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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Martha Nell Smith, the director of the Emily Dickinson Electronic Archives and founder of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland will deliver the keynote address at the Conference in the Digital Humanities – Humanities 2.0,” Feb. 28 and 29 at The University of Texas at Arlington. Smith will address “The Human Touch, Software of the Highest Order,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the sixth floor parlor of the UT Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Workshops in digital humanities will be available at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb, 29. Registration is required for the free workshops. Visit www.uta.edu/english/humanities2 to register. At 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 29, Joshua Been, geographic systems information librarian, will present “"Googling the World: Integrating and Mapping GIS Data,”, in the digital media studio, room B-29, at the Central Library. This workshop will be followed by English Professor Carolyn Guertin at 10:30 a.m. in room 311 Preston Hall, 604 W. 2nd St. Guertin’s subject is "Web 2.0 Pedagogies: Creating a Space for Conversation," and she will discuss the Web 2.0 revolution and 21st century active learning strategies.

Both afternoon workshops will be in room 310, Preston Hall. Professor Christopher Conway of the Department of Modern Languages will present "Virtual Marginalia: Annotating Online Texts with CommentPress" at 1 p.m. This workshop will provide an introduction and exploration of CommentPress, a blog-based application that allows users to create annotated texts online and allow visitors to introduce their own marginalia onto these texts. At 2:30 p.m. Professor of History John Garrigus will present "Where No Bibliography Has Gone Before: Researching with Zotero." Zotero is a free research tool that lives inside the Firefox browser, capturing bibliographical data from WorldCat, JStor, Amazon, and a host of other sites. Developed for the humanities and compatible with PCs and Macintosh computers, Zotero can also capture web-pages and generate formatted bibliographies automatically. Contact Guertin at carolyn.guertin@gmail.com for more information.

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