital humanists can engage the public to answer research questions.

Dave Lester is the Omeka Community Lead at the Center for History and New Media, and an active developer on the Omeka project. He is also Digital Curator of the American Studies Crossroads Project at Georgetown University, launching a series of exhibitions focusing on the confluence of cultural studies and information technology. Dave is the co-founder of ScholarPress, a development hub for Educational WordPress plugins, co-organized this year’s THATCamp, a barcamp-style Digital Humanities unconference, and is organizing an upcoming Wordcamp for Educators.


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All talks free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches.

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