the month of julius

The past few months have been a whirlwindalbeit, a good one. In February, I began working full-time at ECDS as the digital projects coordinator. I won’t bore you with my job description (that’s what CVs are for, y’all), but I’ve expanded my work with Southern Spaces to focus on the Center’s open access publishing initiatives.

We’re doing some exciting work to develop a suite of publication tools. In addition to our Drupal-based publishing at SSp, we’re about to launch a new open access publication called Atlanta Studies that willyou guessed it—produce and highlight scholarship and resources about the city of Atlanta. June also saw the launch of our new OpenTourBuilder platform for developing mobile tours. The Battle of Atlanta tour was the inaugural project on the platform, which is open source and available for free on GitHub.

I was also privileged to work with over twenty librarians from historically black colleges and universities for the ECDS/HBCU Summer Institute for Digital Scholarship. The Emory Report had a nice write-up on the Institute, and I’m excited about the possibilities for further collaboration down the road.

Newfie puppy

A representative denizen of Victoria. Photo by Tracy Lee.

I was also fortunate enough to make it out to Victoria, British Columbia for the 2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute. I will return next year to learn more about databases + DH. Many thanks to DHSI and its sponsors for the generous tuition scholarships! (Applications have just opened, so be sure to sign up early!)

Up next: some exciting announcements from the Open Access Button, applications for an exciting new conference, and, of course, the endless march of dissertation writing…

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