Workshops, Tours, and Special Events

The following are special events associated with the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries happening outside of the main conference program. Please note that some events require separate (free) registration to attend.

Note that these events take place away from the main conference venue. For information about the locations of these events, please consult the Event Location map.

ContentDM Users BoF  |  | DPLA Hackathon | Harry Ransom Center Curator Talks  |  TACC VisLab Tour  |  Linked Data Workshop 

ContentDM Users Birds-of-a Feather Session

Date: Tuesday, April 29
Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Map Room (Room 1.306) of the Perry-Castañeda Library, UT Austin

Register for this event: https://ContentDM-TCDL2014.eventbrite.com

This CONTENTdm-focused Birds of a Feather session at TCDL 2014 will provide current and potential CONTENTdm users a forum for general discussion and networking.  Intended outcomes from this session include the development of new working relationships between Texas-based academic libraries, the creation of innovative ideas related to CONTENTdm-based digital collections development, and concepts for future collaborative projects throughout the state. This Birds of a Feather session will also serve to gauge interest and commitment among attendees for a future daylong Texas User Group meeting for CONTENTdm.

The opportunity to purchase a boxed lunch is available to those who register for this Birds of a Feather session. (Go to Eventbrite for more information about purchasing a boxed lunch.)

Organizers: 

  • Cindy Boeke, Digital Collections Developer, Southern Methodist University
  • Liz Gushee, Digital Collections Librarian, University of Texas at Austin

Getting there:

The Perry-Castañeda Library is located at the southwest corner of 21st Street and Speedway on the UT Austin campus, less than 3 blocks away from the AT&T Conference Center. The Map Room (PCL 1.306) is located on the first floor of the library, one floor below ground level. For more information about the location of the PCL, visit http://lib.utexas.edu/pcl/.

More info and to register: https://ContentDM-TCDL2014.eventbrite.com

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Hacking DPLA

Date: Sunday, April 27
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Perry-Castañeda Library (UT Austin campus), Room 1.224

For more information and to register for the DPLA Hackathon, go to the Hacking DPLA website.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a platform that enables new and transformative uses of digitized cultural heritage materials, based on a metadata repository that provides read-only access to millions of records from across the United States via an open API. Texas content is currently provided by the Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas, one of nine DPLA Service Hubs, and by content contributed by DPLA Content Hubs. In this workshop, participants will actively code against the DPLA API to build or enhance apps, visualization tools, plug-ins, and other interesting tools that make use of DPLA data.

Getting there:

The Perry-Castaneda Library is located at the southwest corner of 21st Street and Speedway on the UT Austin campus, less than 3 blocks away from the AT&T Conference Center. Room 1.224 is located on the first floor of the library, one floor below ground level. For more information about the location of the PCL, visit http://lib.utexas.edu/pcl/.

More info and to register: Hacking DPLA website.

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Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Curator Talks

Date: Tuesday, April 29
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, UT Austin campus (2nd Floor)

Register for this event: http://hrc-tcdl2014.eventbrite.com

The Harry Ransom Center is among the nation's finest research libraries and a place of unlimited discovery. The collections assembled here document the work of some of our finest writers and artists and provide unprecedented access to the creative process while also helping us understand the historical moment out of which this work emerged.

The HRC Curator Talks coordinated for TCDL 2014 will give participants the opportunity to see materials from the HRC collections up close, and to discuss them with the center’s expert curators. Two sets of materials will be featured:

Costumes and Personal Effects: Jill Morena, Assistant Curator of Costumes and Personal Effects, will show a sampling of costumes and discuss how hidden details, rarely seen by the audience, can reveal the creative processes of performers, designers, and wardrobe staff, as well as hint at their history of use and wear.  The talk will include pieces from the Robert De Niro Costumes and Props, costumes from Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in the W.H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection, and iconic designs by Walter Plunkett for the 1939 film, Gone With the Wind, in the David O. Selznick Collection.

Harlem Renaissance Collections: Danielle Sigler, Associate Director for Research and Programs, will highlight the Center's collections related to the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Migration. Materials will include an unpublished diary with ties to a Harlem Renaissance poet, Claude McKay's correspondence with his literary agent during the publication of Home to Harlem, the first (and only)  issue of the magazine Fire!!, and photographs from New York Journal American photo morgue.

Getting there: The HRC is located at the corner of 21st and Guadalupe Streets on the UT Austin campus, less than three blocks from the AT&T Conference Center. For more information, visit the Harry Ransom Center website at http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/visit/#directions.

Attendees of the Curator Talks should meet outside the Hazel H. Ransom Reading Room located on the 2nd Floor.

More info and to register: http://hrc-tcdl2014.eventbrite.com

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TACC VisLab Tour

Date: April 29
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (POB) building, Room 2.404, UT Austin Campus (see below for more)

Register for this event: http://vislab-tcdl2014.eventbrite.com

Digital libraries accumulate large amounts of images, video, audio, texts, visualizations and other data that they distribute to their users over the Internet. During a tour to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Visualization Laboratory (Vislab) at The University of Texas at Austin, visitors will learn how students, artists, faculty, and the general public interact with digital objects through the latest technologies in display systems. You will learn how supercomputers are used for data collection development, analysis, preservation, and presentation. You will have the opportunity to interact with scientific, humanities, and artistic digital objects and projects using one of the world’s highest resolution tile displays, a multi-touch tiled screen, and the Oculus Rift, among other systems.

Getting there:

The TACC Vislab is in the O'Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (POB) building on the UT main campus in Room 2.404. The POB building is on the corner of Speedway and 24th Street (201 East 24th Street) and has its own web site with  location, parking information, and directions.

Registration Information:

Registration for this event is free to attendees of the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL), but space is limited and advance sign-up is required.

More info and to register: http://vislab-tcdl2014.eventbrite.com

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Linked Data Workshop with Karen Coyle

Date: April 29

Time: 1:30 - 5:00 PM

Location: Perry-Castañeda Library Room (UT Austin campus), Room 1.224

Register for this event: http://LinkedData-TCDL2014.eventbrite.com

Are you wondering what this "linked data" is all about? Come to a half-day, hands-on class where you will learn how to link data using pencil, paper, and post-its(tm). At the end of this course you will know:

  • the basic concepts behind the Semantic Web and linked data
  • the key terminology of linked data
  • how linking can create new knowledge through navigation 

The course requires no prior technical knowledge, and is of interest to catalogers, tech services, reference staff, and management. There will be time for your questions, and follow-up reading suggestions will be provided.

The course instructor is Karen Coyle, a librarian with over thirty years of experience with library technology. Find out more at kcoyle.net.

Getting there:

The Perry-Castaneda Library is located at the southwest corner of 21st Street and Speedway on the UT Austin campus, less than 3 blocks away from the AT&T Conference Center. Room 1.224 is located on the first floor of the library, one floor below ground level. For more information about the location of the PCL, visit http://lib.utexas.edu/pcl/.

Registration for Linked Data Workshop:

The Linked Data Workshop is available to attendees of the conference at no additional cost, but space is limited and advance sign-up is required. You may register for these special events at:  http://LinkedData-TCDL2014.eventbrite.com.

Sponsors:

The Linked Data Workshop is made possible through generous sponsorships from the following institutions:

The Linked Data Workshop is sponsored by the following institutions: Baylor University, University of Houston Libraries, UNT Libraries, Texas A&M International University, Texas Tech University Libraries, and UT Libraries

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